Volunteer Experiences - Desert Elephants In Namibia

Volunteer Experiences - Desert Elephants In Namibia

Posted by Connor Whelan on 29th Mar 2016

We are delighted to bring you another in our series of volunteer experiences, and this time it comes from Richard who visited the Desert Elephants in Namibia project! Let’s take a look at what he thought of the trip.

What was the highlight of your trip?

There is an excitement that comes with your first sighting of the wild elephants. With the engine of the jeep extinguished we sat in a dried river bed watching the elephants go about their business. There is a moment of pure calm before the cameras started clicking away and the excitement of the first sighting returns.

Elephants in Namibia

Would you go back or to any other projects?

I wouldn't go back for the simple reason that there are other projects in other countries I want to explore!

Any tips for new travellers?

It gets cold at night. You cannot be too prepared for that. Being ready for anything and being prepared to do anything is the key to enjoying any of these holidays. Always remember to pack your sense of humour as that will get you through everything.

Baby Elephant

Did the trip inspire you to help animal conservation in any other ways?

My day job involves Zoo Licensing and other animal welfare legislation so it's a joy to see the animals in the wild and then see what lessons I can bring back.

Why do you think people need to travel?

The experiences gained while travelling are ones that stay with you and are directly transferable such as organisation and planning. Then there are the people that you meet that can easily become friends within 48 hours.

It sounds like Richard really enjoyed his trip to Namibia spending time with the elephants. If you want to experience this too, then you can click here and find out a bit more about the project!


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