Location
  • Zimbabwe
Length
2 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Lodge
Groups
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
1045
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $1045 for 2 weeks - this includes accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, orientation and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
May 04, 2023
Feb 29, 2024
39 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Trusted by 125,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated volunteer programs in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and 50+ destinations worldwide.

For the past 5 years, we've won the "Top Volunteer Abroad Provider Award" from GoOverseas, so you can trust that you're in the safest hands with IVHQ in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Our affordable Wildlife Conservation Project starts from $55/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement and local support. You'll witness buffalo, zebra, elephants, lions and leopards in their natural habitat. This project runs year-round, with durations from 2-12 weeks. Plus, you’ll stay at a conservation center on a private game reserve with other impact-focused travelers from around the world (private room options available).

With IVHQ’s superior pre-departure support services, you’ll gain exclusive access to your own Volunteer Travel Specialist, comprehensive preparation tools and volunteer training before you leave home.

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Program Highlights

  • Cheapest volunteer programs from $55/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement & local support.
  • Volunteer for 2-12 weeks, year round start dates most Mondays.
  • 15+ years experience & only B Corp certified volunteer travel organization.
  • Get free changes up to 14 days before you start with our flexible booking policy.
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - gain 5 credits for only US$500!

Popular Programs

Wildlife Conservation

Located within a private game reserve, playing home to the African 'Big 5' (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), IVHQ volunteers in Victoria Falls have the opportunity to get involved in conservation management practices, all of which are vital for the successful operation of the game reserve and the ecosystems of surrounding areas.

Program Reviews

4.98 Rating
based on 65 reviews
  • 5 rating 98.46%
  • 4 rating 1.54%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Impact 4.8
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.85
  • Value 4.9
  • Safety 4.95
Showing 1 - 8 of 65 reviews
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Jessica
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Grazie Vic Falls

What made my experience great?
First of all, the amazing, motivating and very competent guides. Secondly the extraordinary team, that was always cheerful, helpful and there for us. Third the place. I mean Vic Falls, the energy there is very strong and powerful. You can recharge your power, hopefully for all your life. This experience will make you shine as a person. Im so grateful that I could be a part of it!
I learnt a lot about Fauna and Flora, about living with less and being happy. I was living in the moment.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising experience was camping outside with the lions around us. They literally surrounded us. Hearing them breathe and roaring was the best. While getting into sleep with the sound of the nature was also a breathtaking experience.
Pros
  • Accomodation, Food
  • Guides very experienced, competent and motivated
  • Team
4 people found this review helpful.
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Elizabeth
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Victoria Falls with IVHQ

Where do I even begin. This trip was absolutely the best time I have ever had! The staff was so wonderful. Every single person there felt like family. The accommodations were so nice and amazing to have a private room. The food..wow it was unreal!! Still dreaming about it. Getting to spend time with the big 5 everyday was something I can’t even put into words. Truly amazing planet we live on. Crazy how many animals we saw every single day! I would have spent a year there if I could. And all of the amazing amazing friends I made. Never not look back and smile. If you are thinking about it. Stop what you’re doing right now and sign up. You will not regret it!!!!!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Mopane worms. At boma dinner. So much fun!!
Pros
  • Animals
  • Staff
  • Accommodation
Cons
  • Absolutely nothing
2 people found this review helpful.
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Ana
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I can wait to go to the next one!!

I found Ivhq online and it was the best choice I've made. They were with me in all moments they were very helpful. In any moment I felt that I wasn't safe. I went to Victoria falls program in Zimbabwe and was amazing. I was able to see the big 5 and I still can't believe i was able to live that amazing experience!! plus all the staff were so friendly and supportive. Food was delicious. The only thing I recommend is if you going on summer tine be prepared for the heat. Don't forget to bring water bottles!! I highly recommend and i can wait to go to my next one!

What was your funniest moment?
We tracked leopards. We could see the animals they killed. It was a one time life experience!!
Pros
  • Amazing food
  • Amazing staff
  • Single rooms
Cons
  • Most cash only
  • Very hot 😂
13 people found this review helpful.
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Sophie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome and safe Wildlife Conservation volunteering program

I was searching for wildlife conservation programs, IVHQ was the top link that came up, and I'm glad I signed up with them!

IVHQ provided accurate details on their webpage and great pre-departure support. The local team (both the guides and the lodge team) was warm, passionate about what they do, and took great care of all of us.

We saw wildlife every day and learnt so much more about them. The sundowners, camping nights, bush walks, visits to the nearby primary school were all wonderful experiences. The work was physically tiring at times but I'm glad we got to participate in a variety of areas to understand more about wildlife conservation and the good work that the people in this field do.

