Carnivore Conservation and Research

Assist the team with data collection of Big Cats to help with research on cheetah and leopard conservation in the stunning Namibian Desert

From £845.00

  • Up to 12 Persons
  • All Meals Included
  • 16 Nights
  • Big Cats,Lions
  • Every Friday
  • Minimum Age 18

Project Details

Activities

Carnivore Monitoring
Carnivore Monitoring
Go out in search of collared cheetahs and other carnivores. Based on the movements of the carnivores, the specific monitoring needs and prevailing weather conditions, a decision will be made as to which carnivores will be tracked during the day. This is important as the data collected here contributes to that given to the local farmers in the hope of reducing human-animal conflict.
Game Counts
Game Counts
As a volunteer you will regularly take part in game counts along different transect routes in the study areas. You will help to ensure that numbers, age, sex and group compositions of local mammals are recorded. The information gathered from this data will help the research team to understand on which prey base and in which capacity the large carnivores subsist.
Camera Traps
Camera Traps
One activity which involves some incredible walks is to help set camera-traps which record 24/7. These are set and checked to record the activities of the area’s carnivores and also certain species which may have been overlooked. This helps the research team determine which species are present in the area and are especially useful to monitor animals that are more active at night.
Hiking and Exploring
Hiking and Exploring
There is also the option to enjoy a lot of hiking and exploring in the area. This offers you the opportunity to learn more about the native flora and fauna from the experts: the facilitators.
Cheetah Feeding
Cheetah Feeding
You may have the chance to help feed the cheetahs that live within the project site. The cheetahs here have been removed from human-wildlife conflict situations and as a result of this they need help in finding food and water. Cheetahs cannot be rehabilitated once they have been moved from their original territory so this is a very important activity to help ensure the animal's survival and by assisting with feeding this ensures that the cheetahs are free to live out the rest of their lives in a wild environment.
Helping With Wine Making
Helping With Wine Making
Neuras is home to a large vineyard and the profits made from the wine that is created here go straight back into animal conservation efforts. As a volunteer, you could be involved in all aspects of the winemaking process from picking the grapes when they are ripe right through to helping to bottle the end product! You will also have the chance to taste the wine that is made here, and as you can imagine this is something most volunteers really look forward to!
Other Activities
Other Activities
As this is a very active project site, things can change all of the time and volunteers may be expected to join in with a task at short notice. This could be anything from a fence repair right through to a cheetah release so be ready to assist at the drop of a hat!

Itinerary

Please note itineraries are subject to change and the below is simply a rough guideline.

Day 1 - The Adventure Begins:
After arriving into Windhoek Airport you will be met at arrivals and transferred to the Namibia wildlife sanctuary which takes approximately 45 minutes. Upon arrival you will spend the afternoon and evening settling in and meeting your fellow volunteers as well as the facilitators.
Day 2 - Transfer to the Research Site:
After your brief visit at the sanctuary, today you will transfer to the carnivore research site at Neuras. This transfer is about 4.5 hour’s drive from the sanctuary and as you arrive you will see the breath-taking environment in which Neuras is located before having dinner and getting some rest before your time here really begins.
Day 3-15 - Project Days at Neuras:
For the next 2 weeks you will be based at Neuras and will be getting involved in some of the pivotal conservation work going on here. With a focus on carnivore data collection you will take part in tracking drives, using telemetry to find the carnivores, including leopards and cheetahs, and some incredible hikes among many more amazing activities.
Day 16 - Return Transfer:
Today is your last day at Neuras so after breakfast you will be transferred back to the sanctuary where you will spend the evening with all of the other volunteers and share stories.
Day 17 - Final Day at the Sanctuary:
After an activity filled time on the project today you will transfer back to Windhoek airport for your return flight, or to commence your independent travel plans.

Dates, Availability & Price

To secure a place on this project a deposit of £195 is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.

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*Rates other than GBP are estimates based on today's exchange rates. All payments are made in GBP.

