Volunteer in Zimbabwe
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Responsible volunteering in Zimbabwe
We pride ourselves on being Zimbabwe volunteer and ethical travel specialists. Volunteering in Zimbabwe is a wonderful experience, and the country has a magic which compels people to come back time and time again.
Zimbabwe is home to a rich cultural heritage, wonderful landscapes and some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. We have a wealth of first-hand knowledge about off-the-beaten-track destinations, a host of local contacts, and a passion for showing Zimbabwe to the world.
Zimbabwe offers something for every volunteer and traveller – family-run wildlife conservation experiences where you can work to secure the future of the endangered black rhino; immense wilderness areas within unspoilt National Parks where you will support rangers in their fight against poaching; ethical animal sanctuaries dedicated to small wildlife rehabilitation and release; and community projects supporting Zimbabwe’s friendly, resilient and welcoming rural communities.
We also offer tours and excursions, both guided or independent, to Zimbabwe’s main attractions – the absolute wilderness of Mana Pools, the ruins and mystery surrounding Great Zimbabwe and of course, the majestic Victoria Falls. We can also include some less well-known destinations – giving you the opportunity to experience the country as, or with, a local.
Read our blog post: 10 reasons to visit Zimbabwe in 2019
Zimbabwe has some of the most breathtakingly beautiful, wild and remote game rich regions anywhere in Africa. From the vast wilderness of Hwange National Park to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mana Pools (surely one of the most magical places on earth), and the world-famous Victoria Falls National Park, every single one of Zimbabwe’s National Parks are simply world class.
Zimbabwe has been off the agenda of many travel agents for many years, with a reluctance amongst tourists to support the country’s tumultuous political regime. However, adventurous tourists will find that Zimbabwe truly lives up to its name as one of Africa’s finest safari and wildlife destinations. You’ll never find masses of people or vehicles crowding around an animal siting – if you’re in the know, its definitely worth giving it a go.
Traveling with a Conservation Travel Africa team who are immersed in Zimbabwe’s wildlife industry, means that you’ll achieve your dream safari holiday, whether your interests are conservation, safaris, tours, adrenalin activities, or a once-in-a-lifetime family adventure.
Yet to be rediscovered by the masses, the safari scene is unparalleled, the natural environment is varied and beautiful, and the welcome you will receive wherever you go is second to none.
Home to some of the most welcoming, resilient and long-suffering people in the world, Zimbabwean hospitality is incomparable.
Friendly service is something that comes naturally in this part of Africa, and whether you stay in a 5 star lodge or a national parks campsite, the people are respectful, kind and willing to share their lives with you. For solo travellers, and especially solo female travellers, the Zimbabwe experience is like no other, and we don’t hesitate to encourage travellers of all ages to visit.
Zimbabwe has a rich and varied cultural heritage and despite the nation’s colonial past, the Zimbabwean people have managed to retain much of their roots and ethnic identity. During the 13th and 14th centuries, Zimbabwe was the seat of one of the greatest African civilisations, whose impressive structures can still be viewed today.
There is a reason why visitors consistently talk about the friendliness and warmth of Zimbabwe’s people, and it is a testament to them, considering their daily challenges.
There is enough to experience in Zimbabwe to fill weeks of travel, but we have selected some of the most iconic below. To add any of these to your volunteer itinerary, please get in touch.
Victoria Falls, or Mosi-au-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) has the largest sheet of falling water in the world, and is located on the western tip of Zimbabwe on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. As well as the Falls being a definite must-see for visitors, Victoria Falls town is a lively centre for adventure. The Zambezi River rapids have been referred to as the best one-day white-water rafting in the world.
Please visit our Victoria Falls page for more details, and read our blog post: When to go and what to do in Victoria Falls.
Mana Pools National Park is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, based on its outstanding wildlife spectacles, ecological significance and populations of endangered species – most notably elephant, lion, cheetah, hippo and African wild dog. It was rated the 5th Best Park in Africa by Getaway Magazine, and is the only National Park where you can go on self-guided foot safaris, surrounded by an immense variety of wildlife. Mana Pools is a magical place of serenity and peace, where animals are truly wild.
