On Monday morning the group departs to Base Camp, around 4 hours drive from Swakopmund. After lunch we’ll have a full safety briefing and explanation of the projects to be undertaken. Next morning we head to the build site, usually around an hour away, set up camp for the week and get to work.
As a team, we’ll build walls around community water collection infrastructure such as pumps and windmills, pipes and water storage tanks – we do so in such a way that the elephants are still able to access the water but without damaging the infrastructure, the cause of much conflict with the people of the area. Elephants often pull up pipes or put their tusks through water tanks to get to the water which they are able to smell.
The building week is quite hard work and physically challenging, but the aim is to work together as a team and do just as much as you are capable of. This week is very satisfying and groups tend to bond and adapt to bush life very quickly, taking it in turns to cook over the fire and deliver the first cup of coffee to everyone in bed!
On Saturday morning the group returns to Base Camp and the rest of the weekend is for relaxing. The area around camp is beautiful and wonderful to explore. On the Sunday you’ll have the opportunity to join our staff on the food run to a local town called Uis, where there is a small supermarket, a lodge that provides internet connection, a swimming pool and a small restaurant.