We provide volunteers with the rare and exciting opportunity to work closely with and actively participate in the conservation of African wildlife. The sanctuary currently provides a safe refuge for orphaned and injured wildlife including a number of lions,
leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals, baboons and meerkats as well as many farmyard animals such as sheep, goat, chickens and geese.
Our Wildlife Conservation Volunteers provide an important resource in caring for and feeding the animals on a daily basis, as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary. As a wildlife volunteer you should be ready to be hands on and get stuck in to the day-to-day activities which support the foundation.
A vital part of the day-to-day running of the sanctuary involves preparing and feeding the animals, cleaning and maintaining enclosures and housing and animal interaction. This can be a very messy but satisfying part of your day, as you’re ensuring the nutritional needs of each animal are met while also checking up on their health and happiness. You’ll be handling fruits, vegetables, meats, and corn-based meal among other things to help prepare the meals needed for all of our animals, including baboons and cheetahs.
We have the privilege to be able to take some of our captive animals from the sanctuary out for enrichment walks and give them the opportunity to forage and explore the field.
The baboon walks are primarily for baboon enrichment, as well as giving you an opportunity to learn more about baboons first hand. It is a fantastic chance for you to get to know and bond with these amazing animals. Taking the baboons for walks gives them the opportunity to forage and diversify their diet, stretch their legs and climb anything and everything in sight (including you).
Our Caracals get a chance to climb trees, stretch their legs and investigate their environment.
Whilst you get to enjoy watching these beautiful cats roam through the veld, you may possibly witness their magnificent agility as they can jump vertically up to 3 me tres and take a bird out of mid-flight.
While the baboons and caracals animals are considered approachable, they are wild animals at heart and we must always respect the boundaries with them. It is therefore important to listen to your coordinators who will be with you on your walks.
The time spent feeding our carnivores is a very important and always enjoyable part of your day. During this activity you will get to see and possibly assist in the feeding of our lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs.
This coordinator-led activity is also the best time for you to take pictures of our amazing animals. You will also learn about the individual animal’s background, interesting fun facts and the reason why the animals are at the sanctuary including the difficulties faced in trying to manage the landowner / predator conflict.
Research is a vital part of our work at the sanctuary, and we offer you a chance to be a part of it through a variety of activities. Setting camera traps and analysing the data from them, along with game counts are common activities for the research group. The information gathered on game counts and from camera traps helps us to understand the health, movement and behaviour of our animals in Namibia and is also a fun way to see the farm. The research team will also guide you in the tracking of animals fitted with GPS monitoring equipment (including snakes). These activities provide a great time to enjoy your surroundings and learn more about Namibia and its wildlife.
We are a home to many orphaned animals, including baboons, which up until a certain age need extra care overnight as they are still very young. The purpose of this interaction is to simulate the role that their mother would play in the wild.
You will be responsible for bathing them, feeding them and taking them to bed with you so they have someone to cuddle with at night and don’t feel scared. It is the highlight of many people’s time here and is a crucial part of our project. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to care for as many orphans as we do. Staff members are always there to help you with questions, and you will have a baboon induction showing you the ropes before you take your first baboon. It is not mandatory to be involved in the baboon sleepovers, but we do encourage you to try the experience as many people leave with baboons firmly in their heart.
Weekends at the sanctuary tend to involve a Saturday activity that can vary from paintball, a nature walk through the farm, raft racing in the dam, volleyball in the river or challenges and quizzes. Evenings involve a braai and time to socialize and relax together. Sundays you have the option to visit Windhoek or spend some time at our luxury lodge for the day.
- Transfers to the airport
- Transfer from the airport on a transfer day (Monday or Thursday)
- Accommodation (including towels and bedding)
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Tea and coffee
- Free laundry service
- Full support and assistance from your program coordinator
What’s not included?
- Transfer from the airport on a non-transfer day (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)
- Personal travel insurance
- E-mail/Internet and telephone calls
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
- Drinks and snacks, which can be purchased on site
- Extra excursions
- Optional transfer into Windhoek on a Sunday
All the money raised through our volunteering program goes directly back into the project providing employment, education and accommodation to the local Bushman community and ensuring the rescue, survival and rehabilitation of the animals. The funds enable N/a‘an ku sê to continue running the projects as well as covering all volunteer food and accomodation costs.
Flights should be booked to arrive at Windhoek International Airport, Namibia.
Our Wildlife projects start on Mondays and Thursdays, so please arrive on those days for your transfer.