Visit the Victoria Falls
Spend a morning walking along and learning all about the largest waterfall in the world with a width of 1,708 metres and height of 108 metres which results in the world's largest sheet of falling water.
The team and volunteers assist at a rural school through assisting with the nutrition programme, vegetable garden, sports coaching, English literacy workshops, and environmental awareness through the eco-club.
A major focus of the project is in tree protection and tree mapping to help protect the bark from elephants, whom often push over trees and remove bark in order to reach the leaves for them to eat.
Research elephants, rhinos, predators, raptors and Ground hornbills to gain a better knowledge and stronger understanding of specific species, enabling more informed decision making regarding species conservation action plans.
Alien plant monitoring and removal
An essential part of this project. The removal of invasive species, such as the teak tree; to help try and get back to a pristine and natural environment.
Elephant and rhino identification is a major focus on this project which means you will get to spend a lot of time in close proximity to these magnificent mammals.
Cruise on the Zambezi River downstream towards the Victoria - you will get to view hippos, crocodiles as well as an abundance of birdlife.
Visit a local village to see how the people of Zimbabwe live, whilst gaining an incredible opportunity to get an insight into their rich culture.
Stray off the beaten path and go on a bush walk - this is a fantastic opportunity to see some of Zimbabwe’s smaller animals and a chance to learn more about the extensive flora of the area.
Become a Game Ranger
Learn the basics behind the art of tracking wildlife. The ability to track is integral to several fields within conservation, including poaching control, ecotourism, environmental education and scientific research.
After seeing the team at the project in action, volunteers will have a chance to learn some of the skills necessary to survive in the harsh realities of the bush.
Conservation Management Activities
Expect to be involved in a range of activities from game counts, predator culvert checks, fence patrols to bush walks with IAPF. These activities are an essential contribution towards the successful operation of the reserve.
Get back to nature with a camp out under the stars. There is nothing more magical than being sat around a camp fire, truly immersed in the sounds of Africa (including the whooping of hyenas and the roar of lions) at night time!
Children in the Wilderness programme’
As part of this programme, one of Wilderness Safaris’ outreach programmes based at Victoria Falls, volunteers can get involved in helping teachers at a local school.
Arrival into Victoria Falls International Airport and transfer to the project site. Spend the remainder of the day settling in and getting acquainted with your fellow volunteers.
First game drive of the trip. In the afternoon volunteers will learn about the conservation initiatives at the reserve followed by an evening of star gazing.
Visit the incredible Victoria Falls. In the afternoon there is a visit to a local village to see how the people of Zimbabwe live.
Enjoy a morning game drive followed in the afternoon a bush walk.
Become a Game Ranger! Learn the basics behind the art of tracking wildlife.
Bear Grylls at the ready! Today is a day of survival skills.
Volunteers will get involved in conservation management activities. In the evening is the chance get back to nature with a camp out under the stars.
Wake up in the bush to a typical beautiful African sunrise before heading out on another day of conservation management activities followed in the evening by a final game drive.
Today is spent visiting the ‘Children in the Wilderness programme’. Enjoy dinner on the final night, with the friends you have made on the trip on a sunset cruise.
Transfer back to Victoria Falls International Airport for your return flight home or commence your independent onward travel plans.
Is this trip for you?
Volunteers are accommodated in a purpose-built volunteer facility at the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve. Each participant is allocated their own room with bathrooms shared between two to three volunteers. All rooms have both South African and UK style plugs where you will be able to charge all of your equipment.
The facility also boasts a spacious, fully-equipped kitchen and canteen area where all meals are prepared and served. There is a safe on the premises for cash and small valuables. The lecture room at the conservation centre is well equipped with presentation equipment and a comprehensive book library. One of the highlight features of the conservation centre is the open-air entertainment area, which includes a deck, bar facility and small swimming pool. All overlook the game reserve with waterholes along the Masuwe River's ancient “oxbow”.
Volunteers enjoy three meals a day, prepared for by the camp cook. Meals are simple, yet tasty and nutritious. Please note that on some days, meals (especially lunches) will be pre-made and packed, and taken out into the field, giving volunteers the opportunity to make the most of your time in African bush while applying yourselves to conservation and community activities.
There is also an honesty bar present in the accommodation where you check off what drink you have had and then you will be billed on leaving.
This project involves some manual work, mainly involved in enrichment and construction tasks, so a moderate level of fitness is necessary. No specific skills or experience are required, only a positive attitude and full commitment to the cause. You must also be prepared to work as part of a team.
The vaccinations required will depend on the medical history of each volunteer. We recommend that you consult your GP regarding your own immunisation needs. In conjunction with this, we would recommend that you check Fit for Travel’s website.
You need to arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) on the project start date between 7am - 5pm where you will be met by a volunteer coordinator and transferred to the project. This transfer is only around ten minutes. The airport is serviced by flights from Johannesburg, Bulawayo, Windhoek and Harare.
ALL volunteers are required to get a "Business visa" in order to join this project. These visas are obtainable from the embassy before travel or upon arrival from the immigration officers at the airport, and you will need to pay cash for the visa in USD – currently $55.00 for most European and US citizens, $70 for Canadian citizens and $70 for UK and Irish citizens. It is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure that you obtain the right visa.
Currency and Exchange Rates
The most used currency in Zimbabwe is usually the South African Rand. The exchange rate is around 1 ZAR = 0.06 GBP, 0.1 USD, 0.07 EUR. Please note exchange rates are subject to change. For up-to-date rates, please visit XE's website.
What's included in the price of the project?
- Three meals per day (including weekends)
- A trip to Victoria Falls
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure
- All lectures, all listed activities and community visits
What's not included?
- Travel and health insurance (please check you have one covering all aspects of the trip)