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Wildlife Conservation & San Bushmen Community Project, Namibia

10 days to 12 weeks from

minimum age

  • Get involved in carnivore research of leopards, cheetahs and hyenas in the Namib Desert
  • Help to protect, rehabilitate and care for vulnerable wildlife at the Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Provide medical support to the San Bushmen community assisting doctors in their medical clinic
  • Join specialist veterinary and wildlife rehabilitation courses and anti-poaching Rhino teams

Volunteer accommodation at Wildlife Sanctuary

Food, Lodging & Travel

As the volunteer projects are spread across different parts of Namibia, each site has its own food and lodging provision. Details are provided below about what to expect at each site.

Wildlife Sanctuary Project and Equine Experience

For volunteers at the wildlife sanctuary and for those joining the equine experience there are two options for accommodation; ‘Bush Camp’ tents and ‘Farm Camp’, with either 2 or 3 people sharing. Some tents have an ensuite bathroom and some share communal shower and toilet facilities.  Hot water is supplied by solar power it can sometimes be restricted. Electricity is available in the communal areas.

Swimming pool at Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia

Volunteers are provided with 3 meals each day on a self serve basis. Breakfast includes toast and cereal; lunch includes pasta, wraps, burgers or stir-fry; and dinners include meat and vegetables with rice, potatoes or pasta. On weekends volunteers will often have a traditional braai (barbecue). Vegetarian options are available.

Carnivore Conservation Research Kanaan Desert

Volunteers will be staying in a renovated farmhouse with shared bedrooms and bathrooms, accommodating up to 8 participants at a time. The house has electricity, but volunteers will need to bring their own South African adapters to charge electric appliances. Volunteers should also be aware there is no cell phone reception in the area.

Kanaan volunteer accommodation

Volunteers will be provided with 3 meals a day. Meals include a standard breakfast, lunch (provided either out in the field or back at the farm house depending on the days activities) and dinner (typically a warm meal). Once a week dinner will be in the form of a traditional Namibian braai (barbecue).  Vegetarian options are available on request and volunteers can purchase their own snacks and drinks before arriving.

Adventure Week Neuras Mountains

Volunteer sleeping arrangements in Neuras in Namibia

Lodging will be in the form of a new tented camp. The camp is comprised of 6 tents, each with 2 single beds, and shared bathrooms. There is also a swimming pool and a BBQ area.

Volunteers will receive three meals a day. This will include a standard breakfast, a variety of lunches such as sandwiches, burgers and salads and dinner (typically a warm meal). Once a week volunteers will be treated to a traditional Namibian braai (barbeque) as well as a Neuras favourite; brick oven pizza night! Vegetarians can be catered for.

Medical clinic volunteering in NamibiaSan Bushmen Medical Programme

While volunteering with the San Bushmen Medical Programme you will stay in a bungalow along with the resident Doctor and Nurse. You will either share rooms in pairs or have a private room depending on the number of volunteers at the time. As the clinic can only accommodate a maximum of 4 volunteers at a time the accommodation has a very homely atmosphere. The house has a kitchen, 2 bedrooms with single beds, 2 bathrooms and a living room (with TV) and electricity and hot water are freely available.

You will be provided with 3 meals a day which will be prepared amongst yourself and the other volunteers.

Oryx running across the Namib Desert in KanaanTravel & Transfers

Medical volunteers will begin their project on Sundays and as such are advised to arrive on a Thursday. Volunteers will be based at the Wildlife Sanctuary until Sunday when they can be transferred to the clinic. Volunteers for the Carnivore Conservation Research Projects and the Wildlife Sanctuary will begin with induction days on Tuesdays and Fridays and are therefore advised are advised to arrive on Mondays or Thursdays.

On arrival, you will be met by a representative at Windhoek International Airport. The transfer time to the sanctuary is approximately 45 minutes. On arrival to the sanctuary, you will be shown around the accommodation and facilities. An induction meeting will be held with you in your first few days. Activities are continuous on the sanctuary and animals need tending to, so you will be hands-on on from your first day!

If you are unable to arrive on a Monday or a Thursday, we can also recommend places for you to stay in Windhoek.

Leopard on camera trap in Namibia

Vaccinations for Namibia

In order to enter Namibia certain vaccinations are required. Both rabies and tetanus vaccinations are recommended for this project. Volunteers should also contact their doctor or travel clinic to arrange the appropriate vaccinations and ensure they carry the vaccination certificate with their passport. Although the not all the projects are not located in a high Malaria risk area, should you decide to travel to other parts of Namibia either during your stay or afterwards you may need to take malaria tablets and should consult your doctor.

Setting camera traps for Leopards in Namibia

Project Requirements

No previous experience or qualifications are necessary, just enthusiasm to make a lasting difference to Namibia’s Wildlife and the San Bushmen community.  If you do have previous medical skills or qualifications, that is of course a big bonus for the Medical volunteer programme – and likewise, if you are studying medicine, or nursing, you would be most welcome to join.  If you are 17 years old and turning 18 within 6 months time, you are welcome to join.  We also accept families with children over 7 yrs old.

Wildlife Conservation & San Bushmen Community Project, Namibia

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