SAVE OUR WILDLIFE & ENVIRONMENT EDUCATIONAL TOUR
Every adventure has a good story behind it, FACT! Can you think of a better way to give back to the environment, make a real difference in the conservation of the most incredible creatures, some of which are facing the risk of extinction? I didn’t think you could!!!
When you travel to Zimbabwe, you will be exposed to activities that are central to the conservation of both the wildlife as well as the environment. The Save the Wildlife and Environment Educational Tour is a project-based educational adventure travel opportunity for pre-vet, vet, and vet tech students as well as conservation enthusiasts in general. You can expect to learn more and be involved in the safeguarding of wild animals (big and small game), farm animals as well as other domestic animals. The service-learning component of the trip will involve working at wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, rehabilitation centres, community outreach as well as important scientific research monitoring animal behavior, game counts, among other data collection initiatives.
Rest assured, on this trip you are not like other tourists sitting at the back of a safari truck – expect full immersion in the conservation programmes, interacting with wildlife within their natural habitats. The tour is structured to include adventure activities as well, visiting local markets, and interacting with locals. There is an opportunity to extend your stay after the group tour and choose a placement site for a further 2-6 weeks.
Day 1: Arrive in Zimbabwe
Day 3-5: Marondera
- Rehabilitation of wildlife
- Game Park management
- Environment and wildlife rehabilitation
- Community outreach and conservation awareness
Day 9-11: Bulawayo
- Animals science – agriculture at Glenmore Farm
- Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre
Day 2-5: Harare
- In-country orientation
- Zimbabwe: a country of many contrasts
- Local area tour
- Health and safety workshop
- Culture shock seminar
- Animal rescue and veterinary service learning
- Welcome dinner
Day 6-8: Mavuradonha
- Environmental Management systems (Botany)
- Wildlife photography
Day 12-14: Victoria Falls
- The rainforest: preservation of natural landscapes and the environment
- Environmental management: foreign invasive species
- Infrastructure development and the effects on surrounding communities
Day 15: Departure
Highlights Of The Tour
- Multi-destination tour – see the country while learning about its rich biodiversity
- Participate in hands-on learning experience on wildlife and environment management
- Interact with locals, and share ideas on global conservation issues, and how to solve existing challenges
- Get up close and personal with wildlife within the natural habitats, and help protect and preserve these vulnerable beasts
- Earn academic credit while enjoying an adventure of a lifetime
The above is a provisional 3-week itinerary, which Tiritose will customise to match your collective interests. We are flexible in how we put together educational tours, and we will work with you to come up with a bespoke itinerary. Please download the client needs analysis form, complete it, and send it back to us, and one of our worker bees will respond with a draft itinerary for your review. Do not despair if you cannot find an ideal placement site, the list below is only meant to highlight the diversity of our programmes, and not an exhaustive list.
The capital city, and commercial hub of Zimbabwe, dubbed to have the best sunshine in the world. You will arrive at Robert G. Mugabe International Airport, where our friendly staff will be waving a big “Tiritose” sign welcoming you to the adventure of a lifetime! We will take you on a comprehensive orientation programme, providing background information on Zimbabwe, which will all help put the upcoming tour in perspective. You will be able to appreciate the many contrasts that exist in present day Zimbabwe, and the legacy of colonialism.
Accommodation: Bronte Garden Hotel: shared rooms, with twin beds and ensuite bathrooms in downtown Harare. And Tree of Life Adventures, with dormitories accommodating 11 people in each.
Founded as a resting house for the colonial settlers who used to travel between Harare and Mutare, and then moved 6 kilometres north to be aligned with the Harare-Beira railway line. The town is one of the largest centres of Zimbabwe’s forestry, farming projects, and houses the Kushinga Phikelela agricultural and commercial college as well as a government research station: Grasslands Research Station. Marondera is also home to one of the most successful Rhino breeding programmes in the world – a programme responsible for ensuring one of the big five animals does not become extinct.
Accommodation: Sable Lodge: a combination of twin, double, and family rooms – all with options to add extra beds.
