Desert Elephant Conservation, Namibia

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.


  • Play an important role in fighting the eradication of the Damaraland Desert elephant population
  • Work toward resolving human-elephant conflict that exists because of a battle over resources
  • Find solutions to the problem of elephants destroying community water points
  • Build walls and structures designed to allow elephants to access water points without damaging them
  • Collect important data on elephant numbers

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!

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • Project fee – this goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. It facilitates funding for resource items such as building materials, equipment, vehicles, and project supplies needed for the development of the project
  • Comprehensive orientation by various trained guidess
  • Camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag and pillow)
  • 3 meals per day, plus tea and coffee when at camp
  • All required project equipment
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Any visa-related fees
  • Accommodation in Swakopmund for the Sunday night prior to your placement, or the weekend following the end of your placement
  • All items of a personal nature, such as gifts, curios and clothing
  • Internet access
  • Any activities or excursions outside of your planned project itinerary
  • Soft drinks, alcohol, between-meal snacks and weekend food
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.

Volunteer Reviews

“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. I have – without a doubt – nothing bad to say about my trip to Namibia. It was perfect and I really recommend it to every nature loving adventurer out there!”

Géraldine Ischer


“Wow, what an adventure it has all been. I wanted to write to thank you for all your help in organising the trip. The Namibia 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.”

Emma Hart

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