Volunteer at Antelope Park
Make a difference with communities & wildlife in Zimbabwe’s leading private game park. There’s no better way than getting up close and personal with majestic creatures, while also helping local communities thrive!
→ Prices start from US$1,150 for 1 week
Why Volunteering At Antelope Park Is For You?
Because it is a Wildlife experience like no other!
Antelope Park, Zimbabwe ́s leading private game park is located in the heart of the country, close to the town of Gweru, set in over 3000 acres of open savannah grassland; with an abundance of game with zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, kudu and waterbuck; alongside over 200 bird species.
Here, getting up close and personal with these majestic creatures is not just guaranteed, but also a daily activity.
According to National Geographic Traveler, Zimbabwe has now been listed as one of the Top 20 countries to visit in the world in 2019, the highest for any African country. Lonely planet, another very respected travel publication places Zimbabwe at #3…
With at least five World Heritage sites, Zimbabwe is expected to bring a record 2.7 million arrivals next year. So what are you waiting for?
Take advantage of optional excursions to see Zimbabwe’s most incredible sites. Victoria Falls (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World), Matopos National Park (the world’s biggest granite outcrop and a rhino trekking location) and The Great Zimbabwe Ruins (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) are just some of them.
Antelope Park, Zimbabwe’s leading Private Game Reserve with WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS for the past 3 years, welcomes new volunteers all year long.
I stayed at Antelope Park (AP) for a month and it was amazing! I had the best time there meeting new people from all over the world and of course, meeting the beautiful animals. The activities, like walking the lions and elephants every day, cleaning enclosures, feeding the big lions and many more, were a lot of fun and it’s definitely an experience I’ll never forget. Also thanks to the amazing staff who made the activities and my stay a lot of fun
Not only do you get to spend time with the lions and elephants here at AP, they also have quite a few snakes. A lovely surprise for a snake nerd like me.
Antelope Park Volunteer Projects
Lion, Elephant & Wildlife Management
Get fully involved with our wildlife conservation efforts, caring for our lions, engaging with our elephants and maintaining our Game park.
Location: Antelope Park
Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks
Discover incredible wildlife and scenery from the saddle, while taking part in vital stable mgt, with incredible horse activities on offer.
Location: Antelope Park
Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks
Be part of our goal to improve education, by providing essential individualised classroom support to kids eager to learn and prosper.
Location: Antelope Park
Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks
Antelope Park Volunteer
Our 4 rescued elephants spend their days roaming the bush. You can join these breath-taking beauties in the African bush.
Take to the Saddle and Discover Wildlife
Discover the real sights and sounds of the African Bush from an angle like no other; getting closer to the wildlife than you ever thought was possible. Nowhere else can you take a dip in the dam on horseback, whilst spotting giraffe, zebra & wildebeest in the bush. What’s more? Our ultimate overnight horse safari….
With heaps of horse opportunities on offer
We have a volunteer program dedicated to our horses.
Stable Activities on offer include:
- Cross Jumping
- Horse Safari
- Horse Swim
- Overnight Horse Safari* (additional cost)
Antelope Park Highlights & Excursions
Antelope Park is situated in a reachable distance of some of Zimbabwe’s most iconic destinations, not forgetting some incredible horse opportunities right here at the park.
VICTORIA FALLS - 4 DAY TRIP
They don’t call this adrenaline-filled town the adventure capital of the world for nothing! Choose the type of experience that is right for you, or several of them ranging from white water rafting down the Zambezi river to bungee jumping over it! Enjoy a group dinner at an African themed restaurant where you will have the chance to try everything from crocodile to warthog!
OVERNIGHT HORSE SAFARI
Experience Africa’s wildlife on horseback, ride through the dam to cool down and have a swim with your horses. Then settle down at our bush camp for a special 3-course dinner around the campfire with your new friends. Sleep under the stars and wake up to the wonderful sounds of nature and a delicious cooked breakfast.
