ZAMBIA: Volunteer with Animals

Volunteer with Animals Zambia
Volunteer with Animals Zambia

One of the most exhilarating projects in Zambia is volunteering with lions which are facing a difficult fight for a future in this country. You can help rehabilitate animals and work to release these incredible creatures in places like the South Luangwa National Park or Kafue National Park.

Getting photos of baby lions might be the highlight of the experience. You could also apply to help at a chimpanzee sanctuary and wildlife orphanage, there are sanctuaries which care for over 100 chimpanzees that you will live and help in close contact.

Some other animals which are cared for include baby monkeys and squirrels. Witness incredible animal relationships in close knit chimpanzee family structure, and be part of the day to day care of the orphanage inhabitants.


  • Work with lions, elephants, leopards, rhino and  buffaloes and more
  • Save, rehabilitate and help wild animals back into the wild.
  • Learn more about wildlife and conservation
  • Live right in the middle of the game reserves, surrounded by wildlife
  • Enjoy night game drives and endless Zambia safaris

This is a very hands on program whilst others can include monitoring, researching and gathering data on animals and biodiversity. Joining wildlife conservation volunteer programs in Zambia is a worthwhile way to help the preservation of animals and the environment. Full training and safety instructions are provided on arrival and there will be lots of free time to see these animals up close in the wild.


If you join our volunteer in Zambia with wildlife you will probably be based in either South Luangwa National park, Kafue National Park or Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone, Zambia.

South Luangwa National Park – located in eastern Zambia, the southernmost of three national parks in the valley of the Luangwa River, is a world-renowned wildlife haven. Concentrations of game along the meandering Luangwa River and its lagoons are amongst the most intense in Africa. The river teems with hippo and crocodile and provides a lifeline for one of the greatest diversities of habitat and wildlife, supporting more than 60 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds.

Kafue National Park is the largest national park in Zambia, covering an area of about 22,400 km² (similar in size to Wales or Massachusetts). It is the second largest park in Africa and is home to over 55 different species of mammals. It’s known for its abundant wildlife and the Kafue River, running north to south through the park. In the north, the fertile Busanga Plains are home to lions, zebras, abundant birdlife and the sycamore fig trees of Busanga Swamps. In the more remote south, elephants and antelopes roam the Nanzhila Plains, and hippos swim in the waters of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park – (“The Smoke Which Thunders”), is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one half of the Mosi-oa-Tunya —  known worldwide as Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. The river forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, so the falls are shared by the two countries, and the park is ‘twin’ to the Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwean side.


Depending on the project you choose, After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka or Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone, depending on your project site. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Zambia will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering. These airport services numerous international carriers. Zambia has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.


Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. The volunteer guest house will be your base for volunteering while living in Zambia. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site.


Zambia has 18 national parks surrounded by rural farming communities. Many of these communities are desperately poor and view bushmeat as a ready source of food. As a result, marketing of illegal game meat is a growing problem in Zambia. Go Volunteer Africa works in a close relationship with the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation agency in Zambia in their effort to conserve the wildlife and environment.

Volunteer with animals in Zambia through our wildlife conservation and rehabilitation project. The project activities are part of a comprehensive study of lion, elephants and other wildlife conservation, with in-depth research and data collection being used to help rehabilitate these creatures back into their natural environment.

As a volunteer with animals in Zambia, you will experience the biodiversity of Zambia’s spectacular national parks and dedicate yourself to researching and protecting the wildlife, which are being gradually released back into the wild as part of a fascinating release program.

The project also looks at other key conservation issues in the area, such as poaching, the movement of species and the impact of alien species on the local habitats. Join the local team of professionals to gain a deeper understanding of the wildlife. Assist in gathering vital information that will facilitate the preservation of theses impressive species within their natural habitat.


No special skills or qualifications are required to join Zambia volunteer with animals work, as all training will be provided by our fully qualified field teams. All we ask is an enthusiasm to learn and become fully involved and immersed in this unique opportunity. However, if you’re studying botany, zoology, or environmental studies, this is the perfect launchpad for your career. You’ll gain practical skills that will boost your CV.


Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Zambia volunteering program.


Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in Zambia. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.


Contribute to a greater understanding of this wilderness area by conducting mammal and bird surveys, learning about the migration of different species at different times of the year, and building knowledge about resident individuals and herds. Monitor camera traps and document nocturnal activities. All of this data feeds into the broader management planning of the area and contributes to the ultimate goal of a larger conservation area.


For volunteers working with our wildlife conservation project in Zambia volunteer with animals, accommodation will be provided in safari tents or volunteer dorms/hostel which are both basic but comfortable. At some point volunteers might be on the move throughout the entire game reserve and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures.

Bathrooms are usually shared and you have access to a kitchen to prepare your meals. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies. At the volunteer camp site, you will live in the middle of nature and wildlife, a very memorable experience. At night, lions can be heard roaring accompanied by the patter of herds of animals roaming outside your tent.


Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!


Visitors to Zambia must obtain a visa from one of the Zambian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival. Visitors may alternatively obtain an electronic visa. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months. As of November 2014 Zambia and Zimbabwe also offer a universal visa


You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.


Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Zambia has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!


Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: ——————
Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends: Wildlife Travel / Sightseeing  part of program fee
Accommodation: Wildlife Hostels / Game Reserve Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Zambia National Parks
Language: English


2 Weeks
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
3 Meals a day
Airport Pickup
In-country Emergency Support
Conservation Permit
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
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Any Extra Week
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
3 Meals a day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Emergency Support
Conservation Permit
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
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Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us