Family Desert Elephant Project

Company : The Great Projects
Activities: Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Family Volunteer Projects / Activity Holidays / Adventure Holidays / Expeditions / Family Adventures Holidays / Tours / Wildlife Tours
Country: Namibia
Location : Namibia
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 750 to 1000 £ Pound (UK)

Take your family on the adventure of a lifetime and volunteer with elephants in Namibia's beautiful desert. 

This breath-taking volunteering project gives your family the chance to immerse themselves in the beautiful Namibian desert and aid the conservation of the elephants that call the region home. The aim of this project is to protect the elephants from the threats of human-wildlife conflict that are becoming all the more common in Namibia, whilst also working to educate the local people on the importance of elephant conservation.

If your family chooses to volunteer on this project they can be expected to take part in some amazing volunteer activities such as tracking and monitoring wild elephants, helping with building work at a local school, and interacting with the native children to better educate them on the elephants with which they share their home.

Every member of the family will get something different from this project, so if you are looking for a holiday with a difference then look no further…


Day 1
After arriving the day before and spending the night in Swakopmund, families will take a 4 hour transfer to base camp. Upon arrival there will time to unpack and settle in. There will then be an evening briefing, including a talk on any health and safety issues that may crop up whilst in the desert.

Day 2
In the morning your group will go to the local school to meet all the staff and children. You will be helping with activities such as painting the classrooms and fixes fences. After this, you will then join in helping to teach the students. After a long lunch back at camp, the afternoon is spent back at the school, before heading back to camp for dinner.

Day 3
today is another day at the school, helping with building and maintenance as well as teaching.

Day 4
This will be your last day at the school, and the day will end with a small celebration before heading back to camp for a well-earnt rest!

Day 5
Today gives you a chance to relax. There is the opportunity to take part in a nature walk and learn about survival skills and edible plants in the desert. There will also be an evening briefing to prepare the group for patrolling.

Day 6
Your group will pack up the patrol vehicles and head out on patrol on the lookout for elephants. Evenings are spent sleeping under the stars without a tent, listening to all the amazing sounds of the elephants and other animals in the desert.

Day 7
Today the patrol is on foot, and you will head out looking for elephants whilst learning about the local wildlife. There may even be a chance to walk along the local river and take part in a fishing competition!

Day 8
Today your group will take part in patrols by vehicle and on foot, searching for elephants in the Ugab wetland.

Day 9
This is the final day of patrol, and at lunchtime the group will head back to base camp to relax and enjoy the final night around the fire.

Day 10
After a goodbye breakfast, your group is then transferred back to Swakopmund.

Start Dates

30th July

Costs / Benefits

Prices from £845

What's included in the price of the project?
• A monetary contribution to the project itself
• Full orientation and support from the project managers
• Accommodation and meals as indicated

What's not included?
• Any flights
• Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
• Visas if required
• Transfers to and from the airport (a cost of around 180 Rand)
• Use of internet and telephone
• Soft drinks, wines and spirits
• Trips undertaken other than in the planned itinerary
• Accommodation not included on the first night


Though there will obviously be an understanding that there are children taking part, a high level of fitness is advised due to the activities taking place in high temperatures. No specific skills or experience are required, just commitment to the project and its aims.

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