Care for Africa's Wildlife in a Legendary Nature Sanctuary

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The team behind this family-run project has created a friendly atmosphere, making sure everybody feels welcome – whether they’re on four legs or two.

One of Africa’s oldest and most respected wildlife sanctuaries, it’s been a refuge for animals for over forty years. Today, it’s home to large populations of lions, leopards, monkeys, antelope, hyena and other animals who can no longer survive in the wild.

As a volunteer here, you’ll help to feed, exercise and care for the animals who live here. In the project’s animal clinic, you’ll also work with experienced vets to look after injured and sick animals. Through the project’s Epic Kids program, you’ll have the chance to meet local Zimbabwean children and educate the next generation about the importance of caring for wildlife.

As well as conservation work, you’ll also get to explore Zimbabwe’s natural beauty, including a trip to the largest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls.

Highlights
  • Live and work inside one of Africa’s most established wildlife centres.
  • Large lion and leopard populations - see large carnivores up close.
  • Wide variety of experiences - including animal care, vet work, community education, research and more.
  • Explore Zimbabwe - experience the country's amazing natural ecosystems.
  • Make a lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable animals.

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8.5 Rating
based on 2 reviews
  • Impact 7.5
  • Support 7.5
  • Fun 7
  • Value 5.5
  • Safety 8.5
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Mallory
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage

ACE was extremely helpful with getting to amd from my flights, i never worried about my travel while with them. My time at Chipangali was excellent, really felt like i was learning a lot and making a difference. I was glad that we were given time each day with the animals and that we were able to also have free time to rest and have fun before and after dinner. Also was greatful that we were allowed to be involved more in specific areas of interest if we wanted to. The research trips were information and the rhino walk was certainly something that i would do again.
The rooms were nice and spacious and had good storage. There was always snacks available even between meals so there was never a food issue. They were very informative and gave good directions.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
When we went on the rhino walk seeing the cave paintings and hearing about how old they were was quite a shock
Response from African Conservation Experience

Thank you for your feedback and for rating us so highly. We are so pleased that you had an amazing time and found ACE to be supportive of your conservation trip. We pride ourselves on getting to know all of our volunteers and ensuring that the projects they join align with their individual aspirations.

African Conservation Experience supports our projects in many different ways. The physical and financial contributions from you and your fellow volunteers bring invaluable support to enable year-round resources for the much-needed work; ACE has also been a key partner in setting up many of our projects including donating sizeable grants and interest-free loans. Our experienced and qualified team on the ground regularly visit and meet with the project management on-site to discuss the programs, and develop ways in which the project can be improved for volunteers and assist with staff training. This long term and continuous support has meant that our valuable conservation projects have been able to increase the impact they have on conservation and wildlife.

Thanks again for your feedback Malory, we wish you all the best and everyone would love to see you back!

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Pamela
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Great Experience

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Chipangali and actually felt much safer in the country than I anticipated before my trip. One of the little stories I would like to share (and there are many) is that whilst myself and another volunteer were busy cleaning the lion cages on a really hot day which was a great experience in itself working so close to these majestic animals but in a very safe environment because of the lock down system within the cages - we returned for a lunch break to find 5 of our fellow volunteers all in the pool outside the main house. They had 6 hand reared ducklings with them in the swimming pool giving them their first swimming lesson and they were lining them up and having them race to the other side of the pool to declare the winner of the duck race. There was something so funny and yet caring about it in a sanctuary that has so many charismatic animals - these lovely baby ducklings were bringing so much joy and were equally cared for.

What would you improve about this program?
I did find the days fairly chaotic but that's the nature of working with wildlife your day depends on what is happening at the time and can change very rapidly - however we did seem to get mixed messages from different staff at times at to what was happening - its no big deal and nice to be spontaneous but for the volunteer who likes a routine it could be a bit of a shock