Medical volunteering at the local clinics at the prime tourist resort areas in Zimbabwe

Are you passionate about improving the lives of others? Are you caring, dedicated and interested in wealth health care and medicine? Join us in this wonderful project in Zimbabwe.

The aim of this Voluntourism project is to provide volunteers with a great opportunity to contribute to the medical welfare of the prime tourist areas in Zimbabwean communities and experience unspoiled African wilderness.

Accommodation

Shared house for voluntourists or B& B

Meals

3 meals a day included

Minimum stay: optional

Who will I look after?

You will help provide primary healthcare to the local community and surrounding areas by assisting doctors and nurses. The clinics and hospital treat around 80% of the local residents within the tourist resort area

About the medical volunteer project

The hospital teat around 80% patients each and every year .Approximately 40% are children and 70% of these are under the age of 5 years old. Sadly TB and HIV are the prevalent in the communities as is alcoholism .They also see a lot of patients with aches and pains, everyday problem. Common disease amongst child patients include fungal infections , intestinal worms, diarrhoea , dehydration, malnutrition and mouth infections,( e.g. oral Thrush).By themselves , these infections and illness may not be particularly severe , However if left untreated they get much worse leading to complications and in severe cases of death.

In addition to working at the hospital our doctors and nurses also carry out regular outreach clinics at the local schools, resettlements villages and farms.

The project will also run a Community Health Worker Scheme which focuses on teaching members of the community the basics of first aid and general health cure in order for them to impact this to their communities.

Voluntourists are key to the success of these special places. All the money raised through our volunteering program goes back directly back into the project which provide employment, healthcare, education and accommodation to the communities and to ensure rescue survival and rehabilitation of the orphaned and injured African wildlife.

What will I be doing at the medical volunteering project?

During the project you should spend your time at the remote clinic or hospitals in tourist centred areas. Zimbabwe is truly a wonderful country to experience , the scenery is spectacular and you will work with a friendly and dedicated team. If you come prepared to learn and to give your best , you will be rewarded with a fantastic experience and wonderful memories s to take home

You will be provided the following

Hands on support ; You will have the opportunity to provide hands on support at the clinic and hospitals checking measurement such as blood pressure , haemoglobin levels and mid arm upper circumference , helping run the reception and in helping in the dispensary.

Deal with Patients; you will deal closely with patients from the local community , learn more about their way of life and give cure to the patients living in the extreme poverty at clinics remote location.

Gain experience; Prospective medical students can expect teaching on basic clinical skills, history taking and examinations of patients. Trained professionals will be asked to run consultations with patients and assist them during the outreach work. This will provide a great opportunity for the trainees professionals to have greater impact on the people who are at most in need of help.

Undertake research; Depending on the length of your stay and medical knowledge , you may be asked to undertake a research project or assignment. This should be something that you are interested in , as well as be something that is useful to the clinic and of benefit to our patients. Examples of projects include mapping distance patients travel to the clinic and loca patterns of disease, rates of TB amongst our patients and compliance with medication and the patients knowledge of HIV transmission and disease.

Whatever your background or experience you shall assist with the daily duties which may include

Primary healthcare: observations, reassuarence to the patients, treatments and emergencies

Referral observations; pregnancy tests , urine tests for patients and recording findings weighing babies and recordings, glucose testing and recording, wound dressing and cleaning of wounds

Stock control; packing medicines and new orders, family planning substance, abuse counselling data capture input, accompanying the nurse into the community to carry out procedures

General maintenance and cleaning of the clinic, helping with projects like vegetables gardens.

Microlight Short Flight

Activity Description

Magnificent scenic flight along the Zambezi River; circling the Victoria Falls and flying over the Mosi-oaTunya National Park and ending with a low-level swoop over the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to spot wildlife and birds.

Arrangements

Provider: Livingstones Adventure

Duration1 hour

When: Throughout the year, subject to availability.

Where: The flight takes off and lands at the Batoka Sky aerodrome.

Weather: Should there be thunderstorms, or heavy rainfall flights may be delayed

What to Wear: For a memorable experience, clients are advised to wear the following: · Comfortable attire that provides protection from the sun · Hiking/running shoes · Hair ties (for longer hair) · Warm clothing in winter (April to August) Lockers are available; however, guests are implored to leave valuables at home/the hotel. Please do not wear scarves, jackets with belts or ties which may come undone during the flight.

