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The VIKTORY Project

Wildlife Conservation & Education Assistant

Animals and Wildlife Wildlife Conservation

Anti-poaching, monitoring and collection of data for all endemic flora and fauna.
Educating primary school children and the youth about conservation & the environment.

All we ask from our volunteers is that they have a passion for the environment and those who care about the impoverished and the needy within our society and have a burning desire to uplift those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Kariba is truly a beautiful destination. The shoreline vegetation of the lake consists mostly of rich grassland with natural bush and trees, a preferred site for elephants and regular visitors to Warthogs, particularly during the dry season.  The local people are extremely friendly, have a great sense of humour, and deserve a chance to uplift themselves.  We firmly believe that, should you choose The VIKTORY Project, you will be very glad you did, as you will be working in one of the last remaining Edens of unspoiled Africa.

Warthogs has a magnificent view over the grasslands leading to the shoreline of Lake Kariba, with the sound of hippo lulling you to sleep at night  and the call of the Fish Eagle, with the magnificent Matusadona mountains forming a backdrop to the breathtaking beauty of the Lake.

How it works: 

The following are some of the tasks that volunteers are most likely to be involved in - there is no such thing as a "typical" day in the bush, so please note that, depending on where our help is required, this programme has to be flexible, so we would ask our volunteers to be flexible too ! :)

Conservation

  • Look for the tracks and signs of animal movement and identify them.
  • Track and locate wildlife with an experienced guide. 
  • Learn fascinating facts while you monitor and observe their behaviour and feeding patterns.
  • Learn all about the flora and fauna of the area from your qualified guides, who, if you are lucky, may just teach you a bit of bush-craft as well
  • Observe and record elephant behaviour to better understand their feeding habits and relationships, particularly in view of the close proximity of humans in their environment.

Due to the many animals KAWFT (Kariba Animal Welfare Fund Trust) has already rescued, (to whom the funds from this project will, predominantly, be directed), which have either been snared or injured due to human intervention, we are going to be building a wildlife rehabilitation centre to ensure we can keep the animals, as and when required, who need more long term medical care and feeding before their release back into the wild. Our volunteers will play a role in assisting in this endeavour and any extra construction that may be required for the wildlife recovery unit.

Anti Poaching and Security

  • Undertake snare patrols and anti-poaching monitoring - check for evidence of poaching and collect snares and traps. This minimises or mitigates the poaching of small and large animals in the area and provides support to the dedicated anti-poaching team.
  • Undertake patrols around and on Lake Kariba to prevent over-fishing and poaching, which is currently rife in the area. 

Game Park Management & Ecological Care 

  • Help with litter collection along roads, build fireguards.
  • Removal of alien plant species.
  • Monitor the condition and health of wildlife through observation and tracking.
  • Game counts by foot and vehicle.
  • Replanting of indigenous trees in areas where deforestation has occurred.
  • Monitor and preserve the state of a newly discovered wetland near Lake Kariba. 

Community, Teaching, Social Support & Culture

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

  • Education regarding the stoppage of annual bush fires, which has been a practice for many years in this area.
  • Assist, where necessary, with repairs and maintenance issues in schools, clinics, orphanages and the impoverished community.
  • Teach organic vegetable growing for subsistence farming for families and school children.
  • Teach recycling benefits and how to look after the environment.
  • Assist teachers with English teaching for children.
  • Play sports and games with the children.
  • Teach the children about the importance of looking after the environment through song and dance or lessons of your own

Safety

Volunteers may join at any time throughout the year although, please do bear in mind that Kariba is extremely hot (sometimes reaching up to 47 degrees Celsius), particularly during October/November, just prior to the rainy season, which starts around late November/early December and ends around the end of March/early April.

Due to the lushness of the bush during the rainy season, snare sweeps and anti poaching patrols will be done less frequently due to the danger of walking in a wildlife area and the possibility of stumbling into an elephant or buffalo, as visibility is reduced dramatically during this period.
Kariba is a National Park and, as such, there are no fences and animals are free to wander, which they often do into your home from home during your stay, at Warthogs Bush Camp, right on the shoreline of the iconic Lake Kariba.  
As such, we require that you have medical and travel insurance before you arrive and you will be asked to sign indemnities either before or upon your arrival at the Camp.
Please also note that Kariba is a malaria area so prophylactics are highly recommended.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Typical day

A typical day in the life of a volunteer with The VIKTORY Project would run something like this :

As we are involved in both social and wildlife projects, we will generally split our time, for the 5.5 (Monday morning until Saturday 12h00) days that we work, spending, typically, 3:2 days on environmental and wildlife matters to community service one week and then changing to a 2:3 rotation on community service to environmental and wildlife matters the following week.  As explained above, this can change at any time during your stay with us - we have no idea when we may be needed to go on call out to rescue a snared or wounded animal and the same goes for the periods that schools are on holiday, where our work will move from the classroom to other projects within the community such as organic vegetable and herb gardens, repairs and maintenance on community projects, etc. In terms of your commitment, time-wise, during your stay with us, the general rule of thumb (remember flexibility is the name of the game here!) would work as follows:

06h00-08h30  Rise and shine and head out to start with whatever job we have been allocated for that day

08h30-10h00  Breakfast back at camp (when possible) - there may be times when we are out in the field when a packed breakfast may be given

10h00-12h30  Working at whatever project we have on for that day.

