Wildlife Protection – Zambezi and Hwange National Park

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Wildlife Protection – Zambezi and Hwange National Park


The main objective is to assist wildlife conservation in Zambezi and Hwange National Parks by collecting various types of animal population data.

The Park is a very large area to manage and there are never enough rangers available for all the work to be done. For this reason, Bhejane Trust and Planète Urgence volunteers are able to provide valuable support to many of the different units in the Park that will make up for the lack of funding to support Zambezi National Park.

Sub objectives:

• ZNP road transect: Produce a set of baseline data for large mammal populations which can be used in subsequent years to monitor population changes.

• 24 hours' count at Chamabondo Vlei.

• Road transects and 24 hours' counts at Sinamatella. “Outlying area patrol”:
- Detect the presence of rare or other interesting species: Wild Dogs, Black Rhinos, Cheetah, Lions, collared Elephants and Buffaloes, Ostriches and Brown Hyenas.
- Search for signs of illegal activity (especially snares) at water points in areas that are rarely patrolled. The aim of this activity is to support the anti-poaching unit and help it to point more efficiently the areas subjected to poaching pressure.
- List birds as per the protocols of the Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2 (SABAP 2). This project is now in its second part (the 1st one was in 1997) and its aim is to create a bird atlas.
- Locate and monitor nests of vultures and Black Eagles still for the SABAP 2 projects.
- Monitor water supplies for animals in areas away from tourist routes.

• Mandavu Dam bird count. Collect data on bird numbers at Mandavu Dam, which is the largest body of water in the Park and therefore holds a good representative sample of the water birds in residence at any given stage of the year.

• Assistance with game-water supplies. 3rd Objective: To help Parks staff maintain water supplies for animals during the dry season. Additional objective: Participate to development activities (One day per mission).

Intervention attendue du volontaire

For this project, volunteers must be physically fit but do not need to have special skills. The volunteers shall have a good English level to fully understand instructions.

The referents for supervising the volunteer and the missions will be Trevor Lane and Stephen Long. Both are trustees of Bhejane Trust.

Stephen Long will accompany the volunteer on the ground.

Apart from road transects, all activities will be carried out on foot, with the protection of armed rangers. -ZNP road transect: The counting is done from a vehicle, on roads.

-24 hour’s count at Chamabondo Vlei: Bhejane has taken the responsibility to extend a series of dry season game counts at Masuma Dam in the Sinamatella area, for which data goes back approximately 30 years. Volunteers are usually working in pairs, and they observe and record all mammals drinking at the dam throughout a 24 hour period. The dam can be watched from a viewing platform with no risk.

-Road transects and 24 hour‘s counts at Sinamatella: Road transects will be done from a vehicle, on roads that are opened to normal tourists. Sinamatella already has considerable baseline data on populations collected during the past years by volunteers. Hence, to continue monitoring will permit to detect any changes that may trigger management actions by the Parks Authority.

-Assistance with game-water supplies: A lot of the dry season water supplies for animals are artificial. Pumps are maintained by the Parks Authority. Bhejane Trust assists the Parks staff in keeping this game water infrastructure running. The objective is specially to maintain solar pumps, which have been donated by Bhejane Trust.

-Development activities (One day per mission): In Zambezi National Park, these could include work on water supplies, in Chamabondo Vlei, refurbishment of the viewing platforms or in Siansimba Camp, searching for snares along the river. At Sinamatella, our main development activities involve installation and maintenance of pumps for artificial water supplies for game. At each water point, volunteers will circle the area, checking the trees and bushes for snares and looking for tracks of Cheetah, Wild Dogs, Ostriches and Rhinos along the paths.

They may also set camera traps or collect cameras that were set by previous patrols. Moreover, at water points, volunteers will note the amount of water available (ie ‘full’, ‘half full’, ‘nearly empty’ etc). This sort of information can be valuable because much of the water supply for animals in Hwange is artificially pumped and knowledge of the amount and distribution of natural water can help when decisions are made about increasing or decreasing the artificial supply.


Between 3 and 6 volunteers will be taken for these missions.

The Volunteers will spend approximately half of their time in each Park. Each volunteer's mission will be different because of the ever-changing circumstances in the Parks but a typical two-week programme would be as below:

• Day 1 - Arrival at Victoria Falls. Transfer to Zambezi National Park. No formal activity in the afternoon. Overnight in camp. The transfer from the airport to the park will take approx 1 hour 30 mins. On arrival we will set up camp then spend the rest of the afternoon getting to know each other and discussing the programme for the week.

• Day 2 - Vulture nest survey at Chamabona vlei. We will drive the length of the Chamabonda vlei recording vulture breeding sites and getting to know some of the large mammal species present in the park.

• Days 3 and 4 - Road transect mammal counts. We will drive a pre-determined route in the western end of the river section, Zambezi Natinal Park, counting and recording all large mammal species that we see. Likely sightings are baboons, vervet monkeys, kudu, zebra, impala, giraffe, elephant and warthogs.

