Live in the heart of the untamed African bush at Antelope Park in Zimbabwe and play a vital role in the rehabilitation and conservation of this king of beasts. Work on this ground-breaking project, experience wild Africa and have the volunteering experience of a lifetime!
Antelope Park Hands-On Lion Rehabilitation Project Antelope Park in the Zimbabwe Midlands
- There are no resident human beings
- There are sufficient prey species to hunt
- There are competitive species such as hyena
Preparing meat for the lions
Building and painting new lion enclosures
Cutting and collecting firewood
Daily schooling and exercising of horses (if you are physically able; training is provided)
Basic repairs and maintenance
Any other wildlife or camp related activities that involve the assistance and development of the lion programme
- Erosion Control
- Alien plant species removal
- Road maintenance
- Maintenance and observation of our vultures restaurant (when meat gets too bad for even lions, the only animals left that will consume the rotten meat are vultures). We will watch the area after putting out rotten meat (depending on availability) and research the different types of vultures there are at the Park, to help give a broader overview of our ecosystem and the animals in it.
- Small animal research and raptor conservation
- Game feeding, including making game blocks (seasonal)
- Game counts
- Bird surveys
- Boundary fence repairs
- Tree planting, including the construction of eco-friendly tree nurseries/greenhouses for the saplings
- Creation and maintenance of a wormery (depending on when you arrive), which will allow the eco-friendly waste-disposal of any old foods or plant material. What the worms leave behind is a nutrient rich soil/fertiliser, natural insecticides and fungicides.
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Antelope Park in the Zimbabwe Midlands
What will I be doing?
Work hands-on volunteering with African Lions, assisting management and their team of guides, handlers and scouts in all aspects of care and conservation.
- Enjoy hands-on work and extremely close encounters with the young African lions
- Join African Impact on our ground-breaking and globally recognised Lion conservation project
- Making toys from natural materials for the young cubs as part of behavioural enrichment to stimulate their predatory and sensory behaviours
- Walk alongside lions in the African bush and experience being part of a hunt as the young cubs learn to stalk their prey
- Get to know the African bush - explore the savannah grasslands either on horseback or whilst riding or walking alongside African Elephants!
- Experience local Zimbabwean culture, and visit the local orphanage weekly
- Explore optional excursions to see more of Zimbabwe’s natural wonders and wildlife areas such as the world famous Victoria Falls, Matobo National Park, and the ruined city of Great Zim!
- Make friends for life with the other international volunteers on the project!
- Project Fee: this entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. This project fee facilitates funding for items such as food for lions and elephants, management and maintenance of lion enclosures, and the development of the lion breeding and rehabilitation programme
- All transfers to and from and overnights in Bulawayo or Harare International Airports upon your arrival and departure, if required
- Comprehensive Orientation and full assistance from trained guides and staff during your stay
- Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at our Safari Camp dining area
- Weekly laundry service during your stay
- The service of a cleaner to attend to your room each day
- Unlimited tea and coffee throughout the day
- International transportation to and from Bulawayo or Harare
- Visa fees
- Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement- must include cover for repatriation
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
- Email and telephone calls made during your placement (charged out at cost)
- Any activities and excursions outside of your planned itinerary
- Soft drinks and other food items not included in your meals
No specific past experience is needed for this project, but a passion for wildlife and conservation is important.
Minimum 17 years, maximum decided on participants’ health