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Experience the magnificence of Africa as you help conserve the Damaraland Elephant population by alleviating the human-elephant conflict in water-scarce Namibia. Your hard work will be well worth it in an African adventure you will never forget.

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  • This unique volunteer program plays an important role in fighting the eradication of the Damaraland Desert Elephant population.
  • This project works towards resolving human-elephant conflict over resources.
  • The elephants of Damaraland, in their search for water, frequently damage or destroy community water points.
  • The Elephant Conservation Volunteer Project assists in building walls designed to allow the elephants to access water points without damaging them.
  • Important data on elephant numbers is collected on this project.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation
Destination Destination
Namibia
Priced From Priced From
£ 920|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 920|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks GBP 920
4 weeks GBP 1760
6 weeks GBP 2480
8 weeks GBP 3013

Project Start Dates

2016 Monday start dates every two weeks (with Sunday arrival):

11 January / 25 January / 8 February / 22 February / 7 March / 21 March / 4 April / 18 April /   2 May / 16 May / 30 May / 13 June / 22 June / 12 July / 25 July / 8 August / 22 August / 5 September / 19 September / 3 October / 17 October / 31 October / 14 November / 28 November

Project closes 9 December 2016.

 

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

Building

Building

Your volunteer work abroad will involve the building of walls around farmers' and communities' water pumps, water tanks and windmills to prevent elephant damage.

Patrols  tracking

Patrols & Tracking

You will partake in patrols, helping to track the various resident herds in the area and to record movement patterns and information such as new births and deaths.

Research

Research

Volunteers are often asked to take ID photos of the elephants for the research database and log information about elephant behaviour.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Adventure

Adventure

Namibia is an adventure lover's paradise. The desert sands bring a new dimension to sand boarding, quad biking and 4x4 drives. You can go on a Living Desert Tour, camel ride and also sky dive. The desert sand is however not the only place to be adventurous. There are great kayaking, fishing and boating opportunities for you to enjoy as well.

Adventure

Wake up each morning to the most tantalizing aroma on earth; the smell of fresh coffee brewing over an open fire! After a hard day's work building with the other volunteers, gather around the evening campfire and help rustle up a delicious dinner before getting into your sleeping bag and dozing off under the endless, star-filled African sky.

Incredible! If that’s not enough, Namibia is an adventurer's playground with plenty of outings and extra activities:

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About Namibia

About namibia

About the Destination

Namibia boasts remarkable natural attractions such as the Namib Desert, the Fish River Canyon, Etosha National Park and the Kalahari Desert. There is a diverse range of animals native to Namibia, including elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions, hippos and cheetahs. During the wet season several rivers spring to life and form a central part of the ecosystem and are especially important to the desert adapted elephants. The North West region of Namibia, known as Damaraland, is one of the areas seeing an increase of wild Elephants returning to habitats that they have not lived in for hundreds of years.

As a volunteer in Africa you will be sleeping out in the open under a tarpaulin, falling asleep as you gaze at a clear African sky of twinkling stars. At base camp you will sleep on a large platform within a huge Ana Tree. There are two elephant drinking dams in the camp and the elephants often wonder through the camp in the evenings. You are provided with a bed roll and a mattress, but will need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. During the rainy and colder season two-man tents are provided for sleeping.

During build week (week one) there will be rudimentary ablutions but no showering facilities. While on patrol (week two) the camps are very basic and you will be camping wild, surrounded by breath-taking natural beauty, every night!

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Feedback from our volunteers

Daniela, Switzerland

Thanks to the team for setting up this project and having us for the last 2 weeks. Two unforgettable weeks with lots of action, hard work, nights under the stars and at the campfire, good memories to take back home, and the new friends we could find. And Elephants!! Some of us will be back for 2 more weeks!

Emma Hart

Wow what an adventure it has all been. I wanted to write to thank you for all your help in organising the trip. The Namib elephant project was absolutely fantastic, so inspiring to be working with people who are really trying to make a difference. It is an exceptionally well run project, so friendly and so much fun. It has really set me thinking about a few things in my life that might be due for a change.

Géraldine Ischer

Everything was amazing. I will never forget the first night I slept under the stars during build week, I couldn't fall asleep because the stars were so breathtaking that I couldn't stop looking at them. The food was delicious (really delicious!) I even took photos of the recipes so that I could try them at home. I was supposed to stay four weeks but I loved it so much that I decided to add two more weeks and I am really glad I did ... Since I came back from the life changing trip, I've been missing it a lot! I am sure I will come back one day and do the project one more time. I have without a doubt nothing bad to say about my trip to Namibia. It was perfect and I really recommend it too every nature loving adventurers out there!