Updates & Outcomes

The Carnivore Conservation and Research Project plays a vital role in collecting data on threatened carnivores in Namibia to help reduce human–wildlife conflict and prevent the decline of these magnificent species. Since the programme began in 2008, staff and volunteers have combined their efforts to successfully rescue and release over 80 cheetahs, 30 leopards and 15 brown hyenas.

Those involved with this project are constantly striving to understand and track carnivore movement, kills, and diet so that they can educate local farmers to prevent them from killing animals which venture into their farms.

The research site where this project takes place, Neuras, is instrumental in educating local people and slowing the decline in carnivores in the area. Volunteers' help is pivotal in recording data and monitoring animals so that this can continue to be given to the local farmers. This way of reducing human-animal conflict in the area is seen as one of the best opportunities to secure these animals a future. This is an essential part of wider cheetah conservation initiatives in not just Namibia, but the rest of their stronghold also.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

At the research site, you will stay in luxury tents with bedding provided. However, we recommend that you bring your own sleeping bag, especially during the winter. Showers have hot water, and electricity is available at in the main building for charging phones and cameras.

Accommodation Upgrade at the research site

Accommodation Upgrade at the research site

Whilst at the research site there is an opportunity to upgrade your accommodation. The upgraded accommodation is in stone built en-suite chalets, shaded by acacia and ebony trees with linen and towels provided.

The rate for this upgrade is £55 per person per week for a double room and £70 per person per week for a single room.

Meals and Beverages

Meals and Beverages

Three meals a day are provided. Breakfast includes toast and cereal, lunch includes pasta, wraps, burgers or stir-frys, and dinners include meat, fish, vegetables, rice, potatoes and pasta. There is also a pizza oven on site, and one night a week volunteers have the chance to make and enjoy their own culinary creations! On weekends there is often a braai (barbeque), which is a great chance to socialise and speak to people you may not yet have had the chance to. Tea and coffee are freely available throughout the day and other drinks and snacks can be purchased.
Please advise any special dietary requirements on arrival at the project. A vegetarian option is available.

Fitness & Skills

Fitness & Skills

The work required during this project is not overly-exerting, but it is advised that all participants be fit enough to walk between 10 and 15 kilometres on a daily basis, through rough terrain and in high temperatures. Furthermore, no specific skills are required to work on this project, however, all volunteers should be willing to work hard and function well in a group.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations

The vaccinations required will depend on your medical history. We recommend that you consult your GP regarding your own immunisation needs. In conjunction with this, we would recommend that you check Fit for Travel’s website.

Project Details

When is the best time to volunteer?

Whilst there is no favourable time to volunteer regarding wildlife, weather however can impact some people’s decision and so this is explained in more detail below and is in regard to where the Neuras is based.

September – May: The day time temperature during these months is between 25 and 35°C(77-95°F) and it remains warm at night with temperatures of around 15°C (59°F). January to March is also the rainy season with some rain expected every few days but not too much.

June – August: This is the driest period of the year with almost no rain at all. It is also cooler during the day however temperatures still reach 30°C (86°F). The biggest difference during this period is the night time temperature which can go as low as 7°C (45°F). Therefore, if you travel during these months you may need some warmer clothes for the evening.

Getting There

The nearest airport to the project site is Windhoek International where you need to arrive between 7am - 5pm on the project start date (A Friday). A transfer from the airport to the site is included in the price, and will take about 45 minutes by car. Neuras is a further 4.5 hours from the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary and a transfer is included in the price of the project. This secondary transfer to the Neuras site will take place the day after you arrive.

If you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flights page and fill out the form. A member of our team will get back in touch as soon as possible with a suitable quote.

Visa Requirements

To join the Carnivore Conservation and Research project you will need to apply for a work visa before travel. We will provide further information and documents for this upon booking.

Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar, but South African Rand is also accepted. The exchange rate is around 1 NAD = 0.06 GBP, 0.1 USD, 0.07 EUR. Please note exchange rates are subject to change.

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, tracking equipment etc
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transfers to and from Neuras
  • Full orientation and support from the project managers for the duration of your project
  • Accommodation, three meals per day and tea and coffee
  • Wifi
What's not included?
  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
  • Visas
  • Use of telephone
  • Soft and alcoholic beverages

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