Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer in Namibia
Care for wildlife at a fantastic sanctuary in Namibia
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: NNWV
Duration: 1-6 weeks
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!
- 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!
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.
This programme gives you the fantastic opportunity to help out on a working farm in Namibia and you will be involved in activites such as:
- Preparing food for the resident animals including meerkats and lions
- Cleaning enclosures
- Providing enrichment
- Caring for juvenile wildlife
- Participating in building projects
- Research such as monitoring free-roaming carnivores, analysing camera traps and GPS data
- Tracking and game counts
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.
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!
Daily Life at the Project
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.