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Desert Elephants Volunteer Project, Namibia

2 - 12 weeks from

18+ for individuals - families 4+
minimum age

  • Become directly involved in spearhead elephant conservation work
  • Get back in touch with nature and learn camp craft and survival skills in the desert
  • Track and learn about the famous desert adapted elephants in the stunning Damaraland
  • Give back to the local community by taking part in community building projects


Track desert elephants and take part in community development volunteer work in the beautiful Damaraland region of the Namib Desert where the famous desert-adapted elephants roam free. Learn simple camp-craft and survival skills and get back in touch with nature; whilst becoming directly involved in spearhead elephant conservation volunteer work.



I would recommend this trip to anyone who has a love for wildlife in their hearts. All the guys who work on the project are fantastic and have an in-depth knowledge of the Namibian wildlife.  I hope they are around for a long time to help conserve one of planet earth’s most iconic species.
Mark, UK


Watch this video clip to learn about the work that volunteers do building the protective walls around water sources and the importance of the work they are doing for local communities.  Also learn about patrol week and how volunteers get involved in tracking the desert elephants across the Damaraland.



Immerse yourself in pioneer elephant conservation work throughout the Damaraland region of Namibia.  Camp wild and live close to the earth, elephants and people.   Work with local subsistence farmers building protective walls around their water points to stop elephants causing damage and through this help to support local communities in the region.



The project is based in the North West region of Namibia, known as Damaraland. This is one of the areas of Namibia that is seeing an increase of wild Elephants returning to habitats that they have not lived in for hundreds of years. The project base camp is located on the Ugab River, Northwest of Uis and Northeast of the Brandberg Mountain.

Free Time

Free Time

Volunteers can enjoy star gazing and learning survival and camp craft skills and learning about African wildlife and spending time in the stunning wilderness of the Damaraland.  You may also have the chance to visit the San Bushmen cave paintings or hike in the Brandberg mountains, or visit a Himba traditional village.

Desert Elephants Volunteer Project, Namibia

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