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Desert Elephant Conservation, Namibia

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required
start a live chat instead

Experience the magnificence of Africa as you help conserve the Damaraland Elephant population by alleviating the human-elephant conflict in water-scarce Namibia. Your hard work will be well worth it in an African adventure you will never forget.

071
  • This unique volunteer program plays an important role in fighting the eradication of the Damaraland Desert Elephant population.
  • This project works towards resolving human-elephant conflict over resources.
  • The elephants of Damaraland, in their search for water, frequently damage or destroy community water points.
  • The Elephant Conservation Volunteer Project assists in building walls designed to allow the elephants to access water points without damaging them.
  • Important data on elephant numbers is collected on this project.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation
Destination Destination
Namibia
Priced From Priced From
£ 920|
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 920|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks GBP 920
4 weeks GBP 1760
6 weeks GBP 2480
8 weeks GBP 3013

Project Start Dates

2016 Monday start dates every two weeks (with Sunday arrival):

11 January / 25 January / 8 February / 22 February / 7 March / 21 March / 4 April / 18 April /   2 May / 16 May / 30 May / 13 June / 22 June / 12 July / 25 July / 8 August / 22 August / 5 September / 19 September / 3 October / 17 October / 31 October / 14 November / 28 November

Project closes 9 December 2016.

 

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Building

Building

Your volunteer work abroad will involve the building of walls around farmers' and communities' water pumps, water tanks and windmills to prevent elephant damage.

Patrols  tracking

Patrols & Tracking

You will partake in patrols, helping to track the various resident herds in the area and to record movement patterns and information such as new births and deaths.

Research

Research

Volunteers are often asked to take ID photos of the elephants for the research database and log information about elephant behaviour.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Adventure

Adventure

Namibia is an adventure lover's paradise. The desert sands bring a new dimension to sand boarding, quad biking and 4x4 drives. You can go on a Living Desert Tour, camel ride and also sky dive. The desert sand is however not the only place to be adventurous. There are great kayaking, fishing and boating opportunities for you to enjoy as well.

Adventure

Wake up each morning to the most tantalizing aroma on earth; the smell of fresh coffee brewing over an open fire! After a hard day's work building with the other volunteers, gather around the evening campfire and help rustle up a delicious dinner before getting into your sleeping bag and dozing off under the endless, star-filled African sky.

Incredible! If that’s not enough, Namibia is an adventurer's playground with plenty of outings and extra activities:

Back to Top

About Namibia

About namibia

About the Destination

Namibia boasts remarkable natural attractions such as the Namib Desert, the Fish River Canyon, Etosha National Park and the Kalahari Desert. There is a diverse range of animals native to Namibia, including elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions, hippos and cheetahs. During the wet season several rivers spring to life and form a central part of the ecosystem and are especially important to the desert adapted elephants. The North West region of Namibia, known as Damaraland, is one of the areas seeing an increase of wild Elephants returning to habitats that they have not lived in for hundreds of years.

As a volunteer in Africa you will be sleeping out in the open under a tarpaulin, falling asleep as you gaze at a clear African sky of twinkling stars. At base camp you will sleep on a large platform within a huge Ana Tree. There are two elephant drinking dams in the camp and the elephants often wonder through the camp in the evenings. You are provided with a bed roll and a mattress, but will need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. During the rainy and colder season two-man tents are provided for sleeping.

During build week (week one) there will be rudimentary ablutions but no showering facilities. While on patrol (week two) the camps are very basic and you will be camping wild, surrounded by breath-taking natural beauty, every night!

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Daniela, Switzerland

Thanks to the team for setting up this project and having us for the last 2 weeks. Two unforgettable weeks with lots of action, hard work, nights under the stars and at the campfire, good memories to take back home, and the new friends we could find. And Elephants!! Some of us will be back for 2 more weeks!

Emma Hart

Wow what an adventure it has all been. I wanted to write to thank you for all your help in organising the trip. The Namib elephant project was absolutely fantastic, so inspiring to be working with people who are really trying to make a difference. It is an exceptionally well run project, so friendly and so much fun. It has really set me thinking about a few things in my life that might be due for a change.

Géraldine Ischer

Everything was amazing. I will never forget the first night I slept under the stars during build week, I couldn't fall asleep because the stars were so breathtaking that I couldn't stop looking at them. The food was delicious (really delicious!) I even took photos of the recipes so that I could try them at home. I was supposed to stay four weeks but I loved it so much that I decided to add two more weeks and I am really glad I did ... Since I came back from the life changing trip, I've been missing it a lot! I am sure I will come back one day and do the project one more time. I have without a doubt nothing bad to say about my trip to Namibia. It was perfect and I really recommend it too every nature loving adventurers out there!

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