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Imire Wildlife Conservation

Rhino & Elephant Conservation

Volunteer in Africa and help secure the future of the black rhino and elephant. Experience daily life on a 10,000 acre family-run private conservancy.

Our Programme

Imire Game Park, home to an internationally renowned Black Rhino Breeding and Release Programme which has supported Zimbabwe’s rhino population since the mid 1980s, releasing 11 rhinos back into the wild. Play a role in securing the future of this once-again endangered animal as you work alongside anti-poaching rangers, undertake rhino research projects and get involved in the daily care of these ancient animals.

Our Rhino and Elephant Conservation Programme is a unique hands-on opportunity to get behind the scenes and experience day-to-day life at Imire, and be involved with the protection and conservation of Zimbabwe’s endangered black rhino.

The programme focuses on the conservation of five black and two white rhino and four elephants, plus a wealth of plains game including giraffe, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, impala, kudu, crocodile and the rare sable antelope. 

The aim of the programme is to assist Imire’s established black rhino breeding and release programme; collect meaningful data and information relating to rhino and wildlife conservation and animal behaviour and educate the local community about wildlife conservation.

Volunteer Work

Volunteers contribute to a long term conservation project and get involved with a variety of conservation activities: 

  • work alongside rhinos and elephants
  • game park management
  • wildlife monitoring
  • anti-poaching patrols and snare sweeps 
  • educate school-children about conservation, wildlife and the environment
  • learn about what is involved in running a conservancy

We believe that wildlife conservation must go hand in hand with community education. A sharing of knowledge is key to the future of Africa’s wildlife heritage. Volunteers work with community leaders and schools to share their passion for conservation and the environment. 

Volunteering is a unique opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new country and culture, experiencing day-to-day life in Africa first hand – all while giving back to an important conservation cause. We guarantee your experiences on the programme will be life-changing!

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Typical day

There is no such thing as a typical day at Imire, but these are activities which you will almost certainly be involved with during your stay

Rhino Conservation

  • Learn all about these amazing animals from experienced rangers
  • Observe and record rhino behaviour to identify patterns and understand relationships
  • Feed and walk with the rhino; help handers to ensure the animals are secure at night
  • Clean out rhino beds and repair enclosures
  • White rhino tracking: join the white rhino scouts on morning patrol; learn how to use the telemetry set, look for the tracks and signs of rhino movement and identify spoor. Upon locating the rhino, volunteers monitor and observe their behaviour and feeding patterns with the scouts.

Work with elephants

  • Monitor elephant movements, behaviour and feeding patterns
  • Observe and record elephant behaviour to identify patterns and understand relationships
  • Clean out the elephant beds and put in fresh hay
  • Maintain and repair enclosures

Anti-poaching and security

  • Undertake snare patrols and anti-poaching monitoring - check for evidence of poaching and collect snares and traps. This minimises the poaching of small and large animals on the reserve and provides support to the dedicated anti-poaching team.
  • Fence and boundary monitoring on horseback and on foot
  • Horseback riding patrols: carry out herd monitoring and anti-poaching off the beaten track

Game Park Management

  • Undertake deliveries of hay bales and game cubes around the game park to supplement the natural browse and grazing for all animals
  • Help maintain fences, roads, fireguards and park equipment
  • Indigenous tree planting and removal of alien species
  • Litter sweeps within the game park and surrounding areas
  • Cattle dipping: help the cattle section on dip days to control the population of parasites and other diseases which can affect the wildlife
  • Monitor the condition and health of herd animals
  • Game counts by foot, vehicle and on horseback
  • Carnivore feeding: volunteers are responsible for feeding the lion, hyenas, crocodile and the periodic dosing of the lion to prevent ticks

Community, teaching and cultural activities

  • Assist with English literacy to improve grade school English
  • Help in the vegetable gardens and work with the Conservation Club
  • Take conservation lessons and school trips into the game park
  • Home visits: you may be invited into the home of a local community member to experience rural Zimbabwean life
  • Play sports and games with the younger children

Details on Arrival

The project runs every Monday throughout the year. Please try to arrive and depart on a Monday afternoon before 17:30.

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date. Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A moderate level of fitness and a passion for wildlife and conservation.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at Imire Wildlife Conservation are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

Weekend activities and exkursions

During your leisure time you may go on walks and hikes around the reserve or to local places of interest; go fishing or canoeing on one of the many dams. Weekend excursions to Victoria Falls can be arranged.

Water Sports
Swimming
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Riding
Contact & Reservation
$750
/week
$750
/week
1 - 8
weeks
1 - 8
weeks
17+
age
17+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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Included in your programme fee:

  • Return transfers from Harare
  • Accommodation
  •  3 meals per day plus tea and coffee
  • Laundry
  • Activities and equipment on the programme


What is not included:

  • Flights to Harare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Drinks from the bar
  • Wifi
  • Any extra activities or excursions outside of the volunteer programme

Airport Pickup at Harare

We will collect you either from Harare International Airport or your pre-programme accommodation in Harare.

Accommodation

Your home will be a two storey thatched farmhouse which has two dormitories and three twin / double rooms. There are three bathrooms with shower, bath and toilet plus three outside solar showers. The house is fully equipped with a kitchen, laundry, solar lighting, small generator for power outages, bar and verandah. There is a large garden with outside pool.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

You will have three meals per day prepared by the staff and served buffet-style. Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$750.00
2 weeks
$1,750.00
3 weeks
$2,535.00
4 weeks
$3,165.00
5 weeks
$3,873.00
6 weeks
$4,580.00
7 weeks
$5,288.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$5,995.00
Average fees
$750.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Wedza/Zimbabwe between 1 week and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Imire Wildlife Conservation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Imire Wildlife Conservation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Living Costs
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Budgeting
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Airport
The nearest airport is Harare (HRE) in Harare. We assist you to find cheap flights to Zimbabwe.
Travel Insurance
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Free-time
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