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Zimbabwe is a geographically rich location: its incredible natural landscapes and vibrant, lively cities are just a couple of amazing features.

Zimbabwe is most famous for the Victoria Falls, the local people refer to the falls as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” which means “The Smoke that Thunders!” This is of course due to the marvelous vision of rising mist that can be seen from some distance away when the river is at its highest. The name was originally coined by explorer and missionary, David Livingston.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $1220
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 14 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Parks visited: Hwange, Mana Pools, Matobo
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Camping
  • Cultural
  • Self-drive
Zimbabwe enjoys rich wildlife and natural beauty. From the Matopo Hills and their huge boulders, to the ancient Great Zimbabwe ruins going back to Africa’s great ancestry, to a number of national parks and wildlife reserves offering fantastic game viewing. Spending time being more than just a tourist and volunteering in Zimbabwe will be a real eye opening learning experience, you will be able to live in a new country and really get to understand the local culture and way of life.

If you join our volunteer in Zimbabwe programs with wildlife you will probably be based in a remote area of the country usually in Southern Zimbabwe which is where a lot of National Parks, nature areas and sanctuaries are located. In Northern Zimbabwe there are programs running around Lake Kariba and the Lower Zambezi.

 

Volunteer in Zimbabwe with Animals

 

Help rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, snakes, birds and more species. Some animals in Zimbabwe like black rhinoceroses are facing a bleak future with extinction looming, but you can play a part in trying to help these beautiful creatures. Animals used to have large numbers in Zimbabwe, but in the 1980’s and 1990’s poaching was rife and war ravaged the country which meant than rhinos become extinct in the Zambezi Valley where they were once in their thousands.

 

After rhinos became extinct in the Zambezi Valley the remaining rhinos in Zimbabwe were moved into conservation areas where they would be safer, and hopefully away from issues like poaching. Other animals like elephants have really suffered from drought and poaching in recent years and their numbers are extremely low.

 

When booking to volunteer in Zimbabwe with our wildlife program you will be helping local staff with daily activities like collecting food, feeding the animals, cleaning enclosures, helping create new housing and more. You might even be part of rescue teams who go out and save injured animals. There are lots of wildlife rescue centres and orphanages in Zimbabwe and which need help from international participants all year round. Wildlife orphanages care for animals which have been injured, abandoned or can’t look after themselves in the wild.

 

Some will be released back into the wild whilst others will need human assistance. Sometimes when lions are either young, injured or being nursed by to health you will be able to touch and walk with them – this is an unbelievable experience and one of the most amazing things you can do in the whole world.

 

The best thing about this volunteer projects in Zimbabwe is you live on site and work on site so you are always at one with the animals. On outreach projects this is your chance to travel into the spectacular National Parks to rescue wounded and orphaned animals to bring back to the centre to house and also to nurture the wildlife back to health.

 

Community Development Volunteer Projects

 

Zimbabwe has a population of around 12 million people and approximately 65% live in poverty and the average life expectancy is only 51 years – both are quite a shocking stats. Go Volunteer Africa offers short and long term community development programs where you can work on the ground and help people in need. You might choose to help educational efforts and teach in community centres or at schools working with children from poor backgrounds. This can be really rewarding where you will get to help students learn, seeing them improve their English and literature will be a magical experience.

 

Sports Coaching volunteer in Zimbabwe

 

Join a cricketing experience that you will not forget. Experience the lifestyle of an overseas cricket coach, the rewards are that you will gain a rich understanding of the Zimbabwe sporting culture and way of life. Sport plays a vital role in children’s lives. Whether at a social or competitive level, it is fundamental in the development of one’s personality, co-ordination, discipline and social development. It provides one with the opportunity to develop one’s interpersonal skills, self-esteem and create a positive self- image.

 

Medical Volunteer Projects in Zimbabwe

 

You could also work in a medical capacity, Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world with around 14% of the population suffering. You could apply with the National AIDS Council through Go Volunteer Africa to help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS by raising awareness of the problem within local communities and also looking to care and offer support to affected people. Helping local Zimbabweans overcome the daily struggles they face will be an experience which will stay with you forever.

 

Volunteers can also be placed in local rural community schools on projects such as AIDS awareness, teaching self-sufficiency skills, English conservation and environmental issues. People are always needed on these types of projects, you will need a willingness to help and do your bit to raise awareness of the issues and provide assistance on the ground. You will work in teams alongside local staff, whilst there will also be other international volunteers helping.

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