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Elephant
Elephant
Zimbabwe School
Zimbabwe School
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Conservation
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
white water rafting
white water rafting
black rhino on game drive
black rhino on game drive
Camping on the grassland
Camping on the grassland
Walking with a cheetah
Walking with a cheetah

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Trusted by 90,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Victoria Falls and 40+ other destinations around the world.

You can participate in the Wildlife Conservation project in Victoria Falls and give back for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Your Program Fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a volunteer house, with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart for Victoria Falls, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure volunteer training.

With IVHQ, you can expect to establish real connections within the local community while supporting projects that make a genuine difference.

Highlights
  • IVHQ’s Victoria Falls program is available year-round, starting on the first and third Monday of every month
  • Highly affordable program fees starting from $880 for 2 weeks - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining between 5 and 15 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Victoria Falls each month
  • You’ll be traveling with IVHQ, the volunteer travel experts, and joining a network of 90,000+ volunteers. Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart, we are the world’s safest organization
  • Your efforts will have a positive impact because our programs are community-driven with a focus on supporting long-term local needs

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.

Questions & Answers

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,...

Reviews

99%
based on 41 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.7
  • Safety 9.7
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Paula
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

You won't regret choosing Nakavango!

This was really four of the best weeks in my life. I got to experience so much I've never experienced before, and it was amazing from the beginning to the end! I will remember every singel bit of my journey, like when we almost got chased by a rhino, or when we slept by the dam and heard the hippos fighting all night, or just seeing the smiles on the children when we played with them. Even the things that was "less fun", like trash Tuesday, or meatless Monday, will always be a good memory for me, haha. Even if it was hard sometimes, it was all worth it. And the staff made it great too, they welcome you with open arms and is always there when it gets tough. It was like we all became a big family, haha! I know that if you choose to be a volunteer at Nakavango, you won't regret it.

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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

August - Sep 2015; one of my favorite life experiences

I had an incredible time here, ate some of the most delicious food, met some of the most kind people, and created lifelong memories. Zimbabwe is a unique country with a vivid history and Nakivango was the perfect way to experience Zim for the first time. If you're considering this program, please move forward - you will be glad you did for the rest of your life.

What would you improve about this program?
I can't think of anything
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jessica, Thanks for the review and for the advice you have left for readers, we couldn't agree with you more :). It's great to hear you had such a memorable experience volunteering on our Victoria Falls program. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope to have you back on another IVHQ program again soon.

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Danielle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience - you won't regret going!

I volunteered for the first two weeks in June in Victoria Falls at the Nakavango Conservation Program ran by Justine and Dean. The experience was absolutely amazing. The staff are awesome and really make it that much better. Their humor, passion, and kindness are great. You'll help out a lot, learn a great deal about the reserve, and of course see tons of animals. I wish I had stayed a little longer, but I plan to go back. Zimbabwe will always have a special place in my heart.

The accommodations:
Each person was given their own room and shared a bathroom with one other person typically of the same sex. Rooms and bathrooms were cleaned everyday which was very nice. The rooms each have a twin size bed, a desk with a folding chair, and a closet unit next to it with a couple of hangers and three shelves to place your belongings. We were also provided one towel and one blanket (in addition to the sheets on the bed). The sitting areas around the camp were nice. They were covered and offered a great view of the pool and reserve - very nice eating lunch and seeing giraffes and kudu walk into the 'backyard'. Lunch and Dinner were provided every weekday which was tasty; the chefs are very good. Basic breakfast is available all week which includes toast, cereal, and yogurt. On the weekends instead of lunch, the chefs will prepare a hot brunch and dinner is still prepared.

