Run by: The Great Projects
Reference number: Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary
Experience the volunteering opportunity of a lifetime by giving your time to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. Get up close and personal with many incredible animals such as baboons, cheetahs, lions and so many more!
Help provide quality care and a safe haven to countless injured and orphaned animals, including those that have suffered from human-wildlife conflict. You could be involved in giving these animals a second chance at life and where possible release the animals back into the wild.
As a volunteer, you’ll be involved in all aspects of sanctuary life and work. Providing care to, and improving the well-being of, the animals by feeding them, cleaning enclosures, building new enclosures, taking part in games counts and babysitting baboons!
Volunteers are responsible for preparing the food for and feeding the animals each day. Vegetables, fruit and mealiepap (a kind of porridge) are used to feed the baboons and farm animals.
As a volunteer, you’ll also be able to experience regular carnivore-feeds with lions, leopards, semi-tame and wild cheetahs, and even with rare African wild dog and hand-feed the resident meerkats!
Volunteers are encouraged to help look after the resident baby baboons - this will almost definitely include taking a walk across the beautiful veldt with the baby and junior baboons. Volunteers also feed them, bathe them and take them to bed so they have someone to cuddle with at night and don't feel scared. It is the highlight of many people's time here (please note that this is not a guaranteed part of your itinerary).
You’ll be involved in the clearing out of old food and bones from animal enclosures, the cleaning of waterholes and the fixing of any damage to the animal enclosures. When an influx of animals are rescued, volunteers may help to build new enclosures.
Volunteers get to spend part of each day playing with and looking after some of the animals on the farm. These interactions include taking a walk with the lively baboons, spending one on one time with the semi-tame cheetahs and meeting the resident pack of African Wild Dogs (also known as painted dogs); one of the rarest carnivores in the whole of Africa.
Snake Awareness and Education
Southern Africa is home to 143 species of snake and on this project, you’ll get to learn about some of these species on a Snake Awareness and Education course. You’ll learn what snakes are in the area and what species are harmless. You’ll take a walk tracking various snakes so make sure to have your camera ready!
Join the sanctuary research team exploring the recently-added neighbouring reserve. Volunteers help to set and retrieve camera traps, maintain fences and waterholes and you’ll be involved in regular game counts. This is a great chance to see the free-roaming elephants, rhinos, wild dogs and cheetahs!
Once a fortnight, volunteers will take turns to sleep in the watchtower. Keeping an eye out for poachers or suspicious activity. You’ll be able to help keep the reserve animals safe and witness a sky full of stars! As well as, watching the spectacular sunrise in the morning!
Weekday evenings and weekend afternoons are yours to relax! You may choose to have a drink around the fire or grab an early night’s sleep during the week. At the weekends, enjoy a dip in the pool, nature walks or play a game of football with the bushman workers! All followed by a traditional braai (barbeque) in the evening.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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