Interns will spent time at the field monitoring sites in the spectacular desert landscape of the southern Namib, the mountainous area near the Naukluft Park or the woodlands of northern Namibia. Besides tracking and monitoring carnivores and elephants, you may also have the opportunity to visit the world famous Sossusvlei dunes.
Pro-Namib ecosystem at Neuras (south)
Situated at the edge of the southern Namib Desert near the Namib Naukluft National Park, the 14,400 ha property consists of open grass plains, rough mountain ranges with stunning mountain features and dry riverbeds. There are 5 natural springs that feed a vineyard and the farm. This mountainous study site offers opportunity for grid surveys of vegetation and transect game assessments. 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 (south)
Located at the edge of the southern 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.
Woodlands at Mangetti (north)
The Mangetti Complex comprises two main areas; the government owned Kavango Cattle Ranch and the nearby Mangetti National Park. In total the area comprises more than 2,000 km² of dense north-eastern Kalahari woodlands and mixed acacia savanna.
The goal of this ongoing program in the Mangetti Complex, northern Namibia, is to understand the causes of conflict between the African wilddogs and elephants, and the local people. Interns will assist the researchers in documenting the movements and activities of these two species, using GPS and VHF monitoring technology, motion-sensitive trail cameras and traditional tracking methods.
Wildlife Sanctuary in the savanna ecosystem (central)
The wildlife sanctuary in central Namibia plays a vital role in rescuing and releasing wildlife species to help reduce human-wildlife conflict. Since 2008 the sanctuary has 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. Activities at the sanctuary involve animal care such as feeding animals, cleaning enclosures, taking baboons on walks, and maintaining enclosure structures.
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. Interns can choose to work at any one of the sites or a combination thereof.
Note: Interns work in a group at each site and throughout the duration of the project.
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.
2 weeks US$ 1,600
3 weeks US$ 2,200
4 weeks US$ 2,800
Deposit US$ 600
For stays longer than 4 weeks, please contact our office.
Outstanding amount is payable 2 months prior to the commencement of the internship.