Antelope Park – Community Teaching and Lion Conservation Project in Zimbabwe
Antelope Park gives you the best selection of volunteering in Zimbabwe. Join us on a community development or conservation project and make the most of your volunteering in Zimbabwe experience!
The most effective way we can contribute towards positive change is through the power of education. At Antelope Park, we highlight the importance of supporting our local communities and inspiring them to prosper and achieve. Volunteers offer valuable assistance and provide the building blocks for developing a brighter future for those in need.
An example of the incredible work that our community volunteers are carrying out on the ground is during January 2018, they were actively involved in helping 19 out of 20 special needs children attain standards required for reintegration into the main stream education.
Combined with our Lion Conservation Project, Community volunteers will have the chance over the weekends to take part in laying the foundations that will ensure the success of ALERT’s work. Get involved with behaviour enrichment sessions to stimulate the lions natural behaviours, enclosure cleaning and maintenance work or simply accompany the cubs during the day or night as they develop their natural instincts. Not only do volunteers leave with an enriched understanding for Lion Conservation, but also the knowledge that they are helping to preserve the future of lions in Africa.
As well as being hands on with Lion conservation, Community volunteers are involved with caring for and accompanying our four orphaned elephants as they graze through the African bush. Our volunteers become immersed with local culture as they explore the surrounding community whilst on project or when taking part in one of the incredible excursions on offer. Our Community Teaching and Lion Conservation Project promises to deliver an experience of a lifetime!
Work on Project:
Teaching Assistance: Provide essential support to teachers and provide kids with individualised attention to help boost their education which without volunteer support, there would not be the resources available to do so. Also have the opportunity to encourage and support people living and working on the streets of Gweru.
In January 2018, community volunteers were directly involved in helping an incredible 19 out of 20 special needs students attain the standards required for re-integration into the main stream schooling system for 2018. This is a true reflection of how volunteers are making such significant and positive change to the lives of the communities that we work with.
Conservation Education: Take our conservation work further, by educating the local community about living alongside wildlife and encouraging kids from the surrounding rural areas to become passionate about protecting and preserving the African Lion as well as other incredible wildlife species.
Lions: Walk alongside our Stage 1 Lions over the weekends, familiarising them with their surroundings and enabling them to put their natural instincts into practise.
Take part in daily care activities to ensure the resident captive lion population are well looked after. These include meat preparation and lion feeding, enclosure cleaning, enclosure maintenance for their upkeep and behaviour enrichment for stimulating natural behaviours + more.
Other: Observe the semi wild Ngamo Pride, ahead of the words first lion release or walk with our four orphaned elephants in the African bush.
Voted by World Travel Awards as Zimbabwe’s leading private game reserve, Antelope Park is a destination like no other. Volunteers will live in shared accommodation* with access to shower and bathroom facilities, a included laundry service and a volunteer lounge for social gatherings. Enjoy three tasty meals a day in our exquisite dining area, with the sound of roaring lions in the distance. Take the opportunity to relax by the pool or watch our elephants playing in the river whilst enjoying a drink on our raised deck bar. With regular spotting of giraffes, zebras, elephants are more, there is no place quite like Antelope Park.
Your extensive opportunities go beyond Antelope Park. In addition to the extensive stable and lion activities on offer, there is plenty more to choose from to make your time at Antelope Park unforgettable.
• Victoria Falls: Experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world at Victoria Falls. Your options for activities are expansive, from bungee jumping over the Zambezi River, to game viewing the Big 5 in Chobe National Park, Botswana.
• Matopos National Park: Trek through the bush on foot in search of the magnificent African Rhino, the best way to see these amazing animals unclose.
• Free to Be Wild Sanctuary: Get upclose with baby baboons, monkeys and impala at this rehabilitation centre, specialising in rescue and release.
• Great Zimbabwe Ruins: Take the opportunity to discover this Unseco World Heritage Site for the day, rich with culture and history.
*Accommodation upgrades into our guest lodges are also available. Enquire to find out more!
Dates and Prices:
Community Teaching and Lions
|3 weeks:||£1,440||$ 2,636|
• Airport collection and return to either Harare Airport (Sunday) or Bulawayo Airport (Monday.) An Antelope Park team member will be waiting to meet you.
• All accommodation and 3 meals a day, served in the camps dining areas.
• 24 hour support on project and at the volunteer accommodation by our onsite staff at the park
• Unlimited Tea, coffee and filtered water during the day
• Laundry Service
• Personal and medical insurance cover for the duration of your placement
• Visa requirements
• Additional activities out of project, Excursions, Horse activities
• Extra food and drinks, from the bar or cafe
• Wifi (available to purchase upon arrival)
Photos & Feedback
“Truly help to form and shape the lives of the kids and people in Zimbabwe”
“My heart was moved to serve the community and help conserve animals. The experience broadened my understanding of mixing cultures and I always came away with more family members than when I started.”
“This has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me knowing I am making a difference in the world.”
“The community project was amazing and I got to do so many different things. I loved meeting people from around the world and especially the community staff members were so nice and made the whole experience even more fun!”
“If you want to truly feel like you’ve accomplished aa greater sense of purpose, only only in yourself, but in others, do it. You’ll find there’s more to the world than what you thought before.”
“My stay was more exciting and rewarding than I could have ever hoped for.”
“The staff never failed to put a smile on my face and have been some of the best people I have ever met.”
“Be warned, once you come here, you’ll never want to leave.”
“The whole experience far exceeded by expectations. A life changing and life affirming experience.”