Nature Enthusiast Course

fondée en 2012
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Study Africa's flora and fauna in more detail and be immersed in Imire's unique environment
Learn to track big game and identify the signs of animals in the bush
Gain a deep understanding of large and small animal and bird behaviour
Gain a FGASA-endorsed certification, and knowledge that can be used across a range of conservation careers
Undertake research projects which will give you new skills, and also benefit the conservancy and its wildlife
Perfect for wildlife-lovers looking to take their knowledge to the next level; a worthwhile gap year experience; or to start a career in wildlife conservation. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Âge 17+
Seul voyageur
The Imire Nature Enthusiast course is designed for wildlife lovers who are looking to take their knowledge of the natural world to the next level. 

The course has been designed and is led by our highly qualified volunteer co-ordinator, an experienced FGASA-certified guide. The knowledge that you will gain from the course, and the research techniques you will learn, can be used anywhere in the world in a variety of conservation and wildlife careers.

The 6-week course is an opportunity for nature enthusiasts to study Africa's wildlife and ecology more intensively, and be immersed in the conservancy's unique environment. You will study large mammals, focusing on the project's nine rhino and three elephants, small mammals and birds, reptiles, insects and amphibians. You will learn about the night skies and ecology, and you develop a deep understanding of large and small animal behaviour.

The course is ideal for people wanting to start a career in wildlife conservation, or who simply have a desire to learn more about a variety of wildlife subjects.

Fully accredited

The course is FGASA-endorsed, and delivered through a combination of lecture-style lessons and exciting outdoor practical activities.

Course topics include standard FGASA modules:

  • Astronomy
  • Geology
  • Weather and Climate
  • Ecology
  • Taxonomy
  • Botany – Wild Flowers, Trees and Grasses
  • Arthropods (Insects) and Amphibians
  • Reptiles and Fish
  • Birds and Mammals
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Conservation Management
  • Historical Human Habitation
  • Tracking Skills
Plus bespoke courses in:
  • Basic Weapon Handling
  • Bush Survival Skills and Navigation
  • Introduction to Zimbabwe
  • Applied field research techniques and data capture
Develop practical research skills

Unique to our Nature Enthusiast course, in addition to learning about wildlife and the environment, students will pioneer Imire’s scientific research. Each topic of study includes a research project, where participants will develop their own skills and also contribute to Imire’s long-term conservancy management plan. 
Current research projects include canopy surveys, telemetry tracking and animal mapping, camera traps, and bird, fish and amphibian population studies.

Journée Typique

Each day will focus on a different topic from the course manual. Some topics have more to cover and may stretch across multiple days. The course will run seven days a week from Sunday to Sunday, with a good mixture of lecture-style and practical activities.

Days will be split into three sections, with plenty of breaks for review and questions. A typical day could be:
0530 - 0600 - wake up, coffee, rusks. Briefing of the days activities and learning points
0600 - 0930: mammal lecture
0930 - 1030: breakfast
1030 - 1230: practical field exercise: game drive focusing on mammal diversity
1230 - 1400: lunch
1400 - 1700: field research: micro mammal traps and large animal camera traps
1700 - 1900: self-study and completion of workbook questions
1900 - 2000: dinner
2000 onwards: relax around the fire

Activités de Loisir

During your down time, you may explore the conservancy on foot or on horseback (additional charge). There will be outings to local areas of historical interest, and you will also have talks from conservation experts.

Safari /


Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 17 ans quand le programme commence.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler anglais (niveau moyen)
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Autres Compétences
Participants can be of any age and educational background, but must have a deep interest in wildlife, and a passion for the outdoors.

We welcome applications from student groups and those studying natural sciences. We will follow the same course outline regardless of participant backgrounds.
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi, samedi et dimanche de 07:00 - 17:00

Services inclus

Services de Imire Rhino Conservation
Fees include: 
  • Shared safari-tent style accommodation
  • Three meals a day plus drinks (tea, coffee, juice, water)
  • Training costs
  • Transport between training locations
  • Harare International Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Nature Enthusiast Manual and Workbook
  • Laundry and housekeeping
  • 24-hour support from our on-site course managers
  • Full orientation upon arrival

The fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Flights to Harare International Airport
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Personal travel and excursions (outside the Nature Enthusiast Course)
  • Purchase of curios and any items of a personal nature
  • Snacks, fizzy and alcoholic drinks (over 18’s only) from our bar
  • Reference books outside those that are provided
Transfert de l'aéroport Harare International Airport
Inclusive pick-ups are from Harare International Airport on your course start date (usually a Sunday). Full details will be sent to you prior to your arrival.
Your home on this Nature Enthusiast Course is in shared safari-tent style accommodation, situated in the heart of the conservancy - allowing for an immersive learning environment in a diverse ecosystem.

Participants will share twin walk-in safari tents (same sex sharing) with beds, bedding and storage space provided. Tents are en-suite, with hot and cold running water for showers, and flush toilets. The Wilderness Camp has a fully equipped kitchen, bar, communal lounge and dining room, with desks for studying and a small library.

There is a daily laundry and housekeeping service.
Aliments & Boissons
Three meals a day are provided by our resident cooks, and fresh drinking water, tea, coffee and juice is freely available. Some dietary request can be catered for, please let us know before you arrive if you have specialist requirements (e.g. vegan, dairy or gluten intolerance).
Accès à Internet
Accès limité sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est Harare International Airport (HRE) à Harare. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Zimbabwe.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Zimbabwe te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Zimbabwe, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Zimbabwe.

Dates et Prix


Informations sur l'arrivée

2023 course dates:

May 15th - June 26th 2023

More courses may follow in 2023 - please enquire if you would like to join outside of the above dates. Note that the course is six weeks in length, and completion of all modules is required to receive your certificate.
janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
6 - 6 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
6 sem (durée min.)
$4 995
6 sem (durée max.)
$4 995
Coût moyen
$833 /sem

Merci de noter que les prix ci-dessus sont des prix estimés et qu'ils sont soumis aux fluctuations des taux de change. Imire Rhino Conservation t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
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Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec Imire Rhino Conservation durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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Nature Enthusiast Course

Perfect for wildlife-lovers looking to take their knowledge to the next level; a worthwhile gap year experience; or to start a career in wildlife conservation.


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