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Zambia Chimpanzee Conservation

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Zambia Chimpanzee Conservation

Follow in Dr Livingstone's footsteps and explore deepest, darkest Africa by working closely with orphaned wildlife including chimpanzees to bring them better and brighter futures.

Prices from $2,195

Follow in Dr Livingstone's footsteps and explore some of the quieter corners of Africa by travelling to Zambia. Here you can see the mighty Zambezi River, dramatic, tumbling waterfalls and dusky copper mines. Help to lessen the damage that the cruel bush meat trade is having on the wildlife of this part of Africa by working closely with orphaned wildlife. This will include helping a variety of animals but predominantly adorable chimpanzees who have escaped from a life of abject cruelty and are looking towards a brighter future. Zambia is undoubtedly an inspiration for the soul, a wonderful cultural adventure and an unforgettable experience for the animal lover and eco traveller.



  • Play an important role in the rehabilitation of endangered chimpanzees
  • Help conserve some of Zambia’s most spectacular habitats and wildlife
  • Collect data on chimpanzee behavioural interactions


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Criminal background check required


Location Northern Zambia
Activities Collect data on chimpanzee behavioural interactions
Create enrichment activities for animals
Preparing food
Maintaining enclosures
Helping out on the farm
Tending to the fruit tree garden
General project work
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Shared volunteer dormitory


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel and medical advice and documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training
Ground transfers to project
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The Frontier-Zambia Chimpanzee Conservation project aims to promote ethical tourism in this wonderful part of Africa by supporting the work of this local wildlife sanctuary and maximising the positive impact of our team of volunteers. This award winning project is one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world!

Chimpanzees were once ubiquitous throughout equatorial Africa but relentless poaching, logging, habitat destruction and the illegal bush meat trade have reduced population numbers dramatically. Now classified as endangered the conservation of these charismatic primates is paramount to ensure their survival in their natural environment. This project aims to rescue and rehabilitate as many orphaned and injured chimpanzees as possible and is an incredible opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of these fascinating, friendly and wonderful animals.


The orphanage cares for a myriad of different species but the primary residents are orphaned chimpanzees. 

Volunteers’ responsibilities may include assisting with ongoing research activities, gathering data, designing and creating behavioural enrichment initiatives, helping out with the day to day maintenance of the sanctuary and contributing to the self sufficiency of the sanctuary by helping out at the on site farm which produces food for the resident wildlife.

Specific volunteer itineraries will depend upon the needs of the animals and the sanctuary at the time of your visit but will include a range of responsibilities such as preparing food, maintaining enclosures and feeding the animals. 

The research activities may see you focusing on the social dynamics of chimpanzee communities, such as helping to collect photographic and video footage of infants or high anking male chimpanzees. You will gather character and age data about individuals to help build up an identification system which will also contribute to improving sanctuary information guides, family trees and literature for the education centre. Another major part of your work will be to create enrichment activities for the chimpanzees to keep them both physically and mentally active. You can bring some creativity to this role as you develop and construct challenges and toys which help to keep the chimpanzees stimulated. 

In addition to the animal care work your contribution to the self sufficiency of the centre by tending to the fruit tree garden and working on the farm will help to reduce costs and increase independence by generating additional sources of revenue for the sanctuary. 

Whatever your contribution you are sure to have an unforgettable experience as you contribute to the goals of this amazing conservation programme!


You will be met upon arrival at Ndola International Airport by a local staff representative who will accompany you to the sanctuary. Please arrive before 1:00pm on the Monday. The journey to the sanctuary takes approximately 4 hours. The local staff will help you settle in to your new home and relax before your project begins. 


You will be staying for the duration of your project in shared dormitory style accommodation within the sanctuary grounds with your fellow volunteers. You will share bathroom facilities with hot water available at certain times of the day. Your accommodation will be basic but of course clean and comfortable. Enjoy living in authentic surroundings with Zambia's incredible wildlife right on your doorstep! In the evenings the housing set up will provide the perfect surroundings to relax and absorb the Zambian night air.


You will be provided with three meals per day with a buffet style breakfast and a packed lunch to take with you on your rounds. You will receive a cooked meal in the evening which you will enjoy while overlooking the sanctuary. You will have the opportunity to sample a variety of Zambia’s delicious food, for example fresh fish, vegetables and fruit, and maize-based dishes such asnsima, a thick porridge rolled into a ball and dipped into a variety of meat stews and relishes. Another national speciality to try is Ibatwu, a feisty drink made with fermented roots. 

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In the evenings you can savour the beautiful sunsets and cool night air and are sure to enjoy hearing some of the incredible stories about past visitors to the centre, animal and human alike! Try your hand at cooking some traditional Zambian cuisine, with fresh ingredients purchased at the local town. In your spare time, visit the famous and striking Victoria Falls, getting drenched in its refreshing spray when you take a boat trip in its waters, go canoeing, white water rafting or even bungee jumping – as you can see there is no shortage of things to do!


2 weeks $2,195

4 weeks $3,345

6 weeks $4,345

8 weeks $5,345


Project begins every other Monday on the following dates. Please arrive at the airport before 1:00pm.

2019 Start Dates

January 14th & 28th

February 11th & 25th

March 11th & 25th

April 8th & 22nd

May 6th & 20th

June 3rd & 17th

July 1st, 15th & 29th

August 12th & 26th

September 9th & 23rd

October 7th & 21st

November 4th & 18th

December 2nd


2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel and medical advice and documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • Discounted medical kit


  • Airport pick-up
  • Project orientation & training
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transfers to project
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Ndola (NLA)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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