• Day 5 - Travel to Sinamatella, stopping in Victoria Falls town on the way to shop for supplies for the rest of the mission. Transport on the main road will be by mini-bus but in and out of the two Parks will be by open 4 x 4 vehicles.

• Day 6 - In the morning we will carry out a briefing on some of the activities for the rest of the mission. Around 11am we will depart for a road transect mammal count along the Kashawe loop and Lukosi River Drive. The route is approximately 70km and will take the rest of the day.

• Day 7 to 13, activities will include: Mandavu Dam water-bird count, where we try to count certain species of bird using the dam. We will also be able to get close views of the many other animals using the dam such as buffalo, elephant crocodiles and hippo. In pair with Painted Dog Research crew, spend a 12-hour or 24-hour mammal count at Masuma dam. Expect to see elephant, buffalo, kudu, impala, warthogs, waterbuck, zebra and hippos. Overnight accommodation on a 24-hour count is in tents at a public fenced camp site with good facilities (toilets, shower etc).

The count ends at 12.00 and the volunteers will then return to Sinamatella where the data can be entered on the database.

We will do vulture monitoring and travel to one of the known vulture colonies such as Bumboosie River or Guyu and record nesting activity. This will be done on foot, possibly with assistance from a drone. The distance walked is likely to be around 5km. We will be accompanied by an armed ranger.

Bhejane trust is heavily involved in supply of water to the animals in the Park and volunteers will assist Game Water supply plan.

• Day 14. Volunteers leave Sinamatella in the morning and travel by mini-bus to Victoria Falls where they can visit the Falls during the day.

Overnight accommodation is at a Lodge in Victoria Falls town.
The dinner at Victoria Falls town will be at the charge of the volunteer. The breakfast on saturday morning is already ncluded.

On the next day, Harrison will collect the volunteers around 10.30 and transfer them to the airport.

The climate is similar at ZNP and Sinamatella.
During the cool dry season (April to August) the weather is warm (up to 25 degrees) by day but can become very cold, sometimes even below freezing, at night.
Volunteers must bring suitable clothes for this range of temperatures. Camping at Zambezi can be especially cold in June and July.
Volunteers must make sure they have a sleeping bag able to keep them comfortable in temperatures that may drop as low as zero degrees during the early hours of the morning.
In the hot dry season (September to November) night-time temperatures are more comfortable and can be quite high (15 to 20 degrees or more). Day time temperatures are also much higher, often reaching well over 30 degrees.

As well as being suitable for the climate, the volunteer’s clothes should also be suitably coloured. Drab colours, especially green, brown and khaki are essential when camping.
- Victoria Falls: In Victoria Falls ‘T’ Shirts and shorts are fine most of the time but you may like to bring a set of light casual clothes for going to a restaurant at night.
- Fieldwork: We will be doing lots of outdoor activities including occasional walking. While volunteers will be walking, they will be accompanied by armed rangers. Bring a minimum of 3 sets of loose green/khaki-type shirts and trousers plus a hat/cap and comfortable socks and boots. If you want to wear shorts in the field, you might need a pair of short gaiters to stop your socks being filled with spiky grass seeds. Long trousers that tightly cover the top of your boots will work just as well. June and July nights and early mornings can be very cold so bring something warm to wear.
-Have your own pack to stow your camera, water bottle, sunscreen and other personal stuff when we are working or walking, but the aim is to carry as little as possible.
-Personal Reusable Water bottle approx 500ml to 1L capacity.
-Head torch and flashlight are essential. Bring rechargeable batteries or a suitable supply of batteries as you won’t be able to buy any in the Parks.
- Camera and Video is highly recommended. Bring rechargeable batteries or a suitable supply of batteries plus an adequate supply of photo memory cards as you cannot purchase these things in the Parks.
-Binoculars, A good pair of binoculars is essential.
-Sunscreen (35+).
-Insect repellent
-Personal toiletries toothpaste, shampoo, soap, medicines like headache tablets and antiseptic cream.
-Personal towel.
-Sleeping bag for camping.

Profil des bénéficiaires

Management of the Park is organized in a structured hierarchy with a number of specialized units that deal with the various different functions and activities in the Park.

Dispositif(s) possible(s)

Congé Solidaire;Mission Solidaire

Nombre de volontaires requis

De 3 à volontaires

Notre partenaire local

Bhejane Trust

Accueil et transfert

Arrival at Victoria Falls volunteers are met by a driver (Harrison) from a specialist tourist-transfer company and driven to Victoria Falls by minibus, the journey will last 20minutes.

From Victoria Falls, transport into the Zambezi National Park is by 4 x 4 open safari vehicle. Depending on the part of the Park the volunteers are going to, the journey takes between thirty minutes and one hour.

The journey from Victoria Falls to Sinamatella takes around 3 hours and is by minibus, then the journey will continue by 4 x 4 vehicle at the Park arrival.

Throughout the time spent in the park, transport is in 4x4 open-topped safari vehicles.