Weekly routine: -- This agrees to the program pamphlet --
Most days you will head out to start working about 7 or 8am until 11 or 12pm. This varies depending on the sunlight and the weather. If it gets too hot, they won't make you stay working out in the sun too long which is very considerate. Everyone will then head back to Nakavango for lunch and some downtime until about 3 or 4pm at which time you will head out again for a couple hours until about 6pm. Again, this also varies depending on the task, daylight, and temperature. The rest of the night consists of dinner and relaxing.
Mondays: typically game drives and tracking
Tuesdays: Mornings, picking up rubbish and taking it to the dump - this is your chance to go into town should you need to quickly pick anything up. In the evenings, typically worked around the Nakavango camp - composting, clearing and cleaning the grounds, various other projects
Wednesdays: Mornings, working at a local school with different projects (we helped construct sinks out of 'Shake Shake' bottles while I was there). In the evenings, typically we did a game drive.
Thursdays: Mornings on this day varies, the first week - myself and the other new arrivals were taken to Victoria Falls. The second week - we pulled out the lantana plant. Evenings, you'll leave a bit earlier because it is the camping night in which you camp out on the bush.
Fridays: Mornings, a few people will go out tracking for about 2 hours while the others stay at camp and help clean up. Evenings, the first week we pulled out the lantana and the second week we asked for the night free so those of us leaving that weekend could go on the boat cruise .

Free-time:
-During the week, many of us played cards, laid by the pool (the daring ones including myself actually swam in it - the water was quite cold!), watched movies, and/or napped.
-Weekends, this is your chance to go into town and do many of the great activities offered. We used a taxi - Sheppy - for getting around - this is the taxi service that Nakavango always uses. The white water rafting and bridge swing were awesome. Also, managed to do the Boma dinner in which we were able to try crocodile, warthog, buffalo, impala, etc. For nightlife, you'll go to Shoestrings, the local backpackers bar, and then likely head to Adventure Lodge's bar afterwards. Both a fun experience.

What you may want to know:
-Bring good gloves. I brought the kind used for gardening only paid $6 at Target (USA) and they worked very well. You'll use them for potentially digging in the dirt, picking up rocks, trash etc.
-Bring a book. I wish I had brought one to read in my downtime since there was more of it than I expected
-Bringing cards or any board games you don't want anymore may also be good for downtime
-Good hiking boots. I wore sneakers which were fine, but going tracking in certain areas were very sandy and had thorns and grass seeds that would stick to my sneakers and made even through the sneakers
-Bring extra clothing to trade - t-shirts, shorts, shoes, socks, hats etc. as you can trade these items at the Elephant Walk markets for various trinkets you may want. They also seemed to want hair ties (hair elastics) and water bottles.
-Depending when you go, it can get quite cold at night I wish I had brought an extra sweater or sweatpants

What would you improve about this program?
While I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Nakavango, I wish we had done more. I felt there was a bit too much downtime; I would have liked to work a bit more. Also, I would have liked more variety of projects and/or more impacting projects to really help the community and reserve.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey Danielle, thanks for the great review! We are so happy that you had an amazing experience in Victoria Falls for the two weeks you were there. We hope that you join us again in the future on an IVHQ program :-)

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Rebecca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Can't miss this experience

This program is very fulfilling but you also need to be prepared to put in some hard work to see results. Perfect for someone wanting to make a contribution to real conservation. You also have weekends to explore Victoria Falls and neighboring countries.

What would you improve about this program?
I would want to do more, we have a lot of free time
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hello Rebecca, thanks for your feedback - glad to hear that you found the program fulfilling. Sounds like you had the hard working attitude to get the most from your time in Victoria Falls. We hope to have you join us on another Program in the future. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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Joe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing

You truly cannot get a feel for what it's like without going yourself. The nature, the food, the people and especially the staff. Justine and Dean run the show and add a hilarious and unique element to the trip that just cannot be understood from reading online. Stay a while! You do meaningful work, see amazing animals, learn an incredible amount and have plenty of time to enjoy the town and its endless attractions. Friends become family and it becomes your home. My biggest mistake was only staying two weeks!

What would you improve about this program?
Recommend some warmer clothes for the winter months in Zimbabwe. It gets fresh!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Joe - thanks for the great review! It's so amazing to hear that you enjoyed your two weeks in Victoria Falls! Thanks for being an IVHQer - we hope that you join us on another program soon :-)

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Chris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best chapter of a year long journey.

