Zimbabwe - Horse Management and Lion Rehabilitation
Join a group of volunteers on an exciting adventure inside Antelope Park. Manage and train horses in addition to participating in the renowned Lion Rehabilitation Program!
|Location of Project||Antelope Park, 10km from Gweru, Zimbabwe Midlands|
|Project Length||Min 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, Bulawayo or Harare International Airport|
|Volunteer Work||Animal care, Park Management and Conservation Education|
|Number of Participants||Up to 12 international volunteers|
|Age||18 - 70|
|Accommodation||Twin or quad rooms at volunteer camp|
|Food||3 meals a day|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Included on arrival and departure day|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent following registration|
|Insurance||Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage|
|Laundry||Weekly laundry service|
What's Not Included
|* Please note that volunteers staying longer than 4 weeks will require a “temporary residence permit." This costs an extra $500 USD to be paid upon arrival in Zimbabwe.|
Antelope park is a private game farm located 10km from Gweru town center, in the heart of the Zimbabwe Midlands. Covering 3000 acres, this game reserve is home to an incredibly diverse array of African wildlife and is best known for its African Lion and Environmental Research.
About this Project:
This unique project combines both Horse Management and Lion Rehabilitation, providing volunteers with the opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of an African stable and participate in a world renowned rehabilitation program. The horse management program specializes in the training and managing of 40 cross-breed and thoroughbred horses for professional polo, polo crosse (a combination of polo and lacrosse), horse safaris, private lessons and game rides.
The Lion Rehabilitation Program works for the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of lions on the reserve. The African lion population is declining at a disturbing rate, so the goal is to reintroduce the offspring of captive-bred lions into the wild.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Horse management: As a volunteer, you will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Guiding horse safaris for guests in the Reserve
- Leading horse-riding lessons for groups of volunteers
- Schooling and fitness training of the polo crosse horses
- Preparing polo crosse horses for matches
- Playing in club practices
- Assisting with managing the stable
- Attending or competing in club competitions around the country
- Join handlers on lion walks in the African bush and watch as the young cubs learn to stalk their prey
- Clean lion enclosures
- Prepare meat for the lions
Accommodations: You will be staying in comfortable twin or quad rooms at the volunteer camp, which include a swimming pool. Showers and toilet facilities are located separately and adjacent to the sleeping area. Accommodation upgrades are available for an additional fee.
Laundry: Laundry service is provided at an additional fee
Internet: WIFI is available, though can be sporadic due to the remote location
On arrival to Antelope Park, the following orientation will take place:
- Introduction to the park, stables, and the Lion Rehabilitation Program
- Meet and greet with all stables and park staff
- Familiarization with where you will be staying
- Full induction into your role as a volunteer at Antelope Park
The Horse Management staff at Antelope Park are all competitive riders. There will be occasions where they will need to travel to compete around Zimbabwe. Previous volunteers have been eager to attend these competitions and are allowed to join at an extra cost. If you are an experienced rider there are opportunities to participate in club-level competitions too. During the polo crosse season, from April to September, you can also compete at various clubs, if you are interested.
The opportunities for traveling outside the reserve are endless. For example, you can take a day trip to Granite Ridge or the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. For a longer stay experience, you can spend three nights on a houseboat on the stunning Lake Kariba. For an excursion before or after your volunteer placement, you should consider a five-day trip through Miombo to visit Victoria Falls or to try out bungee jumping or white-water rafting.
- Minimum age 18
- Basic English
- Good physical fitness
- Must have some previous riding experience
- Open-minded and flexible attitude
- Motivation to work with horses
- Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
- Police clearance form