Once I worked on a farm in Africa
Imire, about 100 km southeast of Harare
I arrived on a sunday and saw many outdoor worships like this along the road.
After two hours drive I arrived at the volunteers house. Here I will join the Rhino Protection Project and stay for three weeks
In 2007 the farm was attacked by poachers and four rhinos were killed. Since then the rhinos are protected by armed guards 24 hours a day. You can see the story on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf3iw4ol-iY
To walk with the guards is a part of the program and if you are extremely lucky you can see rhinos mating. You can see this video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za0DEAVtcfg&list=UUbzH9W5CljbmT2FdzFMcJ4Q
Ten days after I left a baby rhino was born so now it´s five black rhinos and two white rhinos at the farm.
Every two years the rhinos are dehorned not to encourage the poachers
The two white rhinos at Imire
Here you can see three of Imire´s five elephants.
This impressive bull weighs six tons and is 37 years old.
To swim with the elephants is a highlight at Imire. You can see a video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZNr8dh2O-Y&list=UUbzH9W5CljbmT2FdzFMcJ4Q
Here´s another video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7t6-8_H2EM&index=3&list=UUbzH9W5CljbmT2FdzFMcJ4Q
There are many different kinds of animals at Imire like impala,
Eland, the biggest antelope in Africa. Male eland can weigh almost one ton
This 70 year old maneater operated in a junction 30 years ago where he killed many people. He was captured and taken to Imire. Here´s a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSnLWGdrkDA&list=UUbzH9W5CljbmT2FdzFMcJ4Q
There´s a lot of work to do at Imire
A few weeks ago a fire occurred at Imire and now some cleaning has to be done.
To paint a school is also work for volunteers
This Lantana bush, once imported from Australia has to be removed as it turned out to be a bad decision. Volunteer´s worst job
Harvesting onion is another volunteers job
Watch out for the boomslang
The onion has to be dried
Once a week the volunteers visit the nearby preeschool to play with the kids and teach them some english
This week one of the volunteers has raised money to buy shoes and socks to the children. You can see the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oLsb7Q6sv8&list=UUbzH9W5CljbmT2FdzFMcJ4Q
Many volunteers were involved in testing the shoes
After two weeks on the farm I had four days off and went by bus to Vic Falls. Six hours to Bulawayo where I stayed overnight and six hours the next day.
The falls is 1708 meters wide with maximum height 108 meter. At the end of this dry period the water flow is about 10 million litres per minute compared to the highest water flow, march/april, 500 million litres per minute.
The first European to see the falls was David Livingstone on 17 november 1855.
Preparing to swim in Devils Pool
The bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe
Vic Falls has become a paradise for adventurouse people with bungee jump, white water rafting, crocodile swim and other adrenaline activities
For me cruising on the river is enough
More than enough
Going back to the farm
Feels like coming home
Sunday evening, threecourse dinner at Imire Lodge
Once a week we go to the primary school
For socializing and to help the students with gardening
At your leisure time you can do different things, like climbing this cliff
You´ll reach the top with help of three ladders
There you´ll have great views of the African landscape
And a great sunset
You can visit the nearby Caves and watch these paintings, 700 years old
Shona evening. Every thursday we eat in the way the Shona people do and learn about the Shona culture
Tobacco field and workers at Imire
Some of the guards and volunteers at Imire
Canoeing on volunteers lake
Zimbabwe is 10 percent smaller than Sweden but has 40 percent more inhabitants
Photos from my volunteering month november 2014