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Join our team in the untouched African bush, playing a vital role on the front-line of wildlife conservation through tracking, monitoring and collecting data on large predators and other wildlife in one of the world’s largest conservation areas. At the same time, get hands on experience and interaction with captive lions through our Release Into the Wild Program.

Hyena collaring group

Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Enjoy extremely close encounters with captive lions on their daily walks, and watch their natural instincts develop while collecting data for our ground-breaking and globally-recognized lion release program
  • Work alongside a team of researchers tracking and monitoring large predators such as hyena, lion and leopard in the Zambezi National Park
  • Play a key role in wildlife conservation in one of the world's largest conservation areas
  • Enjoy living in Africa’s adventure capital, where you can fill your weekends with adrenaline activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting. Take advantage of optional trips to wildlife havens like Botswana’s Chobe National Park, or visit our wild-born cubs in release sites located at our bases in Livingstone, Zambia or Antelope Park, Zimbabwe
  • Live a stone’s throw from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls, where wildlife such as elephant roam the streets. Play a vital role in the conservation of this World Heritage Site
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Lion Conservation Wildlife Research & Conservation
Destination Destination
Zimbabwe
Priced From Priced From
£ 1167| € 1524| US$ 2142| AU$ 2567|

“Having been involved with the Lion Rehabilitation program for the last 10 years it has become my life, and a goal I share with a very special and dedicated team. Its changed us, improved us and united us under the same vision.” Nathan Webb, Vic Falls General Manager

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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1167| € 1524| US$ 2142| AU$ 2567|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 2142 GBP 1167 EUR 1524 AUD 2567
3 weeks USD 2718 GBP 1481 EUR 1935 AUD 3258
4 weeks USD 3295 GBP 1795 EUR 2345 AUD 3949
5 weeks USD 4168 GBP 2271 EUR 2966 AUD 4995
6 weeks USD 4712 GBP 2567 EUR 3353 AUD 5647
7 weeks USD 5256 GBP 2863 EUR 3740 AUD 6299
8 weeks USD 5799 GBP 3159 EUR 4127 AUD 6950

*Please note that volunteers staying longer than 4 weeks will require a “temporary residence permit” at an additional cost of US$500.

Please note that there is still availability for 2016. One of our Destination Managers will be happy to supply this year’s prices on enquiry.

Project Start Dates

2016 Start Dates:

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

Over the past 40 years, the African lion population has decreased by an astonishing 80 – 90% with today’s estimated number of lions as low as 20,000. The Hands-On Lion Conservation Project forms part of our ground-breaking Lion Release Programme – currently the only one like it anywhere in the world, which was launched by African Impact at Antelope Park in 2004.

Not only will you have the opportunity to work with captive lions by participating in daily walks in the bush as well as assisting with their overall care and welfare, but you will also spend your days working towards the conservation of wild lions in the national parks around Victoria Falls. From the release program to the wild - you'll be working alongside the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT), a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the African Lion, and the habitat upon which it relies.

Predator  wildlife research

PREDATOR & WILDLIFE RESEARCH

Work alongside our skilled research team in The Zambezi National Park, home to lions, leopards, African wild dogs, spotted hyena and more. Your role will be to assist in collecting baseline data on each species that is used to improve species conservation management plans. This includes, tracking and data collection on our focal hyena clan, tracking and monitoring the resident leopard populations, as well as general large predator census creation through spoor transects, physical sightings and call-up surveys. Large predators play a key role in the ecosystem and as such, their populations and distribution must be constantly monitored.

Lion conservation

LION WALKS & RESEARCH

Spend time working hands-on with our captive-bred lions to help familiarise them with their natural environment. They need to adapt to it, learn from it, understand, observe, feel and smell the wild. Partake in some of the daily walks these cubs go on as they encounter wildlife such as buffalo, and observe as their natural instincts take over. During these walks and at other times, you will collect essential data on the lions which is used by the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT). In addition to the walks, you will be involved in the care of the animals. They need feeding, cleaning, enrichment and occasionally will need veterinary care to ensure that they are kept in the best of health.

Community involvement

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

A vital part of your role will be assisting with our outreach programs within the local community – initiatives include conservation education and data collection on our human-wildlife conflict mitigation strategies. These programs help increase support for conservation efforts and teach children living on the borders of national parks about the importance of maintaining wildlife and environmental sustainability. Monitoring the lighting system project in rural areas, which deters wild lions from attacking livestock, is an incredibly unique program monitored by volunteers that boasts a 100% success rate. 

