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The only program of it's kind in Africa. Make an impact in Africa by playing a vital part in conserving the African Lion. Learn about lion behaviour, carry out research and give hope to the future of this iconic species - all while living and working in an authentic Zimbabwean game reserve in the heart of the African bush.

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  • Enjoy hands-on work and extremely close encounters with African lions
  • Become part of the pride as you walk alongside lions in the African bush and witness them in their natural habitat playing and stalking prey
  • Witness a ‘night encounter,’ lions hunting after dark - a once in a life time opportunity!
  • Camp out under the stars on overnight horseback safaris
  • Interact and help care for our 4 rescued African Elephants
  • Take advantage of optional excursions to see Zimbabwe’s natural wonders and wildlife areas, like:
    • The Majestic Victoria Falls, the adrenaline capital of Africa!
    • Rhino Trekking in Matopos National Park
    • Spend 4 days on a houseboat on Lake Kariba spotting hippos, crocs and elephants
  • Make friends for life with other international volunteers along the way!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Lion Conservation Game Reserve Management & Training
Destination Destination
Zimbabwe
Priced From Priced From
£ 1297| € 1687| US$ 2369| AU$ 2853|

“The lion project is my life. It is important because it offers a viable solution to Africa's dwindling lion populations, but it also has massive benefits to the surrounding communities of the second poorest country in the world. I feel blessed to have found such a place and such a project.” Dan Matthews – Lions General Manager

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1297| € 1687| US$ 2369| AU$ 2853|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 2369 GBP 1297 EUR 1687 AUD 2853
3 weeks USD 3007 GBP 1646 EUR 2141 AUD 3621
4 weeks USD 3645 GBP 1995 EUR 2595 AUD 4389
5 weeks USD 4611 GBP 2524 EUR 3283 AUD 5552
6 weeks USD 5212 GBP 2853 EUR 3711 AUD 6276
7 weeks USD 5814 GBP 3182 EUR 4139 AUD 7000
8 weeks USD 6415 GBP 3511 EUR 4567 AUD 7725

Join us for Christmas and get a free overnight horseback safari!

Project Start Dates

Project Start dates for 2016 are every other Monday:

4 January | 18 January | 1 February | 15 February |29 February | 14 March | 28 March | 11 April | 25 April | 9 May | 23 May | 6 June | 20 June | 4 July | 18 July | 1 August | 15 August | 29 August | 12 September | 26 September | 10 October | 24 October | 7 November | 21 November | 5 December | 19 December

 

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

Lion conservation

Lion Conservation

Walk alongside lions to familiarise them with their natural environment, you will be involved in daily lion care activities which could include feeding, enclosure cleaning, preparing meat for the lions, building and painting new lion enclosures and occasionally helping wildlife veterinarians in their provision of healthcare.

Research

Research

This project works in partnerships with the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Authority and a number of research activities are conducted to better understand lion behaviour and ecology. As a wildlife volunteer you will assist research technicians in gathering and analyzing wildlife data which is needed in making the best decisions for the animal’s welfare and eventual release.

The research studies being undertaken whilst on your placement will vary depending on the needs of the project at the time but may include looking at hunting development, character traits, spoor sizes or mane growth. You will also learn about prey species and reserve management. You will receive all the training you need in order to ensure that you are able to provide valuable input to this program regardless of previous experience.

Elephant duties

Elephant Duties

You will have the opportunity to spend time with the rescued orphaned African Elephants in the park and their handlers and may be asked to assist in the daily duties with the elephants.

Reserve maintenance  wildlife management

Reserve Maintenance & Wildlife Management

The few remaining areas of wildlife sanctuary in Zimbabwe are extremely precious and must at all costs be protected. Part of your volunteer work will involve assistance with the wildlife management scheme such as finding and removing snares (‘snare sweeps’) within the game park and checking for holes or fence cuttings on the boundary fence and repairing them, daily schooling and exercising of horses, erosion control, removal of alien plant species, road maintenance, game counts, game feeding and bird surveys.

Conservation education  community work

Conservation Education & Community Work

Lion conservation volunteers are often involved in elements of community development, particularly at the ALERT Conservation Education Centre where you will help youth learn about wildlife, animal habitats and why it’s important to preserve the environment. You’ll also have the opportunity to head out into rural communities and help out with games and food for street kids at a local Drop-In Centre, which will open your eyes to a whole new way of life.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Onsite activities

On-Site Activities

Antelope Park provides a variety of fantastic activities which you can enjoy during your time off. You can go on an elephant ride, experience a horseback safari and take a relaxing sunset boat trip after a long day out in the wild. You can also go on a night time lion encounter and experience a new dimension to African wildlife.

