Make your impact in Africa by helping to conserve the iconic African lion. Learn about lion behavior, carry out vital research and give hope to the future of this magnificent species, all while living and working in an authentic Zimbabwean game reserve in the heart of the African bush.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Join African Impact, nominated as Africa’s Leading Conservation Company in the World Travel Awards for the past 11 years, 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
- Enjoy extremely close encounters with iconic African lions
- Take part in important research on our pride of lions, whose cubs – born in semi-wild conditions – are ready for release into the wild
- Witness a ‘night encounter,’ lions hunting after dark – a once in a life time opportunity!
- Interact with, and help care for, the four rescued elephants that live in the reserve
- Live and work in the grounds of Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve, Antelope Park
- Take advantage of the amazing activities Antelope Park has to offer on-site; sunset carriage rides, overnight horse safaris, or even a day spent relaxing by the pool
- 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
About the Destination
There is something very special about waking up to the distant sounds of lions roaring and falling asleep to the sounds of African Wildlife all around you. Set in over 3,000 acres of open savannah grassland, Antelope Park is where you will be based during your work and volunteer experience. The setting provides you with opportunities to ride through the wilderness on horseback, view the abundance of wildlife in the park or canoe on the scenic lake.
Accommodations are a mixture of comfortable twin or quad thatched rooms at the main reserve camp with clean shower and toilet facilities located adjacent to the sleeping area. Antelope Park also caters to visiting guests and you can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a river tent or lodge at extra cost.
Volunteers have the opportunity to use the guest facilities which include the beautiful swimming pool beside the river, canoes, sundowner deck and bar/coffee shop.
All your meals, unless you happen to take a packed breakfast into the park, will be served at the main camp and are guaranteed to leave you feeling nourished and happy!
Your stay at Antelope Park during your volunteer work with animals, will not only leave you with memories that will last a lifetime, but also with the knowledge that you have personally contributed to the survival of the African Lion.
Fun & Travel
Go on Adventure Trips
Being based in Antelope Park gives you the opportunity for extraordinary wildlife encounters, as well as rides 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.
Soak up the Culture, and Relax!
Your volunteer experience will allow you to be immersed in 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.
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.
Dates & Rates
Our project 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 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
- WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!
Why volunteer with African Impact?
We live and breathe all things Africa
Ndinokumbirawo kuti muzvitaure futi. Don’t worry, you’ll get it when you get here.
We are with you all the way
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.
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.
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.
“The people at Antelope Park are amazing! From the moment you arrive to the moment you are dropped off at the airport, they make you feel welcome and part of the family! They are always smiling and ready with a ‘how are you?’.
Katia Dam, Denmark
“I had an amazing experience at Antelope Park. The staff, all the volunteers and especially the animals. I love how the staff give so much love for the whole project, and that we, as volunteers, can help to make a change. I wish I could have been there for ever, and I know for a fact that I’m going back as soon as possible. Thanks for having me, AP, and for everything I got to learn and experience.”
Thea Sagen, Norway