SAVE THE WILDLIFE EDUCATIONAL TOUR

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TRUSTED AND RECOGNISED

Our team has been the first Zimbabwe-based turnkey provider of cross-cultural exchanges through volunteering, and internship placements at matched organisations.

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. Every adventure has a good story behind it, FACT! Saving our wildlife & the environment has to be one such good story. 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 on the Save Our Wildlife & Environment Group Faculty Led Programmes, you will be exposed to activities that are central to the conservation of both the wildlife as well as the environment. You can expect to learn more and be involved in the safeguarding of wild animals (big and small game) in Africa, 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, game counts, among other data collection initiatives.

Your Zimbabwe Travel Adventure - Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Zimbabwe

Day 2-6: Harare

  • In-country orientation
  • Zimbabwe: a country of many contrasts
  • Local area & City tour
  • Health and safety workshop
  • Culture shock seminar
  • Animal rescue and veterinary service learning
  • Rehabilitation of injured & abused animals 
  • Welcome dinner

Day 7-13: Marondera

  • Game Park management 
  • Rhino & elephant handling
  • Anti-poaching & nature survival 
  • Environment and wildlife rehabilitation
  • Community outreach and conservation awareness 

Day 13-15: 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 16: Departure 


The above is a provisional 2-week itinerary, which Tiritose Sustainable Travel will customise to match your collective interests. We are flexible in how we put together faculty led programmes in Africa, and we will work with you to come up with a custom 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

Tour Destination Description

Harare
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 Sustainable Travel” 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 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.

Marondera

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: Shared farmhouse-style house with communal bathrooms. (Imire accommodation)

Bulawayo and Matobo National Park

Bulawayo is the second largest city, cultural and until recently also the industrial/manufacturing 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 verandas, all adding to the relaxed and attractive atmosphere. 

About 40 minutes, southwest of Bulawayo lies a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Matobo Hills. Here, you will find the expanse of granite hills and caves, hiding the rich legacy of parietal art left by San or Bushmen.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn: shared rooms, twin beds and ensuite bathrooms

Victoria Falls

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. Archaeological findings from the area has yielded stone artefacts from more than 3 million years ago. The Tonga people have occupied the Victoria 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, and the impending forced removals of over 20,000 inhabitants to pave way for the Batoka Gorge Hydro Power Project. 

Accommodation: Dzimbabwe Lodge: shared twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

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 with wildlife within the natural habitats, and help protect and preserve these vulnerable beasts
  • Earn academic credit while enjoying an adventure of a lifetime

programme highlights

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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 faculty led programme 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

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TESTIMONIALS

What people say

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Stuart Smith United States, Ohio State University

This has truly been a life changing experience, especially because it was my first trip outside of the United States. The program taught me to be more open to taking new experiences, exposed me to paediatrics at the children’s rehabilitation unit, which I did not think I would enjoy.

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Necrisha Roach United States, Ohio State University

Coming to Zimbabwe for my medical internship and working with Tiritose was an interesting experience and I really enjoyed the exposure to the healthcare system, the people and the excursions

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Christopher Zheng United States, Ohio State University

I was pretty happy the whole time and the Tiritose staff were very supportive. What I enjoyed most about doing my internship in Zimbabwe is that it was a new continent for me, a whole new perspective on medicine, a better appreciation for the luxuries of US.

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Sola Morakinyo United States, Ohio State University

What I enjoyed most about doing my medical clinical rotation internship in Zimbabwe was seeing the differences and similarities in how medicine is practiced here vs. the U.S. and differences and similarities in disease incidence.

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Van Don Williams II United States, Ohio State University

The programme was also very organised. Other than waiting on our supervising physicians at the Children’s hospital on some of the days, it was a pretty good internship. Oh! And it was made better by watching Black Panther in Africa.

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Jessica Hippolyte United States, Ohio State University

I really liked the balance between the fun staff and the clinical rotations at the various hospitals in the city and the rural placement just blew me away. I was exposed to medical conditions that I would otherwise not come across back home.

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Martins Ayoola-Adeola United States, Ohio State University

I had a wonderful time in Zimbabwe. There are times I find myself fantasizing about going back. The administrative staff were great and really took the time to make the trip as personalized as possible.

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