Victoria Falls Conservation Experience

Company : The Great Projects
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Activity Holidays / Career Break / Community Volunteer Projects / Animal Volunteer Projects / Tours / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Wildlife Tours
Country: Zimbabwe
Location : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Approx Costs: 500 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Help make a difference and follow in the footsteps of explorer David Livingstone in the beautiful Victoria Falls area of Zimbabwe.

This project is based at the Nakavango Conservation Centre on the 2500 hectare Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve in the far west of Zimbabwe.

Volunteers on the project are provided with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in conservation management activities, wildlife research, and community development projects. Four out of five days here are dedicated to conservation activities on the reserve, and one day per week is dedicated to community development projects at the local school.

Of course there will also be the chance to explore Victoria Falls – a quick ten-minute drive away. Here you'll be able to partake in all manner of activities, including white water rafting, bungee jumping and even helicopter rides!

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport and transfer to the project site. Spend the remainder of the day settling in and meeting fellow volunteers.

Day 2
Today is the first day of your project and it will begin with an orientation talk from the project coordinator. After breakfast, you will head out on an orientation game drive to become familiar with the reserve and some of the animals on it. This afternoon will be filled with a more in-depth game drive where you will learn all about the aims and goals of the project.  

Day 3
This morning is often a favourite of volunteers as they get the chance to head to the world-famous Victoria Falls. This guided tour really is a once in a lifetime experience so remember to pack your camera and poncho! After you return to camp for lunch you'll soon head out and take part in a conservation activity. 

Day 4
Wednesday morning is the time in which volunteers spend at the local Masuwe Primary School. Here you will be assisting with whichever tasks need completing and examples of previous volunteer work include building a new playground and painting the classrooms before term time starts! The afternoon consists of another conservation activity so be prepared to get stuck in. 

Day 5

Thursday mornings begin with another conservation activity but the highlight of the day comes in the evening! 

You will spend the night camping out in the bush and will have the chance to admire the beautiful African night sky whilst taking in the sights and sounds of Zimbabwe.

Day 6

Friday may be the day that the working week begins to wind down at home, but this is certainly not the case at the project! After enjoying another delicious breakfast, you will head out to take on your first conservation activity of the day. 

Then, after returning for a hearty lunch (which we recommend filling up on as you will need it!) you will head out to take on the Lantana. This is an alien plant species which has taken over areas of the reserve and it needs to be removed.

Day 7/8 

Weekends are free for you to do with as you wish, so you could spend your time white water rafting on the falls, shopping in town or simply relaxing at the volunteer accommodation. The choice is entirely yours! 

Day 9-13

From Monday through to Friday you will be taking part in the exciting project activities again (apart from the guided tour of the falls) so be prepared to work hard again. 

Day 14

It's time to head home so you will begin your journey back to the airport today!

Start Dates

Selected Sundays.

Costs / Benefits

Prices from £725

What's included in the price of the project?
• Accommodation
• Three meals per day (including weekends)
• A trip to Victoria Falls
• Airport transfers on arrival and departure
• All lectures, week day field activities and community visits

What's not Included:
• Flights
• Travel and health insurance (please check you have one covering all aspects of the trip)
• Weekend leisure activities (e.g. to the all you can eat Boma restaurant which costs around U$45)

Requirements

This project involves a fair amount of manual work, mainly involved in enrichment and construction tasks, so a moderate level of fitness is necessary. No specific skills or experience are required, only a positive attitude and full commitment to the cause. You must also be prepared to work as part of a team.

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