What to Bring: Clients are advised to bring the following with them: · Sunscreen · Mosquito repellent.- Camera / Video Cameras. Cash or credit card should you want to purchase the DVD photos of your flight

Guests or Spectators: Visitors not partaking in the flight are welcome to browse the Curio Shop, or purchase refreshments while waiting for the flight to return

Requirements

Minimum Age10 years

Minimum Height0.0 m

Maximum Height0.0 m

Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement

QualificationsNot Applicable

Maximum Weight100.0 kg

CertificationNone Required

Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Return road transfers from accommodation local Livingstone venues and the Zambian border
Flight Jackets are available in the Cooler winter months

ExclusionsImages and Video’s can be purchased after your flight

Notes

Due to safety reasons, using Camera’s and cellphones are not permitted during the flight

 

Matobo Hills

The Matobo National Park forms the core of the Matobo or Matopos Hills, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys commencing some 35 kilometres south of Bulawayo.

The Hills were formed over 2,000 million years ago with molten rock erupting across the landscape — this has eroded to produce smooth ‘whaleback dwalas’ and broken kopjes, strewn with boulders and interspersed with thickets of vegetation.

The Hills cover an area of about 3,100 km², of which 424 km² is National Park, the remainder being largely communal land and a small proportion of commercial farmland. Part of the national park is set aside as a 100 km² game park, which has been stocked with game including black and white rhinoceros.

The area exhibits a profusion of distinctive rock landforms rising above the granite shield that covers much of Zimbabwe. The large boulders provide abundant natural shelters and have been associated with human occupation from the early Stone Age right through to early historical times, and intermittently since. They also feature an outstanding collection of rock paintings.

The Matobo Hills continue to provide a strong focus for the local community, which still uses shrines and sacred places closely linked to traditional, social and economic activities.

The Matobo balancing rocks are the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes. Commanding a vista clear to the horizon, the name ‘World’s View’, could not be more appropriate for this enchanting piece of Zimbabwe.

Local excursions

Game drives and walking safaris can be enjoyed around the nearby Matopos National Park, as well as rhino tracking excursions by vehicle or on foot led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. You can also explore the area’s ancient rock art and discover the rocks that the San People saw as spiritually significant on guided tours, or trek to the grave of Cecil Rhodes, who served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony in the late 19th century.

 

Imire Game Park

OVERNIGHT PACKAGES

NB *All the drinks are paid separately, and so that’s an extra cost.

All prices are as per person

OVERNIGHT STAY

All prices are as per person (sharing)

1) *Dinner bed & breakfast only* (DBB) nothing else on this on is @

    • US$100 per person Adult and
    • US$50 per person Child (5 to 12yrs old)

2) *Overnight Package 📦 Full board (24hr stay)* 1 NIGHT – All activities are included in these packages

    • US$150 per person Adult

And

    • US$65 per person Child (5 to 12yrs old)

3) *3PM ARRIVAL & depart after breakfast on the 2nd night

    • US$250 per person per Adult and then
    • US$115 per person per Child (5 to 12yrs old)

4) *2 Nights Stay at Imire lodge*

* 9:30 AM ARRIVAL & depart after breakfast on the 2nd night *

  • US$300 per person per Adult and then
  • US$130 per person per Child (5 to 12yrs old)

 

But all the kids under 5yrs, they are at free of charge, there’s no payment for these little ones, but they are still part of the package as normal.

Otherwise, Horse rides for only riders can be paid separately

Imire: THESE ACTIVITIES ARE OFFERED WHEN YOU ARE STAYING OVERNIGHT and also they’re are not part of the DAYTRIP package

– Game drives

– Elephant walks

– Rhino feeding / Encounters/ Tracking

– Nature walks

– Fishing

– Sundowner drives

– Cheetahs can normally be seen during the game drive time.

But Horse safari or riding is an extra cost of US$35 per person and it’s only for riders.

Also Makwe Caves it’s an extra US$10 per person if there’s an opportunity to do so as well.

