Located on the outskirts of Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo, is our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. As a volunteer with this project you will be an invaluable resource in helping care for the animals, as well as the daily running of the centre. Animals are brought to the centre for various reasons however, if possible are returned to the wild on their recovery.
Volunteer with rescued animals
Project fee from EUR 1,290
Your Role as a Volunteer
Founded in 1973 by a game ranger, the wildlife orphanage is one of Africa’s largest and has been operating for many years. Well known for its pioneering work in successfully rehabilitating and releasing wildlife, the wildlife orphanage has a large foundation for which to focus its conservation education efforts. With the knowledge of dwindling numbers of certain species, the orphanage also focuses on captive breeding programs with animals that are not able to be released to the wild, especially in the case of endangered or threatened species. Research is an important aspect of conservation today, a subject which this wildlife orphanage does not take lightly.
There are a number of aspects which this project focuses on: – Wildlife Orphanage and Rehabilitation Centre – Education facility – Nature Conservation education – Research – Cooperation between local people and government authorities
While volunteering at this wildlife orphanage, you will be given the unique opportunity to have hands on daily care of the animals. Volunteers are often an essential part to an animal’s recovery and rehabilitation process and here at this project you will be highly valued. Some of your duties might include:
- Preparing food for the animals
- Feeding animals
- Assisting with the enrichment of some of the animals lives
- Hand rearing orphans. Assisting with educational tours
- Cleaning out enclosures and building new enclosures
Volunteers need to be enthusiastic and dedicated to working with the animals. During the first two weeks of your stay at this project you will be taught how to work with the different animals such as carnivores, primates, birds of prey, reptiles and some domestic animals.
The Project’s Mission
To rescue animals that have been injured, abandoned, unsuccessfully brought up as pets, as well as confiscated and rehabilitate them back to their natural environment.
How to book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your Everyday Life
Accommodation and Food
While volunteering at this project you will be accommodated in cabins (single or twin depending on your travel arrangements). These cabins are equipped with electricity and furniture. Also provided is running water for showers and flushing toilets. Also available to the volunteers is a kitchen, braai (barbeque) area and a swimming pool. At the main house there is access to DSTV (Satellite tv), a dvd player and library, as well as a lounge just for the volunteers with comfortable sofas.
Laundry is done twice a week along with ironing of your clothes. You will be provided with all the linen that you need during your stay, along with towels.
Three meals a day are served to the volunteers; however you are able to do your own braais/barbeques. Vegetarians can be catered for but please to be sure to notify us of this before departing for your trip. Vegans unfortunately cannot be accommodated for and volunteers will have to provide their own food if this is the case.
Internet is available; however it is via a satellite connection so volunteers are requested to contribute towards costs while using it. There is a volunteer computer, but volunteers are allowed to bring their own laptops if needed. A standard contribution of $20 is expected from each volunteer to use the internet. This does not vary on the duration of your stay and is a fixed rate.
Electricity is available and adaptor connections are British 3 pinned, South African 3 round pinned and European 2 pinned.
On arrival in Bulawayo (either by bus or by flight), you will be met by a staff member who will take you straight through to the wildlife orphanage, approximately a 45 min drive.
Volunteers are located on site and any transport around the property will be provided. Trips into Bulawayo will be organized for volunteers once a week to get extra supplies or to see the city. Extra transport on longer trips, such as Victoria Falls or Hwange National Park will not be included in the tour price.
Volunteers are expected to work 6 days a week and have Mondays off if they like. Work still needs to be done on a Monday however, it is at a much slower pace and volunteers can take the time off if they like. Volunteers will work 7 hours a day, however during fire season and when baby shifts are required hours might be longer. During time off, volunteers can make use of the swimming pool and TV lounge. During your stay at this project, they will take you on a trip of some sort. This could be to a local reserve or to release animals in the national reserves.
Volunteers are also able to organize trips to Hwange National Park or Victoria Falls for a few days. Staff at the orphanage will help you with the arrangements and bookings.
Zimbabwe means “house of stone” in the indigenous Shona language from the first ancient civilization that arose from what is now known as the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Zimbabwe’s vastness encompasses diverse tourist attractions from Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba to the Eastern Highlands. Zimbabweans are known for being friendly and hardworking despite the many years of hardship under Robert Mugabe’s rule.
Security and Safety
The vast majority of visitors to Zimbabwe suffer no problems but if you have any specific questions we advise you to ask our reservations team when you book. The project itself is a family run organisation and provides a very close, comfortable and secure environment.
Currency used in Zimbabwe is the US Dollar, as the Zimbabwe dollar is no longer used. MasterCards and Visa cards are the only card accepted in Zimbabwe.
The climate is hot all year round but during the winter months the temperature can drop considerably at night.
Flight tickets are not included in our tour price. If you need assistance with your tickets please be sure to contact us. Be sure to get the start dates of your volunteer programme and flights correct, so as to arrive in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on time. Also check your departure dates according to the end of the programme.
Please note that it is also possible to take a bus from Johannesburg to Bulawayo. Additionally, flights via Abu Dabi and Nairobi via Harare can also assist in cutting costs on getting to your project. Please contact us for further information about this.
Some nationalities require that a visa is arranged before arrival. Please be sure to check your status with your local Zimbabwe embassy to establish your visa requirements well in advance to your travel date. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a visa for the entire duration of your stay at the project. Costs involved with visas are not included in the tour price. Costs incurred by the project because of an expired visa will have to be reimbursed by the volunteer.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agencies do sell this type of insurance, so be sure to ask about it when booking your flight ticket. On the other hand, liability insurance is included in the tour price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you as a private person for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.
Remember to get vaccinated with all the necessary inoculations before this project. Check with a vaccination centre or your doctor for which vaccinations you need. We recommend that you have a full protection against Hepatitis A and B, cholera, and polio. There is no malaria found in the Bulawayo area. Please contact your doctor to find out what kind of prophylaxis you should be taking. Please be sure to also have your tetanus and rabies shot up to date as well.
Additionally, Zimbabwe has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world. We strongly advise against promiscuity while you are traveling anywhere in Africa.