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Namibia Wildlife Conservation & Sanctuary

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Namibia Wildlife Conservation & Sanctuary

Deep in the Namibian bush you have the rare opportunity to work with some of Africa’s most extraordinary creatures – hand-raise baboons, care for injured animals and track and monitor big cats.

Prices from US$1,545

Help conserve Namibia's precious wildlife at a spectacular sanctuary in the heart of Africa. Rehabilitate and care for animals such as cheetahs, wild dogs, baboons, lions and leopards, as well as sheep, rabbits and other farm animals. Our baboons form a large part of the project; volunteers become surrogate mums for the little ones, bottle feeding and sleeping overnight with them. Witness some of Africa's greatest predators being hand fed and fall asleep secure in the knowledge that you have made a difference to the precious wildlife at the sanctuary.

Deep in the Namibian bush, you will be awed and inspired by its rugged beauty. A country to explore, Namibia offers a unique travel experience, such as the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, and hosts some of nature's greatest creations. Visit Namibia for an adventure into some of Africa's most dramatic terrains and enjoy an unforgettable project experience that will stay with you forever!

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit unique & beautiful Namibia
  • Potentially become a surrogate to baby baboons!
  • Work hands on at a spectacular animal sanctuary

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Book early to avoid disappointment

FAST FACTS

Location Namibia
Activities Maintain the sanctuary
Care for injured animals
Clean enclosures
Feed some of the animals
Care for baby baboons (when applicable)
Monitoring & tracking
Border fence patrols
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Short drive to project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer house and additional tents

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Poor local economic circumstances combined with inadequate law enforcement have resulted in indiscriminate poaching of wild animals across Namibia, mostly for their meat and hides, whilst the international trade in animal hides and trophy hunting further decimates Africa's wild animals. The Namibia wildlife sanctuary is fully devoted to caring for sick and orphaned animals and to supplying them with habitats which are as natural as possible. They may come to the sanctuary from many different sources; some are tame animals that the owners can no longer look after, others may have been found trapped in snares or rescued from poachers intending to sell them. The sanctuary does all it can to release these animals back into the wild, but unfortunately this is not always possible, so that they are provided with the best possible home for the rest of their lives. You will be working closely with the animals, preparing their food, checking enclosure perimeters and checking the health of the animals. It is a truly magical place and one which you will feel very privileged to have visited and contributed to.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This project provides you with a rare and exciting opportunity to work closely with and actively participate in the conservation of African wildlife. You will care for and witness the injured or orphaned animals being fed in the sanctuary on a daily basis as well as cleaning enclosures and helping to develop and maintain the sanctuary. The animals that make their home here include mammals as diverse and exciting as lions, cheetahs, baboons, meerkats, jackals and much more. Our baboons form a large part of the project; when there are baby baboons at the site, volunteers become surrogate mums for the little ones, bottle feeding and sleeping overnight with them. They also go for walks with any babies currently at the sanctuary and our tame bigger baboons. We cannot predict when young baboons will arrive at the sanctuary, so that the number and ages may vary but there are currently over 37.

Your weekly activities may include:

Caring for the animals, including cutting food and assisting at the feeding times of our large carnivores (not for the squeamish!), as well as helping in preparing food for and feeding the meerkats, baboons and farm animals. You will also help to maintain the animal enclosures on the farm, clearing out old food and mess, cleaning waterholes and removing old bones from feeding. You will get to spend part of each week playing with and looking after some of the animals on the farm, including caracals, cheetahs and meerkats. 

Maintenance work may include de-bushing to help remove invasive species, digging trenches to help water supplies to camps and other manual activities. Volunteers are involved in many aspects of the sanctuary work, including the rescue, caring for, cleaning and feeding and rehabilitation and release of the animals at the sanctuary. In addition, we care for sheep and goats in an effort to support local farmers and land owners who may have suffer as a result of the predation of their livestock.

You will take part in border fence patrol in pick-up trucks and conduct carnivore enclosure patrols on foot. You may also get the opportunity to learn and take part in various monitoring and tracking techniques, such as searching for cheetah marking trees, locating collared leopard and cheetah through telemetry and GPS tracking, identifying, counting and tracking spoors and checking box traps.

You may spend at least one morning assisting our teacher in the Bushman school on the farm, which was started to provide education to the children here, whose parents cannot afford to send them to school. This is great fun and a very rewarding activity.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Windhoek you will be collected by a member of the project team who will take you on the short drive to your project location, where you will spend the duration of your stay. Once there you will receive a full induction to the project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

We have one large volunteer house with shared rooms. The single beds are comfortable with bedding provided (duvets and pillows). In addition, there is also tented accommodation available during busier times. Electricity and solar heated showers are available, however please be aware that sometimes water levels are restricted and electricity has been known to cut off during storms. Power sockets for electrical items are available in the volunteer house, but can be used by all volunteers. There is also weak mobile phone reception at certain points around the camp. There is a free laundry service available.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Three basic meals are provided and typically include meat, vegetables, pasta and rice. A vegetarian option will be available. You will prepare your own breakfast, which includes toast and cereals. Lunch varies from sandwiches, wraps and burgers. Dinner is typically a hot meal or on occasion a braai (barbeque). Vegetarian and other dietary requirements are catered for, but please advise any special dietary requirements on arrival at the project.

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Jodie’s Namibian Wildlife Experience  | 4 Jul 2018
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Namibia contains a wealth of activities and sights to explore before of after your project. Travel to the Namib Desert to experience the sparse beauty of this extreme environment and see the wild horses of Namibia. Go dune surfing down the vast sandscape – a truly exhilarating rush! See the Kolmanskopp ghost town, an eerie place steeped in history or venture to Cape Cross to catch sight of the vast seal colony that resides there. Admire prehistoric rock art or take a hot air balloon ride, where you will get the chance to view the big five from above or even try a plane ride above the stunning scenery. Adventure sports such as biking, trekking and climbing are also readily available. Talk to your colleagues and project staff to get the best prices and information about local tours and book these direct.

During your time at the project you will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of activities, included in the cost of the programme. These may include a nature walk across the farm or an eco challenge competing in groups against your fellow volunteers, followed by a braai (barbeque) and an overnight sleep out in the field, stargazing and waking up to a fantastic sunrise! During your free time, there is a small swimming pool available for your use, as well as a volley ball net and a lawn area for you to relax on in the sun. Occasionally, the volunteers play football against the local bushmen.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,545

Extra week US$795

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly.  Please aim to arrive on the Monday.

 

DURATION

 

2 weeks +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

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

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Windhoek (WDH)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

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


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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