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About The Carnivore Conservation Project (Two Sites)
The project provides volunteers with the unique opportunity to visit one or both of our research sites in Southern Namibia. At both of these projects, you will have the chance to monitor large carnivores and other animals in the area, contributing to invaluable research that will help mitigate human – wildlife conflict in Africa.
Both Neuras and Kanaan run on a seven-night schedule, with transportation to and from the sanctuary on Saturdays. Volunteers have the option of spending one or more weeks at both, or either, site, as part of their trip. Due to space limitations, it is recommended you reserve a spot at Neuras and Kanaanin advance of arrival, preferably at the time of booking, although it may be possible to add this to your itinerary upon arrival at the sanctuary pending availability.
Alternatively, volunteers can choose to partake solely in the Research Program(s) as a Research Volunteer and spend all of their time at one or both research sites. If you are interested in only doing the research part of our volunteering program, please notify us at the time of your booking.
Please Note: For both Neuras and Kanaan, small surcharges apply to cover transportation to the sites.
Where Is The Carnivore Conservation Project Located?
Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate
Set amongst the stunning scenery of the southern mountains, ancient canyons and caves, fascinating geological formations and five natural fountains, Neuras is truly a unique research site. In addition it's home to one of only three wineries in Namibia. At Neuras, volunteers will get ample field experience and be involved first-hand with all aspects of our research program, which includes monitoring wild carnivores such as leopard, cheetah and hyena. Activities here also include data collection and processing, checking camera traps, game counts, mapping and exploring the terrain and environment.
You may also get the opportunity to visit our collared cheetahs at Solitaire, or to visit the world famous red sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Daily activities usually entail hiking in the vast outdoors of this semi-desert landscape of Neuras, which extends southwards from the top of the majestic Naukluft Mountains, forming an unbelievable oasis on the edge of the Namib desert. You should not miss this fantastic
K anaan N/a’an ku sê Desert Retreat
Approximately two hours south of Neuras, bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, lies N/a’an ku sê’s newest research project site, Kanaan Desert Retreat. Red sand dunes, vast open grass plains and imposing mountain ranges make up the serene surroundings of Kanaan. Home to cheetah, brown hyena, spotted hyena, leopard and an array of other desert-adapted wildlife, Kanaan encompasses 352 kilometres. Research volunteers at Kanaan may be involved with mapping the terrain, assisting with capture and releases, tracking, game counts, camera traps, maintenance and security on the reserve, as well as night drives and sleep-outs. During free time, volunteers may choose to enjoy sundowners in the beautiful Namib desert, while taking in the breath-taking scenery of Kanaan.
What Will Your Role Be As A Volunteer?
- Capture, mark and release
- Radio Telemetry Tracking
- Game counting
- Camera trapping
We have two options of accommodation at the Wildlife Sanctuary – volunteer rooms with up to three people (same gender) sharing a room, or large tents with a living and bedroom area to be shared by up to two people (same gender or a couple). The rooms are basic but our single beds are comfortable, with bedding provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy, and therefore is sometimes restricted. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.
Three balanced meals are provided per day on a self-serve basis. On weekends we often have a braai (barbecue). Vegetarian options are available upon request. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements prior to arrival at the project.
The facilities at the research sites are very similar to the ones provided at the sanctuary, with accommodation either in guesthouse rooms or in large tents. We will provide you with three meals per day.
Frequently Asked Questions
In which months am I welcome?
You’re welcome to volunteer all year round.
What is the minimum length I am required to volunteer for?
14 days, and you can stay up to three months. Ask your volunteer specialist about this should you wish to stay longer.
Do I need a visa on arrive to Namibia?
Yes. Please consult your volunteer specialist for more information.
Is there alcohol available at the project?
Yes, however this isn’t a summer vay-cay in Europe, so don’t expect to be getting crazy every night. We do, however, like to share a beer or two after a hard day of work.
Do I need vaccinations?
Vaccinations are sometimes required to enter Namibia. For the project we recommend you to have both rabies and tetanus vaccinations. In addition, please also contact your doctor or travel clinic to discuss and arrange the appropriate vaccinations – and please remember to carry the vaccination certificate with your passport. None of our sites are located in malaria risk areas, with the exception of our Lifeline Clinic, which is in a low risk area. Please contact the bookings manager for further information.
Please Note: It may be necessary to take malaria tablets should you decide to travel to other parts of Namibia during your stay, or after the project. Please consult your doctor for advice.
What about travel / health Insurance?
Travel / health insurance is highly recommended **TWHC offer travel insurance here ……….
Do you have electricity?
Yes. All sites have electricity. However, you will need to bring your own South African socket adaptors.
What can I do in my spare time?
During your time at the Wildlife Sanctuary, you may enjoy activities such as a nature walk across the farm, swimming in our pool, playing football or paintball, followed by a sunset downer and braai barbeque). Saturday afternoons are comprised of a fun activity, and on Sundays you may have the opportunity to go into Windhoek or go for lunch, or even an overnight stay at our luxury lodge. You may also have the opportunity to visit the Ancient San Skills Academy to learn about signs and tracks of the veldt, fire making with traditional San fire sticks, making bows and arrows, jewellery and craft making, and hunting in the traditional San way.
Another option as an add-on to your stay at the Wildlife Sanctuary is to book a tour to see more of the country. In Namibia, a beautiful country of changing landscapes, there is much to see and experience. Optional tours include a safari to Etosha National Park, a visit to the coastal town of Swakopmund, a chance to sandboard on the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei, and many more options with which we can assist you.
At Neuras and Kanaan you may enjoy nature walks, swimming in the nearby water pools, sundowners and a braai.
Will my mobile phone work at (or around) the project?
Is there a phone connection?
Not yet. You will receive emergency contact details for your family in your reservation confirmation email after booking.
Are flights included? Which airport do I need to fly to?
With exception to the medical project we advise all volunteers to arrive on either Monday or Thursday, as we have set induction/orientation days on Tuesdays and Fridays only. If you cannot arrive on one of those set days then we recommend you stay at the luxurious Utopia Boutique (www.utopiamedispa.org) for a reduced rate of N$820 per room, or Chameleon Backpackers (www.chameleonbackpackers.com) where a range of rooms are available. Transfers which occur outside of Monday and Thursday will be charged an additional N$500 per person.
- Flight number
- Carrier (who you are flying with)
- Where you are flying from
- Arrival date and time in Windhoek
- Departure details from Windhoek
What shouldn’t I bring to the project?
Volunteer work at the sanctuary involves hands-on work with the animals, project work and walking with baboons, so you are likely to get very dirty! Old and dispensable clothes marked with your name are advisable for daily activities as well as closed-toed shoes. This type of clothing is also advised for our research sites.
As the sanctuary on N/a’an ku sê uses recycled water for our sprinkling system as part of our environmental awareness, we ask that volunteers please bring biodegradable products (i.e. shampoo, soap) for use from overseas, to prevent our sprinkler system from malfunctioning.
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat (optional)
- Warm clothing (including long pants)
- Raincoats (January to end of March)
- Binoculars (recommended)
- Guide books (optional)
- Hiking shoes
- Sun protection (hat, sun-screen SPF30+)
- South African electricity socket adapter
I am a young female who has never travelled alone before, and I love the thought of volunteering, but am a little nervous about the trip?
Many of our volunteers fall into this categor,y and we have taken this into account by giving you all the necessary information you need to get here safely in your confirmation email.
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