ALERT’s project base in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is, with our partner, Lion Encounter, a stone’s throw away from the stunning Zambezi River and in the heart of pristine African bush.
Interns stay in shared accommodation with fellow interns or with the project’s volunteers. It’s not luxurious, but it’s comfortable and will quickly become your home from home. The toilet and shower facilities are shared and, while we can’t always guarantee the hottest water (this is Africa, after all), the facilities are more than adequate. Three good quality meals are provided a day, so you won’t go hungry. Water, cordials and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst beers and other soft drinks (coke, sprite etc) can be purchased from the mini-bar, but interns are more than welcome to buy their own supplies in town.
Evenings are spent in the house. As we are surrounded by African bush with its interesting local residents – including elephant, buffalo and hippo – we have to stay indoors after dark to avoid any unwanted encounters. Therefore, any items like cards, board games, DVDS, books, etc to pass the time in the evenings are most welcome! On warm, lighter nights, the garden makes a sociable spot for sharing the day’s stories and enjoying a traditional African braai.
The house is only a 15-minute drive from the centre of Livingstone, so getting into town on your day off or for an evening out is easy. There are several good restaurants and local bars. For a more upmarket experience, high tea at the Royal Livingstone Hotel is a treat – just make sure you wear your cleanest pair of shorts!
It’s not all work, work and more work as an intern! There are plenty of amazing experiences to enjoy during your time off.
There are lions, of course! A lion walk through the bush is the perfect beginning or end your day and will quickly become your favourite way to unwind. You can also canoe, fish, walk with rhinos, go on an elephant safari, abseil, jet boat, play golf, quad bike, enjoy a Zambezi River Cruise and much more.
Of course, being so near to the majestic Victoria Falls, you would expect plenty of white-knuckle adventures. You can throw yourself off the famous Victoria Falls Bridge on a bungee line, throw yourself into the rapids on a white water rafting ride, you can hover above the Falls in a helicopter or micro-light, or you can even 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 Zambia.
Additional days off can also be arranged to enjoy a variety of optional trips further afield to discover more of Zambia or its neighbouring countries, including Zambia’s Kafue and Luangwa National Parks, Botswana’s Chobe National Park, Hwange and Matopos National Parks in Zimbabwe and even Antelope Park, where ALERT was founded.
There’s so much to do; you’ll wish you were staying longer!
You are provided with three 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 in town at one of the supermarkets.
Your laundry will be washed, ironed and folded for you free of charge and you will be given a laundry basket to use for the duration of your stay.
We have British (3 pin square) plugs in Zambia. There is electricity at your accommodation (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, 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 which you will be able to link to for a low fixed cost per day, provided you bring your own laptop. Internet cafes are common in Livingstone.
The project has a telephone line that your friends and family can contact you on outside of work hours. You will not be able to make international phone calls on this line, but you can receive them.
You will be able to use your mobile phone in Zambia if you enable international roaming before you leave home. Alternatively, you can purchase a local sim card for your mobile instead.
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 & 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: Expect pleasant, spring-like weather and temperatures that are usually not too hot. It is mostly dry, although there may be occasional showers.
You can download the pre-departure brochure for our Livingstone project here.