Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer in Namibia
Help care for some of Africa's amazing wildlife
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: NNWV
Duration: 2-6 weeks
Go wild in Africa with a 2 – 6 week stay on this amazing wildlife sanctuary volunteer programme. You’ll help conserve some of Namibia’s wonderful wildlife while staying in a gorgeous savannah setting and gaining valuable work experience in conservation. From preparing food for meerkats and lions and taking baboons out on their daily walk, to helping out with the general maintenance and upkeep of the sanctuary, and assisting with vital research projects, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get hands on. You’ll stay in our cosy volunteer accommodation, where you’ll meet other like-minded volunteers and make friends for life. Use your free time to explore the surrounding area, including vibrant Windhoek–it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
- Get up close and personal with some of Africa’s most amazing animals
- Feed the animals, maintain the sanctuary, and get involved with conservation research projects
- Get to know some of the younger members of the community with additional volunteering opportunities in a local school
- Build your CV with tons of hands-on conservation experience
- Meet other like-minded volunteers as you stay in a shared volunteer accommodation with pool
About the wildlife sanctuary
Set on a 3,200-hectare nature reserve, the Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary is made up of savannah and lush grass plains with stunning mountain views. The reserve is home to a wide variety of animals including Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Springbok, Warthogs and Hartebeests. The sanctuary’s aim is to provide a safe refuge for injured, orphaned, or abandoned wildlife. This includes 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.
Why join the programme?
This volunteer project is an amazing opportunity to explore one of Africa’s most interesting countries while giving back to the local area. If you’re looking for a career in conservation or animal care, participation in this programme will also give you great work experience as well as building your skill set and giving your CV a real boost.
Daily Life at the Project
You’ll be working in groups of around 6. Days on the sanctuary start bright and early at 8:00am and you’ll usually be finished by 5:30pm. You’ll have a mid-morning break and lunch break, and evenings are free for you to relax.
Duties may include:
- Feeding animals
- Grooming animals
- Cleaning out enclosures
- Maintaining and building new enclosures
- Checking and maintaining the sanctuary fences
- Cleaning and digging new waterholes,
- Helping the guides when guests come to the sanctuary
- Monitoring free-roaming carnivores
- Analysing camera traps
- Analysing GPS data and doing game counts on horseback
- Volunteering at the local primary school on the reserve (optional, term time only)
Please note: Activities will vary according to need and you may not participate in all activities on the list.
Weekends and free time
You’ll have plenty of free time during evenings and weekends to explore and relax. The in-country team can arrange a number of activities for you to participate in. This could include anything from a sleep out, traditional Braai (African BBQ), lunch at the sanctuary’s luxurious guest lodge, or a visit to Windhoek city.
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Your flight to Namibia should arrive at Windhoek International Airport (airport code WDH) on your programme start date. You’ll be met from the airport by a member of the local team and transferred to the project.
Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged on your programme end date. Return airport transfers are included as well.
There are two types of accommodation on this programme, rooms in the volunteer house and large tents with hard-standing floors. You’ll be allocated your accommodation by the in-country team.
Rooms in the house are on a twin-share basis, although during busy times, you may be placed in a triple-share room. Bed linen including duvets and pillows will be provided.
The spacious tents are on a twin-share basis as well. These are built on wooden platforms and feature two single beds as well as a separate living area.Both accommodation types make use of the communal toilet and shower facilities. Towels are included.
During your stay at the sanctuary, you’ll be provided with three basic meals a day. Breakfast is on a self-serve basis and usually comprises toast and cereal. Lunch is typically sandwiches, salads or hot snacks and dinner is a hot meal or barbecue.
There’s a communal dining area and a small bar where you can buy a few snacks. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements as these can usually be accommodated.
Please note: If you have allergies, it’s your responsibility to communicate these with us and to monitor the food that you consume.
You’ll need to be 18 years or over to volunteer on this project.
British nationals can enter Namibia without a visa for up to 90 days. However, there have been cases where visitors have only been given permission to stay for periods much shorter than 90 days (sometimes as short as only 7 or 10 days). Before leaving the immigration desk in the airport arrivals hall, check that you have been given permission to stay in Namibia for the duration of your intended visit and that you have been given a correctly dated entry stamp by Namibian Immigration officials, as this will be checked on departure.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Namibia and have at least 1 completely blank page for Namibian immigration to use.
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.