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Conservation at a big 5 reserve - South Africa

Introduction

This camp is situated in a Big 5 private reserve. You will complete a number of courses whilst staying here as a volunteer. The project integrates conservation, community and education for both participants as well as the local community. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to learn all about African nature whilst living on the doorstep of one of the most incredible areas in Africa and the mighty Victoria Falls.

Your Role as a Volunteer

As a volunteer with this project you will be given the unique opportunity to gain hands-on wildlife conservation experience. Together with experienced coordinators you will learn all about current wildlife issues and some of the methods that are being taken to try and solve them. By participating you will assist the project in not only running the game reserve and all the tasks at hand but also assisting the project to teach the community more about wildlife and how to protect it.

Activities while involved in the course:

Wildlife and reserve management and practical experience – the daily running of a Big 5 Game Reserve.

  • Every day running and maintenance of a game reserve
  • Vulture Restaurant maintenance
  • Bush walks
  • Game Counts
  • Reserve clean-up
  • Wildlife and Bird monitoring
  • Specific project associated with the Endangered Wildlife Trust
  • Specific monitoring projects aimed at rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as cheetah.

Community development in the local villages.

  • Tutoring of children in the local schools
  • Sports coaching
  • Community clean up with school children
  • School vegetable garden and nursery maintenance
  • Fundraising events
  • Recycling project

If you are interested in undertaking your own mini project then please feel free to discuss this with us before your trip. The project is flexible and will be happy to assist you should it involve conservation, wildlife or education for the local community in these matters.

The Project’s Mission

This conservation project has five major focal areas:

Education – not only the volunteers but the community in which the reserve is based.

Conservation Management – an important part of any reserve.

Conservation Research Projects – to improve knowledge and strengthen the understanding of specific animals, assisting with decisions and action plans.

Community Development – recycling, teaching children and more.

Sustainability – all facilities are committed to being “green” to minimise impact on the environment around them.

Your Everyday Life

Accommodation and Food

Volunteers are accommodated in our volunteer housing situated on Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. Each volunteer is allocated their own room and share a bathroom with 1-2 other volunteers. The volunteer housing has a pool, as well as a central meeting area, open-air kitchen and beautiful view overlooking the riverbed with waterholes along the Masuwe River. Three simple meals a day are prepared by the camp cook. If you wish to prepare your own meals, this will be at your own cost. Please be sure to notify the camp if you have any special dietary requirements. On some days you will be sent out to the field with a packed lunch so as to make the most of your time in the field. Please note that if you eat any meals at a restaurant this will be at your own cost and not that of the camp.

Laundry is done on a weekly basis for you by the camp staff. Please make sure that your items of clothing etc. are labelled with your name to avoid any confusion while at the camp.

There is a wireless facility at the camp and volunteers can purchase internet airtime from the camp during their stay.

Arrival

On arrival in Victoria Falls, either by bus or by flight you will be met by someone from the project itself and taken straight to the volunteer camp. Here you will be shown around and introduced to the rest of the volunteers on the course with you. Together you will all be taken through a short introduction to tell you more about the reserve, as well as more about the courses you will complete during your stay.

Transport

As this placement involves the volunteers actually driving, transport and use of vehicles will be included in your orientation. All transport for activities involved with the project will be provided.

Leisure Time

Volunteers are expected to work 5 days a week between 7-9 hours per day. During the evenings, volunteers are able to do their own thing, unless nocturnal activities have been arranged by the coordinator. Weekends are also free time for volunteers where volunteers are free to hang out in camp and enjoy the facilities or participate in many of the activities offered in the spectacular Victoria Falls. You can even pre-arrange these activities before your arrival in Zimbabwe through your Volunteer Travels agent!

Activities include:

  • White-water rafting
  • Boat cruises
  • Canoe Trails
  • Hire wire activities such as gorge swing, bungee jumping, zip lining and flying fox.
  • Micro-light flights
  • Helicopter flights
  • AND MUCH MORE…

In your course it is possible to go on a 5 day white water rafting expedition from Victoria Falls to Lake Kariba. This is an incredible opportunity to see some beautiful sights along the river and of course participate in one of the world’s most adventurous activities.

About Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe means “house of stone” in the indigenous Shona language from the first ancient civilization that arose from what is now known as the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Zimbabwe’s vastness encompasses diverse tourist attractions from Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba to the Eastern Highlands. Zimbabweans are known for being friendly and hardworking despite the many years of hardship under Robert Mugabe’s rule.

Practical

Security and Safety

The vast majority of visitors to Zimbabwe suffer no problems but if you have any specific questions we advise you to ask our reservations team when you book. Victoria Falls is rated one of the safest tourist destinations, with tourist police especially dedicated to making sure that all tourists are safe during their visit to the historic and adventurous little town.

Flights

Flights are not included in the tour price and you can choose a travel agency of your choice to assist you with your flight arrangements. Flight details: Your final destination for this project is Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You need to book your flights so that you arrive a day before project start which is a Sunday, your depature flight you need to book on a Sunday after the amount of week you decided to volunteer. Please note that if you decide to go before or after your time at the project, our local partners are not responsible for you or providing you with accommodation etc.

Visa Requirements

Some nationalities require that a visa is arranged before arrival. Please be sure to check your status with your local Zimbabwe embassy to establish your visa requirements well in advance to your travel date. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a visa for the entire duration of your stay at the project. Costs involved with visas are not included in the tour price. Costs incurred by the project because of an expired visa will have to be reimbursed by the volunteer.

Insurance

It is your own responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property

How do I book a trip?

You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.

Vaccinations

Remember to get vaccinated with all the necessary inoculations before this project. Check with a vaccination centre or your doctor for which vaccinations you need. We recommend that you have a full protection against Hepatitis A and B, cholera, and polio. There is malaria in the area that you are traveling to. Please contact your doctor to find out what kind of prophylaxis you should be taking. Please be sure to also have your tetanus and rabies shot up to date as well.

Additionally, Zimbabwe has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world. We strongly advise against promiscuity while you are traveling anywhere in Africa.

 

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Organization
The Perfect World Foundation

Phone: +46 31 17 00 00
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