Use your passion for photography and hone your skills to make a difference in the preservation of one of the world’s largest wildlife conservancies. Passionate photographers can make a difference to conservation efforts in Zimbabwe as your photographs will be used for a number of objectives, bringing greater awareness to wildlife conservation in Africa.
THIS PROJECT IS OPEN OVER CHRISTMAS 2018!
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Spend your days immersed in one of the region’s most diverse and iconic photography destinations
- Take magnificent photographs of the thundering Victoria Falls, the mighty Zambezi River and the multitude of wildlife that call this area home
- Hone your skills completing photographic activities which are designed to push your limits as coordinated by our resident photographer. At the same time, you will swap stories and ideas with your fellow photographers as everyone improves their technique
- Use your skills at the frontline of African conservation efforts in the Zambezi National Park, documenting and assisting field researchers active in the area. You will go on research drives, bush walks and night drives with camera at the ready to photo-document any observations and sightings
- Photograph lions at close quarters while on their daily walks when you participate in the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust’s pioneering globally-recognized African Lion Release into the Wild Program
- Live in Africa’s adventure capital, where you can fill your weekends with adrenaline activities like bungee jumping, white water rafting, or optional trips to wildlife havens like Botswana’s Chobe National Park
About the Destination
Known as the Adventure Capital of Africa, Victoria Falls promises an exciting journey in work and play. You’ll stay at Tokki Lodge, a private property for volunteers and staff, complete with a pool, outdoor living space, fire pit and barbecue area. Wifi is provided at the lodge at a small cost of about US$1 per day.
Victoria Falls is a safe town with the most remarkable sunrises and sunsets, where you might catch a glimpse of wildlife even amongst the town’s streets.
The national parks here are some of the best in Africa, and wildlife is easily spotted roaming around. The misty spray of the Falls creates a permanent drizzle and waters the surrounding vegetation, often forming beautiful rainbows. The Zambezi River is home to crocodiles, hippos, and diverse bird life and draws many animals, like elephants, to drink from its banks.
Aside from it’s beauty, Victoria Falls also offers amazing adventure activities including bungee jumping, white-water rafting and river cruises!
With so many activities and projects on offer, Victoria Falls is the perfect location for gap-year programs, university volunteering, high school programs and working holidays. You will learn about local cultures and traditions, history and even how to talk a little of the vernacular. You will never run out of things to learn, adventures to experience, people to help or animals to see, and the impact it will have on your life will be priceless.
The Zambezi and Victoria Falls National Parks in Zimbabwe are undoubtedly amongst the most impressive wildlife areas in Southern Africa and a dream location for any photography enthusiast. The Zambezi River stretches on for 40 kilometres with 56,200 hectares of Zambezi National Park to navigate. With four of the African Big 5 here, there are many opportunities for exceptional photographs. Animals include big-game such as elephant, buffalo, lion and antelope as well as an array of bird life, reptiles and creepy crawlies.
Fun & Travel
You will be perfectly located to enjoy a myriad of safari activities including game drives, safaris on horseback or on foot [bush walk]. Night drives also offer a whole new experience of the wild, especially during the full moon.
Spend Time with Other Volunteers
Enjoy fun evenings together with other volunteers partaking in quiz nights, pizza nights, visiting local restaurants, star gazing and enjoying sundowners on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Cross the Border
Add to the collection of stamps in your passport by visiting neighboring Botswana for the day on a game drive and cruise on the Chobe River. Or, hop over to our sister project in Zambia to catch a glimpse of the Stage 2 Dambwa Release Pride and get a very white rhino sighting in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
Dates & Rates
Our project fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in Victoria Falls – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
- 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
Our project fee excludes:
- Camera or laptop
- 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
Ulimi olulodwa lulutshwana. 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.
“I’ve loved my time here in Victoria Falls. Everyone – from the locals to our staff – were so friendly and helpful. Working with Ashley and the photography volunteers has been an unforgettable experience, and I have gained a lot of photography skills that I will take with me in the future. As a photography volunteer, you get to bounce around between the other projects, so you really get a sense of what everyone is working on and how they are benefiting the community and conservation.”
Deb Carlin, USA
“I have participated in a number of international volunteer trips in the past and this one, by far, has been the best. It offered a variety of unique activities involving wildlife research as well as numerous community activities with children, seniors and environmental initiatives, all of which allowed me to experience the culture as well as practice and improve my photography skills. I have always said that my dream job would be as a National Geographic photographer. I am grateful to have had the chance to get a small glimpse of what that might be like.”
Lesley Barclay, Canada