Family Wildlife Volunteering
Family volunteering is a great way to provide a fun and adventurous working holiday for you and your family. We accept families with children of all ages and will accommodate your trip depending on what suits you best. You can experience the African bush firsthand, in a safe and protected environment. If you’re looking for a holiday with a bit more then family volunteering is perfect for you.
What will I be doing?
The guides are very experienced with family groups and will be able to tailor the programme to make it more interesting, fun and exciting for all ages and interests. Some activities include:
Tracking game such as black and white rhinos, elephants, and cheetahs with telemetry.
Assisting the anti-poaching unit with locating the monitored animals and observing their behaviour.
Learn about the animals from experienced guides and rangers.
Walk through the bush close to the rhino and elephants.
Clean out and repair elephant enclosures.
Snare patrols and anti-poaching monitoring.
Fish netting patrols on many different dams.
Fence and boundary patrol on foot and horseback.
The anti-poaching and wildlife conservation project is one of a kind. Not only will you be able to interact with some incredible African wildlife, but this project also gives you the opportunity to learn new, invaluable skills too. There are 3 main aspects of this project, rhino, elephant and cheetah conservation, anti-poaching, and community work.
The maximum number of volunteers on this project is 12 so you will form intimate relationships with the animals, staff and community. This project is all about variety- no day is the same.
You will also be focussing your time with the local community by helping support those which live around the conservancy. You may be teaching for the literacy program in primary schools, building, organising sports activities, or interacting with the locals by learning how to cook and dance on the 'cultural evenings'. You will also take some field trips to the game reserve for conservation education. It is a great way to get to know the local families who live in and around the area.
We have well decorated volunteer houses which accommodate both solo volunteers and families. Family groups with children under the age of 14 will be accommodated separately with other family groups. We do our best to arrange families with younger children who travel at similar times to others. This causes for a really great group experience and cohesion amongst the younger volunteers. You will receive 3 cooked meals a day and we also cater for vegetarians and vegans so if you have any dietary requirements please do let us know in advance. This project is all about spending time with nature- there is no WiFi, however, you can purchase a Zimbabwean SIM card which you can use to access 3G however, signal is unreliable. Be prepared to be off the grid!
Wedza is located in the West of Zimbabwe. The project is situated in a game reserve of over 10,000 acres of Zimbabwean bush filled with incredible wildlife. Talk about peace and tranquillity, in you spare time you can enjoy fishing or canoeing in one of the multiple dams dotted across the reserve or simply sit back and enjoy the incredible landscape. Zimbabwe is known for it’s friendly population of whom you will quickly get to know and start to call family.