Arrival date: Monday
Location: Namibian Bush, 45km from Windhoek
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
Arrival Airport: Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport (WHK), Namibia
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.
Daily activities could include:
- Preparing food and feeding the animals
- Cleaning enclosures
- Providing enrichment
- Caring for juvenile wildlife
- Physical labour such as building new facilities
- Research (including monitoring free-roaming carnivores, analysing camera traps and GPS data)
Our Mangetti Elephant & Wild Dog Research Project is located east of Etosha National Park. The project covers an area of approximately 3,000 km² and the focus of our work is
to mitigate human wildlife conflict with Namibian landowners and livestock farmers. Human activities have had a detrimental impact on native wildlife including on two of Africa’s iconic species; the African Painted Dog (or wild dog) and the African Elephant, both of which have endured decades of suffering through habitat fragmentation, hunting, and persecution. Researchers from our foundation work in the Mangetti Complex, northern Namibia, to protect wild populations of African wild dogs and elephants, to understand better the levels and causes of conflict between these two species and the local population and implement solutions to mitigate conflict.
The Lifeline Clinic based in Epukiro provides free primary health care services to more than 3,500 patients every year through both clinic based healthcare and our outreach
around the region. More than 40% of the patients treated there are children and more than 90% are San Bushmen. A huge focus of our work at the Lifeline Clinic is to tackle the tuberculosis burden within the San population. The clinic is quite literally a lifeline for thousands of San Bushman. The clinic consists of two doctors, one nurse, one receptionist, and four translators. Medical volunteers are the lifeblood of the Lifeline Clinic. You will be fully immersed in the culture of Epukiro , home to the San Bushmen. Experience day to day life and the common struggles faced by the community.
Through each of our projects, the foundation provides an important source of employment, accommodation, education, and healthcare to several San Bushmen families. Our aim is to give the next generation of this marginalised community the boost they need to build a brighter and healthier future. Volunteering at the Clever Cubs School provides a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the local San Bushman children, whilst surrounded by Namibia’s beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Located at the Wildlife Sanctuary, the Clever Cubs School co exists with nature. Clever Cubs is truly a place where wildlife and communities come together.
- Airport pick up from Windhoek International
- Three meals a day
- Donation to the project
- Certificate of appreciation
- 24hr support and supervision
- Transport to and from the project
The volunteer accommodation is on a wildlife reserve in the Namibian bush, just 45 km from Namibia´s capital, Windhoek. The house is located in a secure and safe development. The volunteers stay in shared accommodation either in rooms or tents. There are a maximum of 4 people to a room with a shared bathroom. All the bed lines and towels will be provided.
On the site there is also a swimming pool which volunteers can use during their free time.
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 a traditional BBQ (braai), stews, chicken dishes, etc.
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.
There is NO Wifi at this project due to the poor reception. Please do make sure you purchase a Namibia Sim card and load data on it, you can purchase this at the airport upon arrival or at the farm (project).
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.
As the nature of the work varies we will place volunteers under the supervision of various staff members. The co-ordinators will facilitate the smooth operation of the volunteers work, stay and provide guidance where necessary.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised the Foundation that work visas are necessary for volunteer placements in Namibia and need to be arranged in advance. This is a requirement for all volunteers who are non Namibians. Once you confirm your booking with us, we will send you a visa application form and clear instructions on how to fill it out correctly. If you are from the UK or Germany, you can use the Namibian Embassy in London or Berlin to process your visa. If you are from countries other than the UK and Germany, we recommend that you use a visa agency in Windhoek to process your application as our experience is that many Namibian Embassies do not issue the correct visa. It generally takes about 6 8 weeks to process your visa. You can contact our bookings department to make these arrangements. Extra costs will apply.
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;
- Safari Tours
- City Transfers
- Lunch at the lodge
- Cultural tour
- You will be able to participate in Anti Poaching efforts
- You will be living close to many wild animals in the Namibian bush and nothing beats being surrounded by a pride of lions, leopards or cheetahs and being able to spend time observing their individual traits
- You will be accompanied by other people who are very passionate about animals
- 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