Namibia Wildlife Conservation Experience

Help African Wildlife & Hand Rear Baby Baboons!



Set in an awesome private game reserve you will get the opportunity to join other volunteers experiencing hands on conservation with animals in the heart of the African bush.  The animal  sanctuary  mission is to take in all kinds of injured or abandoned or orphaned animals, and they need the support of people like you to help care for them. Become a surrogate mum to baboon babies, feed the lions and go for bush walks with big cats. All in a days work at the Namibian wildlife conservation experience programme.

 

YOUR ROLE AS A WILDLIFE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER

Some of your responsibilities will include preparing food for the animals, patrolling carnivore enclosures, walking with the caracals, playtime with the baboons, game drives, camera trap setting and collecting, learn about carnivores during staff-led carnivore feeds, and manual farm work such as de-bushing and pulling grass in the field, working in the vegetable garden, building fences etc.


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Namibia Wildlife Conservation Experience: Trip Highlights


  • Get up close and personal with all kinds of wildlife.
  • Set on a huge private game reserve in the African Bush.
  • Learn everything about, cheetahs, lions and small orphaned monkeys.
  • Join a group of other conservation volunteers.
  • Bush walks and enclosure patrols.
  • Feeding wild animals and babysitting baboons.
  • Sleep outs under the stars (weather permitting).
  • Help to save the wild animals of Africa.

A Rough Idea of Price

All of our gap year holidays are completely customised to your needs and prices will therefore vary based on things like the time of year and level of accommodation; but we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.

2 Week - 

USD 1239

4 Week - 

USD 2409

6 Week - 

USD 3555

8 Week - 

USD 2329




What's Included?


  • Pre departure information.
  • Transfers to and from the airport (Monday and Thursday)
  • Accommodation.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Tea and coffee.
  • Arrival orientation.
  • Full support and assistance from your program coordinator throughout the programme

If you start on a Monday or Thursday the transfer is free of charge. If you starts on any other day of the week it will be N$500 for the off-day transfer.

More information regarding the meals provided

Breakfast is self service and includes toast & cereals. Lunch is typically cold and varies between sandwiches, soup or filled pancakes and fruit when available. Dinner is a hot meal or on occasion a braai (barbeque) and includes meat, vegetables, bread, pasta and rice.


What's Excluded?


  • All flights.
  • Personal travel insurance (which should include cover for repatriation).
  • Internet and telephone calls.
  • All items of a personal nature, such as gifts, clothing (work and other).
  • Drinks and snacks, which can be bought from the shop at the farm.
  • Extra excursions.
  • Optional transfer into Windhoek on a Sunday.
  • Optional Lodge nights.

Frequently Asked Questions



  • You can stay for a minimum of two weeks up to a maximum of 8 weeks


  • We welcome volunteers from all across the world aged 18+ to join our projects. No experience or qualifications necessary


  • During this trip you will be part of a group of other Gappers and you can expect groups sizes of between 15 to 20 people per month. The age is between 18 and 30 and the average is 24. Our peak months are July-September.


  • The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised us that visas are necessary for volunteer placements in Namibia and need to be arranged in advance.


  • 18 is age limit

    Please be aware that the wildlife volunteer project only admits volunteers over 18 years of age. In special circumstances we will consider 17 year olds, but ONLY if accompanied by a parent.


  • Volunteers need to complete a visa form and return it to their nearest Namibian Embassy- You should send this together with a copy of your passport and copy of a certificate showing your highest academic qualification currently held, for example GCSE, A Level Degree. This application will take three to four weeks to process, so early attention to this matter is advised. When completing the form you need to fill out an address. This will be in the pre-departure pack that you receive after payment to Xtreme Gap.


  • The cost of this visa can be paid directly to the Embassy. For those people who live in countries with no Namibian Consulate, you can use an agency in Namibia to obtain your visa. The Agency that we recommend is: GK Consultancy. In addition to the visa cost, there is a fee associated with using an Agency ” normally £30 – £40 per application.


  • Windhoek has a semi-desert climate, with very hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures tend to drop at night. On average, Namibia receives about 300 days sunshine a year. Summer is from October to April. Temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celcius and plummet at night to cool levels. Average daily temperatures range from 20 to 34 degrees Celsius. Rainfall usually occurs between November and March, when heavy thunderstorms can be expected. Winter is from May to September with wonderful warm days which are contrasted by very cold nights, when temperatures often drop to below freezing so please bring warm clothing and a sleeping bag. Average temperatures range from 6 to 21 degrees Celsius.


  • The most popular time to travel to Windhoek is between March and October, when rainfall is lowest and temperatures are mild.


  • Flights should be booked to arrive at Windhoek International Airport, Namibia. Please note that passengers through Johannesburg have been experiencing an ongoing problem with luggage. If your flight comes via Johannesburg your luggage may take a couple of days to arrive. Please put all valuables in your hand luggage along with a change of clothes.Mark your cases clearly with the address


  • You will be met by a representative at Windhoek International Airport. The transfer time to the farm is approximately 45 minutes. On arrival you will be introduced to the Volunteer Coordinators and shown around the accommodation and facilities. An induction meeting will be held with you in your first couple of days. Activities are continuous on the farm and animals need tending to, so you will be hands-on on from your first day.  Arrival transfers on Mondays and Thursdays are included, otherwise you will have to pay an additional N$500


  • Vaccinations are required to enter Namibia. Please contact your doctor to arrange this. Do not forget to carry the vaccination certificate with your passport.


  • We will send you the kit list in pre-departure pack after booking. This will contain all the items you are likely to need on your trip. The volunteer work includes being very hands on with animals, building enclosures and walking with baboons so you are likely to get very dirty! Old and dispensable clothes are advisable for daily activities. The type of clothing you should bring depends on the time of year you visit. May to September is the winter period and can be very cold at night and early morning and daytime temperatures can vary. A sleeping bag is recommended! October to April is the summer period and rainy season and whilst generally hot during in the day it can become chilly in the evenings.


  • The currency is Namibian Dollars, but the South African Rand is widely accepted. We are able to take MasterCard and Visa payments at the project. ATM machines are present in Windhoek and withdrawals may have a small surplus charge. We do not advise bringing travellers cheques as we cannot cash them; you will only be able to get them cashed in town (NOT at the airport). If you do bring travellers cheques please ensure you have enough money to last until you are able to get them cashed.


  • You will need about £40 a week, as most of your expenses are covered within the programme.


  • All the money raised through our volunteering program goes directly back into the project which provides employment, education and accommodation to the local Bushman community and ensuring the rescue, survival and rehabilitation of the animals which are housed in natural environments around the site.Volunteer Role at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary.


  • Lots! Why not book a tour after you have done this project. Namibia is a beautiful country with a stunningly diverse array of landscapes. Make the most of your time in this amazing country by combining your project with a tour. Depending on your time and budget, you can choose from a whole variety of trips from 3 days to two weeks or longer. Ask us for the options.


  • Off course you can, please check our  Facebook page gallery, and also sign up for trip notes.


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