Community Healthcare and Hands-on Lion Conservation Project

Make a difference in a struggling community by providing basic, but essential healthcare, while at the same time contributing to the conservation of the iconic African Lion. As you experience the best of both worlds, this unique project will open your eyes to the beauty of Africa and its people, and allow you to get up close and personal with Africa’s amazing wildlife.

AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:

  • Gain valuable healthcare and medical experience by observing patient care within the clinics
  • Get involved in tasks such as baby weighing, medical record filing and medication packaging
  • Experience night duty in the clinics and assist in bringing new life into this world
  • Join house-visits for patients who need extra care and support
  • Enjoy hands-on work and extremely close encounters with African lions
  • Walk alongside lions in the bush and witness them in their natural habitat playing and stalking prey
  • Go on a ‘night encounter’ – lions hunting after dark. A once in a lifetime opportunity!
  • Interact and help care for our four rescued African Elephants
  • Take advantage of optional excursions to see Zimbabwe’s natural wonders and wildlife areas. You could visit Victoria Falls, the ‘adventure capital’ of Africa, go rhino trekking in Matobo National Park, or take a day trip to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins – a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Volunteer Reviews

“It was by far one of the best experience I have ever lived. Meeting people from all over the world, walking with the lions and seeing the African animals it is what makes it special. I only stayed 2 weeks in Antelope Park and I can say that it was not enough because in community you get to do lots of projects and you get to meet people to whom you get attached extremely quick. Before arriving to antelope park I did not know what to expect and I must say that it was a pleasant surprise!”  Chloe Rispoli, UK

“6 weeks in Antelope Park were just awesome – I feel like it’s only been 3 weeks here ! (Time is running soooo fast) I met so many people who were just so lovely !! So many experiences and there were all different ! ( Lion feeding, saw a delivery, teaching the children in a primary school, helping people who are in need..)” Josephine De Spirlet, Belgium

Dates & Rates

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
  • Laundry
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
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.

About the Destination

One of the highlights of this volunteer project is most definitely that you will be based at Antelope Park Private Game Reserve (Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2016), providing you with a full-time nature and wildlife experience throughout your stay.

Set in over 3,000 acres of open savannah grassland, you can expect to wake up to the distant sounds of lions roaring, and fall asleep to the sounds of African wildlife all around you

Antelope Park is home to the world-famous African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) lion rehabilitation program. It is Africa’s first authentic program working to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild.

Volunteers on all projects at Antelope Park will get to play a role in this ground-breaking program if they are interested in learning more about lion conservation.

Accommodations are a mixture of comfortable twin – or quad – thatched rooms at the reserve’s main camp, with clean showers and toilet facilities located close to the sleeping area. There are plenty of guest facilities also available to volunteers, including a beautiful swimming pool beside the river, canoes, sundowner deck and coffee shop/bar. All your meals, unless you happen to take a packed breakfast on a long lion walk, will be served at the main camp.

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