Antelope Park has stunning stables with different activities ranging from safaris to polocrosse games. If you are not a Horse Management Intern it doesn’t mean you have to miss out!
GREAT ZIMBABWE RUINS - DAY TRIP
These are Africa’s 2nd oldest ruins behind the pyramids and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the day trekking around these ancient ruins and learn about ancient kings of the past and ancient Zimbabwean culture.
MATOPOS - DAY TRIP
Spend the day in Matopos National Park tracking rhinos on foot! This is a unique chance to get up close and personal with these endangered animals and take in the natural beauty of Matopos.
You will spend your days and nights in an authentic African thatched lodge, surrounded by nature and wildlife. You will share either a twin or quad room with your fellow volunteers, with access to clean toilet and shower blocks within the volunteer village.
The volunteer village consists of a social volunteer lounge & firepit. You will have access to the laundry facility and WIFI is available to purchase at the park. You will enjoy the taste of African home cooking, with three tasty meals provided for you each day.
You will be immersed into the true African bush. Wake up to the sounds of lions roaring at the crack of dawn each morning. At the end of the day, you can cool off by the pool or relax with a cold drink at our raised deck bar overlooking the river. There you can watch birds and horses interacting in their natural environment or hear the wonderful sound of bush babies in the distance as the sun goes down.
Accommodation upgrades at the park’s authentic lodge are available to those who wish to have a more ‘exclusive’ volunteer experience.
Know Before You Go to Antelope Park
Code of Conduct
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the weather like at Antelope Park?
December- March: Rainy Season (Expect plenty of rain so come prepared!)
May/ June-August: Winter (It can get VERY cold at Antelope Park during the winter.)
September- November: a Very hot season, especially in October.
April-May: Transition from summer to winter; still very warm, but with some colder spells)
The climate in Gweru and at Antelope Park is considerably cooler than the rest of Zimbabwe. Don’t be fooled into thinking that African heat does not apply here, it certainly does! We advise you to pack accordingly to the season that you plan on joining us in.
The weather and climate in Southern Africa are reversed to the Northern Hemisphere. The weather is generally warm reaching hot most days, with evening cool to warm evenings.
However, during the winter months, May-September the climate drops significantly, with the evenings and early mornings dropping to very low temperatures, although the days will warm up by mid-morning. Warm jackets and shoes are essential for this time.
The summer months, October- April can get very hot; with October reaching peak temperatures.
Between the raining season December-February, you can expect a lot of rain. Boots and waterproofs are essential for this time.
It is worthy to note that the climate in different areas of Zimbabwe can differ hugely.
Check out our packing list for more guidelines on what to pack, depending on the time of year you choose to join us!
Is Antelope Park safe?
Despite how Zimbabwe is often portrayed in the Western media, Zimbabwe remains a very safe country to visit and considerably safer than our neighbour, South Africa.
Antelope Park is a very safe and secure game park, nestled in the African bush. The safety is our volunteers is our utmost priority. While you are in camp, you are free to wander around and enjoy all our facilities on offer. We have free-roaming wildlife out in the park and our resident lions are safely homed there as well. It is important that you do not exist camp or open any gates out of camp or into the game park, without a manager with you.
Our closest town is Gweru, were we offer volunteer trips on a weekly basis. Check out our safety tips for more information about keeping safe at Antelope Park, out in the town or on our community; project as you explore all the incredible opportunities Zimbabwe has to offer.
What is the currency in Zimbabwe?
International tourists in Zimbabwe are able to use the US dollar ($), at tourist resorts. Antelope Park accepts US dollars and in most tourist places, US dollars are widely accepted.
However, you will not be able to spend US Dollars in the local town. We have measures in place to enable volunteers to buy and spend in the local town.
We ask you to bring plenty of USD cash with you, as you will not be able to withdraw cash in Zimbabwe, due to the national shortage of currency.
Which Electrical Plugs are found at Antelope Park?