Antelope Park is an oasis in the middle of the African bush and volunteers can swim in the beautiful pool, play volleyball, sip sundowners on the deck overlooking the river or try their hand at polocrosse.

Additional excursions

Additional Excursions

During your volunteer working holiday you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional excursion to some of Zimbabwe’s most spectacular sites. This includes trips to

  • Victoria Falls, a breath-taking World Heritage site, where you will have the option to bungee jump, white water raft, visit the Falls, gorge swing across the Batoka Gorge below the Falls or just enjoy the amazing scenery and feel the mist of the falls around you.
  • The stunning Lake Kariba, where you will live on a house boat for 4 days spotting hippos, corcs and elephants. 
  • Rhino Trekking in Matopos National Park - walk through the bush tracking these maginifcent animals
Culture

Culture

During your travels you can also take a cultural tour to discover local traditions, ways of life and cuisines and your time on project will also give you ample of opportunity to engage with local people from surrounding communities.

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About Antelope Park

About antelope park

About the Destination

There is something very special about waking up to the distant sounds of lions roaring and falling asleep to the sounds of African Wildlife all around you. Set in over 3,000 acres of open savannah grassland, Antelope Park is where you will be based during your work and volunteer experience. The setting provides you with opportunities to ride through the wilderness on elephant or horseback, view the abundance of wildlife in the Park or canoe on the scenic lake.

Accommodations are a mixture of comfortable twin or quad thatched rooms at the main reserve camp with clean shower and toilet facilities located adjacent to the sleeping area. Antelope Park also caters to visiting guests and you can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a river tent or lodge at extra cost.

Volunteers have the opportunity to use the guest facilities which include the beautiful swimming pool beside the river, canoes, sundowner deck and bar/coffee shop. All your meals, unless you happen to take a packed breakfast into the park on a long lion walk, will be served at the main camp and are guaranteed to leave you feeling nourished and happy!

Your stay at Antelope Park during your volunteer work with animals, will not only leave you with memories that will last a lifetime, but also with the knowledge that you have personally contributed to the survival of the African Lion.

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Simone Diez, Germany

The way all the guides treat and love the animals is great. I got to know during that time that material things influence me way too much. If you have nice people around you at a wonderful place, with amazing animals you do not need this. And it´s great to see if you spend a holiday like this, that you have a good time and you can help in a very good way at the same time. 

Rebecka Rafael, Sweden

You will never forget the animals, the people, the love.

Arianna Petroncini, Italy

Doing this project you can actually feel the passion behind it. You become part of the people that support it and you have a role in the project You give your best and they accept you the way you are.

Emily Moule, UK

I had an amazing two weeks on the Lion Project and although I got to experience almost everything I wanted to, I wish I could extend my project beyond two weeks. Highlights included morning lion walks, day encounters, and a chance to visit the Ngamo release pride. All the staff from Rosa to the handlers were welcoming and more than happy to help us as volunteers and make sure that we got the most out our placements. The other volunteers were from across the world and were all very friendly, it really is a chance to make friends from all over the world. The set up at Antelope Park is basic but comfortable and the volunteers are well looked after. Although I was on lions there was always the opportunity to join the community projects located around Antelope Park and this is something I would definitely have done if I had had longer here. The chance to be a part of vital research into saving the African Lions was truly amazing and to know that I have seen the lionesses that ALERT is going to release into the wild - the first of their kind - is awe inspiring. My only regret is that I didn't spend long enough here, I would definitely recommend the experience to everyone.

Haley, USA

To me, there is no argument that this program will prosper. The knowledge, experience, hard work, determination, and eagerness of the people that play the roles of keeping this place moving along everyday makes it inevitable that Antelope Park will be successful in releasing these lions back into their natural wild world.

This program is built well, and couldn’t be more perfect for those people searching for adventure and enlightenment. To really explain to someone how living in this place in Africa for the last 6 weeks has influenced my outlook on life would take me forever, all I can say is that I am a different person than the girl that arrived.

The things that this place has given me, the things that these people have given me, are so much more then I could have ever imagined.

Elise Bohman, Sweden

It was very interesting and fun to come here and work with the lions, and of course to get to know lots of new people. I really liked it and all the staff members were very nice and friendly. I stayed for two weeks and it was definitely too short so if i get the chance to come back I wouldn't even hesitate a minute. Antelope park is an amazing place with amazing people!

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Hands-on Lion Conservation, Antelope Park

Zimbabwe

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
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start a live chat instead

Get a free overnight horseback safari this Christmas!

