Meaningful conservation in
the heart of
Victoria Falls

Follow in the footsteps of explorer David Livingstone

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  • Duration
    2-12 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Monday
  • From
    £850
  • Duration
    2-12 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Monday
  • From
    £850

Zimbabwe Victoria Falls big five conservation

This is your opportunity to take part in meaningful conservation as you follow in the footsteps of explorer David Livingstone. Get up close to some amazing animals, enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings, take part in some awesome adrenaline activities and meet like-minded individuals from around the world.

Home to the famous African Big Five, this 2,500 hectare game reserve boasts many elephants, black rhinos, lions, leopards, buffalo and a wealth of other native wildlife, including; giraffes, zebras, antelopes, crocodiles, hippos and a wide array of birdlife.

"I was there for 3 weeks and I was definitely not ready to leave. It was the most rewarding and life-changing trip I have ever been on. I think from now on when I travel it needs to be in this way - volunteering and traveling with a purpose."

You’ll be staying just 10 minutes from one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO world heritage site, Victoria Falls. Enjoy this incredible chance by visiting one of the most sought after destinations in Southern Africa with a guided tour from our local co-ordinator – you may get a little wet!

The reserve was fenced back in 2000 and has been specifically developed and created to address conservation issues facing the wildlife and environment of this UNESCO protected area.

In the fight against the recent and widespread poaching of rhinoceros in Southern Africa, the reserve is now recognised as an Intensive Protection Zone for the critically endangered black rhino.

Working in tandem with members of the game reserve team and anti-poaching unit, you will get hands-on experience in conservation management. You’ll assist with on-going research and community development work, where the day-to-day activities contribute to the successful operation of the game reserve, it’s surrounding areas and their ecosystems.

There are five main focal points; education, conservation management, research, community development and sustainability. You will have the chance to contribute to all aspects above by taking part in incredible activities like elephant & rhino monitoring, game counts, anti-poaching snare sweeps, visiting the local school and more.

You will be actively involved in a number of initiatives that help to protect and conserve the reserve’s numerous species, most prominently the black rhino and elephant. These include the vital black rhino monitoring efforts, whereby volunteers help to collect data on the behaviour and movements of the area’s black rhinos in order to protect them from poachers and increase their numbers.

During your time in Zimbabwe, your knowledge of conservation and African wildlife will be greatly enhanced and you will leave after having made a real contribution to nature conservation and the local communities.

You may get the chance to enjoy entertaining and interesting lectures on various topics that are regularly delivered by our highly knowledgeable and qualified co-ordinators or sometimes even guest speakers. You can also gain a greater understanding of all topics by talking with the wildlife manager who is always on hand to enhance your experience.

While volunteering in Victoria Falls, you will have plenty of time to take part in many free time activities. Challenge yourself to do a bungee jump or zip-line off the Victoria Falls bridge, go white water rafting, take a sunset cruise down the Zmbezi River listening to the cries of the hippos and elephants or simply relax on the reserve around the swimming pool taking in the views.

You will generally go out onto the reserve Monday to Friday, starting around 7am and returning for lunch at 11am. After a rest to stay out of the heat, you will begin volunteering again at approximately 3pm and return for dinner at 7pm.

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