Wildlife Protection Victoria Falls

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Coordinator | Mareen
Coordinator | Mareen

High­lights

Support a project that is as authentic as it can get - from locals and for its local wildlife: passionate, experienced and sustainable
Don't just talk - learn and see what Wildlife Conservation means, get active and broaden your horizon!
Live in your own room to have some privacy, enjoy the swimming pool and a local Braai
Be part of an international team, make friends and memories for lifetime
Explore beautiful Zimbabwe and all it has to offer at the weekends - perfect for Adventure activities
Authentic, sustainable and breathtaking volunteer placement in Zimbabwe - help conserving Africas abundant wildlife for the future by being part of an experienced team! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

A once in a lifetime chance to go behind the scenes and get involved with the conservation of a Big Five Game Reserve. Volunteers take part in game reserve management, wildlife research and community development through hands-on experience. Share your love of environmentalism and make a tangible difference as you further your knowledge of wildlife conservation.

This well-rounded education program combines conservation with welfare to assist in the preservation efforts of Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve.

The Project

The reserve protects 4000 ha of the area’s rich natural heritage and is a sanctuary for Africa’s iconic game – including the critically endangered black rhino, with it being a designated Intensive Protection Zone for the species.

Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve is the only privately-owned reserve within the immediate vicinity of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, ideally placing volunteers for a wild and wonderful experience!

Typical day

What to expect

Volunteers have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in conservation management and assist with on-going conservation research, which are vital for the successful operation of the reserve, its surrounding areas, and their ecosystems. The reserve is home to an abundance of indigenous wildlife, including the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo – and serves as an Intensive Protection Zone for the critically endangered black rhino.

The exact nature of the work carried out will depend on the requirements of the reserve at the time. Typical activities include, but are not limited to:

•   Alien vegetation removal 

•   Soil erosion control 

•   Fence patrols 

•   Bush walks 

•   Waterhole creation, maintenance, and monitoring 

•   Game and bird monitoring, tracking, and counting 

•   Road maintenance 

•   River crossings upkeep 

•   Reserve clean-up operations 

•   Game census 

•   General clean-up of reserve and surrounding areas 

•   Animal tracking 

•   Observe supplement feeding

•   Camping out on the reserve 

Conservation and Research Activities may include:

Volunteers work with members of the game reserve team and anti-poaching unit, with their efforts also benefitting partner organizations, including Birdlife Zimbabwe, Endangered Wildlife Trust and Zimbabwe National Parks Authority. Volunteers enjoy direct contact with the Wildlife Manager, who will hold discussions and debates. This enhances volunteers’ knowledge and understanding of nature conservation issues in Africa and assists volunteers in making a real contribution to conserving the environment in Victoria Falls

Volunteer week orientation

This starts on the Monday after your arrival. The morning starts with an orientation game drive, departing at 6:30am and returning at 11am. The orientation debrief will then take place in the lounge for about 2 hours. Lunch is taken during the heat of the day and, after a short rest, you will be taken on another game drive to show you the balance of the reserve.

Volunteer Work

As a volunteer you typically work from Monday to Friday with weekends off. An example of a summer schedule is as follows:

6.30am – 7.30am: Breakfast

8am – 12pm: Volunteering

12pm – 3pm: Break, including lunch

3pm – 6pm: Volunteering

6.30pm – 7.30pm: Dinner

Weekends

There are no planned activities at the weekends but there is no shortage of optional activities to do in and around Victoria Falls town, from white- water rafting to sunset cruises. Victoria Falls is one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated within three separate national parks: Victoria Falls National Park (Zimbabwe), Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe), and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). Victoria Falls’ advantageous location also allows volunteers to easily visit the neighboring countries of Zambia and Botswana on the weekends. 

Free-time activities

There are no planned activities at the weekends but there is no shortage of optional activities ranging from white- water rafting to sunset cruises. Victoria Falls is one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated within three separate national parks: Victoria Falls National Park (Zimbabwe), Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe), and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). 

