Support and Follow the Rhino and Elephant Project – Our Story
This Rhino and Elephant Project allows you to experience life on a 10 000–acre family-run reserve where you can enjoy a huge diversity of wildlife. The project offers volunteers of all ages an incredible and unique opportunity to experience Africa in a safe environment, and to help research projects to better understand these incredible animals. This project is a life-changing experience that enables you to see first-hand the difference that your efforts have on the reserve and within the local community!
Space is limited to a maximum of 12 volunteers! This ensures that you can get the most intimate experience possible at the sanctuary. From working with the animals and performing the necessary maintenance at the sanctuary to helping with community projects at the local schools, you can be sure that you will create unforgettable memories and form close bonds with your fellow volunteers.
Volunteers are housed in a beautiful two-story house situated on the bank of the reserve’s largest dam. The house has three twin bedrooms and a dormitory. Additionally, there are three bathrooms inside the house, and a further three solar powered showers outside the house overlooking the dam. There is hot water for showering and fresh natural spring water is available to drink. Three home cooked meals are served daily.
(Except on Sundays – Volunteers are expected for themselves *food is provided).
This Project runs on a Monday – Monday cycle.
Transfers from the Rhino and Elephant Project and Harare International Airport are included (specific times).
Volunteers are collected from Harare International Airport at 3pm on Mondays upon arriving, and are dropped off at 8am on Monday mornings when departing. Any transfer outside of these specified times are charged at $100 each way.
The Rhino and Elephant Project is currently home to one lion and two hyenas that were lucky enough to have been rescued from former abandonment and abuse. It is important to note that these animals are neither handled nor bred at the sanctuary!
The sanctuary is simply intent on providing these animals with secure, comfortable and spacious enclosures to allow them to enjoy the highest quality life possible.
Rhino and Elephant – Daily Activities
– Learn more about rhinos and elephants from experienced handlers
– Feed rhinos and elephants and get to experience walking with them
– Observe and record rhino and elephant behavior and socializations for research purposes
– Perform anti-poaching snare patrols (collect and remove snares)
– Anti-poaching drills and training using paintball guns
– Clean out the rhino and elephant night pens and help to repair their enclosures
– Monitor rhino feeding patterns to prevent over-grazing of the reserve
– Walk with white rhino scouts on morning patrols
– Learn to use telemetry sets, read spoor, and identify signs of movement to track white rhino
– Patrol boundaries on horseback and foot
– Help to maintain fences and roads in the reserve
– Experience a night camping under the stars
– Feed the antelope, plain’s game, and the lion
– Plant trees and help to remove alien invasive species
– Help with cattle dipping
– Game counts on horseback, foot, and by vehicle
– Help with English lessons at the local schools (please remember school holidays)
– Educate children on the importance of animals and maintaining game reserves
– Play sports and enjoy cultural evenings with the local community
– Enjoy fishing, canoeing, and relaxing by the pool during your time off