The accommodation was in a very peaceful setting and I liked that we had our own rooms. The food was delicious too.

I highly recommend this program!

Pros
  • Seeing a wide variety of wildlife every day & other varied experiences in the African bush
  • The wonderful local team
  • The food
29 people found this review helpful.
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Leo
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The best two weeks in my life with IVHQ!

International Volunteer HQ gave me an unforgettable, life-changing and mind-blowing experience in Wildlife Conservation (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe)! Everything was well-organized, I felt their support and willingness to help on every stage of the journey. The programme itself was well-structured and diverse, and I had an opportunity to take part in something meaningful and impactful for myself and our Planet. The variety of activities was great, including but not limited to collecting litter, helping local farmers with eradicating weed and tare, and raking the soil for further planting, cutting detrimental ‘Lantana’ bush, cleaning the area around electric fence, etc. The work wasn’t so hard, however it was physically challenging and as a result I gained some muscles.

In our spare time we used to hang out at the hotel nearby - we drank coffee/beer/fizzy drinks and played cool card games, such as Switch (also known as Crazy Eight, very similar to Uno), Kings and As*holes (my fav!!), and Skan*y Queen.

On Friday evening we went to the town to drink beer at the brewery (The River), play pool and dance at backpackers’ hostel (called Shoestrings), whereas in the weekend we partook in some wild activities, such as white water rafting.

So far nothing’s been said about people - the most important and memorable part of my journey. The volunteers who partook in this programme with me were just incredible, and I made some great friends and acquaintances from different parts of the world! I hope we’ll keep chit-chatting and perhaps one day we’ll go volunteering together.

To draw a conclusion I’d like to say that for me the best indicator of ‘coolness’ of a certain experience is emotional spectrum, i.e. the variety of emotions felt. My emotions and feelings varied from literally laughing my a*s off to breaking down in tears. Guys, I’m not trying to say that I’m emotionally unstable :) The only thing I’m trying to convey is IVHQ may evoke polar emotions, but they won’t leave you indifferent!

IVHQ one love!!!

Pros
  • leaving your comfort zone
  • partaking in meaningful and impactful activities
  • reconsidering your outlook on life
23 people found this review helpful.
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Wayne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Nakavango

IVHQ was amazing from start to finish especially Marissa. Originally I had planned to go to Kroger national park when Marissa suggested Zimbabwe and nakavango. Because of that change I owe Marissa everything. Zimbabwe was life fulfilling. Amazing people ,staff,locals and fellow volunteers that I now consider my family. Words cannot express how deeply I was affected and moved by this experience. The hardest part of this trip.waa coming home. An amazing adventure I will remember for a lifetime

What was your funniest moment?
My first day at nakavango i was walking and just exploring the compound when I turned around and found a street filled with baboons. They had been following and watching me the entire time. I was able to get some pics before they went on their way
Pros
  • Great people
  • Amazing staff
  • Beautiful preserve
Cons
  • Not long enough
  • Literally cannot think of anything wrong
25 people found this review helpful.
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Jonathan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic volunteer experience at Victoria Falls

I had an absolutely brilliant experience volunteering at the Nakavango Conservation Project in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Everything was beautifully presented and organised by the team at IVHQ, from my airport pickup to the program itself. I found the resources provided by IVHQ prior to the trip to be really on-point and valuable, and the program itself was one of the best things I've done in my life. The food and accommodation provided were fantastic and the Nakavango staff were wonderful. I definitely hope to volunteer with IVHQ again and would 100% recommend them to anyone!

Pros
  • The wildlife reserve
  • Food and Accommodation
  • The chance to meet new people and make a difference to the world
32 people found this review helpful.
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Nellie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Recommended!!

This was one of the best experiences of my life! IVHQ helped me all the way through, providing me with all the information I needed before I left and ensuring everything was going well while I was there. All the staff were super kind and accommodating from the moment I got there. The work was really rewarding and the local community was also wonderful. I felt super safe and taken care of all the way through my stay, not once did I feel unsafe. Anyone who has the opportunity to do this should do it and I would recommend this experience with IVHQ to anyone!

Pros
  • Safe
  • Fun
  • Rewarding
34 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

To join specific programs at IVHQ you might need certain things (e.g. if you are going to do medical stuff, you're probably going to need training for that), but for the Nakavango program I went on, you don't need much more than you would for regular travel such as a passport, your flights and tell them your itinerary. They also required you get a business visa for Zimbabwe (check the gov website...

Volunteers must be 18 years or older to participate on an IVHQ program alone. However, if they are volunteering as part of a group with adult minders, or with a parent, guardian or family member who is 18 years or over, they are eligible to participate. When a volunteer under the age of 18 applies to volunteer with IVHQ, it is important that the name of their minder is noted on their application...