- Numerous ‘Big 5’ Game Drives
- Visit the Victoria Falls
- Bear Grylls Survival Skills
This tour is not only an opportunity to see the 'big 5' in a magnificent private game reserve, but as well as having the opportunity to see the Victoria falls offers you the chance to really understand how a game reserve is run and the extensive conservation activities that take place.
This tour will of course also be an incredibly wildlife rich experience and allow an insight into local culture and customs.
Upon arrival into Victoria Falls International Airport, you will be transferred to the project site which is situated on the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve. The remainder of your day will be spent settling in and getting acquainted with your fellow travellers. In the evening, after dinner, there will be an orientation to explain how the reserve engages in conservation activities and how you will be helping with these.
Today you will go on your first game drive of the trip and this is a great opportunity for you to try and spot as many of the ‘big 5’ as you can among other animals including giraffes, zebras and sable antelope. In the afternoon, you will learn about the conservation initiatives at the reserve and how you will be helping with these, followed by an evening of star gazing.
The morning will be spent walking along and learning about the largest waterfall in the world, the victoria falls, which with a width of 1,708 metres and height of 108 metres results in the world's largest sheet of falling water. In the afternoon, you will visit a local village to see how the people of Zimbabwe live, whilst gaining an insight into their rich culture.
Rise early to enjoy another morning game drive. Whilst out you will assist with the research of elephants, rhinos, predators, raptors and Ground hornbills to gain a better knowledge and stronger understanding of specific species. This enables more informed decision making regarding species conservation action plans.
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.
In the afternoon you will 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.
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. This will be conducted by a tracking expert and last the whole day, with a break for lunch.
After seeing the team who run the conservation project (based on site) in action, you and the rest of your group will have a chance to learn some of the skills necessary to survive in the harsh realities of the bush.
You will then have the opportunity to try your new skills out in the afternoon.
In the morning, you will get involved in conservation management activities. Expect to be involved in a range of activities from game counts, predator culvert checks, fence patrols and bush walks with IAPF. These activities are an essential contribution towards the successful operation of the reserve.
The evening is a chance for you to 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!
Wake up in the bush to a typical beautiful African sunrise before heading out on another day of conservation management activities. You will be assisting with 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. You may also help with the removal of invasive species, such as the teak tree; to help try and get the reserve back to a pristine and natural environment.
In the evening, you will join your final game drive of the tour.
Today is spent visiting the ‘Children in the Wilderness programme’. At this Wilderness Safaris’ outreach programmes based at Victoria Falls, you can get involved in helping teachers at the local Jabulani School. Enjoy dinner on the final night, with the friends you have made on the trip cruise on the Zambezi River downstream towards the Victoria Falls. This is a chance to get to view hippos and crocodiles as well as an abundance of birdlife.
As this will be your final day depending on your flight time you will transfer back to Victoria Falls International Airport for your return flight home or commence your independent onward travel plans; not before saying goodbye to the friends you have made whilst on this tour of course!
Availability & Price
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.
Tour Comfort: Comfortable
This tour has been categorised as Comfortable. This is based on the modes of transport used whilst on the tour, the comfort level of accommodation and any modern facilities that they have to offer. In terms of comparison, this level of travel would be similar to that of a 3 star status.
Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve
Day 1 - 10:
For the duration of this tour, you will be 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. All rooms have both South African and The 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. 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 overlooking the game reserve with waterholes along the Masuwe River's ancient “oxbow”.
Tailor My Tour
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.
If you would like help booking your flights please feel free to contact our flight partners via our flights page.
Meals and Beverages
As part of this your you will enjoy three meals a day, prepared for you 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.
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.
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)