The Mavuradonha Wilderness Area is located in the north of Zimbabwe, covering approximately 600km2 along the Zambezi Escarpment. It was declared a protected area by the Muzarabani Rural District Council in 1988 in recognition of its scenic beauty and conservation value. It is also one of the most successful Communal Areas Management Programme For Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) project set up to ensure that the local community derive direct benefit from tourism in their area.
There is a diversity of wildlife and 41 large mammals, of which 5 IUCN Red Data List species are: Pangolin, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and the Brown Hyena. The mountains intercept rain bearing winds and there are numerous wetlands (vleis), springs, streams and rivers, which add to the scenic beauty as well as providing an important source of clean water to the surrounding communities. The mountains also make Mavuradonha an Important Bird Area, inhabited by 3 globally threatened and 21 specially protected bird species – amounting to 229 bird species.
Accommodation: Eco-lodge, with a combination of en suite chalets, basha and tented camp.
Bulawayo is the second largest city, cultural and until recently also the industrial capital of Zimbabwe. It is the place where the first organised black resistance movement stemmed from. The city provides a unique contrast to Harare, with its mixture of low and high-rise buildings,fading colonial houses with wide verandahs, all adding to the relaxed and attractive atmosphere.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn: shared rooms, twin beds and ensuite bathrooms
A place that needs no introduction to the world, one of the 7 Natural Wonders on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. There is, however, more to this town than the largest falling curtain of water on offer at this central hub of African tourism. Archeological findings from the area has yielded stone artefacts from more than 3 million years ago. The Tonga people have occupied the Falls area since the 12th Century, and have largely remained inhabitants of the area. In addition to the rich history from David Livingstone in 1855, to the beginnings of infrastructure development and rail network, to present day tourism for sustainable development.
Accommodation: Shoestrings backpackers: dormitory
they came, they EXPERIENCED, they loved it!
Tiritose is amazing, and as for Zimbabwe, I have no words. I have really enjoyed my time here, from going to Pari (largest public hospital), and Ecosurgica (upmarket specialty private clinic), and then our in Magunje in the rural areas, and awww! the excursions. Best internship ever.
It is a good programme for experiencing real Zimbabwean life and local culture. Especially for people who enjoy educating and playing with kids, as well as someone who intend to expand their knowledge on floras and faunas
"Harare may not be the first gap year destination on your mind, but I have been blown away during my time here. It is a beautiful country, with the best climate I've experienced yet and the friendliest people"
"Zimbabwe has given me so much more than a volunteering exercise, its broadened my horizons and taught me so much about the human spirit and … oh! along the way I’ve worked with some inspirational people with a vision to have addiction treatment delivered in this country. So I have to come back, again and again to see this vision and dream realised"
"My time with the children? Well, where can I start? Number 1, they defintiely changed my life, I saw life from their own eyes, so innocent and full of hope. I was just happy to play big brother to them all. Remembering my third grade vocabulary wasn't as easy as I thought it would be haha!"
DETAILS: YOU ASKED – WE ANSWERED
Very Simple !!
Just fill in the application form,
Please start your initial inquiry at least three (3) months before your preferred start date!
Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up and will take you to your first night accommodation, sort out refreshments and meals. After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done at a pace that suits your needs and we will make sure to show the group some amazing places at the same time. Once the in-country orientation is complete, we will provide a shuttle service that will go between your accommodation and activity centre for each of the days.
WHAT DOES THE COST INCLUDE
- Application process
- Pre-departure information pack
- Webinars on cultural sensitivity and culture shock
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- In-country orientation
- Accommodation (shared): including laundry, WiFi, and all utilities (each group will have an option to choose a suitable accommodation)
- All meals according to the chosen meal plans
- In-country transportation
- Adventure travel to areas that are part of the tour
- 24/7 on-ground support
- Mobile phone, and local sim-card
THE PROGRAMME COST EXCLUDES
- Travel and medical Insurance
- Visas (where applicable)
- Meals and drinks other than those specified above
- Recreational activities other than those specified above
- Any other items of a personal nature
Click here! To Download the Educational Tours Needs Analysis Form
Contact Tiritose for further information about the innovation, entrepreneurship and development educational tour. If you have your own educational tour or preferred itinerary in Zimbabwe, we can still assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours when you have some free time. We have friendly and energetic worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe, they will answer all your questions and will be able to take you to all the places you may be curious about!