The power sockets at Antelope Park are ‘Type G’ the square three-pin style, found in the UK & Ireland.
Is there Malaria at Antelope Park?
There is very low-risk malaria at Antelope Park or in the immediate surrounding areas. We do not advise that you need malaria medication while at Antelope Park. However, if you decide to take part in one of our incredible excursions while you are here (which we fully recommend you do) you may require medication.
There is a high risk of malaria in Victoria Falls, so we recommend you bring the correct malaria medication, while you are visiting one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Find out more about Victoria Falls here.
How do I get to Antelope Park?
Antelope Park is located in Gweru, in the midlands of Zimbabwe. Gweru is about 4 hours away from Harare and 2 hours from Bulawayo. We ask all our volunteers to fly into either Harare or Bulawayo airport, where we arrange transfer to the park on our arrival weekends.
If you are arriving at either the Harare/Bulawayo airport, we ask you to arrive on a Monday before 1pm . We can also organize a private transfer, at an additional cost, if you cannot arrange your flights for these days/locations.
Getting to Bulawayo: There is a daily flight from Johannesburg (O.R Tambo Intl,) with South African Airlink. We ask you to arrive before 1 pm, in time to use our transport, back to the park.
Getting to Harare: There are multiple international flights arriving into Harare airport, daily. We ask you to arrive before 1 pm, in time to use our transport, back to the park.
Airlines that fly to Harare Airport:
- Ethiopian Airways- Addis Ababa to Harare
- Emirates Airways – Dubai to Harare (via Zambia)
- South African Airways – Johannesburg to Harare
- British Airways (Comair) – Johannesburg to Harare
What is the language in Zimbabwe/ Antelope Park?
The official language is English, alongside the two main local languages Shona and Ndebele. We ask that English is spoken amongst our volunteers. We have a large number of volunteers from different nationalities.
In order to create an inclusive environment, we ask English is spoken in social situations.
What is there to do at Antelope Park?
Your opportunities are endless at Antelope Park. From lion & elephant opportunities, to get involved with our stable activities, or simply enjoy the swimming pool, or enjoying a drink at our raised deck bar.
Here are just a few things you can get involved with, while you are here. Please note, depending on which project you choose to get involved with, extra activities will come at an additional cost.
- Elephant Walk
- Horse Safari
- Horse Swim
- Overnight Horse Safari
- Sunrise Ride
For those looking to relax in their spare time, you can explore our guest facilities, open to our volunteers as well:
- Swimming Pool
- Coffee Shop
Volunteering Safety Tips
- Avoid travelling alone, especially at night.
- Ensure that excessive amounts of cash are left in safe boxes, not lying around in plain sight.
- Do not carry excessive amounts of cash on you
- If you are taking a taxi anywhere, make sure you book it in advance through a trusted and reliable driver.
- Avoid wandering down dark streets, even in large groups.
- Be aware and alert at bars. Do not leave your drink unattended at any time. If you drink has been left out of your sight, discard it.
- Do not enter township areas without being accompanied by one of our local staff members.
- Be wary of people who seem too friendly too fast.
- Avoid leaving your personal items like bags or mobile phones unattended.
- Do not share personal information with anyone under any circumstances.
- Save your project manager’s number on your phone and make sure to provide us with a copy of your emergency contact person at home.
Antelope Park Vaccinations
Please consult with your private physician or doctor in regards to what immunizations or vaccinations are needed.
- Tetanus: Recommended
- Hepatitis A&B: Recommended
- Typhoid: Recommended
- Malaria: There is very low-risk malaria at Antelope Park or in the immediate surrounding areas. We do not advise that you need malaria medication while at Antelope Park. However, if you decide to take part in one of our incredible excursions while you are here (which we fully recommend you do) you may require medication. There is a high risk of malaria in Victoria Falls, so we recommend you bring the correct malaria medication, while you are visiting one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Find out more about Victoria Falls here.
- Yellow Fever: Zimbabwe is NOT at risk to yellow fever.