Lions, Conservation and Community, Zambia - African Impact

Lions, Conservation and Community, Zambia

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.


  • Join us on our world’s first lion conservation and release program
  • 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 number of 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 neighboring 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!

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?

Dates & Rates

Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact accommodation
  • 3 fresh and 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
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Why volunteer with African Impact?

Why AI Africa Specialists
We live and breathe all things Africa

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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.

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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.

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Volunteer Reviews

“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

October 30, 2018

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