Help make a difference and follow in the footsteps of explorer David Livingstone in the beautiful Victoria Falls area of Zimbabwe.
Based just minutes from the Victoria Falls, a UNESCO projected World Heritage Site and one of the most breathtaking wonders of the natural world; this project provides you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in conservation management activities, wildlife research, and community development projects.
The 2500 hectare Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve, just minutes from the Victoria Falls, is home to the African 'Big 5', including a large number of elephants and even populations of the critically endangered black rhino. An intensive rhino monitoring programme is in place, with the aim of increasing the black rhino population in the area in the fight against the recent and widespread poaching of rhinoceros in southern Africa.
The focal point of activity at the reserve is preservation and conservation through non-consumptive activity in order to sustain and support the various ecosystems. Four out of five days here are dedicated to conservation activities on the reserve, and one half day per week is dedicated to community development projects at the local school.
Of course you will also have the chance to explore the Victoria Falls, just a quick ten minute drive from the project site. Here you'll be able to partake in all manner of activities, including white water rafting, bungee jumping and even helicopter rides!
The activities you take part in as a volunteer on the Victoria Falls Conservation Experience will vary depending on the needs of the game reserve, however, key focusses and activities on the project are detailed below.
Below is a sample itinerary for a 2 week duration. Please note that the details of your own itinerary may not mirror this one exactly, but the structure will be the same.
To secure a place on this project a deposit of £195 is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.
Select a duration below to see the available start dates. All dates shown are currently available for you to join this project!
This volunteer programme has been developed to address real conservation needs and issues primarily in the Victoria Falls area and beyond. The project team acknowledges the importance of a holistic approach to tackling conservation issues and is all about making a difference through integration of conservation, education and community. Within the framework of the programme, the project tackle issues, encourages community involvement, and creates awareness of conservation solutions, from simple things that individuals can do on a daily basis to local and global conservation challenges and existing initiatives.
The project has teamed up with other great organisations who share their vision, including TUSK Trust, the Children in the Wilderness Foundation, and the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF). The vision is to provide an education centre that is recognised for its high standards in the conservation and community work achieved, and experiences and education offered to students and volunteers, thereby enriching the lives of all people involved and simultaneously preserving the unique natural environment and biodiversity of the Victoria Falls area.
Read Alexa's review of her time at the Victoria Falls Conservation Project, and see how you can get involved on this incredible conservation trip!
On this project you will be accommodated in a purpose-built volunteer facility at the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve. Every volunteer is allocated their own room with bathrooms shared between two to three volunteers
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 and small swimming pool. All overlook the game reserve with waterholes along the Masuwe River's ancient “oxbow”.
You will enjoy three meals a day, prepared 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 you the opportunity to make the most of your time in African bush while applying yourself to conservation and community activities.
This project involves a fair amount of manual work, mainly involved in environmental 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 your medical history. We recommend that you consult with your GP regarding your own immunisation needs. In conjunction with this, we would recommend that you check Fit for Travel’s website.
There are two definitive seasons here.
November to April which is summer is considered the Green Season. This brings warm weather and also rain, but importantly is also when the majority of the plains game have their young. This makes it a great time to see baby rhinos, elephants and a whole host of other baby animals.
May to October is the main safari season and is very dry which makes it more favourable for viewing the animals. May, June and July are the coldest months of the year but still have daytime temperatures of approximately 18°C (65°F). September and October however are the hottest months with temperature of 27°C (80°F).
You will need to arrive at the Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) on your project start date in time for the 3pm transfer, where you will be met by the project facilitator and transferred to the project. This transfer is only around ten minutes. The airport is serviced by flights from Johannesburg, Bulawayo, Windhoek and Harare. If you would prefer you can arrive the day before and be picked up from Wild Horizons in the town of Victoria Falls at 11am on your project start date.
If you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flights page and fill out the form. A member of our team will get back in touch as soon as possible with a suitable quote.
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 $55 for UK and Irish citizens. It is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure that you obtain the right visa.
The most used currency in Zimbabwe is usually the United States Dollar and 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.
Please note that to participate in the programme you will need to obtain a criminal background check and present it to the Project Manager at orientation.
If you have any questions about this project or would like help finding the perfect project for you then please feel free to give us a call or send us through your enquiry and we will be happy to help.
Nikita & team.
I can not choose just one favorite moment, because it was a fantastic experience the whole time! But we were so lucky to watch three Rhino Mums with their babies feeding. That was just overwhelming! Thank you to The Great Projects for always finding these amazing projects!
Simone Lagrave, 2017
The memory I will take away with me forever is meeting some lovely people. I have realised just how much we take for granted.
Carolynne Glumart, 2017
Everything about the project is awesome. The people, the location, the day-to-day life, the weekend activities available. Go, just go.
Stephen Ryan , 2015