Aufnahme von drei hintereinander laufenden Elefanten im Kafue Nationalpark in Sambia

Your trip at a glance

Highlights

  • Gain insight into real species conser­va­tion
  • Commit yourself to protecting orphaned elephants
  • Visit an Elephant Nursery in Lusaka
  • Experi­ence spectac­ular Kafue National Park
  • Witness Zambia's incred­ible biodi­ver­sity
  • Hands-off Policy: for ethical reasons only profes­sional employees are allowed direct contact with the elephants

Locations

reiseorte-sambia-kafue-nationalpark-elefanten-natucate
Kafue National Park

Plan your trip

  • Included in the programme fee
    • Placement in the programme
    • Assistance with travel arrangements
    • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
    • Assistance with booking flights
    • Risk coverage certificate
Daniel

Write An Email

Daniel, your travel agent for Zambia

You would like to learn more about this trip? Don't hesitate to contact me! Our service doesn't end with your departure: I answer all of your questions and support you before, during and after your stay abroad.

Ein Artenschutz-Volunteer des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia steht im Feld und beobachtet einen Elefanten
Aufnahme eines Elefanten in einem sambischen Naturreservat
Zwei Volunteers und ein Teamleiter des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia stehen zusammen und beobachten Elefanten
Zwei Freiwillige des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia installieren eine Kamerafalle im Kafue Nationalpark
Eine Freiwillige und ein Teamleiter des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia stehen zusammen und beobachten einen Elefanten
Ein Artenschutz-Volunteer und ein Teamleiter des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia stehen zusammen im Feld
Nahaufnahme eines Elefanten, der in der Wildnis Sambias steht und frisst
Zwei Freiwilligenhelfer des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia stehen zusammen und beobachten mehrere Elefanten
Zwei Freiwillige des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia widmen sich Arbeiten im Kafue Nationalpark
Zwei Volunteers des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia stehen zusammen und lachen; im Hintergrund laeuft ein Elefant
Aufnahme eines Elefanten in einem Game Reserve Sambias
Eine Freiwillige und ein Teamleiter des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia sitzen zusammen im Camp-Buero und arbeiten
Blick auf den Lagerfeuer-Platz im Camp des Elefantenprojekts in Sambias Kafue Nationalpark
Zwei Volunteers des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia lernen von einem Teamleiter, wie Bush Buns gemacht werden
Aufnahme eines Elefanten, der am Ufer eines Flusses in einem sambischen Game Reserve steht und frisst
Die untergehende Sonne in Sambia; der Himmel ist rot gefaerbt, im Vordergrund sind Silhouetten von Baeumen und Bueschen
#

Volunteering in elephant conservation in Zambia

As a conservation volunteer in this project you will have the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the protection of orphaned elephants in Zambia and, at the same time, discover the breathtaking wilderness of mighty Kafue National Park.

Zwei Volunteers des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia stehen zusammen und lachen; im Hintergrund laeuft ein Elefant

Arrival and orien­ta­tion in Zambia

On the day the project starts, you will arrive at Lusaka International Airport and be picked up by a staff member who will take you to the programme's Elephant Nursery near the city. Here you will spend the first day, get to know the facility, learn more about the project and your tasks and finally drive on to your camp in southern Kafue National Park.

Zwei Freiwillige des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia installieren eine Kamerafalle im Kafue Nationalpark

Elephant conser­va­tion: your volunteer tasks

The tasks that await you as a volunteer in Kafue National Park focus on protecting and researching elephants and other wildlife in the region.

You will be involved in tracking elephant orphans, investigating the seasonal diet of the animals, creating a database on the local elephant population using camera traps and transects as well as in tracking other wildlife using footprints and spoor. These data as well as those that are regularly collected by the professional animal keepers are then stored by you in a database.

Filming and observing the older calves to learn more about their behaviour, herd structure, health and interactions will also be a part of your job.

Nahaufnahme eines Elefanten, der in der Wildnis Sambias steht und frisst

By meeting local population and studying certain mitigation methods, you also contribute to learning about strategies that can alleviate human-wildlife conflict.

It should be noted that your work plan is subject to change depending on the work that needs to done. Sudden "elephant emergencies" always come first and stand above all other activities. A typical volunteer day starts at around 06:00 AM and ends around 06:00 PM.

Important note: An ethical way of working has the highest priority. Therefore, only veterinarians and professional keepers are allowed to have direct contact with the elephants, but not the volunteers. This is to ensure that the programme limits contact between humans and elephants as much as possible.