Normally if the clients are checking in @ 9:30am or even 3pm, you may be asked to leave your luggage in your vehicles on arrival, just in case the room is not free, clean and also sometimes the clients from the night before they can be still in and will be on the game drive, but then they will take out their staff out of the room after the trip at around 3pm.

So you may have to start by doing the game drive first and then afterwards, you will be shown into your rooms in the afternoon after having some teas or coffees @ around 3pm.

Antelope Park

Antelope Park’s award-winning safari-style accommodation offers a variety of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend, a family holiday, a romantic getaway, a stopover on your overland adventure, a special place to host your celebration or conference with our Antelope Park Events, or an exciting bush stay to enjoy our Antelope Park Experiences – we have accommodation that caters to your requirements and budget.
The lodge and campsite have excellent amenities in a stunning unspoiled environment in a convenient location near Gweru in Midlands Province. They offer self-catering, B&B, half-and full-board options, and serve delicious home-cooked meals in our safari-style restaurant and lovely Coffee Shop and Café.
Our delightful sparkling swimming pool has relaxing sun loungers in a picturesque shady area, and we have spa facilities for a relaxing massage or manicure. Note that we do not have a bar, but you are welcome to BYO. And yes, we also have fast fiber internet at most of our accommodation and in all our communal areas.
Activities involve, elephant interaction, game drive, snake induction, lion enclosure tour, horse rides, canoeing, bird viewing, carriage ride

Traditional Village Tour

QUICK DETAILS

  • Category: Culture
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Location: Zimbabwe

Get ready to be amazed as you enter an alternate world, where a lifestyle continues as it has for centuries.

    • Experience a way of life long since forgotten in the modern world
    • A great way to learn about the Zimbabwean culture
    • Help in daily tasks and get a real feel for traditional village life

The tour gives you an understanding of how many Zimbabweans still live today, a lifestyle free of modern-day struggles but not without its own challenges.

Why you will love this

The traditional village visit is a great opportunity in Victoria Falls to encounter the lifestyle in a local/rural part of Zimbabwe. It is an incredible approach to learn more about Zimbabwean culture, traditions, and the methods for the rural way of life. A perfect opportunity for a family to show their children how distinctive the world is from what they originally know.

Get the chance to watch the villagers’ lifestyle, seeing their homes, errands, and fields being tended to. Visitors may likewise get the opportunity to help with the day to day errands so that they get a genuine feel of life in the town.

Day of the tour

    • you’re picked up from your lodge, where you leave Victoria Falls town to be taken to an authentic rural village approximately 25km away.
    • Please allow for 2.5 hours for the tour.
    • Pick up times are either 8 am, 10 am, or 2 pm.

Dress code

    • Casual comfortable clothing is suggested.
    • A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is also suggested.

What to bring

    • Bring your camera
    • You are additionally allowed to bring presents for the villagers, for example, stationery, garments, sweets, or anything that you feel might be valuable to them

Guidelines

    • A small amount of walking required
    • Children under 3 don’t pay
    • Children between the age of 3 and 11 will pay half of the grown-up rate
    • This visit is appropriate for the entire family

Cancellation

      • 100% refund if customer cancels more than 4 days before the tour
      • 50% refund if customer cancel 24 hours before the tour
      • 0% refund if customer cancels on the day of the tour
      • If the tour is cancelled by the tour operator there will be a 100% refund

 

Chimanimani Adventure

Options                                                                                

Miombo Cottage                                                                 max 6pax

Miombo Cottage is double storey, with the main bedroom downstairs en suite. Upstairs are four single beds, dorm style. The cottage has two bathrooms, lounge with jetmaster fireplace and open plan dining area and kitchen.


Msasa Cottage                                                                    max 2pax

Msasa has a large open verandah and is next door to Miombo. Groups of six or more ideally book Msasa and Miombo – book well in advance to ensure both cottages are available for you.

Mzanje                                                                                   max 3pax

This little cabin has a jetmaster fireplace in the lounge, large kitchen, one shower and loo. Small outside sitting area and stone braai.


