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 our project base, Tokki Lodge; your home-from-home in Victoria Falls. With a pool, outdoor living space, fire pit and barbecue area, most lunch breaks are spent lazing under the African sun in our spacious indigenous gardens.
The house has nine bedrooms that can sleep between two and four people. You will be sharing with other interns and project volunteers. Accommodation is basic, but comfortable and well suited to your needs. A cosy lounge offers a relaxing place in the evening for games, movie nights and other gatherings, while a large dining area plays host at mealtimes.
Only one kilometre from the centre of Victoria Falls town, interns can take advantage of free transport from the Lodge twice a week. For other occasions, a taxi ride is not expensive, meaning that weekends can be spent taking in everything this small, but perfectly-formed town has to offer; curio shops, galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants - not to mention free roaming baboons!
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 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 at one of the supermarkets or visit one of the eateries in town.
Your laundry will be washed, ironed and folded for you at a cost of USD 5.00 per pillowcase-load.
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 internship includes the need for internet usage, you will be provided access to a computer with net facilities. For everyone else, Wi-Fi codes can be purchased at a small cost. While this service is generally reliable, the connection may be intermittent from time to time.
You can purchase a local SIM card that is 3G enabled, allowing you to keep in touch with family and friends back home. The card costs USD 1.00 and international calls are 25c per minute.
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: 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 Victoria Falls project here.