What is the Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteering in Victoria Falls all about?
Join this Lion and Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteering Project and work at the forefront of conservation initiatives and wildlife care in and around Victoria Falls. You will work with a local team, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned and injured animals, as well as providing a safe and permanent home for wildlife that cannot survive in the wild.
You will engage in activities that aim to not only create a healthy, diverse ecosystem within a private game reserve, but also raise awareness of conservation issues within the community and local schools.
Working with wildlife means that no two days are the same. One day you could be involved in anti-poaching efforts or data collection, the next day you might be monitoring the movement of local species, or working on behaviour enrichment activities for the resident lions.
This project is ideal for someone who is adventurous, flexible and passionate about wildlife conservation and securing the future of the African lion.
Why choose this Wildlife Sanctuary project in Victoria Falls?
Volunteers will gain first-hand experience of lion and wildlife care, and make a valuable contribution towards the conservation efforts in the area, whilst enjoying close encounters with Africa’s most iconic wildlife. If you are looking for an unforgettable experience, as well as something unique to add to your CV/resume, then this is the project for you.
Role of the Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer
As a lion and wildlife sanctuary volunteer, you will take part in a number of important activities, such as:
- Working with qualified rangers to help provide behaviour enrichment activities to the lions, to encourage natural behaviour and keep them alert whilst in their enclosures. In addition to this, you will assist with enclosure cleaning, maintenance and feeding duties.
- Camera trapping and tracking animal sightings to monitor the presence and movement of species within the reserve.
- Maintaining the national park through waterhole development, snare sweeps to remove wires set by poachers, boundary patrol, invasive plant removal.
- Assisting with outreach initiatives; delivering conservation education lessons in local schools to help reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.
Each day is full of excitement and learning!
Activities can vary by season so please speak to an advisor if you have a specific interest.
Skills Required to be a Wildlife Research and Conservation volunteer
There are no specific skills required for this program. You should have a passion for wildlife, be reasonably fit and be prepared to get up early! Good communication skills and adaptability are also important.
If you have a particular area you are studying, please discuss this with your Kaya Placement Advisor, as you may be able to get involved in an incredible internship placement.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To experience the incredible African bush
To learn about lion and wildlife care
To help protect the natural habitat of African wildlife
Where will I work in Zimbabwe?
The project is located a short distance from the magnificent, thundering waters of Victoria Falls; one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
You will stay in a volunteer village on a beautiful 4000 acre forest estate. You will be staying in authentic safari tents, which accommodate between 2-6 people. The accommodation has a barbecue and a volunteer lounge, and offers a level of tranquillity that only the African bush can. At night, you’ll relax, viewing the animals at the watering hole, and catching up with your fellow volunteers before your early morning starts. In the morning, expect to wake up to the sounds of crickets, birds, lions roaring and elephants trumpeting.
You will be located a 10 minute drive from Victoria Falls international airport, and 20 minutes drive from Victoria Falls town.
For your weekends, you are in a fantastic location to explore neighbouring Zambia and Livingstone area or to do ultimate game viewing in Botswana. In the local national parks, you can participate in walking, horseback riding or riverboat safari trips and see species from hippos and elephants to antelopes, warthogs and birds of prey. For those adrenaline junkies, you can sign up for adventure activities like helicopter rides, bungee jumping over the falls, white water rafting and zip lining. There is something for everyone to do, and the landscapes are truly incredible.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: £1600 / $2498 for 2 weeks
Additional weekly prices can be found in drop down menu
- Requirements: Age 17+
- Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Working hours: Monday – Saturday, 6:30-17:00, one hour break for breakfast, one hour break for lunch
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Monday
What is included
- Accommodation: authentic safari tents accommodating between 2-4 people, with communal shower block, outdoor BBQ and volunteer lounge
- Food: 3 meals per day; packed lunch some days
- Airport pickup and drop off at Victoria Falls Airport.
- Training: pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator
- Activities: Staff help organise weekend activities (activity price will be extra). Can include: bungee jumping, white water rafting on the Zambezi, helicopter flights over Victoria Falls or Zambezi River cruises
What is not included
- Police/Government Background Check: US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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