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. The country has lost 70% of its wildlife in the past decades. Have the volunteer experience of a lifetime and leave Africa knowing that you helped protect two of the world’s most vulnerable species.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU WILL GET TO:
- Play a vital role in the conservation and care of the reserve’s rhinos and elephants
- Observe and research the behavior of other wild animals on safari drives through the reserve
- Learn about day-to-day game park management as you work alongside game rangers at Imire
- Get involved in anti-poaching patrols and gain special insight into what it takes to be an anti-poaching ranger
- Experience local life and learn about the culture on various community outreach projects
- Live in the heart of an African Game Reserve, surrounded by wildlife and soothing 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, you’ll encounter a diverse range of landscapes in 10,000 acres of conservancy that includes woodlands, savannah grassland, rocky outcrops, riverine forest, and thorny scrub. You will be comfortably accommodated while volunteering at Imire. Group sizes are a maximum of 12 volunteers. Rooms are shared and include comfortable single beds with bedding. *Room conﬁguration is at the discretion of Imire management.
Showers and toilet facilities at Imire are shared and have hot, running water. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas. Three home-cooked meals are provided daily on a self-serve basis. Water at Imire is pumped from a borehole and is safe and clean for drinking. The people of the local community are friendly and children love the volunteer interaction at their school, so there will be ample opportunities to connect with locals.
Living on this privately owned conservancy, you will witness amazing animal relationships and get a unique behind the scenes look at life on a reserve. You can visit Markwe Caves to see bush paintings and ancient tribal artifacts (if the guide is available). Sundowners from the lookout point are a great way to start off your evenings. End the night off by doing some star-gazing and falling asleep to the sounds of nocturnal Africa.
Fun & Travel
You can go on game drives through the reserve to spot wildlife or try something completely different and go on a horse back safari.
Horse riding safaris are available on Saturday mornings for 2 hours, pending availability of horses and volunteer numbers.
Culture and Shopping
Volunteers can visit local cultural sites to learn about Zimbabwean culture and traditions. Head to the capital city of Harare to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the markets on shopping trips.
Having come all the way to Zimbabwe, it will be a shame not to take a short trip to the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Victoria Falls will leave you in awe of 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
- Accommodation throughout your stay
- 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef (weekdays only)
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Transport to and from project
- 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
- Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
- Project equipment and resources
- Flights (we can assist you with this)
- Medical or travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
“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