Arrival date: Monday
Location: Namibian Bush, 45km from Windhoek
Minimum duration: 3 weeks
Originating as a small wildlife sanctuary nestled in the Namibian bush, just 45km from Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, the Wildlife Sanctuary Foundation has grown into a world-famous conservation organisation. We provide a safe haven and second chance for countless injured,orphaned and conflict animals. Whenever possible our goal is to release animals back into the wild – only those animals too ill, abused or habituated remain at the sanctuary. Our volunteers are critical to enabling us to continue caring for the animals.
In 2003, The Founders set their sights on establishing a clinic in response to the tragic and unnecessary death of a San baby. As a result, the Lifeline Clinic was established in the remote village of Epukiro, Namibia to provide free healthcare to the local San Bushmen population. In 2005 along with partners, the founders bought Farm Frauenstein on the outskirts of Windhoek and transformed the farm into a wildlife sanctuary and built a lodge on the property. The main aim of the lodge was to create jobs for the very people whom the Lifeline Clinic serves.
In 2007, Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary opened. The Wildlfe Project Foundations aim is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia.
We Believe in an Africa where;
- Humans and wildlife can live and thrive together
- Taking animal lives seriously & looking after those that cannot be released again
- Promoting and advocating that the wild belongs in the wild
- Incorporating cultures, especially the Bushman cultures, into our conservation projects Actively mitigating human-wildlife conflict
- Exploring innovative ways and concepts to advance conservation of species and their habitat.
Volunteers will have the rare and exciting opportunity to actively participate in the conservation, rehabilitation, care and research of African wildlife. The sanctuary currently provides a safe refuge for orphaned, injured or conflict wildlife including several lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals, warthogs, antelope and baboons as well as a host of birds, smaller African mammals and farmyard animals. Wildlife Conservation Volunteers are crucial in helping us to care for the animals in rehabilitation or permanent captivity at the sanctuary, as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary. All routine aspects of the programme are carried out in a rotational group system to ensure that everybody gets exposed to the variety of experiences available.
- Airport pick up from Windhoek International
- Three meals a day
- Weekly transport to town for shopping
- Donation to the project
- Certificate of appreciation
- 24hr support and supervision
- Transport to and from the project
● Volunteers will stay in either tents or a volunteer house (2 – 4 people per room)
● All linen and towels will be provided.
● The accommodation is roughly 1km away from the main-house, and is safe and secure.
● Swimming pool is available for volunteers to use in free time.
● No visitors are permitted to enter the property unless permitted by the project leader
Laundry services are available on selected days at the Wildlife Sanctuary.
Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day;
Breakfast – Cereals, fruit, yoghurts, toast and spreads
Lunch – Varies from cold to hot meals for example; wraps, salads, pasta dishes and sandwiches
Dinner – Consists of a hot cooked meal such as bobotie, lasagne, stews and bbq(Braai)
Please let us know of any dietary requirements you have.
Tea and coffee will be available, all other drinks will be at your own expense
There are communal refrigerators for volunteers personal food and snacks brought during their weekly trip to town.
We recommend that volunteers fly to and from Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport, Namibia.
The reserve is nestled between in the Namibian bush, just 45km from Namibia’s Capital, Windhoek.
There are ATM’s at the project, however due to signal problems they aren’t always functional. We suggest withdrawing money at the airport when you arrive.
During your off time, you can arrange different tours and activities. These can be booked and paid for upon your arrival at your project.
Some examples of activities are;
Lunch at the lodge
- You will be able to participate in Anti Poaching efforts
- Go on night drives and do Platform Sleep outs
- Not only will you be privileged to work with these beautiful animals, but your accommodation is also situated very close to them.
- You will be accompanied by other people who are very passionate about animals.
- You will have the opportunity to work face to face wildlife.
- Learn and experience how each animal behaves, reacts and what their characters are like
- Completed application form
- Basic level of competency in English
- Copy of return flight itinerary
- Medium level of fitness