Zimbabwe Rhino and Elephant Conservation
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From $1,729, 2 weeks, Zimbabwe Trip code: ZIBR

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 4 out of 5
  • Culture 3 out of 5
Zimbabwe Rhino and Elephant ConservationZimbabwe Rhino and Elephant ConservationZimbabwe Rhino and Elephant Conservation

Trip Highlights

  • Get up close to majestic Elephants
  • Experience some of Zimbabwe’s most beautiful scenery
  • Spend some quality time with the resident Black Rhinos
  • Elephant back safaris
  • Play your part in the conservation of some of Zimbabwe’s most endangered wildlife
  • Live in close contact with the wildlife on the game reserve
  • Get  a behind the scenes look at life on an African game reserve.
  • Live in the heart of the Zimbabwe bush

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Live in close contact with Zimbabwe wildlife including black and white rhino, African elephants and buffalo on the 10,000-acre private game reserve. You’ll have the opportunity to spend time with rhino and elephants and be involved in valuable conservation work which will help towards securing the futures of these endangered species in Zimbabwe. You will get a behind the scenes insight into the running of a privately owned African game reserve.

 

You may also have an opportunity to meet some of the local children and community leaders as you spend time at one of the nearby schools; teach them a little about conservation or even help them out with their veggie patch! This programme and country is bound to capture your heart and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.


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What will I be doing?

  • Volunteer Role (2 - 8 weeks)

  • Working with Elephants (2 - 8 weeks)

  • Other activities (2 - 8 weeks)

Volunteer Role: 2 - 8 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Zimbabwe borders Zambia, South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique. It is a diverse and exhilarating destination with some of the most beautiful and well-protected game reserves in the world. These privately run reserves are on a mission to protect the bio-diversity and wildlife that Zimbabwe is home to.  

 

There are over 10 large National Parks and numerous private reserves across Zimbabwe.  Your time in Zimbabwe will be vital to the protection and conservation of many endangered animals and their surrounding environment, which is conducive to their survival.

 

This project is based on a private farm, approximately 105 km from Harare, set in rolling bushveld landscapes offering a unique experience and that is not to be missed!

  • Location: 105km east of Harare

Your time at this project will be divided into spending time with the wildlife learning about and spending time with the animals, in particular the black rhino and elephants and getting involved with the game park, and spending time at the at the local school close to the project. The emphasis is very much on wildlife conservation and the majority of your time is spent in the game park but part of the programme includes educating the community on its importance. 

 

No two days are the same and some of the activities you will be involved with include:

 

Spending time with the Black Rhino on the reserve

Monitoring their behaviour, social activity, interactions and breeding behaviour. Your duties here may include:

 

  • Maintenance and cleaning of the rhino beds
  • Walking with the rhino and collecting data on their behaviour

Working with Elephants: 2 - 8 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Zimbabwe borders Zambia, South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique. It is a diverse and exhilarating destination with some of the most beautiful and well-protected game reserves in the world. These privately run reserves are on a mission to protect the bio-diversity and wildlife that Zimbabwe is home to.  

 

There are over 10 large National Parks and numerous private reserves across Zimbabwe.  Your time in Zimbabwe will be vital to the protection and conservation of many endangered animals and their surrounding environment, which is conducive to their survival.

 

This project is based on a private farm, approximately 105 km from Harare, set in rolling bushveld landscapes offering a unique experience and that is not to be missed!

  • Location: 105km east of Harare

Working with the elephants
Undertaking anti-poaching and snare patrols, teaching co-operative elephant handling, observing their family interactions, monitoring and assessing browsing behaviour. It is an amazing experience to spend time with these magnificent animals and their experienced handlers and you will get many opportunities to interact with these beautiful creatures. Your duties here may include;

 

  • Maintenance and cleaning of the elephant beds
  • Work around the game park involving the elphants as required, e.g. deliveries, wood collection
  • Observing the elephants in their natural habitat and spending valuable time in their company whilst gathering data

Other activities: 2 - 8 weeks

Destination info

Zimbabwe borders Zambia, South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique. It is a diverse and exhilarating destination with some of the most beautiful and well-protected game reserves in the world. These privately run reserves are on a mission to protect the bio-diversity and wildlife that Zimbabwe is home to.  

 

There are over 10 large National Parks and numerous private reserves across Zimbabwe.  Your time in Zimbabwe will be vital to the protection and conservation of many endangered animals and their surrounding environment, which is conducive to their survival.

