Join this pioneering wildlife conservation initiative with Oana Namibia and help turn old withered land into a place where endangered species can thrive once again. This expedition combines cutting edge conservation techniques, community development, and adventure in a true desert wilderness that offers extensive opportunities for scientific and field research. This is the ultimate opportunity to experience the real wild side of Africa, where anything can happen.
Be a part of the re-wilding movement. Re-wilding is a response to growing public demand for a more hopeful, ambitious, and exciting form of conservation. The interest and support of people like you is the bedrock of the conservation movement. There are many ways you can help strengthen the re-wilding movement and be an active part of this growing community.
The Oana reserve stretches across over 165,000 acres of mountainous terrain that is home to unique plants such as the Quiver tree and animals such as the African leopards, caracals, honey badgers, Namaqua chameleons, and African black eagles. Surrounded by spectacular quartz and volcanic mountains and the wide-open skies, you will experience a true desert wilderness.
With its otherworldly landscapes, Namibia is like nowhere else on earth. It’s the digital detox you’ve been searching for. Explore the oldest, driest desert in the world and take time to listen to the silence and to your soul. Namibia is home to some of the world’s most cherished members of wildlife, vibrant cities, and rich historical cultures. It is run by a stable democratic government and has secured infrastructure that allows visitors to move confidently off the beaten path and endless horizons that beckon you to explore the country and its people.
Collecting data is a crucial part of conservation work. You will get involved with various aspects of field research such as tracking and monitoring mega-fauna, conducting biodiversity surveys, counting game, and deploying camera traps. The data that is collected is used for developing strategies and measuring the progress and success of the project. You will also get a unique chance to track nocturnal animals such as brown hyenas, aardvarks, and bat-eared foxes on foot beneath the glow of the moon and Milky Way on night safaris.
Oana Namibia aims to transition old farming and trophy hunting land to its natural ecosystem, so physical conservation work is a major part of this expedition. You will get your hands dirty by removing old livestock fences, scrap, and alien plant species. You will also help build sand dams that will ensure a year-round supply of water for wildlife and re-seed the once grassy plains. The physical conservation work you do on this expedition is crucial for the long-term sustainability of the reserve and for creating a healthy refuge for animals to thrive.
You will contribute to community development projects that are setup in the area. The work you do in the community depends on their needs at the time, but could include education, construction, or training workshops. Visiting local villages gives you the opportunity to talk to the locals and hang out with the kids, giving you a unique glimpse into the local way of life and a chance to learn about the culture of Namibia.
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
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