As an intern on this program you will gain unique experience in the daily management of an African stable located on a private game reserve in the heart of Zimbabwe. Get hands-on with riding lessons, safaris, carriage rides, polocrosse, show jumping, overnight safaris, and get up-close and personal with African wildlife.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Get to know the African bush whilst exploring on horseback
- Learn, participate and guide guest horserides around the game reserve
- Learn and play the sports of polo, polocrosse and showjumping
- Gain valuable experience in Holistic Stable and Horse Management with in a rustic African setting
- Work hands on with over 40 horses ranging from thoroughbreds to crossbreeds
- Have the opportunity to ride through dams and swim alongside the horse
- Get the chance to work hands-on with our Lion Conservation Project
- Camp out under the stars on overnight horseback safaris
- Interact and help care for our 4 rescued African elephants
- Make friends for life with other international volunteers along the way!
- Take advantage of optional excursions to see Zimbabwe’s natural wonders and wildlife areas, such as visiting the majestic Victora Falls, going rhino trekking in Matobo National Park, or taking a day trip to see the Great Zimbabwe Ruins – a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
“My stay at Antelope Park has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. I thought I was a descend rider when I came here but my time with Ted and all the amazing horses has taking my riding skills to a whole new level. I will never forget this place, all the wonderful people, the staff, the horses and all the experiences. My stay here has exceeded all of my expectations and I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to experience this place. Thank you so much for everything!”
Ninna Thuris, Denmark
“Carrying out a volunteer placement at Antelope park is one if the best things you can ever do. It’s so amazing that this was the second time I have been to Antelope Park, and there will definitely be more occasions in the future. Everyone there is so so friendly and welcoming, so much that you feel part of the family straight away. You get to experience some amazing things, from riding through the bush as the sun rises, to walking with the lion cubs. No matter what project you do, everyone gets to experience the park for the first few days.”
Laura O’Hanlon, UK
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
One of the highlights of this internship is most definitely that you will be based at Antelope Park Private Game Reserve (Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2016), providing you with a full-time nature and wildlife experience throughout your stay.
Set in over 3,000 acres of open savannah grassland, you can expect to wake up to the distant sounds of lions roaring, and fall asleep to the sounds of African wildlife all around you.
Antelope Park is home to the world-famous African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) lion rehabilitation program. It is Africa’s first authentic program working to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild.
Volunteers and interns on all projects at Antelope Park will get to play a role in this ground-breaking program if they are interested in learning more about lion conservation.
Accommodations are a mixture of comfortable twin – or quad – thatched rooms at the reserve’s main camp, with clean showers and toilet facilities located close to the sleeping area. There are plenty of guest facilities also available to volunteers, including a beautiful swimming pool beside the river, canoes, sundowner deck and coffee shop/bar. All your meals, unless you happen to take a packed breakfast on a long lion walk, will be served at the main camp.
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Riding and Activities
Work & Impacts
Fun & Travel
Go on Adventure Trips
Fun & Travel
Observe the Wildlife
Being based in Antelope Park gives you the opportunity to walk and interact with both lions and elephants, as well as ride through the wilderness on horseback to view the wildlife in the park. During the evening, an exclusive night encounter will give you an amazing, close up experience of lions hunting in their natural environment.
Fun & Travel
Soak up the Culture... and Relax!
Your volunteer experience will allow you to be submerged into a new cultural environment. In the surrounding area, you can visit some impressive ancient stone ruins called “Dzimbabwes”, and on lazy afternoons, you can relax on a sundowner cruise or do a bit of canoeing. Antelope Park also has stables with horses suitable for all levels of riders – enjoy a sunrise trail ride through the reserve or try your hand at polocrosse.
Fun & Travel
Evenings are a great time to relax after a hard day’s work and socialize with other volunteers and interns at the park. Movie nights, bonfire nights, fundraising events such as an African Culture night, trivia/quiz nights, table tennis, volleyball and football are all on offer. Antelope Park has a beautiful bar area and deck where you can view stunning African sunsets over the river.