ALERT’s project base in Victoria Falls is in the picturesque Zambezi National Park. Early starts are made much easier when you’ve got such natural beauty on your doorstep; not to mention the equally beautiful and friendly smiles of our staff that can warm up the chilliest of mornings.
Interns stay at the Adventure Lodge, only a 10 minute drive away from the Lion Encounter base, and a 10-15 minute walk from the majestic Victoria Falls. Rooming will be in shared accommodation with other interns or with the project’s voluntourists. Each room is comfortable and completely suited to your needs with a fan and en-suite shower and toilet to share between two people. It will quickly become your home from home.
The Lodge is only about a 5-10 minute walk from the small, but perfectly formed Victoria Falls town centre. With its curio shops, galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants - not to mention free roaming baboons - it’s a great way to spend an afternoon off or to have a fun night out.
In the evenings you can catch up on your favourite programs on the digital satellite TV in the Lodge’s lounge. It’s a good idea to bring cards, board games and books too. The on-site restaurant, bar and pool area are the perfect places to socialise with friends and unwind after a busy day.
It’s not all work, work and more work as an Intern! Victoria Falls offers plenty of amazing experiences and activities to enjoy during your time off. There are lions, of course! A lion walk at Lion Encounter through the bush is the perfect beginning or end to your day and will quickly become your favourite way to unwind.
Of course, having the majestic Victoria Falls on your doorstep, you would expect plenty of white-knuckle adventures. You can throw yourself off the grand Victoria Falls Bridge into the Falls on a bungee cord, raft down the raging rapids below the mighty Falls, you can hover above them in a helicopter or micro-light, or you can just enjoy looking at them from the safety of the Victoria Falls National Park. Either way, visiting one of the seven natural wonders of the world will be a highlight of your stay in Zimbabwe.
Additional days off can also be arranged to enjoy a variety of optional trips further afield to discover more of Zimbabwe or its neighbouring countries, including a visit to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, or a trip to Zimbabwe's Hwange and Matopos National Parks. You could even visit Antelope Park in Gweru where ALERT was founded.
There’s so much to do; you’ll wish you were staying longer!
You are provided with 3 meals a day. The food is of good quality and will cover all your needs but should you wish to you can purchase extra items at one of the supermarkets or visit one of the eateries in town. Water, cordials and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst beers and other soft drinks (coke, sprite, etc) can be purchased from the bar at the Lodge.
Your laundry will be washed, ironed and folded for you daily, except Sundays. This will be free of charge and usually delivered back to you on the same day.
We have British (3 pin square) plugs in Zimbabwe. There is electricity at the lodging (including a generator for when the mains power goes off) and you will be able to use all normal electrical appliances such as hair straighteners, iPod and camera chargers, etc.
If the nature of your intern program includes the need for internet access, then you will be provided access to a computer with net facilities. For everyone else we have a wireless connection at the project and you will be able to link to this if you bring a laptop, ipad, etc at a low fixed cost per day. There are also numerous internet cafes in Victoria Falls town.
The Lodge has a telephone line so your friends and family will be able to contact you on this number outside of work hours. You will not be able to make international phone calls on this phone line, but you can receive them. There are telephone call centres in Victoria Falls town.
You will be able to use your mobile phone in Zimbabwe if you enable international roaming before you leave home. Alternatively, you are able to purchase a local sim card for your mobile if preferred.
Weather & Climate
May – August: These are the cooler months and temperatures can be very chilly (down to 5oC) in the evenings and early morning. It’s a great time of year for game viewing but make sure you bring a jumper and jacket.
September – November: Shorts and t-shirt weather! This is the hottest time of year with peak temperatures in October often rising well above 40oC. Evenings are comfortably warm. There may still be the occasional chilly day so bring a light jumper just in case.
December – February: Days and nights can get very hot and sticky. You need light clothes although there might be a day the temperature drops, so ensure you also bring a sweater. It’s a time of heavy rain, especially between mid-November and mid-February, so bring a raincoat. Some days it can start chilly and overcast, turn into hot and clear blue skies, and then end with torrential downpours.
March – April: is pleasant spring like weather and is usually not too hot. It is usually dry although there may be occasional showers.