Hands-on Lion & Wildlife Conservation, Zimbabwe - African Impact

Hands-on Lion & Wildlife Conservation, 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

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 Program – currently the only one like it anywhere in the world, which was launched by African Impact at Antelope Park in 2004.

Dates & Rates

Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in Victoria Falls – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Why volunteer with African Impact?

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We live and breathe all things Africa

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Wrapping ourselves around you like a giant fluffy blanket, our awesome staff on the ground will make sure you see, do and experience as much as possible.

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We are about real, measurable change

Responsibility and sustainability is the aim of the game on our very own volunteer projects, having built and developed them hand-in-hand with local communities since 2004.

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We knock it out of the park

But don’t just take it from us, read over 2000 reviews from our past volunteers and check out our awards.

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We are leading the way

With some of the most progressive policies, we are helping to push the boundaries of what the responsible volunteer travel industry can achieve.

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

Lions overlooking Antelope Park
August 10, 2018

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African Wild Dog
July 20, 2018

African Impact Nominated Best Volunteer Organization for Conservation

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