Volunteer in Zimbabwe

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.


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Wildlife

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:

  • Elephant
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Rhino
  • Buffalo

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?

Culture

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!

  • Traditional arts include pottery, basketry, textiles, jewellery, and carving, and Zimbabwean art is known as some of the best-constructed in the whole continent.
  • Like many African countries, Zimbabweans depend on staple foods so you can expect to try out a “Mealie meal” consisting of a type of porridge when out there. Don’t worry though, it is delicious!
  • In Zimbabwe dance is very important both religiously and when simply having fun, so be prepared to show off your moves when visiting!

You’ll definitely have fun learning all about the culture!

Popular Destinations

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:

  • Victoria Falls – Famous the world over, Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight that should be very near the top of your bucket list! It is almost guaranteed to take your breath away.
  • The Balancing Rocks – The famous balancing rocks are a geological feature which seems to defy gravity so it is well worth a look if you are passing by!
  • Victoria Falls National Park – This is one of the best locations in the world to see the Big 5 and should not be missed!

Why are you still here reading this? Go and visit Zimbabwe now!

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