Contribute to the conservation of the iconic African lion in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Play your part in a variety of conservation projects including the wild elephant-human conflict research whilst working closely with the local communities of Livingstone and Victoria Falls.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Join us on our world’s first lion conservation and release programme
- Take research on our pride of lions who’s wild born cubs are due to be released into the wild
- Get actively involved in a numberof other conservation activities including our elephant–human conflict research and insect research
- Experience the African bush in a very special way as you spend time working in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park alongside the Zambezi River
- Educate and Empower local communities whilst learning about Zambian culture
- For the adrenaline junkies, go on adventure activities on themighty Zambezi River and majestic VictoriaFalls like, Helicopter rides, white water rafting and bungee jumping of the famous bridge!
- Visit some of Africa’s most spectacular wilderness in neighbouring Botswana or Zimbabwe including Chobe National Park or walk with lions at the other Lion Conservation Program’s at Antelope Park and Victoria Falls
- Make friends for life with other international volunteers along the way!
“I feel this is an excellent program, both in helping with the lion re-population issue and the help given to the local community. I have gained a feeling of true self satisfaction in helping with the lion project and great esteem for the work in the local villages. It was awesome to see the smiles on the faces of the children at the schools.” Paula Mannu, UK
“I wanted to let you know that the experience I had with you in Zambia was truly a cliched “once in a life time” experience. Being able to work with the lions and being a very small part of a very big and honourable cause is something I will treasure for life.
I admire you for being able to deal with people from all walks of life, from all corners of the globe, of all ages with a multitude of cultural attitudes thrown in.” Margaret Hatezic, Australia
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
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one half of the ‘The Smoke That Thunders’, known worldwide as Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River.
Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, so volunteering here gives you a unique opportunity to explore this incredible sight, as well as enjoy the adventure activities on offer! This includes bungee-jumping, white-water rafting and even helicopter rides over the falls!
Your volunteer accommodation is located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone, Zambia, away from the noise of traffic in the city. The house is surrounded by beautiful woodland and grassland with plenty of birds, and animals including giraffe, zebra, elephant, white rhino, warthog, sable, eland, buffalo, impala and other antelope.
The accommodation is simple, with plenty hot and cold water, showers, and rooms shared between 3 and 4 volunteers. Unless your daily activities require you to take a packed meal, meals will be served at the house and are prepared by the on-site chefs.
Whether you’re volunteering abroad during your gap year, studying, or undertaking research work experience, this opportunity will be an adventure of a life time. In such a beautiful location, with so much activity, the warmth of Africa’s people and wonder of its amazing wildlife, how can you possibly go wrong?