Desert Elephant Conservation

Location: Namibia: Rural Areas

Program Duration: 9-12 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 1-2 Weeks

Dates: This programme has two start dates every month, please email for details.

Nexteracom Building Ebene, Mauritius

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Phone: +44 (0) 333 444 0182


Volunteer in Namibia, monitor the desert elephant and help overcome the human-elephant conflict. This is a unique chance to observe the rare desert-adapted elephant and help farmers reduce and repair elephant damage.

Water is a scarce commodity in the Namib Desert for humans and elephants, so the damage which elephants do to irrigation systems and water pipes, can leave farmers and households without any access to water.

Volunteers live within rural communities, helping to overcome the problems which their large neighbours present. Construct and repair protection walls around water points allowing the elephants to drink without breaking pipes or damaging pumps. Volunteers also undertake building projects within rural schools - upgrading classrooms, repairing elephant damage (often with elephants nearby!) and building new facilities.

Volunteers spend one full week every fortnight out in the bush on elephant patrol to track herds, identify and locate individual elephants and build up a picture for accurate elephant management. This is a great way to experience the spectacular Namibian scenery as you track elephant herds.


Why volunteer on this project?

Each volunteer physically contributes to the conservation of the desert elephants. Volunteers can immediately see the difference that their hard work and funding provides - this is REAL conservation work at ground level.

- Join a well-established volunteer programme which has taken more than 850 volunteers, constructing over 125 elephant walls.
- Give hands-on assistance to rural communities through building and maintenance projects
- Educate communities on elephant action plans, the value of the elephants and measures they can take to live together in harmony
- Experience the thrill of tracking elephants through the stunning desert landscape and monitoring their behaviour and numbers
- Carry out essential research for elephant management planning
- Work alongside dedicated conservation professionals
- Work as a team on physically demanding projects
- Camp under the stars in the middle of the desert

Type of Programs
  • Community Service & Volunteering
  • Experiential Learning

Cost in US$:

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Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

What does the cost include?

- Programme fee - financing which goes back into the programme your are involved with; this includes funding for equipment, supplies, vehicles and foodstuffs etc
- Transfers to and from Swakopmund or Walvis Bay at the scheduled date and time
- Full board and lodging for the duration of your programme (exc. alcoholic and fizzy drinks)
- Practical instruction on building techniques and wildlife identification as well as spoors, tracking and animal behaviour
- All programme-related transport and equipment required to do your work
- 24 hour support and guidance

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Conservation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Wildlife
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Other

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 week
Year Founded