Make a difference in conserving the endangered rhinos and elephants of Africa, as you work with these beautiful creatures in the heart of a magnificent game reserve in Zimbabwe – a country who has lost 70% of their wildlife in the past decades. Have the volunteer experience of a lifetime and leave Africa knowing that you helped protect one of the most vulnerable species, the Black rhino.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Care for the Reserve’s rhinos and elephants and play a vital role in their conservation
- Experience game drives, observing and researching behaviour of the Reserve’s other wild animals, including lions, buffalo, hyenas and antelope
- Learn a lot about day-to-day game park management, as well as being involved in anti-poaching patrols, assisting game rangers and community outreach
- Live in the heart of an African Game Reserve, surrounded by wildlife and soothed to sleep by the sounds of the bush
- Explore the game park on foot, by game viewer or on the back of one of our bush horses
About the Destination
At the reserve where your volunteer program will take place, you’ll encounter a diverse range of landscapes in 10,000 acres of conservancy that includes msasa woodlands, savannah grassland, rocky outcrops, riverine forest and thorny scrub. You will stay in comfortable twin or dormitory accommodation in a two storey thatched house next to a lake. There are two indoor bathrooms with shower and flush toilets and two outdoor solar showers for those hot days.
Your accommodation is staffed with a cook and housekeeping staff and laundry will also be done for you. The people of the local community are friendly and children love the volunteer interaction at their school.
Living in close proximity with four of Africa’s Big 5 animals on this privately owned conservancy you will witness amazing animal relationships and get a unique behind the scenes look at life on an African game reserve.
On the reserve you can climb Castle Kopje or visit Markwe Caves to see bush paintings and ancient tribal artifacts. Sundowners from the lookout point are a great way to start off your evenings. Then enjoy chatting around a fire, do some star-gazing and end off the day with a hearty meal and a good night’s rest, lulled to sleep by the sounds of nocturnal Africa.
Fun & Travel
You can enjoy a game drive to spot the Big 5, but another amazing way to experience the wildlife is to go horse riding in the bush.
Culture and Shopping
Volunteers can visit local cultural sites getting a better understanding of the Zimbabwean culture and traditions. The hustle and bustle of Harare will also give you a great opportunity for shopping in the local markets
Having come all the way to Zimbabwe, it will be a shame not to take an extra short trip to the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This amazing sight will not only leave you in awe at its sheer power, volume and magnificent scenery but also invite you to partake in a multitude of adventure activities including white-water rafting, canoeing, bungee jumping, zip-lining and abseiling.
Dates & Rates
- Airport pick-up and drop-off, as well as all work-related transport
- All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
- 24 hour support from the experienced in-country team
- All required training, guidance and resources needed to make an impact
- Weekly laundry service
- Cleaning service for your room
- Medical and travel insurance
- Flights to your chosen destination
- Visa-related fees
- Weekend trips and other non-project activities
- Items of a personal nature, including gifts, snacks and alcohol
- Internet access (this can be purchased on the ground)
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.
“I absolutely loved this program!! I met so many amazing and personable people during my stay. I also loved working with the elephants!! There is no way to put in words how amazing my experience was because it just wouldn’t do it justice. I’m already planning on going back to Africa because of how wonderful an experience it was!”
Erika Obrock, USA
“It was a wonderful and so worthful experience in Zimbabwe. Working with rhinos and elephants was fantastic and there are a lot of other animals to work with. I have had a great time! The Zimbabwean people are very nice and I have known nice people from all over the world. If you like animals, if you like nature, if you are a person for special moments in life join this project! I was sad when I was leaving but I know I will come back.”
Alex Edhofer, Italy