Volunteer with the African Impact team at Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve, Antelope Park, and get involved in not only teaching, but the only lion release program of its kind in the world. While walking and researching lions, you will work closely with the local community in schools and drop-in centers to help children gain an education and an appreciation of the magnificent wildlife they live alongside.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Contribute to an incredible conservation program that aims to release captive-born lions into the wild, featured in: BBC’s Nature’s Miracle Orphans, ITV’s Lion Country and Animal Planet’s Roaring with Pride.
- Enjoy extremely close encounters with lions on a daily basis, walking them through the bush while undertaking important research on lions set for release into the wild.
- Become a role model for disadvantaged children while you spend time at a drop-in center for children living on the streets, and at a boys’ orphanage.
- Help children falling behind in their education by providing one-to-one support and teaching assistance at a pre-school and primary school in the area.
- Interact with – and help care for – the 4 rescued elephants that live at Antelope Park.
- Take advantage of the amazing activities Antelope Park has to offer on-site; night encounters with lions, overnight horse safaris, or even a day spent relaxing by the pool.
- Spend your free time exploring everything Zimbabwe has to offer by visiting Victoria Falls (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World), going rhino trekking, or discovering the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
“I had such an amazing time at Antelope Park. The community project was just incredible and with the lions, my goodness, I never thought I would be able to walk with three 13 month-old lion cubs or carry out research on the release lions and it was just fantastic. I can’t put into words how amazing this volunteering trip really is.”
Danielle Brush, UK
“Really going to miss the children and walking with lions on a daily basis. Everyone makes such a huge difference on African Impact’s projects – cannot recommend African Impact quite enough and how well they look after us volunteers. As a volunteer our lives will never be the same – whilst I was teaching 5-10 year olds, little did I know (or expect) to be the one being taught a lesson…in life.”
Denis Sop, Australia
Dates & Rates
- 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
- 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
Volunteers live at Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2017 and 2016, Antelope Park. It is an authentic African thatched lodge, surrounded by nature and wildlife, and the home of The African Lion and Environmental Research Trust’s Lion Release into the Wild Program and its 100+ lions.
Living here, you will get to experience many unique wildlife encounters, enjoy canoeing on the scenic lake and during the evening, you can even go on a Night Safari offering you an amazing, close up experience of lions hunting in their natural environment.
Volunteers all stay together in the Volunteer Village, an area of twin and quad rooms with an entertainment area, fire pit and space to relax. The accommodation is clean and comfortable, with good showers and toilet facilities, although there are also options to upgrade to riverside tents or lodges if you wish.
During your stay, you will also be able to use the guest facilities which include the beautiful swimming pool beside the river, canoes, sundowner deck and bar/coffee shop.
You will receive three meals a day; breakfast and dinner served at the main camp of the reserve and a delicious packed lunch for your working day. Wind down at the end of a long day with a nightcap around the fire pit, chatting to other volunteers and guests at the park.
Antelope Park will not only leave you with memories that will last a lifetime, but also with the knowledge that you have personally contributed to the conservation and protection of Africa’s amazing wildlife.
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Fun & Travel
Visiting the Victoria Falls during your stay in Zimbabwe is a must! You will be mesmerized by the sheer volume of water and the magnificent display of nature. We facilitate group trips to Vic Falls where you can unleash your inner adrenaline junkie and do some bungee jumping, river-rafting, zip-lining or abseiling!