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Zimbabwe is very special to us as it’s where African Impact was founded in 2004. We have introduced thousands of volunteers to this beautiful country over the years and are proud to see the positive changes volunteering has made. The local people, mostly from the Shona and Ndebele tribes, are amongst the warmest people you'll ever meet, while the country is a playground for much of Africa’s abundant wildlife and has some of the continent’s must beautiful scenery. It is also home to the glorious Victoria Falls, known to the locals as Mosi-ao-Tunya, the ‘smoke that thunders’.
Our Zimbabwe volunteer programs in Africa work primarily in one unique conservancy, Imire. A family-run conservancy located less than 90 minutes from Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, Imire focuses primarily on elephant and black rhino conservation. It combines sustainable wildlife protection, local community engagement, and opportunities for incredible expeditions for the ultimate Zimbabwe adventure.
African Impact's Top Volunteer Programs in Zimbabwe
- Hands-On Lion Conservation, Antelope Park: Volunteer on a project to protect the future of Africa’s lions. Become a member of the pride as you walk alongside the cats, learn about lion behavior and carry out key research
- Community Teaching & Hands-On Lion Conservation Project, Antelope Park: Volunteer with the African Impact team at Antelope Park, and get involved in not only teaching, but the only lion release program of its kind
- Community Healthcare & Hands-On Lion Conservation, Antelope Park: Make a difference in a struggling community by providing basic, but essential healthcare, while at the same time contributing to the conservation of the iconic African Lion
- Endangered Black Rhino and Elephant Conservation, Marondera: Conserve the endangered rhinos and elephants of Africa, as you work with these beautiful creatures in the heart of a magnificent game reserve in Zimbabwe
- Play a vital role in the conservation and care of the reserve’s rhinos and elephants
- Observe and research the behavior of other wild animals on safari drives through the reserve
- Learn about day-to-day game park management as you work alongside game rangers at Imire
- Get involved in anti-poaching patrols and gain special insight into what it takes to be an anti-poaching ranger
- Experience local life and learn about the culture on various community outreach projects
This will be one of your greatest experiences volunteering with animals abroad. You will feed and walk with the rhinos, maintain and clean the rhino beds and also be involved in observing and collecting data on the behavior and social interaction of these animals. You will undertake essential anti-poaching and snare patrols, maintain and clean the elephant beds and observe their family interactions.
Maintenance of game fences, roads, fireguards, pens, stalls and equipment may form part of your duties as well as building and maintaining bush camps, tree planting and bush clearance.
This project also involves assisting in a local primary and secondary rural community school.