Other activities

OTHER ACTIVITIES

As well as your time spent on our focal conservation activities, vounteers also get the opportunity to join our elephant research initiatives, by documenting the location, size and structure of elephant herds and helping to build up a database of individual animals using their ear notches, tusk size and shape as identification markers. Outside of this, you will also get very involved in general park conservation activities, such as alien plant species removal, waterhole and fire management programs, anti-poaching activities, and litter picks. This is vital to ensuring a healthy ecosystem and despite being hard work, it's extremely rewarding.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Stay on a river island

STAY ON A RIVER ISLAND

Chundu Island is a very popular spot: it’s in the middle of the Zambezi National Park and is only accessible by boat. If you choose this excursion, you’ll go on a boat cruise and a game drive, then spend a night on the island. Seeing the sun set over the Zambezi River should be on everybody’s “bucket list” – it’s indescribable.

Get adventurous

GET ADVENTUROUS

The great Victoria Falls will leave you in awe, and its waters flowing down the Zambezi were made for adventure. From white-water rafting to sunset cruises, bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge to abseiling – the options are endless!

Spend time with fellow volunteers

SPEND TIME WITH FELLOW VOLUNTEERS

A few times a week, volunteers are able to take part in extra curricular activities such as night game drives, barbecues, and sunset drinks overlooking Zambezi National Park. Volunteers also have free time to go into Victoria Falls Town and enjoy the local cuisine in delightful restaurants.

Cross the border

CROSS THE BORDER

Add to the collection of stamps in your passport by visiting neighbouring Botswana for the day on a game drive and cruise on the Chobe River. Or, hop over to our sister project in Zambia to catch a glimpse of the Stage 2 Dambwa Release Pride and get a very white rhino sighting in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. 

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About the Destination

Known as the Adventure Capital of Africa, Victoria Falls promises an exciting journey in work and play. You’ll stay at the Outpost Lodge, a private property for volunteers and staff, complete with a great dining area, pool and indoor and outdoor living spaces. Wifi is provided at the lodge at a small cost of about US$1 per day.

The Zimbabwean eople are incredibly friendly and hospitable, and love to welcome you in sharing the beauty of their surroundings. Victoria Falls is a safe town with the most remarkable sunrises and sunsets.

The national parks here are some of the best in Africa, and wildlife is easily spotted roaming around. The misty spray of the Falls creates a permanent drizzle and waters the surrounding vegetation, often forming beautiful rainbows. The Zambezi River is home to crocodiles, hippos, kingfishers and draws many animals to drink from its streams.

With so many activities and projects on offer, Victoria Falls is the perfect location for gap-year programs, university volunteering, high school programs and working holidays. You will learn about local cultures and traditions, history and even how to talk a little of the vernacular. You will never run out of things to learn, adventures to experience, people to help or animals to see, and the impact it will have on your life will be priceless.

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Feedback from our volunteers

PHILIPPA GOFF - UK

"The time I had in Vic Falls was the best 4 weeks of my life. My perspective on life has been changed, and the whole experience was life changing. I only properly realized what I had back home when I came to Vic Falls saw the lifestyle of others. I have met some amazing people who will be friends for life, and I will always have a special connection with lions and Victoria Falls.

If you have a passion for wildlife and want to meet some incredible people, I recommend this project."

KATIE SCHIFFER - USA

"Personally I gained knowledge of wildlife, the ecosystem, other cultures, and amazing new experiences I never could have witnessed anywhere else- coming in contact with so many wild animals, game drives, research, witnessing hyenas in their natural habitat, seeing the milky way so bright and clear! I also gaine the confidence to continue traveling on my own to volunteer or vacation elsewhere."

FIONA HEIZMANN - GERMANY

"This project is amazing! Staff, activities and of course the lions were all wonderful - some of the best few weeks of my life, and hands down my favourite project I have ever done."

GAVIN MCGLONE - UK

"Africa has greatly influenced my perspective on life as it made me think you don’t need to have riches and possessions to be happy. This program was simply amazing, without a doubt the greatest thing I have ever done. The project has made me feel more confident and experienced in my dream to travel the world and hopefully come back to lion encounter for longer."

