Becoming a volunteer in Zimbabwe is a rich and fulfilling experience for any fan of conservation. Despite being one of the least explored destinations on the continent, Zimbabwe is a geographically rich location: its incredible natural landscapes and vibrant, lively cities are just a couple of amazing features to be found here, but the ultimate reason to visit Zimbabwe must surely be to witness the country's truly fascinating wildlife.
The Great Projects are proud to offer volunteers the chance to make a huge difference to Zimbabwe's conservation efforts, while at the same time having an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Our Victoria Falls Conservation Experience is located in the diverse and beautiful Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe, allowing you to follow in the footsteps of the explorer David Livingstone while taking in fantastic views of the breathtaking falls themselves. But when you're volunteering in Zimbable, the main draw is of course the animals that call this area home: the 'Big Five', for example, can be found here, and by taking part in Zimbabwe's wildlife conservation efforts, you will be creating a better future for creatures such as elephants, big cats and even the critically endangered black rhino.
Zimbabwe is home to 10 National Parks, 9 recreational parks, 4 botanical gardens, 4 safari areas and 3 sanctuaries, and collectively these are called the “Wildlife Estate.” Here is where the vast majority of the wildlife in Zimbabwe lives, and with the estate covering 12.5% of the country’s land mass, the animals have plenty of space to roam. Within the estate you may be able to spot the “Big 5” which is:
However it is not only the Big 5 which are roaming the Zimbabwean wilderness as you should also keep your eyes peeled for antelopes, zebras, and giraffes amongst many other animals. The only question is now is in which park should you start your animal adventure?
It is believed that San Bushmen were the first inhabitants of the land which is now known as Zimbabwe, and they were soon joined by Bantu speaking people who migrated from the north. This mixture of cultures influenced the Zimbabwe we know today. Zimbabwe has a longstanding culture of art, food, and dance, so here are some of the key things you need to know!
You’ll definitely have fun learning all about the culture!
There is a lot to see in Zimbabwe. This vibrant and exciting country provides you with the chance to lose yourself in breath-taking landscapes, witness some of the most well-known animals in the wild, and take a look at incredible artwork from some of Africa’s most renowned artists. Some Zimbabwe Highlights include:
Why are you still here reading this? Go and visit Zimbabwe now!