What's Included Volunteers manual & ongoing advise/instruction.
All transfers to and from and overnights in Bulawayo or Harare International Airports upon your arrival and departure.
Assistance in your projects and comprehensive orientation by trained guides and staff.
Any wildlife education talks that take place during your stay.
Full board and lodging including 3 meals a day at our Safari Camp dining area.
Unlimited tea, coffee and juice throughout the day.
Weekly laundry service.
Daily cleaning of your room.
FOUR WEEKS VOLUNTEERING WITH BIG CATS AT ANTELOPE PARK: The Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program seeks to provide solutions to the problem of rapidly decreasing lion populations and is supported by the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT), a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the African lion. Set on a stunning exclusive private game reserve in Gweru, Zimbabwe, you will have the opportunity to walk alongside lions as part of the pride and enjoy the exhilaration of being part of a hunt as the young cubs learn to stalk their prey. You will bottle feed and help take care of younger lion cubs (should there be any in camp at the time), undertake important research on the behaviour of the African Lion and assist with numerous activities related to the care of these majestic beasts. At Antelope Park you can also experience the African bush in a very special way, either on horseback or whilst riding on African Elephants, or you can swim on the back of an African elephant (seasonal). Volunteers also assist staff at a local orphanage to support the many children in their care, giving you further opportunities to immerse yourself in local Zimbabwean culture.
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ItineraryA TYPICAL DAY VOLUNTEERING WITH THE BIG CATS FOR FOUR WEEKS AT ANTELOPE PARK:-
Every day is different as animals rarely operate to our schedule. We ask that you remain flexible, but here is an example of a typical day on the project, as a guideline only:
06:00hr Bottle feed the cubs in camp from 3 weeks to 5 months old (If there are cubs at the time).
06:30 - 08:00hr Meet the guide and their clients and join them for a lion walk, taking cubs from 7 months to 18 months out into the bush. If there are no clients then volunteers and staff will be involved in taking the lions out for their walks. Observe and take data notes as the cubs practice their hunting skills. Or possibly spend the morning training the elephants and going on a ride.
08:30 - 09:30hr Breakfast
09:30 - 12:30hr You could be involved in various duties including enclosure cleaning, cub walking, boundary patrols or meat preparation, snare sweeping, bush walks, enclosure maintenance.
12:30 - 14:00hr Lunch
14:15pm - 16:00hr Your afternoon duties could include include cub sitting, horse rides, cub descriptions, elephant herding, or more enclosure cleaning and maintenance if needed.
16.00 - 17.30hr Take the cubs out into the bush again for their afternoon walks.
18.45hr Briefing by your volunteer coordinator about the following days activities.
19.00hr Dinner and socialize around the cosy camp fire pit under the stars. On some nights we take out the larger cubs for a night hunt and watch as they stalk, chase and catch prey - a vital stage in their development and training for release.
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The costs to consider when volunteering are:
Your project price covers:
FOUR WEEK PROJECT COSTS AT ANTELOPE PARK INCLUDE:
Project Fee: this entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. This project fee facilitates funding for items such as food for lions and elephants, management and maintenance of lion enclosures, and the development of the lion breeding and rehabilitation programme.
Project Orientation. On arrival at the Antelope Park project, the following orientation will take place:-
* You will receive your volunteer's manual which includes information that will help with your integration into the project, as well as give you further tips for your involvement at the Antelope Park programme.
* Introduction to all senior project staff and heads of department.
* Familiarization of the work areas, including rivers, internal roads and tracks and some of the wildlife species.
* Introduction to the lions and cub enclosures.
* Briefing on how to complete data capture forms and enter data into the computer systems.
* Further information on the lion breeding programme and our ultimate objective of free releasing lions into the wild.
* Familiarization with all duties you will be involved in.
* All transfers to and from and overnights in Bulawayo or Harare International Airports upon your arrival and departure, if required.
* Assistance in your projects and comprehensive orientation by various trained guides and staff during your stay.
* Any wildlife education talks that take place during your stay and that you might wish to partake in.
* Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at our Safari Camp dining area.You will be staying in comfortable twin or quad room thatched accommodation at the main reserve camp.
* Unlimited tea, coffee and juice throughout the day.
* Weekly laundry service during your stay.
* The service of a cleaner to attend to your room each day.
PROJECT COSTS EXCLUDE:
* All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other).
* Return flights to Harare or Bulawayo International Airports.
* Email and telephone calls made during your placement (charged out at cost).
* Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary in Zimbabwe e.g. visit to the Victoria Falls.
* Personal insurance cover for the duration of your placement, which is expected to include cover for repatriation.
* Cokes, beers, chocolate and other food items not included in your meals.
VisaYour passport needs to be valid for at least 6 - 9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate pages in your passport for each country you visit. Up to 2 consecutive blank pages can be required. If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCO website under entry requirements.
Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their costs. If your passport is not detailed below please dont hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.
Visas for most passport holders including British, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, South African, German, French, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa on route.
Visas can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.
This information is given as a guide only. Visa requirements can change without prior notice. We recommended you also check your personal current visa requirements with the relevant embassies well in advance before you travel.
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Before You Go
Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this volunteering project "4 weeks, Antelope Park, Zimbabwe, Lion work".
This information has been developed over 30 years of experience overlanding in Africa.
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