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Lion Walk & Wild Lion Conservation - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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

Join our team in the untouched African bush, playing a vital role on the front-line of wildlife conservation through tracking, monitoring and collecting data on large predators and other wildlife in one of the world’s largest conservation areas. At the same time, get hands on experience and interaction with captive lions through our Release Into the Wild Program.

Hyena collaring group

Volunteers on this project will get to:

  • Enjoy extremely close encounters with captive lions on their daily walks, and watch their natural instincts develop while collecting data for our ground-breaking and globally-recognized lion release program
  • Work alongside a team of researchers tracking and monitoring large predators such as hyena, lion and leopard in the Zambezi National Park
  • Play a key role in wildlife conservation in one of the world's largest conservation areas
  • Enjoy living in Africa’s adventure capital, where you can fill your weekends with adrenaline activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting. Take advantage of optional trips to wildlife havens like Botswana’s Chobe National Park, or visit our wild-born cubs in release sites located at our bases in Livingstone, Zambia or Antelope Park, Zimbabwe
  • Live a stone’s throw from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls, where wildlife such as elephant roam the streets. Play a vital role in the conservation of this World Heritage Site
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Lion Conservation Wildlife Research & Conservation
Destination Destination
Zimbabwe
Priced From Priced From
£ 1167| € 1524| US$ 2142| AU$ 2567|

“Having been involved with the Lion Rehabilitation program for the last 10 years it has become my life, and a goal I share with a very special and dedicated team. Its changed us, improved us and united us under the same vision.” Nathan Webb, Vic Falls General Manager

Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1167| € 1524| US$ 2142| AU$ 2567|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 2142 GBP 1167 EUR 1524 AUD 2567
3 weeks USD 2718 GBP 1481 EUR 1935 AUD 3258
4 weeks USD 3295 GBP 1795 EUR 2345 AUD 3949
5 weeks USD 4168 GBP 2271 EUR 2966 AUD 4995
6 weeks USD 4712 GBP 2567 EUR 3353 AUD 5647
7 weeks USD 5256 GBP 2863 EUR 3740 AUD 6299
8 weeks USD 5799 GBP 3159 EUR 4127 AUD 6950

*Please note that volunteers staying longer than 4 weeks will require a “temporary residence permit” at an additional cost of US$500.

Please note that there is still availability for 2016. One of our Destination Managers will be happy to supply this year’s prices on enquiry.

Project Start Dates

2016 Start Dates:

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

Over the past 40 years, the African lion population has decreased by an astonishing 80 – 90% with today’s estimated number of lions as low as 20,000. The Hands-On Lion Conservation Project forms part of our ground-breaking Lion Release Programme – currently the only one like it anywhere in the world, which was launched by African Impact at Antelope Park in 2004.

Not only will you have the opportunity to work with captive lions by participating in daily walks in the bush as well as assisting with their overall care and welfare, but you will also spend your days working towards the conservation of wild lions in the national parks around Victoria Falls. From the release program to the wild - you'll be working alongside the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT), a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the African Lion, and the habitat upon which it relies.

Predator  wildlife research

PREDATOR & WILDLIFE RESEARCH

Work alongside our skilled research team in The Zambezi National Park, home to lions, leopards, African wild dogs, spotted hyena and more. Your role will be to assist in collecting baseline data on each species that is used to improve species conservation management plans. This includes, tracking and data collection on our focal hyena clan, tracking and monitoring the resident leopard populations, as well as general large predator census creation through spoor transects, physical sightings and call-up surveys. Large predators play a key role in the ecosystem and as such, their populations and distribution must be constantly monitored.

Lion conservation

LION WALKS & RESEARCH

Spend time working hands-on with our captive-bred lions to help familiarise them with their natural environment. They need to adapt to it, learn from it, understand, observe, feel and smell the wild. Partake in some of the daily walks these cubs go on as they encounter wildlife such as buffalo, and observe as their natural instincts take over. During these walks and at other times, you will collect essential data on the lions which is used by the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT). In addition to the walks, you will be involved in the care of the animals. They need feeding, cleaning, enrichment and occasionally will need veterinary care to ensure that they are kept in the best of health.

Community involvement

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

A vital part of your role will be assisting with our outreach programs within the local community – initiatives include conservation education and data collection on our human-wildlife conflict mitigation strategies. These programs help increase support for conservation efforts and teach children living on the borders of national parks about the importance of maintaining wildlife and environmental sustainability. Monitoring the lighting system project in rural areas, which deters wild lions from attacking livestock, is an incredibly unique program monitored by volunteers that boasts a 100% success rate. 

