I had an absolutely amazing time on this project! I spent 3 weeks there and wish to go back ASAP!
On the average day, the lion handlers would take us out on a walk around the park with a couple of trio of lion cubs. We would watch them interact and roam around freely and experience their newly developing hunting skills. We would then go eat a delicious breakfast prepared for us in an outdoor kitchen by the river.
We would then have 2 work sessions broken up by lunch. For these, all of the volunteers would be broken into teams to do one of the following: feed the adults or cubs, clean enclosures, enclosure maintenence (making sure fences were all secure), enclosure building (since I left, they released an entire pride of adults into a massive enclosure that I helped build!), elephant training, an elephant ride around the park, cleaning the horse stables, horseback riding around the park, etc.
After our 2 work sessions and lunch, we would then have another walk around the park with another set of cubs. Afterwards, dinner while the sun set over the river, and free time to do anything we wanted! We often hung out by the river or played games/watched soccer in the volunteer lounge.
On some nights, we had the option of going on a night encounter, where we would go out in trucks to watch 4 of the "teenage" lions hunt at night. We saw some awesome zebra/wildebeest chases!
There was one day that we also got to spend the afternoon playing with kids at a local orphanage. The kids were so much fun and loved playing with my camera. We also spent another afternoon with a local family who were kind enough to make all of us a feast so we could taste more authentic Zimbabwean cuisine. Me and the other girls all helped cook over a fire, which was definitely new to me!
Overall, I had an amazing time, not just because of the lions, but also because of the people. The lion handlers were great fun and I still keep in touch with them through Facebook. I also made lifelong friends with the other volunteers, who were from a great mix of countries, cultures, and backgrounds. Everyone had an interesting story to tell!
I would highly reccommend this trip to anyone who is not just looking for a resort ad safari experience in Africa. This trip definitely costed less and is much more hands on and personal!