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Volunteer with animals in Namibia

Practical information


  • Participate in anti-poaching efforts
  • Live close to many wild animals in the Namibian bush and nothing beats being surrounded by a pride of lions, leopards or cheetahs and being able to spend time observing their individuals traits
  • Being accompanied by other people who are very passionate about animals
  • Learn and experience how each animal behaves, reacts and what their characters are like

Program description

Volunteers will have the rare and exciting opportunity to actively participate in the conservation, rehabilitation, care and research of African wildlife. The sanctuary currently provides a safe refuge for orphaned, injured or conflict wildlife including several lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals, warthogs, antelope and baboons as well as a host of birds, smaller African mammals and farmyard animals. Wildlife Conservation Volunteers are crucial in helping to care for the animals in rehabilitation or permanent captivity at the sanctuary, as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary. This is an exceptional opportunity to get hands on experience with African wildlife and the many aspects of their care. All routine aspects of the programme are carried out in a rotational group system to ensure that everybody gets exposed to the variety of experiences available. For the full experience and understanding of what the project does, we highly recommend that you book at least three weeks on project.


Duties that do not directly interact with the animals are still crucial to their well-being. General maintenance and cleaning of the grounds (for example: cutting grass to ensure there are no ticks, fleas, snakes, and spiders, and poop scooping); are regular tasks on the farm for the health and safety of all the animals in our care.


As a volunteer, you will be able to experience each of the various jobs on the farm; as the tasks are rotated among the volunteers to ensure each person has an opportunity to both help with farm maintenance and interact with the animals equally.


Example itinerary

The volunteering schedule works on a rotational group system, which ensures every volunteer gets to experience as many of the activities as possible.


The groups work two to three activities a day between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Volunteers get a short break in the morning followed by lunch from 1pm-2:30pm.


Weekends are not part of the rotation schedule; on Saturdays, volunteers will participate in certain activities in the morning, and in the afternoon there will be a fun non-work related activity followed by a braai (barbeque). On Sunday, a small team will participate in food prep in the morning and a different small team will participate in the afternoon, so you will have half the day off. All non-working hours are free time to explore the sanctuary!


Please note that from time to time there can be unavoidable changes to projects. These can be caused by weather, conservation priorities, materials supply, or because ongoing projects have progressed more quickly or slowly than originally planned. We ask you to accept the changes – we are sure that you will enjoy the replacement projects just as much.

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Where is your project

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Included in the price

  • Airport pick up from Windhoek International
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Transport to and from the project
  • 24 hour support and supervision
  • Donation to the project
  • Certificate of appreciation

Not included in the price

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visa

Your accommodation

- Volunteers will stay in tents (2-4 people per tent)


- All linen will be provided


- The volunteer house is roughly 1km away from the main-house, and is safe and secure


- Swimming pool is available


- No visitors are permitted to enter the property unless permitted by the project leader


Additional information

- Laundry: Laundry services are available on selected days at the Wildlife Sanctuary.

- Internet: There is NO Wifi at this project due to the poor reception. Please do make sure you purchase a Namibia Sim card and load data on it, you can purchase this at the airport upon arrival or at the project.

- Location: The Wildlife Sanctuary is located just 45km out of Windhoek (Namibia's capital) and 35km from Windhoek International airport, in the Khomas region of Namibia.

- Shops/Grocery Stores: You can book a transfer to the city center with your volunteer coordinator so that you can purchase essentials/souvenirs or food items at an additional cost of NAD200 per trip.


- Up to date CV/resume.

- Copy of return flight itinerary.

- Intermediate level of English, understanding and speaking.

- Acceptance subject to availability of position.

A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 


A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.


Originating as a small wildlife sanctuary nestled in the Namibian bush, just 45km from Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, this sanctuary has grown into a world-famous conservation organisation, providing a safe haven and second chance for countless injured, orphaned and conflict animals. Whenever possible their goal is to release animals back into the wild - only those animals too ill, abused or habituated remain at the sanctuary. The volunteers are critical to enabling the project to continue caring for the animals.


Volunteer with animals in Namibia
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