What's Included Volunteers manual & ongoing advise/instruction.
All transfers to and from Victoria Falls 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 including 3 meals & lodging at Pamusha Guest House, which has a swimming pool and barbeque area and is located 15 minutes walk from the town of Victoria Falls.
Unlimited tea, coffee and juice throughout the day.
Weekly laundry service.
Daily cleaning of your room.
FOUR WEEKS VOLUNTEERING IN VICTORIA FALLS WITH THE BIG CATS: The majestic Victoria Falls set the scene for where you will be staying. Approximately a 15-20 minute drive from the project base is a private Big 5 game reserve, Masuwe, where you will have the unique opportunity to walk and work with lions, exposing the cubs to the African bush as they hone their natural skills; be involved in the research of lion behavior and work with us on the worlds only program for their release into the wild. You will assist with conservation tasks such as clearing of alien invader plant species in the Victoria Falls National Park, and conservation education at a local primary school. There are opportunities aplenty to enjoy the wide range of adventure activities available around the Falls, which is one of Africas adrenaline capitals. During your time with us you can expect to be involved in lion walks, research in to conservation and lion behavior, work in the National Park and the teaching of conservation strategies at local schools.
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ItineraryA TYPICAL DAY VOLUNTEERING WITH THE BIG CATS FOR FOUR WEEKS AT VICTORIA FALLS:-
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:
06:15hr You will be collected by your project manager and driven out to the lion project base at Masuwe lodge located within the Zambezi National Park. This is a approximately a 10 minute drive.
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 capture recordings 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 nearby Chamabondo 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 a game census.
12:30 - 14:00hr Lunch back in Victoria Falls town at our volunteer base.
14.30 - 17:00hr Your afternoon duties could include updating the species inventory in the Victoria Falls National Park or a lion walk at Masuwe.
18.45hr Briefing by your project manager about the following days activities.
Evening - The volunteers socialize at dinner at 7.00pm. On some nights volunteers venture off into Victoria Falls town to experience the night life of this tourist Mecca. For others you may be camping out at a water hole to watch the African Bush come alive at night you may spot the rarely seen Aardvark, known as the earth pig.
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The costs to consider when volunteering are:
Your project price covers:
FOUR WEEK PROJECT COST WORKING FOR FOUR WEEKS IN VICTORIA FALLS 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 programme.
Project Orientation. On arrival at the Victoria Falls 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 Victoria Falls 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 Victoria Falls 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 including 3 meals & lodging at Pamusha Guest House, which has a swimming pool and barbeque area and is located 15 minutes walk from the town of Victoria Falls
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
PROJECT COST EXCLUDES:
All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
Flights to Victoria Falls International Airport
E-mail 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 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, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 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!
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