- Fly In/Out : Windhoek (WDH)
- What’s included: All meals, accommodation, return airport transfers, 24/7 support
- What’s not included: Flights, visa & travel insurance
- *Prices start at £1285pp based on a 2 week program. Prices will be advised in writing prior to confirming.
Wildlife Research options
As part of your stay, we recommend you combine time at the sanctuary with a stint at one of the ongoing research sites in the remote and spectacular south of Namibia. A research week (or two) is a fantastic way to have a complete African wildlife experience. Neuras is 4-5 hours’ drive from the sanctuary, Kanaan a bit further at 6-7 hours’ drive. The two locations are very different from each other and the research focusses unique (currently mountain zebra @ Neuras and spotted hyena @ Kanaan) so the projects can easily be undertaken consecutively for a rewarding and interesting experience.
Research weeks are undertaken in small groups escorted by members of the sanctuary team. All transport, accommodation, meals and training are provided, and for a small surcharge per week applies over the standard sanctuary program rate. A more detailed Info Pack is available for these programs, so do please ask.
Extensive hiking in the mountainous terrain make up a large part of the daily activities, so a good level of fitness is recommended. You will track and monitor animals in the area, contributing to invaluable research that will help mitigate human-wildlife conflict. Volunteers will be involved with all aspects of the research program, including:
• monitoring camera traps
• radio telemetry tracking
• game counts
• feeding semi-habituated cheetahs
• assisting with captures and releases
• Night-drives, sleep outs, horse-riding and sand boarding (Kanaan only)
• Optional day trips to Sossusvlei and Naukluft N.P. (Neuras only)
• maintenance activities (eg enclosure cleaning / road repair / fence work)
First-trip away? Female traveller? On your own?
“10/10 This was such an incredible experience. I was terrified to travel alone as a young female and for the first time. But you assured me I’d be completely fine, which I was ! I’m so happy I went through you guys! This was the best thing I’ve done in my life.” Ash from QLD Namibia is a great option for a first trip to Africa - Australian DFAT rates Namibia "Green" for safety and security - that's considered as safe as New Zealand, Singapore and Fiji !!! On average, over 80% of volunteers here are female. The sanctuary itself is a highly professional operation, a very safe and secure environment, fenced and patrolled. You’re picked up as soon as you arrive at the airport and dropped back at the airport at the end, so there is really no time during your stay that you are on your own. You stay on the sanctuary grounds and rooms are twin-share – when travelling solo you’ll be paired with another female solo traveller. The sanctuary is a large operation with many permanent paid staff working alongside a large team of international volunteers (anything from 30–50 at any given time). It’s a very social and friendly environment. They operate strict health and safety procedures to ensure there are no issues around the animals.