Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation

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Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation

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Roger Mac
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Jan 2020
I volunteered at Imire for 2 weeks, and the experience was so good that it’s honestly beyond any description I make here.

I feel like every moment here was special as it had its own lesson to be learned and experience to be lived.
I had initially volunteered for the wildlife, but my greatest eye opening experiences came from the people and the surrounding communities involved with Imire. And here, as a volunteer, you can also get involved in every area, which is a privilege that not many people have the opportunity to experience.

I’m now more aware of the tremendous effort that goes into running a successful conservation project, and how without every aspect working together a project like this could easily become unsustainable.
And by personally handling Elephant and Rhino, I also became much more conscious about the impact that this project has on the responsible conservation of these vulnerable species… though big in size, they’re so sensitive and deserving of the utmost respect and admiration.

Volunteering at Imire is a big responsibility, but it’s fulfilling and it’s a heck of a lot of fun. Days are long and filled with activities like handling and walking with elephants, tracking and feeding rhinos with anti-poaching teams, teaching kids how to read and express creativity, helping the adorable ladies with their community projects, meeting locals, horseback riding with the loveliest people, game drives, game counts, field assessments, building rafts, planting trees, cleaning lion enclosures, chasing incredible sunsets, and plenty more with people who are genuinely excited to have you there, and look out for you.
In fact, the entire team and house staff will move mountains to make your stay an incredible and memorable one from the moment you arrive to the moment you depart Harare airport.

This is one piece of paradise I’ll be returning to for sure, and highly recommend to anyone that’s into responsible conservation.

As I’m writing, I can’t help but recall good memories and songs sung with a lit soul and a smile on my face. Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation, this is all on you! :D

Thank you!

“We’re happy to be together”
Written February 16, 2020
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Don B
8 contributions
Jul 2021
10 out of 10!! My brother, sister and I just returned home from a two week stay at Imire . I've been on 8 safaris over the past 25 years (5 in Tanzania and 3 in Kenya). All were amazing and fabulous experiences. This time, I decided to step behind the tourist safari scene and get personally involved in a true conservation/community service volunteer project. After reviewing dozens of projects around Africa, I chose the Imire Rhino and Elephant Conservancy Project. Unlike a traditional safari, Imire blends up close, intimate wildlife viewing while making a meaningful contribution to conservation and community building. Daily walks into the bush with the elephants, tracking and following cheetahs as they stalk their prey, and being able to touch and interact with elephants and Rhinos is a dream come true for any wildlife advocate. I've only been gone for two days and I'm ready to go back!
Written July 10, 2021
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Gideon_Lam
Singapore, Singapore207 contributions
Feb 2020
I did a 1 week volunteer with the Imire Rhino and Elephant project. It was simply unforgettable as I saw first hand how the White and Black Rhinos were roaming happily in the wild. They also treated the African Elephants really well, though the elephants returns to their night den to sleep. I do hope that like the Rhinos, they will be roaming freely. The project has spent so much effort to conserve these beautiful creatures. It was heartening to see the hard work they put to fight poaching, which I feel is sad and disgusting. Other actvities include learning about the Shona people's culture, helping to plant trees, fix the fences and also helped out at the Numba Mother's Support Group. As education is very important, I hope the community there will continue to further their education and ultimately graduate with a degree. I am simply blessed to be part of it. Special shoutout to Bright Julias (who was with us 90% of the ), Mai Matsika (school program) and Diogo (thanks for the enjoyable night drive!). They are one of the few pillars alongside Sam and Vera who made the Volunteer Program a great success!
Written March 7, 2020
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lianneLosAngeles
Marina del Rey, CA57 contributions
Jul 2021
I adore Imire. Everything about this place. My daughter just completed a two week volunteering program with her friend and they have returned home elated and planning their next trip back. I was fortunate enough to get there too and spend time on the land. Imire is an important animal conservation and they are doing crucial work. Being up close with Mac and Mandevu the elephants is almost indescribable and watching 6 week old Chaka the Rhinoceros frolic between the water hogs and blesbok is so delightful. I highly recommend visiting Imire. It is the real deal. Volunteers walk with the animals, watch and track the animals behavior and also learn an enormous amount about the environment and the importance of animal conservation. Thank you to John and Judy, Riley, Bruce, Kate , Candice, Vera, Sam, Bright and all the staff for making my daughter's experience so rich.
Written July 20, 2021
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Rose S
1 contribution
May 2021 • Couples
The food at this place is rubbish. They dont give you many options and it is poorly prepared. Especially breakfast and the lunch they serve after the game drive. I tried to address it with the manager and she was extremely rude and not even allow me to get a sentence in.
Written May 14, 2021
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Laura S
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Solo
When I arrived at Imire, for my first solo trip, I was worried about not liking it, and not getting on with the other volunteers. But after a week at this amazing place I began to enjoy it more and more each day. All of the activities I did felt as though I was properly helping the world (even in a tiny way) and I have learnt so much more than I could have ever imagined. Every single person I have met while on this incredible trip have been some of the most welcoming, friendly and amazing people I have ever met. I couldn’t have wished for a better experience. I will treasure every single little moment of my time here at Imire and I will definitely spread the word about this amazing opportunity! I am going to be extremely sad to leave, but I’m sure I’ll return in the not too distant future. Thank you for an incredible 5 weeks at Imire! Truly a life changing experience! 🐘🦏
Written March 3, 2020
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Tom D
Bournemouth, UK41 contributions
Feb 2020
This park has everything. Elephants, Zebra, Lion, Giraffe, Rhino, Warthog and many more. The elephant experience is just incredible. It is quite pricey but you do get a lot for your money, with a lovely breakfast and lunch. You should definitely visit Imire if visiting Harare.
Written February 28, 2020
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paulf1978
Cheltenham, UK66 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
I spent two weeks their and found out its business is more important than the animals, I spoke to a guy who was a friend of the staff and was on the site that let it slip that he took high paying customers to shoot elephants on the parks around the santuary and the staff all new about this and said it was ok yet they keep the elephants on the santuary under armed guard because the use them for tourists to ride, I also saw the baby elephant being hit very hard, I learned that the rhinos are de horned every two years and the horns go to the government and most likely sold to China . As a volenteer I did nothing that benefited the animals but it was more like a young persons holiday . The staff often contradicted each other and the rhinos who were meant to be free were hearded near to the tracks so the tourist vehicles could get close
Written October 22, 2015
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pgalenkamp
Decatur, GA63 contributions
Jun 2019
My family of four (11 & 13 year old) spent two amazing weeks at Imire in June. It is difficult to embody the experience in words. My 11 year old daughter responded when asked about the trip that "...it was life changing.". And indeed it was. We have travelled all over the world and Imire is the first place we have decided to return to- with plans to return in 2020. I have written 8 trip reports about the program and intend to write 6-8 more. But here is a synopsis of the place and the program as well as some photos. If you are at all inclined to do volunteer work abroad- this is a wonderful place to visit. Solo OR with family.

