- Volunteer on a beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Namibia
- Help feed the animals and maintain the sanctuary
- Gain fantastic wildlife care and conservation experience
- Learn from the sanctuary staff as you gain practical experience
- Meet other volunteers as you stay in a shared volunteer accommodation
- Relax and explore during your time off!
Head over to Namibia and help out as a volunteer on a beautiful wildlife sanctuary. This is your chance to make a difference to the lives of some of Namibia’s fascinating wildlife including baboons, cheetahs, meerkats, lions, caracals and leopards. The Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary is set in a wonderful private reserve offering views of the distant mountain ranges, grass planes and rugged natural savannah. You’ll help feed the animals and maintain the sanctuary, while learning from the sanctuary staff and gaining excellent practical experience. Plus, during your time off you can explore more of Namibia and soak up local culture!
This is an extremely popular project which often sells out many months in advance - book early to avoid disappointment!
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What to expect at the project
This programme gives you the fantastic opportunity to help out on a working farm in Namibia; from preparing food for the resident animals including meerkats and lions, to taking the mischievous baboons out on their daily walk to helping out with the general maintenance and upkeep of this fascinating farm; there will be plenty for you to do!
There is a lovely laid back atmosphere at the sanctuary and you are bound to feel right at home. It's a great escape from the busy world you will be used to back home and gives you the chance to chill out and enjoy these wonderful surroundings.
On Saturday afternoons, you’ll have some free time to relax or take advantage of one of the activities on offer such as game count, bush trekking or paintballing that may be available to you (some of these activities will be at an additional cost); in the evening, there may be a traditional Braai where you can catch up with your fellow volunteers and new found friends!
On Sundays, there may be an opportunity for you visit Namibia’s capital city Windhoek to buy some souvenirs or go for a nice meal somewhere! Alternatively, if you don’t feel like venturing into town, you can always head over to the luxurious guest lodge on the farm for a relaxing and tasty lunch!
Please be aware that whilst at the project you will be required to wear a unform which needs to be purchased upon arrival. The uniform policy is to ensure that all adhere to a proper dress code and wear clothing that protects them in the Bush. The uniform should be worn while participating in activities at the projects and remains the property of the volunteer. The cost of the uniform ranges from £45-£90 depending on how many trousers/shirts you wish to purchase.
Day in the life
You will normally be working in groups of approximately 6 people, starting bright and early at 8:00am and usually finishing at 5:30pm (although there may be animals that need additional care in the evenings). You’ll have a break mid-morning and a lunch break for you to recharge your batteries. In the evenings, you’ll have free time to do as you please, chill out with a cold beer in hand or take a dip in the pool! Depending on the weather there may even be the opportunity to sleep out under the stars and marvel at the beautiful night skies that Africa is so famous for!
You’ll be working to help develop and maintain the sanctuary and its surrounding area so that the rehabilitation work can continue to grow. A lot of your daily activity will revolve around food (theirs, not yours) and all the routine of looking out for their well-being – so feeding, grooming, cleaning out enclosures, etc. There are also wider responsibilities – maintaining and building new enclosures, checking and maintaining the sanctuary fences, cleaning and digging new water-holes, and other maintenance duties as per the needs of the sanctuary.
When guests come to the sanctuary, you’ll be on the inside, part of the gang – and you might well be assisting the guides.
You can also help out on specialised focussed research such as monitoring free-roaming carnivores, analysing camera traps, analysing GPS data and doing game counts on horseback.
As well as being a conservation volunteer, there is also the opportunity (for those who wish) to volunteer at the local primary school on the reserve during term time. The primary school which was established in 2009 provides free education to children from the San community. On a specified weekday, interested volunteers can plan a one hour fun educational activity to do with the class.
It's not all work at the sanctuary, you will also have a bit of free time to use as you please. Our in-country team help arrange a number of activities at the sanctuary which you are more than welcome to join in with. This could include anything from a sleep out, traditional Braai (African BBQ), chill out at the pool, or possibly even pop into Windhoek city to do a bit of shopping, check your emails or visit a local restaurant.
Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
The Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary is set in a natural savannah with lush grass plains and stunning mountain views for you to enjoy. It is set on a 3,200 hectare reserve which is home a wide variety of animals including Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Springbok, Warthogs and Hartebeests!
As a volunteer on this fascinating programme you will be playing a part in helping the sanctuary achieve its aim of providing a safe refuge for injured, orphaned or abandoned wildlife including Baboons, Wild Dogs, Cheetahs, Leopards, Meerkats, Caracals and Leopards as well as a number of domestic farm animals such as goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and horses to name but a few! It is important to keep an open mind though as the animals at the sanctuary can change and the team will always endeavor to help those animals in need, no matter the shape or size.
As a volunteer on this project, you’ll make a difference in the conservation and care of wildlife in Namibia. You’ll care for abandoned animals and ensure that the wildlife in Namibia remains as diverse and populous as it can be.
You’ll also gain fantastic experience working with wildlife. You will learn from the sanctuary staff and gain skills with the animals. If you’re looking for a career in conservation or animal care, this project will give you great experience and make your CV stand out from the crowd.
- Airport Transfers on set arrival and departure dates
- Volunteer placement
- Arrival Orientation
- Shared accommodation in a volunteer house
- Three meals a day
- Full support from your co-ordinator
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Snacks and drinks
- Optional activities
- Mandatory uniform for daily activities (purchased locally £45-£90)
There are two different types of accommodation for this programme, rooms in the volunteer house and large tents. Accommodation will be allocated by the in-country team. Bed linen including duvets and pillows will be provided; there will be up to two volunteers sharing each room. Occasionally when the project is busy you may be placed in a triple share room.
In addition to the volunteer house accommodation, there are also a number of large twin-share tents on wooden platforms available. Inside the tents you'll find two single beds (bed linen including duvets and pillows will be provided) as well as a seperate living area.
Communal toilet and shower facilities are located at each of the volunteer houses for all volunteers to use. Towels are included.
During your stay at the sanctuary, you will receive three basic but tasty meals a day. Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis, normally consisting of toast and cereals etc. Lunch is typically sandwiches, salads or hot snacks, whilst dinner includes a hot meal or barbecue.
There is a communal dining area and a small bar where you can buy a few snacks. We can make allowances for most dietary requirements including vegetarians, vegans and common food allergies. In these cases, please speak to us and the camp manager or cook if you have specific requirements. However, you must take responsibility for your own allergies and carefully monitor the food that you consume. It is important that you let us and your project manager know of any dietary requirements that you may have.
Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
Your flight to Namibia should arrive at Windhoek International Airport (airport code WDH) on your programme start date. Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged on your programme end date.
The minimum age to volunteer on this project is 18 years.
All Volunteers joining this project can enter Namibia as a tourist. For British Citizens this means that you are not required to get a visa before travel, as you will receive 90 days of entry on arrival visa free.
What should I wear for volunteering? Namibian culture is very conservative, as such this project operates a very strict dress code. Whilst volunteering, you are required to follow the project dress code and uniform policy: Trousers and knee length shorts for volunteering - these must be khaki, olive green or denim - this is in order to comply with the project's uniform policy for volunteers. You will also be required to wear project t-shirts, these can be purchased on arrival at the project for just N$300 (approx £19) for 3 t-shirts. Sturdy trainers/walking shoes are also required and a pair of heavy duty gardemning gloves are also recommended. A full kit list will be provided when you book your trip.
How Remote Is The Project?
There is a sense of remoteness even though Windhoek is around a 35 min drive but also a very peaceful location!
Will I Be Able To Check My Emails?
There will be opportunities for groups of volunteers to go into Windhoek on some Sundays but this can't be guaranteed.
Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?
Yes, we recommend that you take one with you especially in winter as it can be get really chilly!
Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?
No, this isn't necessary.
Is There A Safe/safety Deposit Box?
Yes, there will be safes available and a deposit of N$500 is required which will be returned once the key is given back.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.