Every adventure has a good story behind it! When you explore Zimbabwe on this tour with Tiritose, you will be immersed in activities that are central to the conservation of both wildlife and the environment as a whole. This programme 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, including 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 behaviour, the 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 volunteering or internship placement site for further 2-6 weeks.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
- Arrive in Zimbabwe
DAYS 2 TO 5: HARARE
- In-country introduction to Zimbabwe: a land of many contrasts
- Local area tour
- Health and safety workshop
- Culture shock seminar
- Animal rescue and veterinary service learning
- Welcome dinner
DAYS 3 TO 5: MARONDERA
- Wildlife rehabilitation
- Game park management
- Environment and wildlife rehabilitation
- Community outreach and conservation awareness
DAYS 6 TO 8: MAVURADONHA
- Environmental Management systems and botany
- Wildlife photography
DAYS 9 TO 11: BULAWAYO
- Animal science – agriculture at Glenmore Farm
- Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre
DAYS 12 TO 14: VICTORIA FALLS
- The rainforest: preservation of natural landscapes and the environment
- Environmental management: foreign invasive species
- Infrastructure development and effects on the surrounding communities
DAY 15: DEPARTURE
- Departure from Zimbabwe
The above is a provisional 2-week itinerary. Tiritose will customise your schedule to match your interests and those of your group. We are flexible in how we put together educational tours, and we will work with you to come up with a bespoke itinerary. Don’t worry if you can’t find an ideal placement site, our website highlights the diversity of our programmes and not an exhaustive list.
The capital city and commercial hub of Zimbabwe is among the world’s brightest and sunniest cities. 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 through a comprehensive orientation programme, whilst providing background information about Zimbabwe, which will help put the upcoming tour in perspective. You will be able to appreciate the many contrasts that exist in present-day Zimbabwe.
Accommodation: Tiritose Bed & Breakfast in the leafy suburb of Mt Pleasant. Shared rooms with single & twin beds.
Initially founded as a resting house for the colonial settlers who used to travel between Harare and Mutare, the town then moved 6 kilometres north to be aligned with the Harare-Beira railway line. Marondera is one of the largest centres of Zimbabwe’s forestry, farming projects, and houses the Kushinga Phikelela agricultural and commercial college as well as the Grasslands Research Station operated by the government. This town is also home to one of the most successful Rhino breeding programmes in the world – a programme responsible for ensuring this majestic member of the “big 5” doesn’t 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) projects set up to ensure that the local community derive direct benefit from tourism in their area.
The variety of wildlife found in the are is quite diverse and includes 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, 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 in Zimbabwe. It is the country’s capital of culture and until recently also the industrial capital of Zimbabwe. 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, it’s 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. Archaeological findings from the area have yielded stone artefacts from more than 3 million years ago. The Tonga people have lived in the Victoria Falls area since the 12th Century, and have largely remained inhabitants of the area. In addition to the rich history, there are many contrasts, from David Livingstone in 1855, to the beginnings of infrastructure development and rail network, to present day tourism for sustainable development.
Accommodation: Shoestrings backpackers: male and female dormitories.
Who can join this tour?
Our educational tours are open to both high school and university students, who may either be led by a teacher or faculty member, or on their own. The tour is an immersive programme for those interested in acquainting themselves with African wildlife, environment conservation efforts. Pre-vet, Vet, Animal Science or Vet-Tech Students and faculty who enjoy unconventional and hands-on learning are well suited for this wild adventure tour.
How will you benefit?
- During this multi-destination tour, you’ll see the country whilst learning about its rich biodiversity.
- Participate in hands-on learning experiences involving wildlife and environmental 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 their natural habitats. Help protect and preserve them.
- Earn academic credit while enjoying an adventure of a lifetime.
How is transportation organised?
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 take you between your accommodation and activity centre for each of the days.
Contact Tiritose for further information about the wildlife & environment educational tour. If you have organised your own educational tour or already have a 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! We are your travel buddies!
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