Volunteering in Namibia – Protecting Endangered Desert Elephants

Company : Natucate
Location : Namibia: Damaraland
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1250 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

The desert elephant conservation project gives you an insight into Namibia and its breathtaking nature and wildlife. 

While being involved in protecting the endangered desert elephant in Namibia’s Damaraland, you will experience intense moments in the wild, spending nights under the stars in apparently endless landscapes and becoming acquainted with the culture and nature of the country.



The wildlife conservation project unfolds its work in north-western Namibia: Damaraland. It is a sparsely populated area, which is home to fascinating plants and animals. It is a challenge for man and nature to survive in the dry conditions and to wrest the few resources from the barren land – this often leads to conflicts between local inhabitants and wildlife.

Especially during the dry season, life in Damaraland is largely dependent on the few water springs. In their desperate daily quest for water the desert elephants sometimes destroy the farmers’ homes and wells to access the springs that have been taken over by man. During the inhabitants’ attempts to scare the animals off, elephants sometimes get severely hurt – the Human Wildlife Conflict is a challenge.

To ensure that the desert elephant can roam through Namibia’s Damaraland for years to come, the project aims at creating a balance which meets the needs of both humans and animals. In order to do so, it requires the help of dedicated volunteers. As a volunteer you’ll be involved in building protective walls around water holes, accessing new water sources for the animals and helping the farmers with development aid, schooling and training.

Moreover, you will dedicate yourself to tracking the elephants and collecting important data about movement patterns, behaviour and population levels.



During the so-called “Building Unit” you will live in a base camp close to your working site. Here you sleep in tents or under the open sky. During the “Patrol Week” you will pitch a mobile camp in various places, enabling you to discover all facets of the country. Your team will take turns in preparing the daily meals.


Services, Cost


  • Placement in the project
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Accommodation during the project
  • All meals during the project
  • Project-related transport
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • 24/7-support throughout the project

Start Dates

2022: 09.05., 23.05., 06.06., 20.06., 04.07., 18.07., 01.08., 15.08., 29.08., 12.09., 26.09., 10.10., 24.10., 07.11., 21.11., 05.12.

Costs / Benefits

2 weeks: 1,100 EUR
4 weeks: 1,825 EUR
6 weeks: 2,600 EUR
8 weeks: 3,250 EUR
10 weeks: 3,785 EUR
12 weeks: 4,475 EUR

Booking / Enquiry

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