From skills and experience I brought forward some ideas for some projects in my time at the Nakavango conservation reserve. With the eagerness of the resident team and hard work of some volunteers an idea or two came to fruition. Having the opportunity to teach and learn from Zimbabwean locals will be unforgettable. The plastic bottle building projects were of great use to the school and hopefully new projects continue to thrive. Forever greatful for the experience I had, the things I taught and learnt and the people I met.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have stayed for longer.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Chris - thanks for sharing your thoughts on your Volunteer Experience in Victoria Falls! It's great to hear that your ideas and projects came to life while you were there. We hope to see you on another IVHQ program soon :-)

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Jingying
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Take the leap!

was there for 3 weeks last September, loooved the daily game drives, food/accommodation was lovely, the entire staff simply amazing and helpful. Especially enjoyed our time playing with the school children and camping on Thursdays. Never a dull moment..glad to have learnt more about rhinos and conservation. I'll never forget everyone I crossed paths with..
Be prepared for some manual labour (lantana removal/tree protection), it may not seem like you're making a tangible difference but every little bit goes a long way!
Highly recommended - whitewater rafting, gorge swing. You'll have plenty of time during the weekend for fun stuff.. or just chill at the pool : )

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi there Jingying - thanks for the review of your 3 weeks in Victoria Falls! Awesome to hear that you learnt more about the wildlife and their conservation. We hope that you can join us for another Volunteer Program sometime in the future!

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Himaya
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience!

The two weeks I spent at Nakavango were great! The accommodation was clean and safe, the food was good and the volunteer activities were many and varied. The staff were brilliant and really made Nakavango feel like a home.

Having free weekends allowed other volunteers and myself to make the most of the various activities Victoria Falls has to offer and experience the area as a whole.

Through the program I've made amazing friends and memories, I thoroughly recommend this program to everyone!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Himaya, It sounds like you had a really rewarding volunteer travel experience on our Victoria Falls program. Thanks for the recommendation, we hope to welcome you back on another IVHQ program soon.

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Robero
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

my experience in Nakavango

The staff in Nakavango is great and truly helpful. I had trouble in the airport and I was able to conact the staff directly. The accomodation is great, the rooms are clean and nice. The food is great too.

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Stephy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A beautiful experience

Going into Nakavango Conservation Programme I had set realistic standards so as to not disappoint myself. Nakavango far exceeded all my expectations. Justine, Dean and their staff are amazing and incredibly lovely. The place is clean and safe. The food is delicious. The other volunteers fun and everyone is very social, always hanging out in the common areas. I loved camping out on Thursday nights. It was such a fun experience to share in as a group. I also really loved when we went animal tracking and did the late afternoon game drives. The weekends were free to go on adventures, and that we all most certainly did and had an amazing time. My two weeks spent at Nakavango were not long enough, but they are two weeks that are so special to me and I will keep all my memories close to my heart.

What would you improve about this program?
My one suggestion as I left the program was they needed to offer a heartier breakfast, eggs or some sort of protein. This was a suggestion they reacted to very positively so the change may have already been made.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Stephy, Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your experience volunteering on our Victoria Falls program. It definitely sounds like you made the most of your two weeks on the program and we are glad that it exceeded your expectations. Nakavango is a pretty special place. Great photos too. Thanks for volunteering with IVHQ!

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Yolisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

3 Months I'll never forget

It was pretty awesome. I'd say my highlight was camping and bonding with the guides and other volunteers. The program is worth every penny. The program changed my life for the better career wise.

Honestly speaking there are no words to describe the magical time I had at Nakavango. The memorries and friends made from all walks of life will stay with me for a long time. I can not do justice to the experience. It is one of those things that you have to do to fully understand the magnitude of the situation.

I give the program 10/10

What would you improve about this program?
The food was a little too oily at times and there wasn't much varity in the menu.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Yolisa, we love hearing from our volunteers and we are so glad that your time on our Victoria Falls program was such a positive experience. Thanks for sharing a sunset squad shot as well :) We hope to have you back on another IVHQ program at some point in the future.