Family Desert Elephant Project

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

Search for and see the desert elephants in the beautiful Namibian Desert.

This award-winning family volunteering family is now available to enjoy as a family; a unique adventure in the beautiful Namib Desert. The project exists with the sole purpose of protecting the Namibian population of desert elephants and ensuring safety and security for the communities who live alongside these herds.

Families volunteering on this project will join the staff in the vast Namibian Wilderness and help with elephant conservation activities including tracking and monitoring, constructing walls to protect valuable water sources, and will also take part in the education of locals as to the value of elephant conservation.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Aftter arriving the day before and spending the night in Swakopmund. Families will transfer to base camp, the transfer takes 4 hours, on arrival there is time to unpack and settle in. There will then be an evening briefing, including health an safety issues.

Day 2
In the morning the group will go to the school to meet all the staff and children. Help is needed with activities such as painting the classrooms, before volunteers 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
Another day at the school help with building amd maintenance as well as teaching.

Day 4
The last day at the school, the day ends with a small celebration before heading back to camp for a well earnt rest!

Day 5
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 be an evening briefing to prepare the group for patrolling.

Day 6
The group will pack up the patrol vehicles and head out on patrol on the look out 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, looking out for elephants whilst learning about the local wildlife, there may be chance to walk along the local river and take part in a fishing competition!

Day 8
There are patrols by vehicle and on foot today, searching for elephants in the Ugab wetland.

Day 9
The final day of patrol, at lunch time the group will head back to base camp, relax and enjoy the finaly night arounf the fire and sleeping in a tree house.

Day 10
After a goodbye breakfast, the 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

Requirements

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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