What's Included Volunteers manual & ongoing advise/instruction.
All transfers to and from Livingstone Airport 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 which includes 3 meals a day.
Unlimited tea, coffee and juice throughout the day.
Weekly laundry service.
Daily cleaning of your room.
FOUR WEEKS VOLUNTEERING WITH BIG CATS IN LIVINGSTONE: In 1975 over 200,000 lions roamed Africa but in the past 30 years the figure has dropped by a frightening 80 - 90%. The Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program seeks to provide solutions to the problem. We also aim to foster support for wildlife conservation in the local community. While working on the project you will have the opportunity to join the lions on their daily walks in the wild. This is an essential part of the cubs upbringing as, if they are to be successfully released, they need to adapt to, learn from, understand, observe, feel and smell the wild. Accompanied by a guide you will regularly take 4 month to 18 month old lion cubs walking into the bush. You will also be involved in the feeding, cleaning, and occasionally with the veterinary care of the animals, which spend their nights in enclosures. The lion walks also offer unique opportunities to observe lions close up in their natural environment, and data collected assists when making decisions for the animal's welfare and eventual release. Volunteers assist our research technician in gathering and analyzing this vital data. You will receive all the training you need in order to ensure that you are able to provide valuable input to this program regardless of previous experience. Volunteers will also visit local schools to garner support for conservation through education. The project is located on the outskirts of Livingstone town; a stones throw away from the magnificent thundering waters of the Falls themselves.
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ItineraryA TYPICAL DAY VOLUNTEERING WITH THE BIG CATS FOR FOUR WEEKS AT LIVINGSTONE:-
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:
06:30 - 09:00hr Meet your guide and their clients and join them for a lion walk, taking cubs from 4 months to 18 months out into the bush. Watch and take data as the cubs practice their hunting skills on the many game species they encounter.
09:00 - 10:00hr Breakfast.
10.00 - 12.00hr One group might head off to a nearby school to begin the days Conservation Education classes - sometimes there are up to 60 kids in a class! Chaotic but fun! The other group will be cleaning or feeding the cubs, or driving into the National Park to conduct elephant research.
12:30 - 14:00hr Lunch and a chance to relax during the hottest part of the day.
14.30 - 18:00hr Your afternoon duties could include a snare sweep before an afternoon lion walk.
Evening - The volunteers socialize at dinner at 7.00pm at our volunteer base. On some nights volunteers venture off into Livingstone town to experience the night life of this tourist Mecca. For others you may sit out under the beautiful Southern skies and listen to the sounds of the African Bush as it comes alive at night.
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The costs to consider when volunteering are:
Your project price covers:
FOUR WEEKS PRICE VOLUNTEERING IN LIVINGSTONE WITH BIG CATS INCLUDES:-
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, management and maintenance of parks infrastructure, and the development of the lion breeding and rehabilitation program.
Project Orientation. On arrival at the 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 in the program.
* 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 and familiarization with all duties you will be involved in.
* Briefing on how to complete data capture forms and enter data into the computer systems.
* Further information on the lion breeding program and our ultimate objective of free releasing lions into the wild.
Price Also Includes:-
* All transfers to and from Livingstone Airport upon your arrival and departure.
* Assistance in your projects by various trained guides, ecologists and field 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. Accommodation is simple and rustic but comfortable and completely suited to your needs.
* Unlimited tea, coffee and juice throughout the day.
* Laundry service during your stay.
* The service of a cleaner to attend to your room each day.
* All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other).
* Flights to and from Livingstone airport.
* E-mail and telephone calls made during your placement (charged out at cost).
* Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary ie. visit to the Victoria Falls, Matopos.
* Personal insurance cover for the duration of your placement, which must include cover for evacuation and repatriation.
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, Livingstone, Zambia, Lion work ".
This information has been developed over 30 years of experience overlanding in Africa.
It includes all you might need to know to prepare for this trip and more. We know many people love to plan their trip in detail and we hope you will find lots of "stuff" in here to help!
We also send out personal updates about 6 weeks before departure to all participants heading out on each departure date. This includes final confirmations of pre safari transfers and accommodation and other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is as you need.
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