Wildlife conservation, habitat conservation, cultural conservation, humanitarian work

Project name:

Naankuse Foundation

Project purpose:

The Naankuse Foundation is a charity dedicated to conserving the landscapes, cultures and wildlife of Namibia. Originating as a small wildlife sanctuary nestled in the Namibian bush, Naankuse is now a world-famous conservation organisation. The Naankuse Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary provides a safe haven and second chance for countless injured, orphaned and conflict animals. Wherever possible our aim is to release animals back into the wild. Our mission is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia, Africa. We aim to achieve this through encouraging participation, education and scientific research.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

528

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

Accommodation:

shared / private rooms

When does the project run?

All year

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, hot shower, western toilet,

How long can I stay?

The volunteers are divided into groups to work with two activities a day between 08:00 - 17:00 (with a break between 13:00 -14:30) with one off day a week.

Requirements:

  • None

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

To give you the opportunity to experience our conservation efforts across Namibia, we present you with the following packages to suit your unique needs. Sign-up for one of these packages and you qualify for a discount! Your opportunity to experience our conservation efforts across Namibia!
Conservation Full House Package
54 Nights for only N$ 49 378.20 (You Save 15%)

Enter the fascinating world of conservation, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, animal care, the mystery of the San and Namibia’s out-of-this-world beauty. This package lets you experience the best of every Naankuse reserve and research site.

Find your Feet: 2 nights at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary for an introduction to the conservation efforts of the Naankuse Foundation.

Painted Packs and Gentle Giants: 7 days in the magical Mangetti of Namibia’s north. Be fascinated by elephant and African wild dog research and human-wildlife conflict mitigation.

Animal Action: Travel back to Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary for a further 18 days and learn all about caring for orphaned and conflict animals – no doubt a highlight for animal lovers everywhere.

Riveting Research: For the next 7 days Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate is certain to tempt your palate AND your passion for conservation. Gain in-depth knowledge into human-wildlife conflict mitigation, hike through rugged terrain, savour delectable wines and so much more.

Iconic Namibia: Then take to the road on a 4-hour scenic drive to Kanaan Desert Retreat. Here our Spotted Hyena Research Project and learning about small carnivores and the desert ecosystem as a whole, combined with out-of-this-world desert locations and magical sunrise and sunset moments, will enthrall you for a week.

A Bit of a Break: Recharge your batteries on a well-deserved rest day back at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary

Conserving Cultures: Head to the Naankuse Lifeline Clinic in eastern Namibia for 12 days. Assisting our medical team with primary healthcare, outreach and support to the local San community is an experience that will change your outlook on life.

A Final Farewell: Enjoy a final night back at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary. Bid farewell to new friends and relax before winging your way back home.
Conservation Round-about Package

An in-depth look into the world of conservation and animal care at four of the Naankuse Foundation’s epic reserves and research sites.
35 Nights for only N$ 36 618.00 (You Save 15%)

Find your Feet: 2 nights at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary for an introduction to the conservation efforts of the Naankuse Foundation.

Painted Packs and Gentle Giants: 7 days in the magical Mangetti of Namibia’s north. Be fascinated by elephant and African wild dog research and human-wildlife conflict mitigation.

Animal Action: Travel back to Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary for a further 10 days and learn all about caring for orphaned and conflict animals – no doubt a highlight for animal lovers everywhere.

Riveting Research: For the next 7 days Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate is certain to tempt your palate AND your passion for conservation. Gain in-depth knowledge into human-wildlife conflict mitigation, hike through rugged terrain, savor delectable wines and so much more.

Iconic Namibia: Then take to the road on a 4-hour scenic drive to Kanaan Desert Retreat. Here our Spotted Hyena Research Project and learning about small carnivores and the desert ecosystem as a whole, combined with out-of-this-world desert locations and magical sunrise and sunset moments, will enthrall you for a week. 

A Final Farewell: Enjoy 2 nights back at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary. Bid farewell to new friends and relax before winging your way back home.
Conservation Central and Southern Package
28 Nights for only N$ 30963.60 (You Save 10%)

Discover the conservation delights of central and southern Namibia. This package showcases three of the Naankuse Foundation’s unique reserves and research sites.

