30 year old Chanelle, has just returned from volunteering with Big Cats on this ground-breaking lion rehabilitation and release programme at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – helping to address the seriously decreasing number of lions in the wild throughout Africa.
“It was my 30th birthday coming up, and I wanted to do something completely different – I think I achieved that!!
I can honestly say that I had the best experience of my life at the Victoria Falls Lion project.
Pat & Gemma made the booking, and everything up to departure, such a smooth and easy process. I developed a great relationship with Pat prior to departure as she was incredibly helpful, and went above and beyond to ensure that I was comfortable with the pre-departure information and answered all my questions.
I was never worried about travelling alone, as I knew I would meet people there and I have made some great friends (volunteers as well as staff). You immediately feel welcomed and if you have any issues, there is always someone willing to help.
My time at the project and Vic Falls was amazing, I went in with an open mind and joined in as many of the additional tours and excursions that I could, which was great! The lions were a joy to work with and be around, so much so that I miss them so much – it is amazing how close you get to these animals after just a few weeks. I feel that I contributed to getting the lions to stage 1B of the programme.
The guys made my actual birthday day memorable, by going to Sunset Lodge and Boma restaurant. I would like to say thanks to all who were involved – I really appreciate it.
Vic Falls is an amazing location as well, from the actual Falls, to the bungee jump bridge – in your spare time you will have plenty to see and do!!
What I would like to say to end this with, is if you go to these projects, go with an open mind. It will not be five star accommodation or food, but it will be the best experience that you ever invest in! Book today, you will not regret it.”
Chanelle, UK, aged 30 (Victoria Falls Lion Project Volunteer)
Ah, thanks Chanelle – it certainly sounds like you had an amazing time, and achieved your birthday you will never forget!!
What would you like to do, or did you do, for your 30th birthday? I’d love to know…….