Hands-On Lion Project, Vic Falls

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Hands-On Lion Project, Vic Falls

from £1,167
Duration: from 2 weeks to 4 weeks
Countries: Zimbabwe
Join our team in Victoria Falls and get hands-on experience volunteering with lions, while tracking, monitoring and collecting data on large predators and other wildlife!

Hands-On Lion Project, Vic Falls


  • Be part of the first effort to release lions into the wild in Africa through this ground-breaking, globally-recognized lion conservation project.
  • Enjoy extremely close encounters with captive lions and watch their natural instincts develop while collecting data for our lion release program.
  • Experience the African bush in a unique way as you spend time out on the Masuwe Concession, adjacent to the Zambezi National Park, where you’ll be involved in anti-poaching, conservation and reserve maintenance activities like snare sweeps, boundary patrols and alien plant removal.
  • Make a difference for the next generation of young Zimbabweans as you facilitate Conservation Education programs, helping to inspire children to be passionate about the animals they live alongside.
  • Live a stone’s throw from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls, where wildlife such as elephant roam the streets, and play a vital role in the conservation of this World Heritage Site.


Vounteer Activities:



Work alongside our skilled research team in The Zambezi National Park, home to lions, leopards, African wild dogs, spotted hyena and more. Your role will be to assist in collecting baseline data on each species that is used to improve species conservation management plans. This includes, tracking and data collection on our focal hyena clan, tracking and monitoring the resident leopard populations, as well as general large predator census creation through spoor transects, physical sightings and call-up surveys. Large predators play a key role in the ecosystem and as such, their populations and distribution must be constantly monitored.



Spend time working hands-on with our captive-bred lions to help familiarise them with their natural environment. They need to adapt to it, learn from it, understand, observe, feel and smell the wild. Partake in some of the daily walks these cubs go on as they encounter wildlife such as buffalo, and observe as their natural instincts take over. During these walks and at other times, you will collect essential data on the lions which is used by the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT). In addition to the walks, you will be involved in the care of the animals. They need feeding, cleaning, enrichment and occasionally will need veterinary care to ensure that they are kept in the best of health.



A vital part of your role will be assisting with our outreach programs within the local community – initiatives include conservation education and data collection on our human-wildlife conflict mitigation strategies. These programs help increase support for conservation efforts and teach children living on the borders of national parks about the importance of maintaining wildlife and environmental sustainability. Monitoring the lighting system project in rural areas, which deters wild lions from attacking livestock, is an incredibly unique program monitored by volunteers that boasts a 100% success rate.

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Price details:

from £1,167

This placement would suit:

Anyone who is passionate about wildlife conservation in Africa and wants to take part in a once in a lifetime volunteering experience!

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User Comments:

“The staff were beyond marvelous. I felt such joy and happiness and caring from everyone. I feel I have a new family now that I will stay in contact with forever. Lions are magnificent. It is a wonderful dream come true.”

~ by Jeffri Gordon

About African Impact

African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organisation which runs and manages meaningful and responsible volunteer experiences and internship programs throughout Africa.  The organisation was founded in 2004 in Zimbabwe, and since then has grown into the Africa leaders in volunteer tourism, having facilitated over 12,000 volunteers and interns in 12 countries across the continent.

We are proud to offer fun, safe and structured placements where volunteers understand their contribution to responsible projects run in partnership with local communities and conservation efforts. Our journey so far has been both inspiring and humbling and we will keep pushing the horizons of what volunteering can achieve.

We believe in the power of volunteering and have seen the amazing things volunteers can achieve.
We believe in the passionate people who work for us and beside us to create tangible positive impacts and change lives.
We believe in what we do, in standing out and in standing up for fun, sustainable volun-teering.

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