Facilities & What to bring

    • Your cottage is fully equipped for Self Catering. The kitchen has both gas and electric cookers and an outside stone braai in the garden. Firewood is supplied for your braai and for the fireplace inside the cottage. However if you are used to lighting charcoal and prefer it, you will need to bring your own. Charcoal is not available in Chimanimani. Fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster and microwave are available but standard.
    • Mobile phone reception is good. Econet, and NetOne. Wifi hotspot is also available.
    • Bring insect repellent for evening times. Chimanimani is considered malaria free but it will be good to just carry a repellent. Mosquito nets are provided over your bed to deter bugs attracted by lights.
    • Bring a torch. Square pin adaptors are available on request.
    • Sheets and towels are provided and your cottage is serviced daily if you wish. You do need to bring your own soaps and shampoo.
    • Chimanimani water is better than drinkable, it is delicious. However, as with most of Zimbabwe the municipal supply remains erratic. The team at Frog & Fern work on a daily basis keeping full tanks at the cottages but we recommend you carry a 5 litre container for your vehicle and/or walks because you may not always find water elsewhere in the village.
    • If you can possibly bring a 4×4 you will be thankful. Frog & Fern is only 2.2km from the tar. Be warned though – there is about 300 metres of road leading up a nasty little  hill to Frog & Fern that will require very careful driving. There are unlimited lovely walks right from your cottage door – so you need not use your vehicle again until departure.
    • Bring your favorite foods, beers and wine. In the village you can buy the absolute basics only. Bring your own braai meat. While beers and soft drinks can be found you are advised to bring your own wine and spirits with you.

activities

  • Haroni Botanical Reserve
  • Muhohwa, Haroni and Mukurupira waterfalls
  • Visit the hut up Chimanimani Mountains
  • Picnic and Camping at Bridal Veil Falls in Eland Sanctuary
  • Visit the Corner
  • Village tours in Chikukwa village
  • Nature walks in the national parks.
  • Visit the Hot springs in Nyanyadzi
  • Visit the Birchenough bridge
  • Mtn hiking
  • Birding
  • Scenic drives
  • River trailing
  • Caves
  • Rock paintings
  • Waterfalls
  • Educational visits to Shoe polish making.
  • Timber making industry.
  • Coffee
  • Tea industry.
  • Five-day hiking trail (Mbira trail )
  • Cultural tours/village walks

Helicpter Short Flight 1hr

Activity Description

Magnificent scenic flight along the Zambezi River; circling the Victoria Falls and flying over the Mosi-oaTunya National Park and ending with a low-level swoop over the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to spot wildlife and birds.


Arrangements

Provider: Livingstones Adventure

Duration1 hour

When: Throughout the year, subject to availability.

Where: The flight takes off and lands at the Batoka Sky aerodrome.

Weather: Should there be thunderstorms or heavy rainfall flights may be delayed

What to Wear: For a memorable experience, clients are advised to wear the following: · Comfortable attire that provides protection from the sun · Hiking/running shoes · Hair ties (for longer hair) · Warm clothing in winter (April to August) Lockers are available; however, guests are implored to leave valuables at home/the hotel. Please do not wear scarves, jackets with belts or ties which may come undone during the flight.

What to Bring: Clients are advised to bring the following with them: · Sunscreen · Mosquito repellent.- Camera / Video Cameras. Cash or credit card should you want to purchase the DVD photos of your flight

Guests or Spectators: Visitors not partaking in the flight are welcome to browse the Curio Shop, or purchase refreshments while waiting for the flight to return

Requirements

Minimum Age10 years

Minimum Height0.0 m

Maximum Height0.0 m

Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement

QualificationsNot Applicable

Maximum Weight100.0 kg

CertificationNone Required

Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Inclusions

Return road transfers from accommodation local Livingstone venues and the Zambian border
Flight Jackets are available in the Cooler winter months

ExclusionsImages and Video’s can be purchased after your flight

Notes

Due to safety reasons, using Camera’s and cellphones are not permitted during the flight

 

The Boma

The Boma

“More Than a Night out – The Boma is an Experience”

An unforgettable African experience infused with Zimbabwean cuisine, The Boma- Place of Eating is a Must-Do whilst in Victoria Falls.

Partially open to the African skies, it offers a unique experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa – together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and it’s people

Specialising in a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes, The Boma offers a four-course meal combining a mouth watering choice of starters from the kitchen, soup from the campfire and a substantial barbeque buffet served on cast iron plates.

They offer a wide variety of salads from the salad bar and to follow a choice of delicious desserts from the buffet area.