 

This project is based on a private farm, approximately 105 km from Harare, set in rolling bushveld landscapes offering a unique experience and that is not to be missed!

  • Location: 105km east of Harare

You may also be involved in the following activities:

  • Assisting in the general running of the game park- including; animal feeding, anti-poaching patrols, bush clearance, removal of foreign plant species, game counts and maintaining vegetable gardens
  • Undertaking community projects with local schools and pre-school in permaculture, gardening, conservation education, sports and general teaching assistance
  • Helping with special projects around the game park and having unexpected adventures!
  • In your spare time you can go fishing, canoeing, camping in the bush, undertake rifle training or just relax by the pool at the volunteer house with a cold beer! You will have the opportunity to go horse riding in the bush - an amazing way to experience the wildlife, elephant riding and even enjoy a swim with the elephants! For those who enjoy hiking the in-country team can arrange walks both on and off the reserve, visit local cultural sites or go and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Harare.

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What's included?

  • Help of trained guides
  • All accommodation
  • Meals throughout your project
  • 24 hour project support
  • Arrival orientation

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers (US$100 per person each way, US$200 total)
  • Visa costs and departure tax

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on potential participants’ health.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us

 

Accommodation

The accommodation on this project is fantastic! You will be staying in a double storied farmhouse, which is situated at the centre of the ranch and on the edge of a dam. Sometimes Elephants, Rhinos and Hippos will come to browse in the garden, which is a stunning sight.

 

You will be staying in a shared bedroom (either double or four people sharing) with shared bathrooms. Hot water and electricity is available but power cuts are quite normal, so remember to bring a torch! The house has a large dining room, two communal sitting rooms with fireplaces in each and a kitchen. In the evenings volunteers can meet in the sitting room to relax and talk about the day’s events.

 

Meals

Three meals and basic house keeping duties will be provided for you each day.  You will be required to help with keeping the house clean and tidy, maintaining the garden and the vegetable garden. 

 

 

Is this trip for you?

You must be in a good physical condition, as you will be expected to walk long distances and participate in physical activities.

You may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, you will still have the full support of your in-country team and those at the project. If you are looking for a group volunteering experience we have plenty of options for you to consider.

 

Project Orientation

On arrival you will have a briefing as to the rules of safety of the safari ranch. Your orientation will also include:

 

  • Introduction to all camp staff including managers, guides, researchers, and assistants
  • Familiarisation with the Safari camp and the conservancy, including the boundaries, internal roads and tracks and some of the wildlife species of the area in which you will be working
  • Introduction to current research procedures
  • Further information about the rhino protection programme
  • Familiarisation with all other duties you will be involved in
  • You will be working with the indigenous population of Zimbabwe, so you will also be given a short briefing on local culture and etiquette etc.

 

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?

The accomodation is of a good standard, twin share, flush toilets.

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

We generally recommend that you take around £70-£80 per week plus US$200 (US$100 per person for more than one person) for your airport transfers which are not included in your programme fee.

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3. 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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4. Upon arrival, how long does it take to get to the project?

You will be met and transferred from Harare airport which will take around 2 hours.

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5. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No, all bedding is provided.

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6. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No, mosquito nets are provided

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

Yes, there will be a safe available for you to use.

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DBS

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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Zimbabwe Rhino and Elephant Conservation

Katrina Fox - February 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
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Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Incredible animals, wonderful local people - I miss them!

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(5/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Spending time with the elephants and the amazing team of handlers that worked with them. Making friends with the children of staff and visiting them to play games.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Zimbabwe Rhino and Elephant Conservation2014-02-16

Jane Burnett - November 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

All of the above and more. just amazing

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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

where will I start, I loved every minute of every day

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

remember this is Africa, there will be spiders and bugs no matter how much cleaning Don't take posh clothes, you wont need them take a waterproof coat/jacket, especially now.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Zimbabwe Rhino and Elephant Conservation2013-11-28

Sharan Bahra - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

volunteering on the ranch was amazing and while there were some things not so enjoyable (game count!) the fact that you get to handle the animals - elephants and rhinos in particular and get to really know them and the handlers is a rare opoortunity. Although now in Nepal I really miss Imire and the camaradarie created by the family run ranch and a few of us are planning to go back next year! Loved it!!

Zimbabwe Rhino and Elephant Conservation2011-10-11

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