On a trip to Zimbabwe one will experience a very exciting and interesting part of Africa. The people are incredibly friendly, the scenery is outstanding. Victoria Falls takes the prize and the wildlife is like no other. Zimbabwe's location in the southern part of Africa bordering South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique makes it a great stop on a long journey in this part of Africa, but also as a destination in itself. This is relatively a small country which offers great sights and experiences. Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is not only one of the wildest and most spectacular wonders, it also has a great location in tropical Africa. Discover the wild waters and the fascinating nature on a journey with IWASHERE.
Victoria Falls is one of the world's largest waterfalls and is located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The name Victoria Falls was given by the legendary explorer David Livingstone, visitors here will understand quickly why the famous Dr. Livingstone was impressed. These waterfalls will certainly cause your jaw to drop in sheer awe. It's crazy, yes it is wildly beautiful!
You can see and experience the waterfalls in several ways. The big picture you get from the 1.7 km long road that runs by the edge of the canyon with stunning views of endless amounts of water. During the rainy season there is even more water from the roaring Zambezi River, and one can well prepare to get soaked. It is an impressive experience to get so close to nature that is so intense and overwhelming.
IWASHERE invites individuals, couples, families, students, researchers and groups to volunteer in Zimbabwe. A good command of English is recommended. Volunteers from all countries, backgrounds and experiences are welcome to participate in programs in Zimbabwe. Everyone has something to contribute!
A typical week
The structure of the week may vary from project to project. As a volunteer you work approximately 4-8 hours a day and have weekly days off. Working days are planned with our project coordinator, it is possible to get time off if you need to do something such as going on a trip, just remember to inform the project coordinator in good time.
Breakfast with the other volunteers is usually between 7:30 and 8:30. Around 9-9:30 you depart for your workplace, here you will meet with the local people and plan your day. You have a lunch break during the day. For the most part, a workday ends between 14:00 and 17:00 after which you have free time to explore the local area, or hang out with the other volunteers. In the evening you can visit a local restaurant with friends.
On weekends, you have time to go on weekend trips with the other volunteers. You can also choose to remain on reserve and relax, go out and swim or play with the animals. There are also organized tours that are included in the price. Staff at the sanctuary take the volunteers on various trips, such as the Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. This is generally the first Tuesday of the program, which is a great ice breaker for all volunteers participating in this project, it's a perfect way to meet and get to know the other volunteers that you will work with during your stay. Tours in safari jeeps will be arranged, on these trips one gets to see elephants, crocodiles, hippos, various antelope species and lots of other animals. If you like to get an adrenaline rush, you have the opportunity to try white water rafting on the Zambezi River, which is world renowned for being one of the biggest whitewater rafting locations in the world. It's an experience you will never forget! Camp nights were where you and the other volunteers have the opportunity to have an unforgettable evening under the African sky will also be arranged.
On arrival at the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) in Zambia, one of our project coordinators will be at the airport to welcome you. You also have the opportunity to land in Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe, our staff are easily recognizable as they will be wearing uniform, they will also hold up a sign with your name on it. You will then be taken to the sanctuary where you will be staying. Landing in Livingstone gives you the opportunity to drive over the famous Victoria Falls bridge, before crossing the border into Zimbabwe. You are required to purchase a multi entry / exit visa on arrival in Livingstone, and when crossing the border into Zimbabwe. The duration of the journey from the airport to your accommodation takes about 45 minutes to an hour from Livingstone. When you arrive at camp, you will be greeted by a project coordinator. He will show you around and give you the necessary information.
Volunteers will be accommodated in furnished tents where electricity is available. There will be three meals a day. It's a perfect way to get to know the other volunteers, who coms from all over the world.
LIVING WITH ELEPHANTS (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
Victoria Falls is one of the the world's largest waterfall, though its fame has spread around the world, its natural surroundings remain untouched. As a volunteer on this project you will work in a sanctuary at Victoria Falls where there are lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants. This sanctuary really appreciates the people who come and volunteer as they help with everyday tasks. These tasks include, checking that the electric fences around the reserve are in working order, as well as clearing the weeds from the bushes. The reserve runs a successful black rhino breeding program where volunteers are welcome to participate.
As a volunteer you will have a once in a life time opportunity to work with elephants, this will include tasks such as feeding, cleaning, providing water and socializing with these amazing creatures. You also get the opportunity to work on our helipad, where there are 3 helicopters named "The Flight of Angels". These helicopters are used to fly over the Victoria Falls. It's an incredible experience to see the falls from above. You as a volunteer have the opportunity to experience this.
CHRISTINA VISITS ZIMBABWE
I volunteered on the” Living with elephants” project in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe. During my stay in Zimbabwe I experienced the the majestic Victoria Falls. I cant imagine there is anything like it anywhere in the world. Travelling around the country was easy, I also visited Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba, and the Eastern Highlands. Being so close to the elephants was a great expeience. The staff on the project were amazing and I had the opportunity to spend time and make friends with volunteers from all over the world. Most all I have never met a people clearly burdened by their own problems and yet so welcoming,kind and generous. I experienced the difference between the Zimbabwe in the media and Zimbabwe itself. Amazing!!!