Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary

Company : The Great Projects
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Activity Holidays / Career Break / Animal Volunteer Projects / Tours / Expeditions / Conservation Volunteer Projects
Country: Namibia
Location : Namibia
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Experience hands-on volunteering with cheetahs, baboons and much more in the stunning destination of Namibia.

This project allows volunteers the chance to travel and work as a volunteer at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary with cheetahs, lions and other big cats.

Volunteers will help to care for and feed the animals on a daily basis as well as helping with maintenance work at the sanctuary. Maintenance work may include de-bushing to get rid of invasive species, digging trenches to extend water supplies to camps, and other manual activities.

Volunteers are involved in all aspects of the sanctuary work whilst here. The animals are taken to one of the release sites to be reintroduced to the wild as soon as they can be to avoid too much human familiarity. Since opening in 2008, 40 carnivores have been released, and the number is always growing. For a chance to work at the release site please see our Carnivore Conservation and Research Project.


Day 1

Arrive at Windhoek Airport and transfer to Project site. The transfer is a drive of approximately 45 minutes. Spend rest of the day at the site, meet with other volunteers and volunteer co-ordinators and join an orientation talk.

Day 2-14

Project Days. Rise early and eat breakfast at 7am. Meet with other volunteers and volunteer co-ordinators at 8am. Begin morning activities which are distributed on a rotational basis. There is usually a tea-break at around 10:30am. Begin a second morning activity after this, with lunch commencing at 1pm. Afternoon activities begin at 2:30pm, and run until 5:30pm when an educational talk is held. Dinner is at 6pm, and evenings are free for volunteers to spend as they please.

Day 15

Final Day. Transfer from the project site to Windhoek airport for your return flight, or commence independent travel plans.

Project Activities

On this project you will have a chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are some examples of some of those included in the project.

Animal Feeding

Volunteers are responsible for preparing the food for and feeding all of the animals each day. Vegetables, fruit and mieliepap (a kind of porridge) are used to feed the baboons and farm animals.

Carnivore Feeding

Volunteers are also able to experience regular carnivore-feeds with lions, leopards, semi-tame and wild cheetahs, and even with rare African wild dog and hand-feed the resident meerkats.

Baboon Care

Volunteers are encouraged to help look after the resident baby baboons - this will almost definitely include taking a walk across the beautiful veldt with the baby and junior baboons. Volunteers also feed them, bathe them and take them to bed so they have someone to cuddle with at night and don't feel scared. It is the highlight of many people's time here and is a crucial part of the project but is not a mandatory activity.


Volunteers are involved in the clearing out of old food and bones from animal enclosures, the cleaning of waterholes and the fixing of any damage to the animal enclosures.

Animal Time

Volunteers get to spend part of each day playing with and looking after some of the animals on the farm. These interactions include taking a walk with the gorgeous caracals spending one on one time with the semi-tame cheetahs and meeting the resident pack of African Wild Dogs (also known as painted dogs); one of the rarest carnivores in the whole of Africa.

Wildlife Education

Volunteers receive a daily educational talk on various topics including the proliferation of local game, species resident within the Namibia wildlife sanctuary, and the science of wildlife immobilisation.

Local School Visits

Volunteers will spend one afternoon a week working with the schoolchildren in the local school, helping to teach them English and games!

Start Dates

Mondays and Thursdays.

Costs / Benefits

Prices from £775

What's included in the price of the project?
• A contribution to the project itself including funding for items such as building materials, food, animal medications
• Transfers to and from the Windhoek International Airport or Windhoek City
• Full orientation and support from the project managers for the duration of your project
• Accommodation, three meals per day and tea and coffee

What's not included?
• Any flights
• Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
• Visas
• Soft and alcoholic beverages
• Any extra activities not within the itinerary


As you will be involved in all aspects of the project, including construction and maintenance of enclosures, we recommend that volunteers come with at least a moderate level of fitness. No specific skills are required - all we ask is that you arrive with a willingness to get involved with every activity, have a respect for the wildlife and sanctuary staff with whom you’ll be working, and aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty!

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