Victoria Falls airport has a cell-phone network and it is easy for the driver to communicate with Stephen Long or Trevor Lane in case of difficulty.

Aéroport d'arrivée

Victoria Falls


• At Siansimba - Zambezi National Park: The accommodation is in tents, in a camp next to the river. Breakfast and evening meals will be served in camp and lunch will be taken ‘in the field’. 3 nights + 1 night at the counting platform, Chamabondo.
• At Sinamatella - Hwange National Park: The accommodation is in two or four-bed National Parks Lodges Accommodation which are comfortable and adequately suit the life and activities of field researchers but are not luxurious. Breakfasts and evening meals are served at Lodge 15 where some of the volunteers will sleep and where we all meet for meals, briefings etc. (4 nights in the lodges + 1 nightcamping at Masuma Dam)

• Camping out in the park: a sleeping bag might be necessary to bring along with you in your trip for this occasion. Sometimes this will be organized at picnic or camping sites with toilets and washing facilities but more often we simply stay somewhere close to the work we are doing and there are no such facilities. (3 nights)

• Victoria falls Rest Camp (Vicfalls) (1 night)

Matériel disponible sur place

Bhejane provides:
• Tents
• Mattresses
• Other necessary equipment
• Freshwater.
/!\ Volunteers should bring their own sleeping bags.
At Zambezi National Park, accommodation is in tents on the site next to the Zambezi River.
As at Sinamatella, Bhejane provides tents and mattresses.

Le financement d’une mission

Pourquoi payer pour partir en mission ?

Planète Urgence a fait le choix de s’associer à de petites structures, qui n’ont pas les moyens de rémunérer leurs volontaires mais qui ont un réel besoin d’appui et prend donc le parti de soutenir des associations aux moyens très limités.  En savoir plus.


Outre l’organisation logistique, le don mission permet la mise en place d’un réel processus de montage de projet avec le partenaire local. Notre équipe s’assure ainsi du réel impact des missions pour les communautés. Découvrez ce que comprend les frais d’une mission.


Par ailleurs, il n’existe pas de financements publics ou institutionnels pour encourager le développement du volontariat international de courte durée sur le thème de la formation professionnelle ou du partage de compétences. C’est pourquoi Planète Urgence demande aux entreprises dans le cadre du Congé Solidaire® et aux volontaires pour les Missions Solidaires de participer aux frais de la mission.


Notre Principe de solidarité

Le don mission ne correspond pas au montant réel du coût de la mission choisie par le volontaire mais a été calculé sur la base du coût moyen de nos missions. Nous avons fait ce choix pour ne pas favoriser certaines missions moins coûteuses que d’autres et permettre ainsi à tous nos partenaires de recevoir de manière équitable des volontaires intéressés par leurs actions.


Sur le même principe, le financement des offres de volontariat repose lui aussi sur ce concept solidaire : pour une même mission de 2 semaines, le don mission du Congé Solidaire® est plus élevé que celui d’une Mission Solidaire. Le coût des missions résulte en effet d’un équilibre entre ces deux sources de financement permettant ainsi aux personnes ne bénéficiant pas du soutien de leur employeur de partir en mission.


Le don ne comprend pas :
– le billet d’avion (dans le cadre d’un Congé Solidaire®, certains employeurs peuvent assumer également le coût)
– les vaccins éventuels,
– le visa éventuel

Tout comme le don mission, ces frais peuvent donner lieu à une défiscalisation.

Les dons de missions, défiscalisable à 66%

Tous les dons de missions ouvrent droit 66% de défiscalisation. Les dons sont déduits du montant de l’impôt sur le revenu à hauteur de 66% pour les particuliers. Ainsi, par exemple, un don de 1 850 € après défiscalisation, reviendra à 629 € pour un particulier. . Les frais entourant la mission sont aussi éligibles à la défiscalisation. En savoir plus

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Planète Urgence accompagne les volontaires dans la recherche de financement

Planète Urgence accompagne ses volontaires dans la recherche de financement afin que les missions soient ouvertes à tous. Il est possible de créer une page de collecte/crowdfunding. Tous les dons effectués par son réseau seront déduits du don global sur les sites partenaires de Planète Urgence. Les donateurs bénéficieront d’une déduction fiscale de 66% du montant de leur don en faveur de la mission.

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Partenaire : Bhejane Trust

Zimbabwe, DETE

GPS : lat -18.623484
lon 26.861856

Langues :



Thématique : Environnement

Type d'intervention : Protection à la biodiversité

Compétences : Biodiversité

Nombre attendu de volontaire(s) sur la mission : de 3 à 6 volontaires

Durée : 2 semaines

Dates :

📅 25-04-2020 au 09-05-2020

📅 30-05-2020 au 13-06-2020

📅 27-06-2020 au 11-07-2020

📅 25-07-2020 au 08-08-2020

📅 22-08-2020 au 05-09-2020

📅 17-10-2020 au 31-10-2019

📅 11-07-2020 au 24-07-2020