Volunteer Program:

The program is designed to offer you the opportunity to be part of our animals lives, while you exercise your passion of caring and understanding the horses in their environment. This program will allow you to gain valuable and lifelong treasured experiences of horses kept in a naturally as possible herd environment. Besides us rescuing horses we are also collaborating with rescue organisations, so you will be part of rehabilitating these animals and experiencing their forgiveness and willingness to love again.

We are also aiming in the close future to work with the local communities. Examples of coming events are:

*HIV Awareness Program through sports

*educating animal owners for a better outlook of the animals future

*environmental awareness programs (especially due to the recent fires – Tree Planting initiatives)

*social upliftment programs (aimed at drug abuse, alcohol abuse, family violence, ect)


Black Horse Trails is a family run business. We are passionate about our horses and the love for animals is deeply rooted in our blood. A large amount of the horses being used for trail rides are rescue horses.

We are situated in the Garden Route, edging onto Indigenous Forests and at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains.  The working environment is pleasant, but always busy and (as long as you make it) fun filled. You will be working max 5 hours for 5 days a week (that does not include your private riding time, nor if you offer to cook a meal)

This region offers our volunteers to travel short distances and experience adventures, both extreme and relaxed.

Black Horse Trails will ensure the following:

Safe accommodation

Food and exciting living environment


An experience of a touch of Africa

Transport for the program (transport available for excursions)


You need to be 18 years or older.

Horse-riding experience a definite.

Healthy and physically fit.

Prepared to work hard.

Must have love for animals!

Minimum stay 6 weeks.

Some of the daily routines include:

Feeding and caring of the horses 

Treating injuries

Riding and/or helping out on the trails

Leather care

Field management



Local Adventures in the area:

The following can be experienced during your off times (at your own cost)

  • Bungee jumping

  • Sky diving

  • Paragliding

  • Elephant rides

  • Canoeing

  • Shark diving

  • Swimming with seals

  • And many more

To apply, please contact: blackhorsetrails@yahoo.com

“Amplifying the power of our horsing intelligence”


Andrea: 082 494 5642
Email: blackhorsetrails@yahoo.com
Alternative number: 063 178 8634 and 084 588 9369


From PLETT or Knysna's direction head west on the N2 towards WILDERNESS, 20km past Sedgefield and 3 km before Wilderness, just after the Caltex service station on the left is a turn off to the right HOEKWIL, take this road for 17 km, up a small pass, past Hoekwil town to BEERVLEI where you will see the Black Horse Trails sign.

From GEORGE or Mosselbay's direction head East on the N2 towards WILDERNESS, 3km after Wilderness on the left is a turn off to HOEKWIL, take this road for 17 km, up a small pass, past Hoekwil town to BEERVLEI where you will see the Black Horse Trails sign.
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