You are given the opportunity to work with conservation, environmental protection and also spend time at a local school. A unique project where you will be very happy no matter what work orientation you choose. With Namibia’s magnificent nature just around the corner, this is a project that is guaranteed to give you a memories for life!
Project fee from EUR 1,190
Your role as a volunteer
The sanctuary currently provides a safe refuge for orphaned and injured wildlife including a number of lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals, baboons and ostriches as well as many farmyard animals such as sheep, goat, chickens and geese. Our Wildlife Sanctuary Conservation Volunteers provide an important resource in caring for animals as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary.
Examples of worktasks:
- Preparing food animals
- Feed animals
- Baboon walks
- Project work – Everything from digging trenches and clearing roads, to build watering holes and sun protection for the animals
- Stimulating animals
- Fix and build new enclosures
- Game counts on horseback (both for beginners and experienced horse riders)
- Assist animal keepers with anesthetized animals ex. tracking necklace
There are also three two research facilities: Nove, Kale and Mave with a possibility to book extra at the same time you are working on the wildlife project. The projects will cost around 100 US extra for a week. You can read more about these projects on Namibia Carnivore Sanctuary.
Nove and Kale are 7 days placements that run from Saturday to Saturday. Mave is an 8 day placement from Wednesday to Thursday. You can choose to spend several weeks on both or one of the research sites. Advance bookings are recommended for the research stations! It is also possible for volunteers to book while you are on the spot for extra cost. But the risk is that it is fully booked when you arrive.
More information about these three research stations, Nove, Kale and Mave you will find, HERE
The purpose of the project
The project could not function without the hard work, dedication and time of the volunteers. All funds from volunteers are ploughed back into our projects, enabling the sanctuary to grow and become even more successful in achieving our vision.
The project started in 2006 with two aims – to protect and conserve Namibia’s vulnerable wildlife and to improve the lives of the marginalised San Bushman community.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your everyday life
When you arrive at the volunteer site the project staff will give you a introduction to your work and your new surroundings. They will assist you with any of your questions and make sure your off to a good start!
Accommodation and food
There are two options of accommodation; volunteer rooms with up to three people (same gender) sharing each room, or large tents with a living and bedroom area to be shared by two volunteers (same gender or a couple). The rooms are basic but very comfortable. Bedding is provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy therefore sometimes restricted. Electricity is freely available, however please be aware that sometimes it has been known to cut off during storms. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.
Three meals are provided on a help yourself basis. On weekends they have a braai (barbecue). Please advise us of any special dietary requirements prior to arrival at the project, including vegetarianism, allergies etc.
Note that there is no internet connection on site for daily use. Take the opportunity to “go offline” and focus on your volunteer work!
During your free time you can just relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Maybe hang out by the pool or read a book.
Make the most of your time in this amazing country by combining your project with a tour. Depending on your time and budget, you can choose from a whole variety of trips from 3 days to two weeks or longer. You could visit the amazing sand dunes and desolate plains of Sossussvlei and the Namib Desert (3 day tour available), the skeleton coast and coastal resort of Swakopmund as well as the dense bush and open plains of Etosha National Park, the third largest in Africa, for spectacular game viewing (3 day tour available). The staff on the project will help you with any enquiries about excursions and extra activities.
Namibia is a beautiful country with a stunningly diverse array of landscapes. If you volunteer for 4 weeks or more, you may get the opportunity to spend a week at one of the carnivore release sites spread across the beautiful South Namibia – Solitaire, Neuras or NamibRand.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You can book your flight tickets from any travel agency of your choice. You need to arrive in Windhoek on the same Monday as the programme starts. Your return ticket should also be booked to a Monday. Make sure to check that your tickets have the correct dates, and we will of course provide you with necessary information prior to booking your flights!
If you have chosen to combine your volunteer in one of the research stations Neuras or Canaan, you will begin your time first at Namibia Wildlife.
You should contact your nearest vaccination centre for any questions regarding vaccinations. They will advise you on which vaccinations are necessary to have when travelling to Namibia. Circumstances can change quickly, but it is always you, who makes the final decision about which vaccinations to get. Vaccinating against Hepatitis A and B is recommended always when travelling abroad.