Useful Information About Namibia
Namibia is located in South West Africa, bordering on South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Zambia. Home to many contrasting environments the country is known for both desert and long stretches of coastline. Conservation is a national priority and Namibia has some of the largest and most well known national parks in the region. Read more about Namibia’s wildlife, climate, history and culture here.
Located only thirty minutes from Hosea Kutako International Airport amongst camel thorn trees, riverbeds, and a stone canyon, the Wildlife Sanctuary is perfectly situated to start or finish your trip to Namibia. This is where the head office is and the main volunteer activities take place. If you choose to combine with the other sites, Neuras is 2 hours away and Kanaan a further 2 hours drive. Below you can watch two video clips of volunteers at the Wildlife Sanctuary:
Neuras Carnivore Research
The Carnivore Conservation Research Project Neuras is located in the Pro-Namib ecosystem. The northern section encompasses the Naukluft Mountain range, and the Tsauchab river system that empties into Namibia’s famous Sossusvlei pan. The southern part contains an extensive canyon complex and a unique underground cave system. These environments support specialised ecosystems and highly adapted wildlife. You can watch a video clip here on volunteering at the Carnivore Conservation site in Neuras:
Kanaan Carnivore Research
Located in Kanaan, the Carnivore Conservation Research Project is home to nearly 330km2 of stunning desert scenery. Kanaan’s environment entails a spectacular mix of red sand dunes, imposing mountain ranges, vast grass plains and old camel thorn trees. In addition, Kanaan directly borders the Namib Naukluft Park and therefore provides an important link for landscape scale wildlife conservation. Below you can watch two video clips of life as a volunteer at the Carnivore Conservation site in Kanaan:
Mangetti Conservation Research
The Mangetti Research site comprises two main areas – the Kavango Cattle Ranch, a government farm conglomerate in the Kavango region of northern Namibia, and the nearby Mangetti National Park. In total the study area comprises more than 2,000km2 of north-eastern Kalahari woodlands and mixed acacia Savannah. The vegetation is thick and dense allowing even the largest species of wildlife to simply vanish before your very eyes. Volunteers can assist researchers in elephant and African wild dog conservation research here. Below you can watch a video clip of life as a volunteer at Mangetti:
San Bushmen Medical Clinic
The Medical clinic is located in Omawewozonyanda, a rural village within the Epukiro Constituency of the Omaheke Region in which around 500 San and Herero people live. From here you will help provide primary healthcare to the local community and surrounding areas by assisting our Doctor and Nurse. The Lifeline Clinic treats around 3,500 patients each year. Approximately 80% of our patients are San, and the remainder are mostly Herero and Damara speaking Namibians. The Lifeline Clinic is approximately a 4 hour drive from the sanctuary.
About Namibia’s Climate
Volunteers should be prepared to work under any weather conditions including cold winters, rain and long hours in the sun. Windhoek has a semi-desert climate, with very hot summers and mild winters and temperatures tend to drop at night. On average, Namibia receives about 300 days of sunshine a year.
Summer is from October to April. Temperatures can reach 40° C and plummet at night to cool levels. Average daily temperatures range from 20 to 34° C. Rainfall usually occurs between November and March, when heavy thunderstorms can be expected.
Winter is from May to September with wonderful warm days which are contrasted by very cold nights, when temperatures often drop to below freezing so please bring warm clothing and a sleeping bag. Average temperatures range from 43°F (6°C) to 70°F (21°C).
The most popular time to travel to Windhoek is between March and October, when rainfall is lowest and temperatures are mild.
Background of the Volunteer Programme
Founded in 2006 the projects have two aims; to protect and conserve vulnerable African wildlife and to improve the lives of the marginalised San Bushmen community. Now renowned among conservationists worldwide, the projects have received global awards and celebrity support. The projects vision is an Africa where humans and wildlife can live and thrive together.
Volunteers are highly valued as without their hard work and dedication the projects could not function. The funds raised through the volunteering programme goes directly back into the project providing employment, education and accommodation to the local Bushman community and ensuring the rescue, survival and rehabilitation of the animals.