Carnivore Conservation and Research in Kanaan

Become a Big Cat Conservation Volunteer with The Great Projects in the stunning Kanaan Region of Namibia, helping to ensure the carnivores habitat, and all other animals that call it home, is safe for years to come.

From £845.00

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

Project Details


Your role as a volunteer here will be to join the researchers and use a GPS unit to map anything from important wildlife observations to habitat features. You will also be mapping infrastructures throughout the Kanaan Region, such as roads, waterholes, and fences. Once collected and collated, the positional information will continually be processed into up-to-date reserve maps which are used by the management team to better understand the region and how to provide the best care for the local wildlife. Mapping also gives you an amazing chance to encounter a whole host of amazing wildlife when walking through the terrain.
Capture Mark Release
Capture Mark Release
You will also help researchers identify areas of regular carnivore activity (dens, riverbeds, marked trees etc), place cage traps for cheetahs only, and then check the cages. When species of interest are captured, the animals will subsequently be immobilised on-site and then fitted with suitable GPS trackers. After release, these species can then be monitored through the satellite information provided via the collars and the data used for scientific studies. Please note that this activity is dependent on the carnivore species that are present and the availability of camera equipment.
Radio Telemetry Tracking
Radio Telemetry Tracking
Collaring animals with GPS tracking is only one piece of the puzzle. Direct observations are sometimes required and this is done via telemetry tracking. This gives you the chance to head out into the field to track collared animals and make direct assessments on their health and location. Having the chance to track down wildlife and see it in its natural environment is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but be prepared to do a lot of walking as the animals like to venture across long distances!
Game Counts
Game Counts
The herbivores that roam in the vast Namib desert are a crucial part of the African ecosystem and as a volunteer you will be helping the team to ensure that populations of these animals are strong and healthy. You will be participating in regular game counts via either horseback or car, and you will be helping to answer some intriguing conservation questions such as "How does wildlife utilise this semi-arid landscape on a seasonal basis?" and " How does this correlate with the predator populations?"
Camera Trapping
Camera Trapping
You will also be participating in setting up and monitoring the “additional eyes” of the region. These cameras record 24/7 and every single day of the year; therefore, they often observe species of wildlife that are sometimes overlooked. This helps the research team determine which species are present and where they are most active, especially for animals that are elusive or entirely nocturnal.
Hiking and Exploring
Hiking and Exploring
There is the option to enjoy a lot of hiking and exploring the area, learning about the native flora and fauna as a group with the project staff. In such a beautiful area, this is a popular pastime for all volunteers and it will open your eyes to the vastness and variety of the Namibian landscape.
Cheetah Feed
Cheetah Feed
Kanaan is home to 2 rescued cheetahs from the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, who spend their time in a seven-hectare enclosure on the red sand dunes of Kanaan. As a volunteer, you will be involved in the food preparation, feeding and caring of these cheetahs, as well as enclosure cleanings on a regular basis. Caring for these cheetahs has become a vital aspect of the work here – a truly inspiring opportunity that is not to be missed!
Maintenance and Security
Maintenance and Security
For this conservation area to function properly, several maintenance activities are compulsory, especially in very arid areas like Kanaan. Bearing in mind the variety of endangered species resident here, it will be vital to conduct regular anti-poaching patrols and other security efforts. What’s more, water holes need regular maintenance and will need to be controlled for damage. You will be expected to assist in a wide range of activities whilst here – prepare to get your hands dirty!
Sundowners and Camp Outs
Sundowners and Camp Outs
Sundowners are one of the volunteers favourite activities on this project and they give you the chance to simply sit back and relax whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery of the sun setting over the dunes. You may also have the chance to enjoy a camp out as part of security patrols, and sleeping out under the incredibly beautiful milky way is an experience you will never forget!


