Wildlife Conservation - Victoria Falls
A once in a lifetime chance to go behind the scenes and get involved with the conservation of a Big Five Game Reserve. Volunteers take part in game reserve management, wildlife research and community development through hands-on experience. Share your love of environmentalism and make a tangible difference as you further your knowledge of wildlife conservation.
This well-rounded education program combines conservation with welfare to assist in the preservation efforts of Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve.
- Truly African Big 5 Experience
- Assist ongoing ethical conservation initiatives that directly preserve the habitat and lives of wildlife.
- Work with an international group of volunteers group and locals
- Adventure your way through Victoria Falls, from breathtaking nature tours to exhilarating whitewater rafting.
The reserve protects 4 000ha of the area’s rich natural heritage and is a sanctuary for Africa’s iconic game – including the critically endangered black rhino, with it being a designated Intensive Protection Zone for the species.
Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve is the only privately-owned reserve within the immediate vicinity of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, ideally placing volunteers for a wild and wonderful experience!
Volunteers have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in conservation management and assist with on-going conservation research, which are vital for the successful operation of the reserve, its surrounding areas, and their ecosystems. The reserve is home to an abundance of indigenous wildlife, including the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo – and serves as an Intensive Protection Zone for the critically endangered black rhino.
The exact nature of the work carried out will depend on the requirements of the reserve at the time. Typical activities include, but are not limited to, fence patrols, wildlife monitoring, alien vegetation removal and bush walks.
Volunteers typically work Monday – Friday with weekends off. An example of a summer schedule is as follows:
6.30am – 7.30am: Breakfast
8am – 12pm: volunteering
12pm – 3pm: Break, including lunch
3pm – 6pm: volunteering
6.30pm – 7.30pm: Dinner
There are no planned activities at the weekends but there is no shortage of optional activities to do in and around Victoria Falls town, from white- water rafting to sunset cruises. Victoria Falls is one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated within three separate national parks: Victoria Falls National Park (Zimbabwe), Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe), and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). Victoria Falls’ advantageous location also allows volunteers to easily visit the neighboring countries of Zambia and Botswana on the weekends.
What is Included
Pre-departure support • Arrival airport transfer • Local project staff • All accommodation • some meals • Project training • Project equipment • Return airport transfer
What is not included
Flights to/from destination • Travel Insurance • Visa & Vaccinations • Spending Money • Criminal Background check • optional activities
How much spending money do I need?
You will need money for extra meals, drinks & snacks, as well as for any activities not on the itinerary. We advise you to budget for $100 per week (this is a guideline only)
Where will I be staying?
Volunteers are accommodated in single rooms. The rooms are comfortable, and each is equipped with a single bed, ceiling fan, desk, chair, and storage shelving. Bathrooms are shared by up to four volunteers of the same gender and offer western toilets and hot showers. The accommodation also offers an open-air communal area. There is a swimming pool, braai (barbecue) facility, and picnic tables where volunteers can socialise and enjoy meals.
What is the food like?
Volunteers are served three meals a day, except for on weekends when brunch and dinner are served. All meals are prepared by an on-site chef, and are a mix of western and traditional Zimbabwean food.
Who takes part in this program?
This program is for anyone passionate about wildlife and spending time in one of Africa most iconic regions. There is no prior experience required although the minimum age is 18 and you must also have a clean criminal background check and your doctor sign our medical form confirming you are medically fit to participate.
Who will be supervising me?
Throughout your program you will be supervised by member of the game reserve team. The knowledgeable and friendly local team will make sure you feel at home and provide the necessary support required to make the most of your stay.
After submitting this form, we will try and get back to you within 24 hours
- Duration: 2 to 4 weeks
- Departures: Every month