An elephant is stretching to reach a tree; three other ones are looking for food on the ground

Your trip at a glance

Highlights

  • Experi­ence a real family adventure in Namibia’s wilder­ness
  • Help protect endan­gered desert elephants
  • Actively contribute to reducing the Human-Wildlife Conflict
  • Gain an inter­esting insight into the Namibian culture
  • Sleep under the open sky
  • Get to know Namibia’s wild nature in an unfor­get­table way

Locations

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Damar­a­land

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Voluntary helpers in Namibia are sitting on a hill and enjoying the sunset
Volunteers are dedicating themselves to building protective walls in Namibia's Damaraland
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A young elephant calf togetherwith a part of its herd in Namibia's dry Damaraland
Volunteering in Africa: An elephantherd from behind, roaming namibia's dry Damaraland
A young elephant calf proudly marchingacross  Namibia's dry Damaraland
A young elephant is drinking from a well in Namibia's dry Damaraland
Family volunteering in Africa: An elephant on its way across Namibia's Damaraland
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Family volunteering in Southern Africa

By joining this project adults and children aged 8 years and older can experience Namibia in an incomparable way, discover the home of the country’s desert elephants and actively contribute to sustainably protecting these fascinating animals.

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Arrival and Orien­ta­tion in Africa

You and your family arrive in Swakopmund either at the day of the start of the project or preferably one day earlier and spend a night in the town. You get picked up the following morning and brought to your basecamp for the first days. After you and your group have settled in, you get an introduction to the project, its goals, and the course plan in the evening.

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Volunteer activ­i­ties in Namibia

The next morning you and your supervisor set out to a primary school that is a few minutes walk away from your basecamp. The main task of the upcoming “Building Project” is, first of all, to help contain the prevailing human-wildlife conflict with selected structural measures. The locals often perceive the elephants as a threat – an attitude that can be dangerous for the animals. The project aims at showing the people ways for a peaceful cohabitation between them and the animals and thus causing them to rethink.

Voluntary helpers are sitiing on chairs in our wildlife conservation project's mobile volunteer camp in Namibia

After finishing the school project your group relaxes for a day before the “Patrol Days” start the following day. The goals of these drives are twofold: on the one hand, it is to have a presence in an area where elephants are under threat and to make sure that they have no injuries. On the other hand, it is necessary to comply identification files of ‘new’ herds of elephants in the northern reaches of the area, because these elephants are causing a lot of damage to the local farms. To pursue these tasks, you drive through the wild Namibian backcountry in an off-road vehicle and record the necessary data.

Conservation volunteering with the entire family: A large elephant in the Namibian savannah

Accom­mo­da­tion in Namibia

Your time as a volunteer starts and ends in Swakopmund on the east coast of Namibia. After you and your family have spent a night in the city, you will be picked up and brought to a basecamp around 120 kilometres north of the town Omaruru, where you sleep and eat for just under a week. You usually sleep by the campfire under the starry sky, where you also cook and eat together. Every day a family will be on “kitchen duty” which involves preparing the daily meals.
The second part of the project consists of tracking and following desert elephants so that you camp at different, spectacular locations under the stars every night. Your project ends after ten days and you start your way back to Swakopmund.

An elephant in Namibia is carefully approaching an off-road vehicle with its trunk

Leisure time during the conser­va­tion project

After dinner you have time to relax and end the day together at the campfire. Between the “Building Days” and “Patrol Days”, your group has a whole day off to relax and discover the surroundings. Anyone who is interested can join a nature walk, where your team leader teaches you about the nature of Namibia, edible plants, and important survival skills.

Learn what others say about their Natucate adventure.

Ein Elefantenjunges hebt den Ruessel in der Wildnis Namibias
Ein afrikansicher Elefant zieht mit seinem Ruessel an dem Gestruepp eines Baumes
Review Volunteering Namibia – Tobias

“I will never forget my time there and I hope that I will be able to take part in the project again.”

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Auslandsaufenthalt in Namibia: Mehrere Elefanten stehen im Schatten oder gehen durch die Landschaft
Ein Elefant geht zum Sonnenuntergang durch ein altes Flussbett
Review Volunteering Namibia – Victoria

“This project really does its job and benefits the locals.”

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Ein Elefant durchquert ein Schlammgebiet
Ein Sonnenaufgang ueber eine Bergkuppe in der Wildnis Namibias
Review Volunteering Namibia – Gesa

“Wir haben Neues gelernt, unsere Grenzen übertreten und vielleicht auch ein Stückchen mehr über uns selbst erfahren.”

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Review Photos Sabbatical Africa – Lynn

During her sabbatical Lynn dedicated herself to protecting desert elephants in Namibia and took part in our Field Guide Level 1 course. Take a look at some fantastic impressions of an unforgettable time:

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    1. Damaraland

    Damaraland is located in the northwest of Namibia. Characterized by gorges, hills and table mountains, it is one of the most impressive and interesting areas of the country. The extraordinary landscapes and the fauna, which constantly need to defy the region’s drought, surely leave each visitor in awe. Particularly in the west, populations of the highly endangered black rhino can be found alongside the impressive desert elephants.

    Damaraland also has a lot to offer culturally: rock and cave paintings from thousands of years ago can be admired as part of a visit to the Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg or Twyfelfontein. Damaraland – a real highlight of a journey through the vastness of Namibia.

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Purpose of the family volunteer project in Namibia

Volunteering together with your entire family is a unique experience. Together you work for the same purpose, become active in reaching a greater goal and acquire new skills and knowledge. This experience will surely bring you even closer as a family.

Family volunteering in Namibia means that you and your family dedicate yourself to protecting endangered desert elephants together – in this way, the youngest generation already learns about the importance of conservation measures, surrounded by the breathtaking nature of Namibia's Damaraland. A learning experience that everyone who takes part – young and old – will benefit from for the rest of their lives.

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