Volunteer in Zimbabwe

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If you’d like to contribute to wildlife conservation in Africa, then choosing to volunteer in Zimbabwe will not disappoint! As a volunteer you’ll be immersed within the true African landscape — a stunning reserve anchored in the heart of Zimbabwe — at Imire. This distinctive place, which is also our African Impact home, will show you an endless stream of adventures, and it’s known for its striking terrain and unique wildlife. Make an impactful difference to the country’s conservation efforts, all whilst enjoying an experience that will remain with you for a lifetime. We offer volunteers the exciting opportunity to live in a private game reserve and to be part of an effort to protect African elephants and the critically endangered black. Get involved with the upkeep of the reserve, contribute to ongoing conservation and research, and learn how to responsibly rescue and nurture African wildlife that are vulnerable within their natural habitats.

Zimbabwe Highlights

Zimbabwe is a Southern African country known for its abundance of diverse wildlife and varied landscape – ranging from vast grassy savannas to tropical forests. On the other end of the spectrum, this region is commonly associated with a tumultuous and controversial political history, which has unfortunately left many of its native population living under difficult circumstances. The landlocked country, bordered by Zambia, Botswana and Mozambique is not only home to approximately 15 million people, but also hosts natural wonders, the most famous being the incredible Victoria Falls and majestic Zambezi river. Volunteering in Zimbabwe is a wonderful experience, and the country has a magic which compels people to come back time and time again.

  • Natural Environment — Live and work in a private game reserve, surrounded by wildlife.
  • Wildlife Protection — Contribute to the protection of elephants and black rhinos through volunteer work in Zimbabwe.
  • Comfort — Relax in the comfort of a lovely volunteer house within the reserve (with a pool!) after your volunteering.
  • Adventure — Grab the unique opportunity of doing conservation work on horseback in Africa!
  • Convenience — Enjoy a fully inclusive volunteer project, with transport, meals, and guidance taken care of.

Browse All Volunteer Projects in Zimbabwe

As a volunteer in Zimbabwe, side by side with conservation experts, you’ll do field-based and hands-on work that makes a tangible impact. African Impact volunteers get the opportunity to choose from two incredibly distinct volunteer programs in Zimbabwe. No matter which one you choose, you can expect a wild and rewarding adventure in a jaw dropping setting.

Specific Start Dates
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Join African Impact and volunteer on a horse riding & elephant conservation project! Contribute to anti-poaching efforts and community education.
Every Monday
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Endangered Black Rhino & Elephant Conservation Volunteer Project. Join this project to help rhino and elephant conservation in Zimbabwe

$1,900 – $11,400

Important Information About Zimbabwe


Imire is located in the Hwedza district of eastern Zimbabwe, around 120 km from the capital, Harare — and it is the perfect hub for a Zimbabwean volunteer adventure. This location is a family-run conservancy, consisting of ten thousand acres of beautiful woodlands, savannah grasses, rocky terrain, and riverine forest, the area of protected conservation land in Imire is as stunning as it is diverse. When you get involved in one of our wildlife conservation volunteer programs in Zimbabwe, you will primarily focus on black and white rhino conservation. Volunteering in Imire combines sustainable wildlife protection, local community engagement, and opportunities for incredible expeditions for the ultimate Zimbabwe adventure.

Volunteers feeding rhinos.
View of lake as the sun is setting behind trees.

Weather & Climate

Entirely landlocked and with no coastline, Zimbabwe lies between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers in south central Africa. Lying north of the Tropic of Capricorn, is completely within the tropics but enjoys subtropical conditions because of its high average elevation, this means that the Summer season of about eight months (October to April), is typically hot, and filled with sunny days. The months after, in the winter climate are pleasant, with warm, dry days.

Safety & Support

With all our volunteer opportunities in Zimbabwe, our goal is always to maintain a high level of quality in the area of safety and support. Our nearly two decades of success at African Impact has relied on ensuring the safety of our volunteers, staff, local communities, and the public first and foremost. We see safety as a fundamental responsibility of running volunteer programs in Zimbabwe, and in all other destinations. From the moment you arrive to the end of your adventure, we take the utmost care in ensuring your comfort and safety as you carry out volunteer work in Zimbabwe. If you want to know more about our health and safety measures, you can review our protocols or contact us with specific questions!


Zimbabwe FAQs

Why Choose African Impact in Zimbabwe

As an African-based company, with more than 18 years of experience, we know first hand the incredible adventures to be found through our range of volunteer programs in Zimbabwe. Our organization believes that responsible volunteering is the most important element of African travel adventures. We are passionate about immersing African Impact volunteers in the heart of some of Africa’s most incredible natural environments and communities, and our programs in Zimbabwe.

If you don’t have experience relevant to the volunteer program you’re interested in, that’s usually not a problem!

Here’s how to get started:

  • Become more educated about the destination where you’re interested in doing volunteer work.
  • Read the African Impact Blog, a resource hub that is filled with articles and testimonials, written by our past volunteers and staff.
  • Design your own checklist based on the program guidelines to see if it’s the right one for you.
  • Apply and get in touch with our amazing team!

If you don’t have experience relevant to the volunteer program you’re interested in, that’s usually not a problem! As long as you’re up for the adventure of traveling abroad and want to explore a volunteer program in Zimbabwe, you can always go ahead and apply so we can help you choose the best opportunity and prepare for your trip. The experience of volunteering abroad is just waiting for you to take the leap!

If you are a curious volunteer enthusiast, who is interested in a sustainable travel experience paired with heritage protection, then you might already know that wildlife conservation is one of the most common areas for volunteer work in Zimbabwe. At African Impact, we offer unique volunteer programs in Imire, a private game reserve that is dedicated to rhino and wildlife conservation. This place is like no other, and it will open you up to exploring responsible volunteering in Zimbabwe as well as the chance to travel with a true purpose. As a conservation volunteer, you gain once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to work hands-on with rhinos and elephants, side-by-side with conservation experts, and within local communities.

Our African Impact home base in Zimbabwe is Imire. The adventures to be had around this part of the country are endless, as it’s known for its striking landscapes and breadth of wildlife. To volunteer in Zimbabwe means you’ll get to visit a handful of interesting and historic monuments that have seen many moons. Set aside a day for the Castle Kopje, a stone fortress in the middle of Imire’s protected land that dates back to the early 13th century! With a local chief guiding your expedition, explore the Makwe Caves – a national monument over 2000 years old, filled with historic and breathtaking rock art paintings. Or, take a journey into Harare, Zimbabwe’s bustling capital city. Abundant in lively markets, incredible local cuisine, and lush community gardens, a trip to Harare makes for the memories of a lifetime.

Take a look through our African Impact volunteer programs in Zimbabwe. Compare and choose a program which most aligns with your interests and goals. There are step-by step instructions to apply on each one of our volunteer program pages.