Part of the program will be at a wildlife sanctuary in central Namibia (sw Africa) while the majority of the time will spent at the field monitoring sites in the spectacular desert landscape of the southern Namib. The landscapes vary from savannas, mountains, canyons, grass plains to red sand dunes. Besides tracking and feeding carnivores on a daily basis, you may also have the opportunity to visit the world famous Sossusvlei dunes.
Week 1 – Wildlife Sanctuary in the savanna ecosystem
The first week will be spent at the Naankuse wildlife sanctuary in central Namibia where interns will work with other volunteers caring for wildlife housed in the sanctuary. Other activities involve setting camera traps and conducting game counts of plains game on the farm. The wildlife sanctuary plays a vital role in rescuing and releasing threatened cats in Namibia to help reduce human-wildlife conflict. Since 2008 they have rescued and safely re-released over 50 cheetah, leopard and brown hyena. Carnivores are re-located to safe conservation areas in the south of Namibia where each animal is fitted with a tracking collar to monitor their welfare.
After the first week in the African bush savanna in central Namibia, interns will be transferred on Saturday to the release sites set in the vicinity of the spectacular Namib Desert. in southern Namibia.
Week 2 – Namib Desert
Interns have the option of either spending one week at Neuras or one week at Kanaan.
Pro-Namib ecosystem at Neuras
Situated at the edge of the Namib Desert near the Namib Naukluft National Park, the 14,400 ha property consists of open grass plains, speckled with camel thorn trees, rough mountain ranges with stunning mountain features and dry riverbeds. This mountainous study site is perfectly suited for resource assessment studies and camera trap surveys . The property measures 145 km² offering ample opportunity for grid surveys of vegetation and transect game assessments. In addition, the property has a unique hydrology which could be studied, including 5 natural fountains that feed a vineyard and the farm. Here, previously captive-held cheetah were released into a 500 ha soft-release camp to monitor their adaptation to the new environment. Activities include:
Namib Desert at Kanaan
Located at the edge of the Namib Desert, NamibRand Nature Reserve is a visual and biological gemstone. The 224,000 ha reserve is home to an incredible diversity of desert and semi-desert dwelling wildlife and plants and borders both the Namib Naukluft Park as well as the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Here you will experience magnificent vistas and a diverse array of unique landscapes as you track the carnivores across their local habitats which include red sand dunes, open glass plains, and riverines.
Activities are similar than those at Neuras and include among other activities radio tracking of free-ranging carnivores, setting and monitoring of camera traps, and game counts.
Interns return to the wildlife sanctuary on the last Saturday where they will stay one night.
Two options of accommodation are available at the wildlife sanctuary; volunteer rooms with up to three people (same gender) sharing each 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 with comfortable single beds. Bedding is provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy, therefore sometimes restricted. Power sockets (220V) for electrical items are available in communal areas. Accommodation at the study sites in the southern Namib Desert is in tented camps with all the amenities.
Three meals are provided on a help yourself basis – Breakfast includes toast and cereals; Lunch includes pasta, wraps, burgers or stir fry; and Evening Dinners include meat, fish and vegetables with rice, potatoes or pasta. On weekends barbecues are often served.
This 2 week internship is open throughout the year except for the holiday season around Christmas and New Year. Interns have to book a minimum of 2 weeks and it can be extended up to 3 months.
Note: Interns work in a group at all three sites and throughout the duration of the project.
Prices: No price increase for 2017
2 weeks US$ 1,390
3 weeks US$ 1,790
4 weeks US$ 2,190
8 weeks US$ 3,850
12 weeks US$ 5,450
Deposit US$ 600
For stays longer than 3 weeks, contact our office.
Outstanding amount is payable 2 months prior to the commencement of the internship.