Other activities

OTHER ACTIVITIES

As well as your time spent on our focal conservation activities, vounteers also get the opportunity to join our elephant research initiatives, by documenting the location, size and structure of elephant herds and helping to build up a database of individual animals using their ear notches, tusk size and shape as identification markers. Outside of this, you will also get very involved in general park conservation activities, such as alien plant species removal, waterhole and fire management programs, anti-poaching activities, and litter picks. This is vital to ensuring a healthy ecosystem and despite being hard work, it's extremely rewarding.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Stay on a river island

STAY ON A RIVER ISLAND

Chundu Island is a very popular spot: it’s in the middle of the Zambezi National Park and is only accessible by boat. If you choose this excursion, you’ll go on a boat cruise and a game drive, then spend a night on the island. Seeing the sun set over the Zambezi River should be on everybody’s “bucket list” – it’s indescribable.

Get adventurous

GET ADVENTUROUS

The great Victoria Falls will leave you in awe, and its waters flowing down the Zambezi were made for adventure. From white-water rafting to sunset cruises, bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge to abseiling – the options are endless!

Spend time with fellow volunteers

SPEND TIME WITH FELLOW VOLUNTEERS

A few times a week, volunteers are able to take part in extra curricular activities such as night game drives, barbecues, and sunset drinks overlooking Zambezi National Park. Volunteers also have free time to go into Victoria Falls Town and enjoy the local cuisine in delightful restaurants.

Cross the border

CROSS THE BORDER

Add to the collection of stamps in your passport by visiting neighbouring Botswana for the day on a game drive and cruise on the Chobe River. Or, hop over to our sister project in Zambia to catch a glimpse of the Stage 2 Dambwa Release Pride and get a very white rhino sighting in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. 

Back to Top
Img 3888

About the Destination

Known as the Adventure Capital of Africa, Victoria Falls promises an exciting journey in work and play. You’ll stay at the Outpost Lodge, a private property for volunteers and staff, complete with a great dining area, pool and indoor and outdoor living spaces. Wifi is provided at the lodge at a small cost of about US$1 per day.

The Zimbabwean eople are incredibly friendly and hospitable, and love to welcome you in sharing the beauty of their surroundings. Victoria Falls is a safe town with the most remarkable sunrises and sunsets.

The national parks here are some of the best in Africa, and wildlife is easily spotted roaming around. The misty spray of the Falls creates a permanent drizzle and waters the surrounding vegetation, often forming beautiful rainbows. The Zambezi River is home to crocodiles, hippos, kingfishers and draws many animals to drink from its streams.

With so many activities and projects on offer, Victoria Falls is the perfect location for gap-year programs, university volunteering, high school programs and working holidays. You will learn about local cultures and traditions, history and even how to talk a little of the vernacular. You will never run out of things to learn, adventures to experience, people to help or animals to see, and the impact it will have on your life will be priceless.

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

PHILIPPA GOFF - UK

"The time I had in Vic Falls was the best 4 weeks of my life. My perspective on life has been changed, and the whole experience was life changing. I only properly realized what I had back home when I came to Vic Falls saw the lifestyle of others. I have met some amazing people who will be friends for life, and I will always have a special connection with lions and Victoria Falls.

If you have a passion for wildlife and want to meet some incredible people, I recommend this project."

KATIE SCHIFFER - USA

"Personally I gained knowledge of wildlife, the ecosystem, other cultures, and amazing new experiences I never could have witnessed anywhere else- coming in contact with so many wild animals, game drives, research, witnessing hyenas in their natural habitat, seeing the milky way so bright and clear! I also gaine the confidence to continue traveling on my own to volunteer or vacation elsewhere."

FIONA HEIZMANN - GERMANY

"This project is amazing! Staff, activities and of course the lions were all wonderful - some of the best few weeks of my life, and hands down my favourite project I have ever done."

GAVIN MCGLONE - UK

"Africa has greatly influenced my perspective on life as it made me think you don’t need to have riches and possessions to be happy. This program was simply amazing, without a doubt the greatest thing I have ever done. The project has made me feel more confident and experienced in my dream to travel the world and hopefully come back to lion encounter for longer."

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