Hands-on Lion & Wildlife Conservation – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.


  • 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

Volunteer Reviews

“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.” Fiona Heizmann, Germany

“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.” Philippa Goff, UK

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

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

Victoria Falls is a safe town with the most remarkable sunrises and sunsets, where you might catch a glimpse of wildlife even amongst the town’s streets.

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, and diverse bird life and draws many animals, like elephants, to drink from its banks.

Aside from it’s beauty, Victoria Falls also offers amazing adventure activities including bungee jumping, white-water rafting and river cruises!

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.

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.

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