On Special

The only program of it's kind in Africa. Make an impact in Africa by playing a vital part in conserving the African Lion. Learn about lion behaviour, carry out research and give hope to the future of this iconic species - all while living and working in an authentic Zimbabwean game reserve in the heart of the African bush.

Walking  running  hunting (5) 001
  • Enjoy hands-on work and extremely close encounters with African lions
  • Become part of the pride as you walk alongside lions in the African bush and witness them in their natural habitat playing and stalking prey
  • Witness a ‘night encounter,’ lions hunting after dark - a once in a life time opportunity!
  • Camp out under the stars on overnight horseback safaris
  • Interact and help care for our 4 rescued African Elephants
  • Take advantage of optional excursions to see Zimbabwe’s natural wonders and wildlife areas, like:
    • The Majestic Victoria Falls, the adrenaline capital of Africa!
    • Rhino Trekking in Matopos National Park
    • Spend 4 days on a houseboat on Lake Kariba spotting hippos, crocs and elephants
  • Make friends for life with other international volunteers along the way!
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Lion Conservation Game Reserve Management & Training
Destination Destination
Zimbabwe
Priced From Priced From
£ 1297| € 1687| US$ 2369| AU$ 2853|

“The lion project is my life. It is important because it offers a viable solution to Africa's dwindling lion populations, but it also has massive benefits to the surrounding communities of the second poorest country in the world. I feel blessed to have found such a place and such a project.” Dan Matthews – Lions General Manager

Back to Top
On Special

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1297| € 1687| US$ 2369| AU$ 2853|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 2369 GBP 1297 EUR 1687 AUD 2853
3 weeks USD 3007 GBP 1646 EUR 2141 AUD 3621
4 weeks USD 3645 GBP 1995 EUR 2595 AUD 4389
5 weeks USD 4611 GBP 2524 EUR 3283 AUD 5552
6 weeks USD 5212 GBP 2853 EUR 3711 AUD 6276
7 weeks USD 5814 GBP 3182 EUR 4139 AUD 7000
8 weeks USD 6415 GBP 3511 EUR 4567 AUD 7725

Join us for Christmas and get a free overnight horseback safari!

Project Start Dates

Project Start dates for 2016 are every other Monday:

4 January | 18 January | 1 February | 15 February |29 February | 14 March | 28 March | 11 April | 25 April | 9 May | 23 May | 6 June | 20 June | 4 July | 18 July | 1 August | 15 August | 29 August | 12 September | 26 September | 10 October | 24 October | 7 November | 21 November | 5 December | 19 December

 

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Lion conservation

Lion Conservation

Walk alongside lions to familiarise them with their natural environment, you will be involved in daily lion care activities which could include feeding, enclosure cleaning, preparing meat for the lions, building and painting new lion enclosures and occasionally helping wildlife veterinarians in their provision of healthcare.

Research

Research

This project works in partnerships with the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Authority and a number of research activities are conducted to better understand lion behaviour and ecology. As a wildlife volunteer you will assist research technicians in gathering and analyzing wildlife data which is needed in making the best decisions for the animal’s welfare and eventual release.

The research studies being undertaken whilst on your placement will vary depending on the needs of the project at the time but may include looking at hunting development, character traits, spoor sizes or mane growth. You will also learn about prey species and reserve management. You will receive all the training you need in order to ensure that you are able to provide valuable input to this program regardless of previous experience.

Elephant duties

Elephant Duties

You will have the opportunity to spend time with the rescued orphaned African Elephants in the park and their handlers and may be asked to assist in the daily duties with the elephants.

Reserve maintenance  wildlife management

Reserve Maintenance & Wildlife Management

The few remaining areas of wildlife sanctuary in Zimbabwe are extremely precious and must at all costs be protected. Part of your volunteer work will involve assistance with the wildlife management scheme such as finding and removing snares (‘snare sweeps’) within the game park and checking for holes or fence cuttings on the boundary fence and repairing them, daily schooling and exercising of horses, erosion control, removal of alien plant species, road maintenance, game counts, game feeding and bird surveys.

Conservation education  community work

Conservation Education & Community Work

Lion conservation volunteers are often involved in elements of community development, particularly at the ALERT Conservation Education Centre where you will help youth learn about wildlife, animal habitats and why it’s important to preserve the environment. You’ll also have the opportunity to head out into rural communities and help out with games and food for street kids at a local Drop-In Centre, which will open your eyes to a whole new way of life.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Onsite activities

On-Site Activities

Antelope Park provides a variety of fantastic activities which you can enjoy during your time off. You can go on an elephant ride, experience a horseback safari and take a relaxing sunset boat trip after a long day out in the wild. You can also go on a night time lion encounter and experience a new dimension to African wildlife.

