Antelope Park – Horses and Lion Conservation Combination 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!
Gain invaluable experience in stable management, with the most incredible opportunities at your disposal. During the week, get hands on with the daily runnings of authentic African stables, while taking advantage of the many activities on offer such as polocrosse and horse swims. Experience in true style the ultimate horseback safari, getting up close with the wildlife and immersing yourself in the African Bush. At an additional cost, volunteers have the opportunity to take part in lessons with highly qualified external instructors, or to potentially compete in shows and competitions occurring whilst they are on project.
Combined with our Lion Conservation Project, Horse 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, Horse 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 Lion Conservation Project promises to deliver an experience of a lifetime!
Work on Project:
Management: Become fully involved in the daily runnings of a true African Stables, assisting the Stables Management in important duties and the upkeep of over 30 horses. Take part in the running of guest activities, including safari rides, pony rides and carriage rides.
Reserve Management: The presence of horses is a major conservation tool used to protect and preserve the wildlife at Antelope Park. Horse volunteers will assist in vital boundary patrols and game counts done via horse back as they also explore the surrounding bush.
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:
Horses and Lions
• 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 and excursions
• Your first overnight horse safari – after that it’s free
• Extra food and drinks, from the bar or cafe
• Wifi (available to purchase upon arrival)
Photos & Feedback
“When you’re at AP you learn about the importance of lion conservation. The horses really makes the entire experience, while riding out in the bush. Seeing the wild animals up close in a way you can only do on horseback.
“My stay at the horses and Lions project was fantastic! Memories i never will forget. You will learn so much, and experience things you never would imagined. I have new friends all over the world, and antelope park feels like a second home to me. Will go back as soon as possible!”
“Antelope Park’s Horses and Lions has been one of the best experiences of my life. The combination program allowed me to spend time with the lions, but at the same time experience the African bush in a unique way on horseback.
“This experience was absolutely AMAZING! All the volunteers had the opportunity to experience all the activities that Antelope Park offers. The camp is a really nice place, and the people that you know here becomes your family during your stay.”
“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.”