Not Just Another Volunteer Programme
The Nakavango Conservation Programme is based within a private game reserve in the province of Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. Located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls is a popular destination for travellers to Africa and offers the unique opportunity for volunteers to join Wildlife Conservation efforts in close proximity to the spectacular falls.
Volunteers on the Wildlife Conservation project have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in conservation management activities and assist with on-going research in a private game reserve and surrounding areas within Victoria Falls. The reserve is home to a wealth of native wildlife, including ‘Big 5’ animals – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo; and serves as an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) for the critically endangered black rhino. Volunteers on the Wildlife Conservation project have the opportunity to get involved in conservation management practices, all of which are vital for the successful operation of the game reserve, its surrounding areas and their ecosystems.
VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Accommodation is located within the Nakavango conservation centre where the programme is based. As the conservation centre is situated on a private game reserve, it is not uncommon to see African wildlife grazing throughout the day! Bedrooms are private, with one single bed per room and a ceiling fan, desk and storage shelving. Bathrooms are shared between up to four volunteers of the same gender and offer western toilets and hot showers. In addition to the sleeping quarters, the accommodation also offers an open-air communal area with a swimming pool, braai (barbecue) and picnic tables, where volunteers can socialize and enjoy meals. Three nutritious home cooked meals are provided daily with tea, coffee and juices available throughout the day. Special dietary requirements can be ordered on request.
Bed linens are provided and during the hot months a sheet should be adequate cover in the evenings, as there is no air conditioning in the volunteer accommodation. During the cooler months, volunteers may wish to bring a sleeping bag for an extra layer of warmth. Volunteers are asked to bring their own towels.
The conservation center has a 24 hour security guard and a safe is available in the staff office for volunteers to store small valuables. As the reserve is a ‘Big 5’ area (home to lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), the property is protected by an electric fence and volunteers are required to ask permission before leaving the facility.
On-site staff clean the accommodation throughout the week, however volunteers are also required to keep these areas tidy. Laundry services are provided on a weekly basis.