Desert Elephants Project, Namibia

This project takes you to the northwestern regions of the Namib Desert, traditionally known as ‘Damaraland’. This harsh tribal wilderness area, runs parallel to the Skeleton Coast National Park, and is home to a small population of desert-adapted elephants.

This project is part of a long-term initiative to find solutions to the ever-growing problem of facilitating the peaceful co-habitation between the subsistence farmers, and the desert adapted elephants. As a volunteer, you will work with the local subsistence farmers building protective walls around their water points to stop elephants causing damage. In addition, you will take part in following and monitoring the movements of these elephants on patrol, camping wild and living close to the earth, elephants and people.

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What to Expect?

As a volunteer, you would be working alongside a Namibian registered non-profit organisation that strives towards assisting the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and other NGO’s in promoting a mutually beneficial relationship between the humans and the desert adapted elephants of the northwestern regions of the Namib Desert. Working from mobile base camps in the vicinity of the Brandberg in the ephemeral Ugab River, you will immerse yourself in pioneer conservation work.

  • Program ID: # 1851
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Damaraland Region
    21° 48' 1.1088" S, 14° 31' 26.1336" E
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Windhoek, Namibia (WDH)
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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