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Zimbabwe Black Rhino & Elephant Conservation

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Once known as the “bread basket of Africa”, Zimbabwe has a flourishing international tourism industry, not only at Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park but throughout the country. Unfortunately with the collapse of the economy, the currency collapse of 2007 plus often exaggerated negative press coverage, Zimbabwe now often evokes images of political unrest and corruption. However, the reality - particularly in recent years - is different. The economy has now stabilised with the introduction of the US dollar as the local currency, fuel, food and medical supplies are all as readily available as in any other African country and the country is safe for visitors who exercise a little common sense and follow a few basic rules.

Today, curious tourists, wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers are returning to Zimbabwe and those that come can expect a royal treatment. Zimbabwe remains one of the most beautiful and unspoilt of the Southern African countries and from the moment you arrive you will experience the friendliness, hospitality and welcoming nature of the Zimbabwean people. Our advice - come and find out for yourself with this once in a lifetime opportunity!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain a lifetime of unmatchable memories
  • Experience life on the front line of rhino conservation!
  • Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 17 years
FAST FACTS
Location Zimbabwe, Southern Africa
Activities Rhino and elephant conservation work
Community development projects
Game reserve management
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pickup for those arriving before midday on a Monday
In-country transfers
3 meals a day
Accommodation
Local orientation and training 
All concession entrance fees
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Our volunteer programme is based around wildlife conservation focusing on the endangered black rhino, game park management and community education. We believe that without ongoing education in schools and in the local community the future of wildlife in Zimbabwe cannot be secured. The focus of our volunteer programme is very much on wildlife conservation and the majority of your time is spent in the game park.

This is a unique opportunity to live amongst African animals in the heart of the bush and experience day to day life on a privately owned game park with all its challenges and joys. We have four of Africa’s Big 5 game, lions, elephants, rhinos and buffalos, and a huge range of plains game including sable, kudu, waterbuck, wildebeest, crocodile, hippo, giraffe and zebra. With 150 species of bird plus numerous snakes and lizards this volunteer programme is an animal lovers paradise.

The project contributes to a long term, sustainable conservation programme focusing on the ongoing protection of Zimbabwe’s wildlife, especially the black rhino. Volunteers will be involved in a variety of conservation projects which may include: working with our black rhinos and elephants, studying and learning about their behaviour, undertaking anti poaching patrols to ensure the continued safety of the animals, helping to educate local school children about conservation, wildlife and the environment, really learning about what is involved in the running of a game park and undertaking other community development initiatives.
 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

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You will be living in the heart of a 10,000 acre privately owned game reserve in eastern Zimbabwe where you will have the opportunity to spend time with black rhino and be involved in valuable wildlife conservation work to secure the future of the species in Zimbabwe. You will get a unique behind the scenes look at life in an African game park.

During your volunteer programme you will also have the opportunity to meet some of the local children and community leaders as you spend time at the school teaching children the importance of caring for the environment around them as well as undertaking general teaching assistance, sports coaching and gardening.

This volunteer programme will give you a real hands on experience of wildlife conservation as you immerse yourself in the wildlife which surrounds you. Get up close to our four black rhino and our elephant herd, observe their behaviour and social interactions, learn about the 50 species of animal and 150 bird species and get a feel for daily life on an African reserve.

With the diversity of our programme - from daily feed deliveries, anti poaching patrols, animal monitoring, light veterinary work and general maintenance around the game park to camp outs in the bush and night drives  -  no two days will be the same!

Because we only take 10 volunteers you will be able to form close relationships with the animals and people and see the tangible difference which you make each day.

Weekdays will be busy, but on Saturday afternoons and Sundays you can go fishing or canoeing or camping in the bush, undertake rifle training or just relax by the pool at the volunteer house with a cold beer! You will have the opportunity to go horse riding in the bush - an amazing way to experience the wildlife. For those who enjoy hiking we can arrange walks both on and off the reserve and you can also visit local cultural sites or go and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Harare.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be picked up from Harare airport on the Monday by a friendly local staff member and transferred to the project site. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in a two storey thatched house in a beautiful location by the shores of our largest lake - ideal for fishing! You will have a comfortable room, sharing with 1-5 other volunteers. There are two shared bathrooms plus two outdoor showers for those hot African days, a swimming pool and outdoor braai (that’s an African bbq!) area. Inside the house is a kitchen, dining room, lounge and bar area. Your rooms and the house will be cleaned every day and the housekeeping staff will also do your laundry when required. The volunteer coordinator and manager live on site and are on hand 24 hours a day for questions, information and rescuing you from spiders!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will receive three home cooked meals per day cooked by our resident cook except on a Sunday, when you will cook for yourselves, for which all food is provided to you. We can cater for all sorts of dietary requirements and please just let us know before you arrive. If there are snacks which you know you will need (chocolates, crisps etc), please feel free to bring supplies with you as town trips are only once a week! Breakfast is usually around 9.00am, lunch around 1.00pm and dinner around 6.30pm.

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ADDITIONNAL OPPORTUNITIES

Why not take time out before or after your volunteering project to visit the rest of this fascinating country? Northern Zimbabwe covers the remarkably scenic and wildlife rich area just below the Lower Zambezi River. Highlights of the region include the Eastern section of Lake Kariba and the magical Mana Pools National park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Chinoyi Caves and Matusadona National Park are also worth visiting.

Victoria Falls in particular is an astonishing sight, the result of a 1.7km-wide stretch of the Zambezi River falling into a crack in a basalt plateau and being crunched in a narrow gorge. In 1855 explorer David Livingstone presumed to name Victoria Falls after his homeland’s monarch but its local name is Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke That Thunders). Try to catch these stunning 108m high falls during the wet season. The Zimbabwean side is cheaper, safe and far less crowded; head to Victoria Falls Town and remember to stock up on US currency!
 

COSTS

2 weeks US$ 2,395

Extra week US$ 1,045

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive before midday on a Monday.

Please check availability for the following dates before booking:

21st August - 10th September 2017

This project is not available from 11th - 17th September 2017 and 19th December 2017 to 2nd January 2018.

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Airport pickup for those arriving before midday on a Monday
  • In-country transfers
  • 3 measl a day
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation & training
  • All concession entrance fees
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Harare (HRE)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisers will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.