Unique Encounters

Unique Encounters that make a difference.

What is a Unique Encounter?

Where fun, amazing, and unique activities come together to make a difference.

Get ready to embark on one of our unforgettable unique encounters, offering the opportunity for those ‘once in a lifetime’ moments. We are proud to offer you extraordinary activities, exclusive to our Zimbabwe project locations, Antelope Park & Victoria Falls.

We strive to deliver fun, action-packed adventures in a more budget-friendly way. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to see and experience everything that someone on a luxury holiday would but on a budget, while also doing very rewarding work! All you need is a minimum of 2 weeks spare for this adventure.

Whether it’s taking our cubs out into the bush, strolling along with our elephants, or getting up-close and personal to a towering giraffe on horseback, these encounters will amaze you beyond your wildest expectations.

The best part? Making a difference can be fun! It is just as important for you to enjoy yourself, grow and develop, as it is for you to support all the different initiatives, we are committed too. You will meet like-minded individuals from all over the world and make friends for life. It all starts with volunteering.

Every project we offer strives to make a difference. This is our core focus when it comes to project work. Our other focus? To create memorable experiences for all of our volunteers.

What Unique Encounter can I get involved with?

VF Lions:

  • Walk with lions in the African bush during this hands-on experience. Watch our cubs engage in natural play as you create the essence of the ‘pride,’ encouraging them to bring out their natural, innate instincts.
  • Feast of Beasts: Witness a lion feeding like no other, at eye-level with our hungry beasts!
  • Live in the tranquillity of the African bush, just 10 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Victoria Falls town, home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the mighty falls themselves! With heaps of adrenaline filled activities, wildlife opportunities and plenty of bars and restaurants right in the town, Victoria Falls is a location like no other and definitely deserves to be on your bucket list!

AP Lions:

  • Embark on a lion experience like no other, following our lions as they roam the park in search of their latest meal.
  • Venture into the lion’s den, conducting research on our semi-wild release pride.
  • Stroll with elephants as you accompany them roaming through the bush

VF photography:

  • Take the opportunity to photograph the magnificent Victoria Falls from your own angle. Witness & capture the true spectacular sunrise and sunset over this natural wonder of the world.
  • Discover the Zambezi National Park, along the famous river and photograph the abundance of wildlife with your lens. Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Giraffe and more!
  • Walk with Lions during an incredibly close encounter- a once in a lifetime opportunity!
  • Just 10 minutes from the world-famous Victoria Falls town, you will have the authentic African bush experience, whilst in touching distance of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and a lively town!

AP photography:

  • Experience an incredible encounter with our semi-wild release pride, during a drive into our release site, with the famous Ngamo pride.
  • Get your adrenaline pumping as you witness the incredible sight of hungry lions bounding towards their latest meal! Feel their breath through the fence.
  • Capture our beautiful elephants with your lens, as you accompany them on a stroll through the bush. A special and unique opportunity to get up-close with these gentle giants.
  • Take to the saddle on one of our horses and get closer to wildlife than you never thought was possible.

Horses AP:

  • Become accustomed to the African bush, getting up-close with the iconic gamesuch as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala.
  • Try your hand at polocrosse and learn a new skill. Develop your show-jumping and cross-country abilities, in an authentic African setting.
  • The ultimate over-night horse safari! Ride with the game, swim with the horses and camp under the stars. An amazing way to see the African bush in all its glory.
  • Witness the beauty of an African sunrise on horseback. An incredible way to start the day.
Lion Volunteer Project Africa

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

Lion & Game Park Management

Play a vital role in conservation, with close encounters with our resident lions, right on the doorstep of the mighty Victoria Falls.

Location: Victoria Falls

Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks

Horse Management

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

Wildlife Photography

Help us to raise awareness of our community and conservation efforts through the power of your lens, with stunning photo opportunities.

Location: Victoria Falls

Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks

Free to be Wild

Work directly with orphaned animals and help rehabilitate them for release. 

Location: Bulawayo

Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks

Jaguar Conservation

Get ready to live in the heart of Tortuguero National Park in an area closed to tourism where we are the only ones allowed to live in and assist in the protection and conservation of the elusive jaguar.

Location: Tortuguero National Park

Duration: 2 – 12 weeks

Big 5 Conservation

Make a difference to South Africa’s big 5 volunteer project. Work to preserve the conservation for future generations. 

Location: Kruger National Park

Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks

Big Cat & Conservation Research

Play a massive part in the research of the big cats in the Maasai Mara. Help find a solution to ensure their place on this planet. 

Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya

Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks