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.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Spend every day working alongside a professional photographer in the field, who will provide you with daily instruction and support on activities.
- Hone your photography skills as you tackle workshops and assignments in iconic locations – a full day workshop with your subject being the Mighty Victoria Falls or prepare for the unexpected as you venture into the national Park where anything is possible with the wildlife that call it home.
- Find yourself at the frontline of African conservation efforts in the Zambezi National Park, which forms part of the world’s largest conservation area, encompassing five African countries and traversing over 280,00km2
- Enjoy extremely close encounters with captive lions on their daily walks, enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime photographic opportunity as part of our Release into the Wild Program.
- Get involved with hands on field research: go on game drives, walking safaris and learn about the animals and their habitat which may include camping at a water hole overnight.
- Enjoy living in Africa’s adventure capital, where you can fill your weekends with adrenaline activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting, or takeadvantageofoptionaltripstowildlife havens like Botswana’s Chobe National Park,or on a tour to visit our wild-born cubs in release sites located in Livingstone, Zambia or Antelope Park, Zimbabwe.
“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
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
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.
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Work & Impacts
Fun & Travel
The Zambezi River offers an exciting range of water and adventure activities. Sunset and dinner cruises are a great way to end the day. Dare to bungee jump, gorge swing or zip-line and, if you wish to gain yet another perspective of Africa’s natural beauty, take a helicopter or microlight flight to see the majestic falls from the air. You can also enjoy fishing trips, canoeing and river rafting.
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.
Fun & Travel
Volunteer Activity Night
Fun & Travel
It’ll always feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to take part in all the activities offered in this beautiful part of the continent, but if you wish to extend your stay you could explore popular areas outside Victoria Falls such as taking a trip to Chobe Game Reserve in northern Botswana or experience an overnight stay on Chundu Island located in the middle of the Zambezi River.