Great Zimbabwe and the Khami Ruins are the most significant archaeological sites in Zimbabwe, and are home to the largest stone structures south of the Egyptian pyramids. Great Zimbabwe is an ancient city, remarkably preserved and with immersive curved walls constructed from millions of granite blocks fitted together without mortar. The Khami Ruins are a national monument and are an impressive and almost unknown attraction in Zimbabwe.
Zambezi River canoe safari – for adventurous travellers, this is a magical way to explore a unique destination. Our canoe safari covers a section of the middle Zambezi Valley, through Mana Pools. View wildlife from a unique perspective, watching as elephants come to drink and, if you’re lucky, sitings of lion and wild dog from your canoe. This is a perfect add-on to any volunteer experience!
The Eastern Highlands never fail to impress and surprise, with spectacular views and amazing walking trails. The area is also home to Zimbabwe’s highest peak. Rolling green hills, magnificent waterfalls and and perennial rivers make the area one of the most scenic in the country, and a welcome break from the hot, dusty interior.
Read our blog post: 10 reasons to visit Zimbabwe in 2019
Updated March 17th 2020:
COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice
As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.
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At 16 March, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. The Government of Zimbabwe has put in place screening procedures for coronavirus at all entry points, including land borders and airports. Anyone arriving from a country affected by coronavirus, including the UK, USA and most of Europe, and who displays a symptom associated with the virus will be placed in a Government of Zimbabwe facility for testing. If the results are positive then people will be treated in a Government of Zimbabwe treatment centre.
Many visitors travel to Zimbabwe via Kenya or South Africa. Both countries have put in place travel restrictions on individuals from countries affected by coronavirus. Take a look at the UK FCO Travel Advice for Kenya or South Africa, if this applies to you.
For more information please visit the UK Foreign Office website, or the Zimbabwe High Commission in your country of origin.
For the latest updates of countries affected by coronavirus and for any travel restrictions, please visit the following websites:
World Health Organisation daily situation updates
UK FCO Travel Updates – Zimbabwe
CDC Traveler’s Health (USA) – Zimbabwe.
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Volunteer projects in Zimbabwe
Join a unique conservation programme, based on a family-run private conservancy dedicated to the long-term protection of African wildlife, focusing on the endangered black rhino. Play a vital role in securing the future of these iconic animals and undertake a combination of rhino and elephant conservation work, and community empowerment projects.
Volunteer at Zimbabwe’s only wildlife sanctuary dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of primates, the often-overlooked victims of the human-wildlife conflict. Gain animal care experience with a variety of other wildlife, with one goal in mind – to support vulnerable animals and work towards their eventual safe release.
Volunteer as a Field Assistant in two of Zimbabwe’s most magnificent National Parks. Work alongside dedicated conservation professionals, learn to track and monitor big game and help with infrastructure development and water supply. A unique volunteer opportunity to support the project’s daily operations, and experience Zimbabwe’s true wilderness areas as far more than a tourist.
A unique volunteer programme, combining horse riding safaris, anti-poaching patrols and horseback game counts. Live on a family-run wildlife conservancy, dedicated to the long-term protection of the endangered black rhino. Volunteers also contribute to important conservation work around the conservancy, and participate in community engagement projects.
Combine rhino and elephant conservation on a 10,000 acre private conservancy with primate care at Zimbabwe’s only dedicated primate rehabilitations and release facility. Experience daily conservancy life in the heart of Zimbabwe’s bushveld, and work in a small sanctuary focused on animal care and release.
Volunteer in Victoria Falls and support grass-roots community action on a small, focused volunteer programme. Help build strong communities through long term livelihood development, water aid, education and healthcare projects. Support local staff in the delivery of sustainable poverty alleviation solutions to marginalised communities living in a harsh environment.
Combine conservation volunteering with rhinos and elephants on a private conservancy, with community outreach work in marginalised rural communities in Victoria Falls. Through this combination project you will experience two very different regions of Zimbabwe, and learn about the relationship between wildlife conservation and community engagement.
As Zimbabwe specialists, we have developed projects with local organisations that are absolutely perfect for families who want to volunteer together. We focus on enabling families to learn about Africa’s most iconic species, including rhinos, elephants and wild dog. All our wildlife projects include a community element, where your children can experience a very different way of life.