Eine Freiwillige und ein Teamleiter des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia sitzen zusammen im Camp und kochen

Accom­mo­da­tion in Kafue National Park

Most of your time as a volunteer will be spent in an unfenced camp in southern Kafue National Park. This is located remotely on the banks of the Nkala River, right next to the project's release centre. Here you will be accommodated in your own tent, equipped with a mattress and bed linen. There are common washrooms and toilets as well as a kitchen and lounge area.
As a volunteer you will receive three meals a day, which will be prepared together as a team.

Das Team aus Artenschutz-Volunteers und Instructors des Elefantenprojekts in Sambia zusammen im Camp

Lunch on your off-day is not included in the programme fee, though. Small electronic devices such as laptops, mobile phones etc. can be charged to a limited extent using solar energy. After purchasing a Zambian SIM card, you may contact family and friends at home from camp during the day.
In the Elephant Nursery near Lusaka you will also be accommodated in your own tent and use shared sanitary facilities.

Freiwilligenhelfer des Elefantenprojekts in Sambias Kafue Nationalpark spielen im Camp zusammen Fussball

Free time as a volunteer in Zambia

Each Tuesday is off and you will spend this day in a nearby lodge, together with your team. An employee will drive you there and pick you up from there. In the lodge, you can go swimming in the pool or simply relax on the lodge grounds. You also have the chance to accompany your team leader for the weekly grocery run. Furthermore, you can use the evening hours of each work day to enjoy own activities such as reading, playing card/board games, doing crafts, etc.

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.”

Read more
erfahrungsberichte-frewilligenarbeit-suedafrika-zululand-artenschutz-mario-elefant-herde-natucate
erfahrungsberichte-frewilligenarbeit-suedafrika-zululand-artenschutz-mario-nashorn-wasserloch-natucate
Review Volunteering South Africa Zululand – Mario

“I really loved being in nature/in the bush each day and being able to enjoy so many unforgettable animal sightings – and, of course, meeting so many nice people and learning a lot of new things.”

Read more
erfahrungsberichte-freiwilligenarbeit-namibia-elefanten-sabrina-elefant-natucate
erfahrungsberichte-freiwilligenarbeit-namibia-elefanten-sabrina-build-week-natucate
Review Volunteering Namibia – Sabrina

“Of course, observing the desert elephants was a great experience. However, I will never forget falling asleep under the incredibly beautiful starry sky, which was an absolute highlight for me.”

Read more
  • reiseorte-sambia-kafue-nationalpark-elefanten-natucate
    1. Kafue National Park

    The Kafue National Park covers an area of about 22.400 km² and is Zambia's largest national park. The oldest protected area in the country is characterized by secluded, untouched and diverse expanses of land, which are home to an abundance of wild animals. With elephants, buffalos, leopards and lions, four of the Big Five can be found here, as well as wild dogs, hippos, cheetahs, more than 20 different antelope species and nearly 500 bird species.

    The landscape is characterized by the numerous arms of the Kafue River, wetland biotopes, Miombo forests, vast savannahs, thickets and floodplains – including the spectacular Busanga floodplains. Game drives, bush walks and boat trips allow you to explore this special place up close.

Background of the conser­va­tion project in Zambia

Poaching, but also habitat loss and thus human wildlife conflict pose a serious threat to the populations of African elephants. Our partner’s elephant project aims to help victims of poaching through rehabilitating orphans, but it also targets the underlying causes of poaching through conservation education and learning how to resolve human wildlife conflict.

Young elephants often become tragic victims of poaching and human wildlife conflicts. The programme takes in orphaned or abandoned young elephants in its Elephant Nursery near Lusaka, founded in 2007, and ensures 24/7 care of the animals. Up to the age of two, elephants are extremely vulnerable and completely dependent on their mothers. Regular feeding with special milk (every three hours!) and extensive care are indispensable for the survival of the calves.

As soon as the animals are no longer dependent on the milk, they are resettled in the project’s release station in southern Kafue National Park. Here they gradually develop their independence from humans and spend a large part of their time roaming the depths of the national park. The station is adjacent to Ngoma Teak Forest, which is home to a local elephant population of around 1000 individuals – providing elephant orphans with a wonderful opportunity to connect with wild herds and return to the wild.

#

Conscious Travel with Natucate

Supporting real conservation projects worldwide through individual wilderness adventures – our ambitions, our values, our service.

Adventures to get you dreaming