Becoming a volunteer in Zimbabwe is a rich and fulfilling experience for any fan of wildlife conservation. As one of Africa’s most-visited locations, Zimbabwe has much to boast about: incredible natural landscapes, vibrant cities, and even ancient kingdoms can be found here, but the main draw for many must be the country’s iconic wildlife.
The Great Projects are proud to offer volunteers the chance to make a huge difference to Zimbabwe’s conservation efforts whilst enjoying an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Our Victoria Falls Conservation Experience allows you to follow in the footsteps of famed explorer David Livingstone, undertaking volunteer work by Zimbabwe’s legendary falls themselves. Alternatively, you can see the iconic ‘Big Five’ in their native home by taking part on the Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project, which is situated in the beautiful Mashonaland East Province of the country. Whichever of our volunteer programs you choose to join, your time spent in Zimbabwe is sure to be memorable!
Zimbabwe is home to 10 National Parks as well as a number of botanical gardens, safari areas and sanctuaries; collectively, these are known as the ‘Wildlife Estate’. The vast majority of Zimbabwe’s wildlife can be found here due to the fact that the estate covers 12.5% of the country’s overall landmass. Within the estate you’ll be able to spot the ‘Big 5’:
As well-known as these species are, there are many other animals which you could spot when volunteering in Zimbabwe! Keep your eyes peeled for antelope, zebras, and giraffes, among many other species – you could make a meaningful change to animal conservation in Zimbabwe when you join a volunteer project, so what are you waiting for?
Zimbabwe has a rich and varied cultural history, consisting of numerous different beliefs and ceremonies. The country’s largest ethnic group is the Shona, and they are well-known for their impressive arts and crafts: their stone sculptures and pottery are revered, as is their skill in textile production.
There are many elements of culture to enjoy in Zimbabwe: alongside arts and crafts, theatre has something of a following, as does song and dance. A universally enjoyable element of culture, however, has to be the sampling of a country’s food – consider trying a ‘Miele-meal’, a kind of porridge-dish. If you eat meat, you could also try ‘sadza’ with ‘boerewors’, a hearty meal of maize and sausage. However you choose to experience the culture – by eating, dancing, or taking part in arts and crafts – you’re sure to have a wonderful time on your volunteer holiday in Zimbabwe!
There is so much to see in Zimbabwe, but if you wish to see the best of what a country has to offer, this will require some forward planning! Why not add a trip to some of the following sights to your itinerary alongside your volunteer opportunities?