Zimbabwe Lion Breeding & Conservation - Midlands

From $2,429, 2 weeks, Zimbabwe Trip code: ZILB

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 3 out of 5
Zimbabwe Lion Breeding and Conservation - MidlandsZimbabwe Lion Breeding and Conservation - MidlandsZimbabwe Lion Breeding and Conservation - Midlands

Trip Highlights

  • Take part in a serious lion conservation project 
  • Feed any lion cubs who may be at the project when you are there
  • Get involved in Lion Conservation
  • Get up close and personal with elephants and find out what makes them tick.
  • Be a conservation volunteer and help the land flourish.
  • Away from the political trouble spots, a great introduction to Zimbabwe

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Midlands is a serious lion conservation project, designed solely to do something about the dramatic decline in African lion numbers. The programme is built around the breeding and release of lions back into the wild and it’s a world first.

 

Your trip is not only concerned with lion conservation though. You’ll also have the chance to spend time with time with the project’s orphaned African Elephants saved from certain death during a severe drought that ravaged Zimbabwe’s South Eastern Lowveld in the early nineties. 

 

Part of your project work will be to assist with the management of the Midlands programme – finding and removing snares in the game park, checking for and repairing deliberate poacher damage to boundary fences and other essential maintenance work.  


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What will I be doing?

  • A typical itinerary (2 to 4 weeks)

A typical itinerary: 2 to 4 weeks

Destination info

Zimbabwe is an extremely beautiful country, filled with warm and generous people who will welcome you with open arms and it’s a brilliant gap year destination, and not solely because of its lion conservation projects.

 
It’s amazingly diverse too. In just one visit you could walk with lions, visit a pristine wildlife reserve home to hundreds of species of tropical birds and animals, learn to scuba dive or enjoy the thrill of white water rafting and other adrenalin sports. 
 
It’s home to the biggest waterfall on the planet – Victoria Falls – and to the wild Zambezi River and to some of the most beautiful and well-protected game reserves in the world. There are large national parks and numerous private game reserves and, of course, lion conservation projects.
  • Location: Midlands, Zimbabwe

 

There’s no lying in bed all morning on a lion conservation project. You’ll be up and doing fairly early in the morning – quite normal in hot climates where it often gets too hot to work later in the day. You’ll have something like a morning (or an afternoon) off fourth day. You do need to be flexible though and you might find yourself working at other times.
 
You’re working with wild animals and they’re not very good at sticking to timetables. The role is flexible and you need to be too.
 
These are the kinds of things you can expect to be doing as part of your lion conservation role. 
 
Lion walks especially taking cubs (5 to 18 months) out into the bush. 
 
Training the elephants and riding them
 
Lunch for a lion is pounds and pounds of meat and dinner is much the same – and they’re always leaving their vegetables on the side of the plate
 
Maintenance jobs are not as dull as it might sound and certainly essential to the project. The enclosures have to be cleaned and checked, snare sweeps need to be carried out for illicit poaching activity and are promptly removed if found, the boundary fences also have to be checked and repaired where necessary. 
 
If there are any cubs, you might get to bottle feed them – all depending on the time of year, their age and how their mum feels about it. And then there’s the huge feeling of satisfaction you’ll get if you’re lucky enough to be there when a lion is released back into the wild! Priceless!

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What's included?

  • All airport transfers
  • Arrival orientation
  • 24 hour in country support
  • All accommodation and meals

What's not included?

  • All Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas for Zimbabwe

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 17 years, maximum decided on potential participants’ health.

 

Accommodation

During your placement, you will be staying in a comfortable room sharing with one to three other volunteers in thatched accommodation, nestled beneath trees and beside a lake. Your lodge has modern facilities including satellite TV and a swimming pool. You will have separate shower and toilet facilities to the rest of the camp, which are located adjacent to the sleeping area. The main lodge houses guests visiting the area and programme on vacation. Your rooms will be cleaned daily by the housekeeping staff and free use of the laundry service is available to all volunteers.

 

Meals

You will receive three meals a day, although this may be a packed meal depending on what activity you are taking part in on any given day. You will be eating the same food as the guests at the lodge and we kindly request that you allow the guests to be served first and have their first choice of seating. Breakfast is at 08:30 and includes cereals, fresh fruit and a full cooked breakfast. Lunch is usually around 13:00 and dinner is at 19:00, both of which are served in a buffet style.
 

 

Is this trip for you?

An interest in and passion for wildlife and conservation is important. Due to health and safety requirements, all volunteers must be 155cm, or 5ft minimum to work with the lion cubs. All volunteers must have a reasonable level of health and fitness.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. What is the accomodation like?

You will be based in purpose built volunteer accomodation in beautiful surroundings, you will share with 2 others and have the luxury of flush toilets.

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2. Where is accomodation based?

Within the grounds of a private lodge.

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3. How much spending money would you recommend I take?

We generally recommend that you take around £70-£80 per week.

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4. I am a first time traveler, and a bit apprehensive about travelling on my own. Do many people do this by themselves?

The majority of our participants are solo travelers, so you will be one of many in the same position. We e-mail out a buddy list 2-3 weeks before you start, so you can begin to get to know one another beforehand.

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5. Will I be able to touch the lions?

This is a very hands on project so the majority of volunteers have the pleasure of experiencing this!

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6. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No, all bedding is provided for you however if you wish to bring one for extra warmth then you can.

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7. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box available?

Yes, there will be one available for you to use. It is also recommended that you bring a lock to lock your bags/cupboard.

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This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this. 

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Louise Carter - November 2013

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Life changing experience and will return in 2014

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What were the highlights of your trip?

interaction with lions and elephants

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Pack the aeroguard

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

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yes

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Yes

Sabine Otten - October 2012

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An unforgettable time as well with the animals as with the all over world people you will meet there, no stress, absolute freedom and relax. Another world which is worth to experience. Let's say: a dream without luxury, that nobody needs, because you get more than that: an unforgettable great time without stress but just fun and lovely kind people and staff.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

It was a great experience I will never forget. Have never been that close to lions, elefants etc. and especially the cub sits are unforgettable as we'll as the lion walks. Furthermore met so many nice people from all over the world, never expected that they come even from Australia, New Zealand, America and Kanada. I enjoyed that time very much and I'm surely trying to book further travels with your company as I'm in love with Africa and I would like to collect further impressions all over that country. Thanks a lot for the perfect organisation and help in booking.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

I just can say you will love it and never forget.

Any other comments?

THANK YOU REAL GAP AND AFRICA:

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Paula Russell - February 2012

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made new friends and an opportunity to not to passed

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Celebrating my birthday with new friends

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1. Check with the place staying for advice of things to take

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Lucy Knight - October 2011

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(6/10)
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Walking with Lions, the food and canoeing.

Helen Drinkeld - October 2011

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I got to experience everything I was told I would. Being out there really taught me a lot about myself and I learnt so much during my trip. I was also able to overcome my fear of horses and completed 2 horse rides but the time I spent with the lions was my main highlight.

Catherine Mills - October 2011

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Getting hands on experience with the lions, meeting many new people and visiting the orphanages.

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Yes

Would you recommend us?

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Katy Fairweather - July 2011

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What were the highlights of your trip?

working with wildlife

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Michael Oldbury - July 2011

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Amazing experience and met lots of great people. Never will forget my trip.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting lots of different people and doing many different activites. Seeing lots of animals.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take items for the orphanage. DON'T take too MUCH luggage.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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