12h30 - 14h30 Lunch and a siesta, should you like that (often needed after working in the heat!!)

14h30 - 16h30 Working at whatever project we have on for that day

16h30 onwards - Time to relax, unwind and discuss your achievements with your fellow volunteers, have a swim, a cold drink or whatever you wish to do !

18h30 onwards - Dinner will be available (self service) from this time onwards - relax, enjoy your evening, have a good night's rest and ease those aching muscles into bed before the day starts again! 

Details on Arrival

As Kariba is an approximately 4.5 hour journey northwards from Harare airport, we will attempt, in all instances, to collect more than one person to make it a more viable trip.  

When you do give us your preferred dates, please do note that we may ask you to shift it by a few days backwards or forwards, but this will only be to accommodate as many volunteers together, as we possibly can, for the road trip up to Kariba. 

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Environment at High School level
Required Documents
Travel insurance, medical insurance and signed indemnity
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Anyone is welcome on this project, a moderate level of fitness is required. A passion for wildlife, the underpriveleged and the environment would be a bonus !
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 06:00 - 16:30

Any questions? Just ask. We at The VIKTORY Project are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

There are numerous activities on offer in and around lake Kariba, all of which can be arranged through us either before you arrive or once you are with us, but will be at your own cost.

These include. but are not limited to the following:
  • Houseboat trips on Lake Kariba
  • Night time Game Drives
  • Sailing trips on Lake Kariba
  • Game viewing speedboat trips on the Lake
  • Fishing speedboat trips on the Lake
  • Canoeing down the Zambezi with experienced guides
  • Visit to the one of the most spectacular unspoiled wild areas, namely, Mana Pools National Park

Water Sports
Swimming
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation
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The above costs include the following :

Transfer from Harare to Kariba and Kariba to Harare at the end of your stay with us.
It also includes all accommodation costs and your three tasty, simple meals each day, but excludes any beverages (there is a cash bar available on premises).


These costs do NOT include:

Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money

Airport Pickup at Harare International Airport

You will be collected from Harare airport and driven, by vehicle, to Warthogs Bush Camp and Kariba (an approximately 4.5 hour northward journey) and the same service will be provided at the end of your stay with us.

There are currently some airline service providers looking at the viability of flights into Kariba, but at this stage, no such service exists.


Accommodation

Warthogs Bush Camp has a small swimming pool for those hot Kariba days and a restaurant and bar area which is always open. There are no fences surrounding it, so zebra, elephant, baboons and hippo are regular visitors to the camp. 

You will be given three simple but tasty meals a day (any food preferences/allergies, etc. will be discussed prior to your arrival) other than on a Sunday, (our staff need a well earned day off !!) when volunteers can do their own thing, either eating out at one of the local hotels/camps or having a barbeque, or whatever they feel like, at the volunteers' cottage."

The dormitory accommodation consists of a Volunteers'cottage with 2 x toilets and showers and single beds for 7 people, a small kitchen, lounge cum dining room and small verandah.

There are 3 tents mounted on a wooden platform for either two singles, or a couple in each or, should you wish, one person in a tent.  There are 2 toilets and 2 showers near the tents as well as a campers simple kitchen.
There are 3 bungalows, one of which is a double, the other a twin and the third one has three single beds.  All three are ensuite, with a loo, basin and shower.
Other than the Volunteers' cottage, the balance of the accommodation will depend on availability if no other guests are in camp at the time.

Dorm Room Bungalow Camping
Food & Beverages

Three simple but tasty meals are provided at Warthogs Bush Camp (you will need to advise us in advance of any dietary preferences please)

All drinks are for your own account, but there is a cash bar on site, which is open from early morning until late at night serving a variety of soft drinks and alcohol.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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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)
$700.00
2 weeks
$1,400.00
3 weeks
$2,100.00
4 weeks
$2,800.00
5 weeks
$3,500.00
6 weeks (max. stay)
$5,200.00
Average fees
$783.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kariba/Zimbabwe between 1 week and 6 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The VIKTORY Project will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with The VIKTORY Project during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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