Join the Rhino Revolution Mounted Anti-Poaching Unit!

Rietspruit Game Reserve
Hoedspruit, South Africa

Set in the Rietspruit Game Reserve, Rhino Revolution’s mounted anti-poaching volunteer programme is offering four retired racehorses, who between them won 32 races, a new lease of life.

Volunteers accompany the trained anti-poaching guards aboard the back of a thoroughbred patrolling the perimeter fences, checking for any signs of criminal incursions, injured animals or deathly snares that are set to trap unsuspecting animals.

Rhino Revolution’s mounted anti-poaching unit has proved to be a highly effective tool in helping secure the Reserve. Vast distances can be covered quietly, whilst riders enjoy an elevated field of vision, which aids in tracking and looking out for signs of criminal intent. It also offers the perfect game viewing opportunity to get up close and personal with many of the iconic species resident on the Reserve.  

Please bear in mind that patrols take place in a big-game reserve; riders need to be experienced and able to control a horse in a difficult situation, should the need arise.

Volunteers will help with the daily care of the horses; feeding, grooming, mucking out, turning out, and routine health care. 


Former Derby winner; Winter’s Night is one of rhino warriors, now used for anti-poaching patrols!

Rhino Orphanage – situated on the property is the Rhino Revolution Rehabilitation Facility, which offers a second chance at life to rhino calves who have fallen victim to poaching and have lost their mothers. No direct contact is allowed with the calves as Rhino Revolution’s mission is to release them back into the wild when they are old enough. However, volunteers may be required to offer a helping hand in and around the orphanage when asked. This is an incredible opportunity and provides many memorable experiences.

AccommodationVolunteers are accommodated near the horse stables in a comfortable flat with all basic amenities provided. Groceries are provided but volunteers are expected to self-cater.

Chill!!! – the perks of living out in the African bush! The stables are located at the luxury Khaya Ndlovu Manor House. Volunteers are welcome to join safaris with the rangers when they are not busy. This is an awesome time to take in the reserve and learn from the experienced lodge rangers. Furthermore, volunteers are welcome to make use of the lodge facilities and take in one of the most breath-taking views on the planet!

There are several activities in the area offered by the Lodge. Volunteers are welcome to join Lodge guests on these activities in their spare time; however, the relevant activity charges will apply.


Volunteering with the RR mounted anti-poaching unit offers a genuine chance to assist in maintaining this important initiative.  All proceeds from the volunteer programme are used to cover the upkeep of the horses; feed, tack, shoeing, veterinary bills, etc. 

The rates, ex VAT, quoted in South African Rand;

  • 1 week: R 14 000
  • 2 weeks: R 25 000
  • 3 weeks: R 33 500
  • 4 weeks: R 40 000

Costs are inclusive of the following:

  • Accommodation
  • All food and soft drinks
  • All equine activities
  • Safari (game drives and bush walks with lodge rangers)
  • All transfers to and from Hoedspruit airport / town
  • Wifi
  • Rhino Revolution T-shirt and other apparel used for patrols
  • All house keeping (laundry, cleaning etc)

These prices do not include international and domestic flights/transfers, which must be booked privately.

For more information please contact Lisa on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Details for payment to the Blue Canyon FlyCamp account will be forwarded on enquiry.

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