Animal Action: 12 nights at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary to fully enter the world of the conservation efforts of the Naankuse Foundation.

Riveting Research: For the next 7 days Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate is certain to tempt your palate AND your passion for conservation. Gain in-depth knowledge into human-wildlife conflict mitigation, hike through rugged terrain, savor delectable wines and so much more.

Iconic Namibia: Then take to the road on a 4-hour scenic drive to Kanaan Desert Retreat. Here our Spotted Hyena Research Project will enthral.

A Final Farewell: Enjoy 2 nights back at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary. Bid farewell to new friends and relax before winging your way back home.
Conservation Central and Northern Package

Two of the Naankuse Foundation’s northern and central sites will bedazzle during 28 conservation filled days.
28 Nights for only N$ 29 946.60 (You Save 10%)

Animal Action: 13 days at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary to fully enter the world of the conservation efforts of the Naankuse Foundation.

Painted Packs and Gentle Giants: 2 weeks in the magical Mangetti of Namibia’s north. Be fascinated by elephant and African wild dog research and human-wildlife conflict mitigation.

A Final Farewell: Then enjoy last moments back at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary. Bid farewell to new friends and relax before winging your way back home.
Conservation Central and Eastern Package

Two of the Naankuse Foundation’s central and eastern projects will no doubt beguile for 28 adventurous days.
28 Nights for only N$ 28 929.60 (You Save 10%)

Find your Feet: 3 nights at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary for an introduction to the conservation efforts of the Naankuse Foundation.

Conserving Cultures: Head to the Naankuse Lifeline Clinic in eastern Namibia for 12 days. Assisting our medical team with primary healthcare, outreach and support to the local San community is an experience that will change your outlook on life.

Animal Action: Travel back to Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary for a further 13 days and learn all about caring for orphaned, injured and conflict animals – no doubt a highlight for animal lovers everywhere.
Conservation Wild Dog Package

Gain intimate knowledge of the African wild dog, Namibia’s most endangered carnivore. This package not only emphasizes the plight of the painted dog, but also immerses you in the world of animal care.
21 Nights for only N$ 23 092.20 (You Save 10%)

Animal Action: 13 days at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary to fully enter the world of the conservation efforts of the Naankuse Foundation. Learn all about caring for orphaned, injured and conflict animals. A definite highlight!

Painted Packs and Gentle Giants: 1 week in the magical Mangetti of Namibia’s north. Be fascinated by elephant and African wild dog research and human-wildlife conflict mitigation

A Final Farewell: Then enjoy last moments back at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary. Bid farewell to new friends and relax before winging your way back home.
Conservation Oasis Package

A must for conservation AND wine lovers. This one’s a treat for those passionate about both animals and the nectar of the vines.
21 Nights for only N$ 23 092.20 (You Save 10%)

Animal Action: 12 nights at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary to fully enter the world of the conservation efforts of the Naankuse Foundation. Learn all about caring for orphaned, injured and conflict animals. A definite highlight!

Riveting Research: For the next 7 days Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate is certain to tempt your palate and your passion for conservation. Gain in-depth knowledge into small carnivore research and human-wildlife conflict mitigation. Enjoy hiking through a variety of stunning and rugged terrains, and savour delectable wines, all in a relaxed and homely environment.

A Final Farewell: Then enjoy last moments back at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary. Bid farewell to new friends and relax before winging your way back home.
Conservation Landscape Package

The very best of Namibia’s iconic landscapes and wildlife – 21 days of conservation action and animal care.
21 Nights for only N$ 23 092.20 (You Save 10%)

Animal Action: 12 nights at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary to fully enter the world of the conservation efforts of the Naankuse Foundation. Learn all about caring for orphaned, injured and conflict animals. A definite highlight!

Iconic Namibia: Spend a week at Kanaan Desert Retreat. Here our Spotted Hyena Research Project and learning about small carnivores and the desert ecosystem as a whole, combined with out-of-this-world desert locations and magical sunrise and sunset moments, will enthral you for a week. 

A Final Farewell: Then enjoy last moments back at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary. Bid farewell to new friends and relax before winging your way back home.

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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