Nature enthusiasts and animal lovers will have the unique opportunity to see these areas on safari and guided tour, exploring rainforests that are home to many endangered species. The town of Victoria Falls offers many popular tourist spots for sampling Zimbabwean cuisine and buying handicrafts from local artisans. Extreme sports are also plentiful in Victoria Falls, with white-water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, zip lining, and gorge swinging on offer. Outdoor enthusiasts can take part in fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, and cycling – there is no shortage of options for adventure. Victoria Falls’ advantageous location also allows volunteers to easily visit the neighbouring countries of Zambia and Botswana on the weekends. Volunteers staying in Zimbabwe after completing their programme and who wish to travel further afield, can explore the ruins of the Great Zimbabwe, check out the unusual rock formations in Matobo Hills National Park, or go diving in the cobalt-blue water of the Chinhoyi Caves. There is a wealth of national parks in Zimbabwe, too. 
Water Sports
Swimming
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CRB check in English within 12 months of program start, Visa (passport photos and 2 copies, proof of residence in country of origin, 6 months validity of travel passport), Health Insurance and Medical Document
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Commitment and passion for nature, animals and Africa, fluency in English, teamwork
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Gapforce
Included in the price is accommodation, 3 meals a day from Monday to Friday and brunch and dinner on the weekends, project equipment and project training, return airport transfer and project donation. 
Airport Pickup at Victoria Falls Airport
Accommodation is provided from the Sunday before your start date through to (and including) the Friday night of your final week. You can then depart at any time on the Saturday. You will be collected from Victoria Falls International Airport on the Sunday between 2 and 3pm from the downstairs coffee shop or from Wild Horizons office (310 Parkway Avenue, Victoria Falls town) at 11am. Once you have been picked up, you will be transported to the centre’s accommodation (a 15-minute drive from the airport).
Accommodation
Volunteers are accommodated in single rooms at the conservation centre. Being situated on a game reserve, it is not uncommon to see wildlife throughout the day! The rooms are comfortable and each is equipped with a single bed, ceiling fan, desk, chair, and storage shelving. Bathrooms are shared by up to four volunteers of the same gender, and offer western toilets and hot showers. Bed linen is provided, and during the warmer months, a sheet should be sufficient as there is no air conditioning in the rooms. During the cooler months, a duvet and warm blanket are provided. In addition to the sleeping quarters, the accommodation also offers an open-air communal area. There is a swimming pool, braai (barbecue) facility, and picnic tables where volunteers can socialise and enjoy meals. Volunteers must bring their own swimming towels. On-site staff clean the accommodation and common areas throughout the week. However, volunteers are also required to keep these areas tidy. 
The conservation centre has a 24-hour security guard, and a safe is available in the office for volunteers to store small valuables. As the reserve is a Big Five area (home to lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo), the property is protected by an electric fence. Volunteers are required to ask permission before leaving the property. 

A weekly laundry service is provided for volunteers by the housekeeping staff at the conservation centre. Please ensure that all of your clothing and towels are labelled with your name to ensure that you receive all of your items back in your laundry bag. Laundry bags are provided.
Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are served three meals a day, except for on weekends when brunch and dinner are served. Fruit, bread and cereal are available all day, and snacks on weekends. All meals are prepared by an on-site chef, and are a mix of western and traditional Zimbabwean food. Breakfast includes cereal, porridge, fruit and toast, accompanied by coffee and tea. Lunches will be a mix of sandwiches, quiches, burgers, salads, and other similar foods. Dinners will commonly comprise of pastas, fish, meat, starches and/or vegetables. Snacks are typically muffins, pastries, or biscuits. The chef is happy to accommodate special dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, dairy or gluten free etc.) – please inform the Operations Manager in advance should you have any.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls. We assist you to find cheap flights to Zimbabwe.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Zimbabwe provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Zimbabwe you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Zimbabwe.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Arrival and Departure
Accommodation is provided from the Sunday before your start date through to (and including) the Friday night of your final week. You can then depart at any time on the Saturday. You will be collected from Victoria Falls International Airport on the Sunday between 2 and 3pm from the downstairs coffee shop or from Wild Horizons office (310 Parkway Avenue, Victoria Falls town) at 11am. Once you have been picked up, you will be transported to the centre’s accommodation (a 15-minute drive from the airport). 

Program schedule
Orientation is hosted by the Victoria Falls team at the conservation centre. It begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know about the volunteer programme – introduction to Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe, culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities, introduction to the program, and placement. Orientation will also give you a chance to meet the other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. 

We start the program twice a month so just let us know your favourite month and we can see if we can fit you in at one of the two time slots.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,800
3 weeks
$ 2,350
3 weeks
$ 2,350
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,900
Average fees
$ 813 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Gapforce will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Gapforce during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Wildlife Protection Victoria Falls

Authentic, sustainable and breathtaking volunteer placement in Zimbabwe - help conserving Africas abundant wildlife for the future by being part of an experienced team!

$813/week

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