Horse Riding and Elephant & Rhino Conservation

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.

Dates & Rates

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Prices include:
  • 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
Prices exclude:
  • 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

Volunteer Reviews

“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

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