Everyone’s tastes are catered for and whilst the adventurous are enticed with local delicacies such as Mopani worms and game stews, those wishing to enjoy beef, pork, fish and chicken or a variety of vegetarian meals are welcome to do so. The Boma is renowned for its warthog fillet.

The Boma vehicles pick up from hotels and lodges from 19h00 to and guests arrive at about 7h15, so they are seated by about 19h30 for an evening filled with entertainment.

Guests are welcomed with a traditional greeting in the local languages, Shona and Ndebele. The guests are then dressed in ‘chitenges’ (traditional robes) and prepared to enter the main enclosure.

They are invited to take part in a hand washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks, as a prelude to dinner.

A feast of nightly entertainment incorporates Amakwezi traditional dancers, singers, a local story teller and a Sangoma (traditional healer). After dinner, guests are invited to join in the drumming extravaganza. This is the highlight of the evening and all are invited to participate in the drumming and dancing show with their renowned drummers – Amazulu.

Dress

Guests should dress casually and bring along light but warm clothing for the months of May, June, July and August.

Location

The Boma is adjacent to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge complex. A Boma Dinner may be booked through us, which would include transport to and from your accommodation.

 

Full Day Chobe

Activity Description

Full Day Chobe Trip from Livingstone, Zambia. Enjoy game viewing in this iconic park. Chobe National Park is well known for its large herds of elephant that frequent the Chobe River daily. In the dry season approximately 85 000 elephants can be dispersed within the Chobe National Park, where a vast number can be found along the river. Apart from the elephants, Chobe also has lots more to offer; the Park has lions, leopards, buffalo and a whole host of antelope like sable, puku, kudu, eland, roan and many others which you can view. The river is filled with big pods of hippos and some of the biggest crocodiles in Africa.

This tour leaves daily to the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Clients will be transferred to the Kazungula border where their Botswana guide will meet them. They will proceed straight to the morning cruise where they will spend the morning game viewing along the Chobe River. The tour will end at around 12h30 and clients will go to a hotel on the riverbank for lunch. After lunch, guests will board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park. Following this they will be taken back to the Kazungula Border where they will be met by their Zimbabwean guide for their return transfer to Victoria Falls.

Arrangements

Duration: 7 hours

When: All year round

Where: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Weather: Weather permitting

What to Wear: For a more memorable experience, clients are advised to wear the following: · Comfortable attire that provides protection from the sun · Hiking/running shoes · Warm clothing in winter (April to August)

What to Bring: Clients are advised to bring the following with them: · Sunscreen · Mosquito repellent

Guests or Spectators: No spectators allowed

Requirements

Minimum Age: 2 years

Minimum Height0.0 m

Maximum Height0.0 m

Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement

QualificationsNot Applicable

Maximum Weight0.0 kg

CertificationNone Required

Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions: Transfer, game drive, boat cruise and lunch

Exclusions

Visas may be required for this tour (for guests’ own account). Chobe National Park entrance fee not included.
Transfers outside Livingstone, Zambia

Notes

07:00 to 07:30 – Guests to be picked up from their hotel and proceed on a 70km journey through the countryside to the Kazungula border.
• 08:30 – Arrival at the Kazungula Border, where guests will exit Zimbabwe/Zambia and enter Botswana. At the border guests will change vehicles and are met by their Botswana guide.
• 08:45 – Once guests have gone through Botswana immigration, they will take a short drive to Chobe Marina Lodge.
• 09:00 to 09:15 – Arrival at the hotel, where guests will have a short bathroom break, and will also be required to fill out the Park Entry form.
• 09:30 – Depart on guests’ first activity; either game drive or boat cruise. If guests would like to go on another activity first, then they would have to specify.
• 12:30 – Return to the hotel for lunch. This will be served either a la carte or buffet style, with a selection of traditional and modern day meals to choose from.
• 13:30 – Depart for guests’ second activity. This will be the activity of which guests will have not done yet. If guests did boat cruise in the morning, then they will do a game drive in the afternoon and vice versa.
• 16:00 – Return from the Park and head back to the Kazungula Border.
• 16:30 – Guests will meet their Wild Horizons bus and are transported back to their hotel.
• 17:30 – Arrive at guests’ hotel.