Imire (meaning “waiting place” or "it stands" in Shona) is 4,500 hectares (over 11,000 acres) in total. It is broken up into three main areas- a volunteer program, a tourist lodge, and a farm. Each section is run by a member of the Travers Family- a legacy left by Norman Travers when he purchased the land in 1946. There is a book if you would like to read more about the beginnings of Imire entitled “Imire: The Life & Times of Norman Travers as Told to Cathy Buckle”. All three entities contribute back into the local community and conservation program. There is much to say about this wonderful family and all they have done for the land and local community.

The volunteer program hosts 12 to 24 people. They have a volunteer house, Numwa, that sits overlooking the water and has a pool. This year they added the Chiwawe tented camp which is situated by a watering hole in the bush. We were the very first people to stay at Chiwawe and were given the entire camp to ourselves for a week- it was a serene setting and we often had visits from giraffe by our tents. Some nights the rhinos were nearby as well!

The volunteering consists of three fairly unique activities per day ranging from rhino care and tracking, bee-keeping, gardening, elephant walks & enrichment, school visits, game drives, collecting hay from the fields, and harder labor such as building structures or digging up roots. Everything that we did was a necessary activity and we truly felt that we were contributing to the upkeep of the program.

A typical day:
6:30- 9:00: activity 1
breakfast
10:00- 13:00: activity 2
lunch
15:00-18:00: activity 3
dinner

Three meals are provided per day and all of our meals we had were fresh, colorful, and delicious. The cooking staff were top drawer! Our daily guide was Morris and I cannot even begin to explain how wonderful he was- a treasure. Diogo oversaw the Chiwawe Camp and was also fantastic with the kids- particularly my older son. Vera & Sam oversee the program and are a passionate and thoughtful couple.

We are already looking forward to our return next June.
Written August 20, 2019
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Rose K
1 contribution
Oct 2018 • Family
We visited Imire game park for a day trip and some of us to stay one night at their lodge. I have been to Imire before and I love their day trip and the experience we had. I highly recommended it and went back a second time for the day trip with friends who hadn’t been there before. The day trip itself was great and they have nice rooms BUT when it came to payment I felt cheated and Kate was very rude to my sister over the phone.
We paid in advance some of us by the 10th of October and there was a notice up at their lodge in full view stating payments done before the 15th would not be affected by the price hikes. Despite this at the end of the day trip they demanded we all top up to the new price which went up by $15 each and $50 for each person staying the night. We were about 8 adults and we had to somehow come up with the money to pay. I understand the economic situation in the country but you don’t go against a clear notice which you have put up on display!! Very unprofessional!!!
And when we tried to argue with the notice in hand the staff said there’s nothing they can do we tried to speak to Kate over the phone and she was rude and dismissed the argument we had! Not eager to return to Imire!!
Written November 6, 2018
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