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

Day 1 - The Adventure Begins:
Upon arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be met at arrivals and transferred to your accommodation, and the journey to here takes approximately 45 minutes. Upon arrival, you will spend the afternoon and evening settling in.
Day 2 – Transfer to the research site:
Today you will transfer to the carnivore research site at Kanaan. This is roughly a 7-hour drive, and upon arrival, you will have the chance to witness the breathtaking scenery of the Kanaan region before tucking into a delicious dinner and resting up to begin your activities the following day!
Day 3-15 – Project Days at Kanaan:
For the next 2 weeks, you will be based at Kanaan and you will have the chance to take part in some incredible activities. With a firm focus on data recording, you will be a part of the team that is helping with mapping, radio telemetry, game counts, carnivore feeding and maintenance and security amongst other activities.
Day 16 – Return Transfer:
Today is your last day at Kanaan so after enjoying another delicious breakfast you will be transferred back to Namibia, where you will spend your final evening with the other volunteers and have the chance to share stories and photos.
Day 17 – Journey Home:
After enjoying an activity packed two weeks on the project today you will transfer back to Windhoek airport to begin your journey home or onward 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.

Select a duration below to see the available start dates.

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

Updates & Outcomes

It is the project's greatest desire to preserve and conserve the entire Namibian ecosystem, whilst offering willing and able people the chance to assist in the process. Volunteers are vital to the success of all programmes here, both within wildlife care and conservation at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanaan, and Neuras, as well as with helping people at the Lifeline Clinic.

By joining this project, you are becoming part of a generous group of people known as voluntourists – those who see a country through unique eyes and spend their holiday time and funds assisting projects around the world. Aside from the palpable help of actual volunteer work, you can also be assured that a significant proportion of volunteer costs are plowed back into the projects, enabling the foundation to grow and become even more successful in achieving our vision.

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At Kanaan, you will be staying in a beautifully renovated farmhouse with shared rooms and a bathroom. Depending on the time of year, tented accommodation may also become available. The guesthouse does have electricity, but you will need to bring your own South African socket adapters to charge electric appliances. 12 volunteers can be accommodated at any one time, which means that you are guaranteed an intimate small group experience with a lot of hands-on experience!

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 a newly built luxury tented lodge.

The rate for this upgrade is £30 per person per night for a double room and £35 per person per night 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 dinner includes meat, fish, vegetables, rice, potatoes, and pasta. On weekends, there is often a braai (barbecue) in the evening. Tea, coffee, and water are freely available throughout the day, and other drinks and snacks can be purchased.
A vegetarian option is always available – however, please let us know your dietary requirements upon booking. Please note that, given the remote location of Kanaan, some fresh produce may only be available seasonally. Please also note that your own snacks and drinks should be purchased before you arrive at Kanaan.

Fitness & Skills

Fitness & Skills

The activities you take part in during this project are 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.



The vaccinations required will depend on your medical history. We recommend that you consult with 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?

There is no favourable time to volunteer regarding wildlife. Weather, however, can impact some people’s decision and this is explained in more detail below.

In the desert areas winter and summer season follow similar patterns to the rest of Namibia, however little rainfall is expected and there are two distinct seasons:

October – April: In these months temperatures can hit up to 50°C and as a result volunteer working times may be moved to a later in the day to avoid the sun at its peak.

May – September: In the winter months temperatures will reach around 25 °C in the day time, but at night they can fall below 0°C so please be aware of this!

Getting There

You will need to fly into Windhoek International Airport (also known as Hosea Kutako International Airport) on your project start day between 7am - 5pm, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary Project Site or a local accommodation site if the Sanctuary is full at the time of your visit. This transfer will take approximately 45 minutes.

There are several daily flights here from the South African hub cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as daily flights from a range of international destinations.

The transfer to Kanaan takes a further 7 hours, and is also included in the price of the project. Both are private transfers arranged by the project staff.

If you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flight 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

In order to join this project, you will need to apply for a work visa before travel. We will provide further information and documents for this upon booking. We can also put you in touch with an agent in Namibia who can organise this for you.

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. For up-to-date rates, click here.

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 Kanaan
  • 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
  • Use of internet and telephone
  • Soft and alcoholic beverages
  • Any extra activities not within the itinerary

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Nikita & team.

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