Horse Management & Lion Conservation Internship, Zimbabwe

Join a unique and intimate team of horse experts and learn everything there is to know about stable management in authentic African stables, exploring the bush daily by horseback and spotting wildlife. Living in a beautiful game reserve in the heart of Zimbabwe, you will also contribute to the conservation of the African lion.


  • Gain valuable experience while exploring the African bush on horseback
  • Learn to guide horse rides, play polocrosse and show jump while living in the game reserve
  • Work with over 30 horses ranging from thoroughbreds to crossbreeds
  • Join on our first-of-its-kind lion rehabilitation and conservation program at Antelope Park, featured in: BBC’s Nature’s Miracle Orphans, ITV’s Lion Country and Animal Planet’s Roaring with Pride
  • Take part in important research on our pride of lions, whose cubs, born in semi-wild conditions, will be released into the wild
  • Witness lions hunting after dark – a once in a life time opportunity (additional costs apply)
  • Camp out under the stars on overnight horseback safaris (additional costs apply)
  • Interact and help care for our four rescued African elephants
  • Spend your free time exploring everything Zimbabwe has to offer by visiting Victoria Falls (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World), going rhino trekking, or discovering the Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Live and work in Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2017 and 2016, Antelope Park

About the Destination

As a volunteer in Africa you will be based in the amazing Antelope Park Game Reserve set in over 3000 acres of open savannah grassland. You will experience many wildlife encounters, enjoy canoeing on the scenic lake and during the evening, you can go on a Night Safari offering you an amazing, close up experience of lions hunting in their natural environment.

The Volunteer Village provides a great place to relax with opportunity to use guest facilities such as the swimming pool beside the river, canoes, sundowner deck and bar/coffee shop. The accommodation is clean and comfortable with good showers and toilet facilities.  You will receive three amazing meals a day served buffet style. Breakfast and dinner are served at the main camp of the reserve and you will be given a delicious packed lunch for your working day.

Wind down at the end of a long day with a nightcap around the fire pit chatting to other volunteers and guests at the park.

Antelope Park will not only leave you with memories that will last a lifetime, but also with the knowledge that you have personally contributed to conservation and protection of Africa’s amazing wildlife.

Dates & Rates

Our internship fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2017  – a lodge surrounded by wilderness and shared by our volunteers, interns, staff and guests
  • 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 are there to support you 24/7
  • Full training and mentoring within your chosen field
Our internship 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-placement activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry

Volunteer Reviews

“This experience was absolutely AMAZING! All the volunteers had the opportunity to experience all the activities that Antelope Park offers, which makes it much better. The camp is a really nice place, and the people that you know here becomes your family during your stay. This project allowed me to know how people work with horses in Antelope Park, and the different activities that they can do with them (safaris, polocrosse,..). I can also say that waking up at 5.30 am it’s worth it! The most amazing sun rise of the world is in Zimbabwe for sure. The combination with the Lions project also gave me an incredible opportunity to interact with them more than I expected, and I learned a lot about the lions and the ALERT project to release them into the wildlife.”

Laura Martinez, Spain

“I had a really great experience while I was here and got to meet a lot of new people. Everything at the stables was very orderly and nice, which made learning my way around the horses a lot easier! I liked the fact that every two weeks we get a group of new volunteers because it was fun getting to know so many different types of people and from so many countries. This has broadened my horizons by quite a bit. One of my other favorite memories was the overnight horse safari, I got to participate in that twice. We got to sleep out under the stars while having a fire burning all night and a private chef. Every memory I’ve made here will be unforgettable and I hope to get a chance to come back!”

Clare Swaney, USA

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