Namibia Desert Elephant Conservation

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Namibia Desert Elephant Conservation

Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Countries: Namibia
Join an award winning elephant conservation team to help protect and research the desert elephants.

Namibia Desert Elephant Conservation

The project helps to reduce conflict between elephants and farmers by building protective structures around water sources and creating safe water drinking points for elephants. The team also researches the elephants’ movement and distribution, and compiles identikits on herds and individual elephants.

The volunteer role rotates weekly; the first role is based at a community building project and the second involves researching the elephant population out in the desert.

Community building

For building the walls and drinking points, tasks may include:

  • Digging foundations
  • Rock collection
  • Mixing cement
  • Building walls
  • Maintenance and repairs of previous project

Research and tracking

The research project gives volunteers the opportunity to learn how to track elephants and assist the research staff in monitoring the movements of elephants in the region. Volunteers may be involved in:

  • Recording elephant movement patterns using GPS positions
  • Compiling and updating the herds identification notes
  • Documenting new births, deaths and other important events such as mating
  • Collecting elephant dung for DNA sampling
  • Noting any issues relating to the elephants health and well-being

Depending on the elephants’ location, a whole day may be spent driving to track the elephants or if they are close by, monitoring the elephants.

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Further Details

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Price details:



£75 discount for volunteers who combine more than one Pod Volunteer project!


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This placement would suit:

Anyone who has an interest in elephants and wildlife conservation

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“I wholeheartedly recommend anyone to give volunteering with here a try.

I had two weeks and had an amazing experience with an awesome group of people and incredible guides. Whether you’re working together to build a wall or a water tank or driving along a dried up river bed spotting elephants, it’ll be an experience of a lifetime.

Our group was a real mixed bag of people from all around the world (the USA to Switzerland) and all ages (teens to 70s) but we all got on well, chipped in and had a fantastic two weeks. The scenery is breath-taking too. Unlike other volunteer experiences out there, I really felt like I was doing something worthwhile and contributing to the local community.

Plus, how often do you get to sleep in a tree house underneath the star-filled African night sky?!”

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