As a volunteer, you will contribute to the running of an African conservancy from horseback and get involved in first-hand care of endangered rhinos and elephants on a daily basis. While researching animal behavior and being an integral part of anti-poaching initiatives, you will also learn about conservancy management and provide conservation education in local communities.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU WILL GET TO:
- Base yourself in an animal lover’s paradise, where endangered elephants and rhinos roam free
- Get involved with conservancy monitoring and management on horseback
- With elevated views from horseback, assist with vital snare patrols and search for evidence of poaching
- Work closely with local community members as you play a vital role in safeguarding endangered species
- Learn about animal behavior as you monitor their activities, feeding, and socialization
- Assist with anti-poaching efforts to ensure the continued safety of the animals at the conservancy
- Educate local school children about conservation, wildlife, and the environment
- Get a unique behind the scenes look at life on a reserve and learn what is involved in the wildlife management
- Live in and explore the beautiful Zimbabwe bush on foot, horse-back, or by game viewer
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 enjoy a game drive to spot Africa’s most famous and elusive wildlife. But a truly unique safari experience is on horse back.
Horse riding safaris happen every Saturday and are about 2 hours. However, this depends on availability of horses and whether enough volunteers have signed up for the experience.
Culture and Shopping
Volunteers can visit local cultural sites to get a better understanding of the Zimbabwean culture and traditions.
For shopping, get lost in the hustle and bustle of Harare, the capital city, as you browse the local markets. This also offers great opportunities to talk to locals and experience the unique atmosphere of a Zimbabwean city.
Having come all the way to Zimbabwe, it will be a shame not to take an extra short trip to the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This amazing sight will leave you in awe at its power and magnificent scenery, but also invite you to partake in a multitude of adventure activities.
Some of the best things to do in Victoria Falls if you are looking for adventure are white-water rafting, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and abseiling.
Dates & Rates
- Accommodation throughout your stay
- 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef
- 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
- Weekly laundry service
- Cleaning service
- Flights (we can assist you with this)
- 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
- WiFi – this can be purchased on the ground
“The rides out over the Imire property were just breath-taking, and we got to see many areas and sights that you just would not see by vehicle. We could get right up close to the wildebeest herds, and walk quietly past as the sable grazed in the distance. I remember cantering through a beautiful patch of land after a long ride with the others, zebras in the foreground and impala watching on from afar and just thinking ‘this is exactly what I had hoped for when I had signed up to Imire.”
Rachel Miller, Australia
“I spent 2 weeks on the horse riding and conservation project and had the best experience ever. As horse riding volunteers we rode every morning nice and early then joined the rest of the volunteers for the daily activities after that. This meant we got the best of both worlds as we got the riding but didn’t miss out on any rhino or elephant or other activities either.”
Amy Souster, UK