Antelope Park is an oasis in the middle of the African bush and volunteers can swim in the beautiful pool, play volleyball, sip sundowners on the deck overlooking the river or try their hand at polocrosse.

Additional excursions

Additional Excursions

During your volunteer working holiday you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional excursion to some of Zimbabwe’s most spectacular sites. This includes trips to

  • Victoria Falls, a breath-taking World Heritage site, where you will have the option to bungee jump, white water raft, visit the Falls, gorge swing across the Batoka Gorge below the Falls or just enjoy the amazing scenery and feel the mist of the falls around you.
  • The stunning Lake Kariba, where you will live on a house boat for 4 days spotting hippos, corcs and elephants. 
  • Rhino Trekking in Matopos National Park - walk through the bush tracking these maginifcent animals
Culture

Culture

During your travels you can also take a cultural tour to discover local traditions, ways of life and cuisines and your time on project will also give you ample of opportunity to engage with local people from surrounding communities.

Back to Top

About Antelope Park

About antelope park

About the Destination

There is something very special about waking up to the distant sounds of lions roaring and falling asleep to the sounds of African Wildlife all around you. Set in over 3,000 acres of open savannah grassland, Antelope Park is where you will be based during your work and volunteer experience. The setting provides you with opportunities to ride through the wilderness on elephant or horseback, view the abundance of wildlife in the Park or canoe on the scenic lake.

Accommodations are a mixture of comfortable twin or quad thatched rooms at the main reserve camp with clean shower and toilet facilities located adjacent to the sleeping area. Antelope Park also caters to visiting guests and you can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a river tent or lodge at extra cost.

Volunteers have the opportunity to use the guest facilities which include the beautiful swimming pool beside the river, canoes, sundowner deck and bar/coffee shop. All your meals, unless you happen to take a packed breakfast into the park on a long lion walk, will be served at the main camp and are guaranteed to leave you feeling nourished and happy!

Your stay at Antelope Park during your volunteer work with animals, will not only leave you with memories that will last a lifetime, but also with the knowledge that you have personally contributed to the survival of the African Lion.

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Simone Diez, Germany

The way all the guides treat and love the animals is great. I got to know during that time that material things influence me way too much. If you have nice people around you at a wonderful place, with amazing animals you do not need this. And it´s great to see if you spend a holiday like this, that you have a good time and you can help in a very good way at the same time. 

Rebecka Rafael, Sweden

You will never forget the animals, the people, the love.

Arianna Petroncini, Italy

Doing this project you can actually feel the passion behind it. You become part of the people that support it and you have a role in the project You give your best and they accept you the way you are.

Emily Moule, UK

I had an amazing two weeks on the Lion Project and although I got to experience almost everything I wanted to, I wish I could extend my project beyond two weeks. Highlights included morning lion walks, day encounters, and a chance to visit the Ngamo release pride. All the staff from Rosa to the handlers were welcoming and more than happy to help us as volunteers and make sure that we got the most out our placements. The other volunteers were from across the world and were all very friendly, it really is a chance to make friends from all over the world. The set up at Antelope Park is basic but comfortable and the volunteers are well looked after. Although I was on lions there was always the opportunity to join the community projects located around Antelope Park and this is something I would definitely have done if I had had longer here. The chance to be a part of vital research into saving the African Lions was truly amazing and to know that I have seen the lionesses that ALERT is going to release into the wild - the first of their kind - is awe inspiring. My only regret is that I didn't spend long enough here, I would definitely recommend the experience to everyone.

Haley, USA

To me, there is no argument that this program will prosper. The knowledge, experience, hard work, determination, and eagerness of the people that play the roles of keeping this place moving along everyday makes it inevitable that Antelope Park will be successful in releasing these lions back into their natural wild world.

This program is built well, and couldn’t be more perfect for those people searching for adventure and enlightenment. To really explain to someone how living in this place in Africa for the last 6 weeks has influenced my outlook on life would take me forever, all I can say is that I am a different person than the girl that arrived.

The things that this place has given me, the things that these people have given me, are so much more then I could have ever imagined.

Elise Bohman, Sweden

It was very interesting and fun to come here and work with the lions, and of course to get to know lots of new people. I really liked it and all the staff members were very nice and friendly. I stayed for two weeks and it was definitely too short so if i get the chance to come back I wouldn't even hesitate a minute. Antelope park is an amazing place with amazing people!

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