The Mighty Roar

Elephant and Wild Dog Research Assistant

Ranskalahari Highway, Namibia show on map
The Mighty Roar
Coordinator | Michelle
Coordinator | Michelle
Come and help our researchers and other volunteers in Mangetti where you will actively contribute vital data to aid with our conservation efforts. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The impact of human activities on native wildlife has never been more apparent than it is in respect to two of Africa’s iconic species; the African painted dog (or more commonly known as wild dog) and the African elephant. Both have endured decades of suffering through habitat fragmentation, hunting and persecution.

Situated in the North-eastern Kalahari woodlands about 100km southwest of Rundu, lies the Mangetti Cattle Ranch. The Mangetti Complex comprises of two main areas; the Kavango Cattle Ranch and the nearby Mangetti National Park.

We have been granted access to this amazing site for our elephant and African wild dog research. In total the study area is more than 2,000km2 of Kalahari woodlands and mixed Acacia savannah. The vegetation is thick and dense allowing even the largest species of wildlife to simply vanish before your very eyes!

Volunteers will assist our researchers in documenting the movements and activities of elephant and wild dog populations. Using GPS and VHF monitoring technology, motion-sensitive trail cameras and traditional spoor (footprint) tracking techniques, come and delve into the lives of the world’s largest land animals and one of Africa’s most endangered carnivore species.

The African wild dog is currently endangered, with only about 6,500 left in the wild and a prognosis of further decline. Although the African elephant are not yet endangered, they have suffered huge losses to their numbers due to human-wildlife conflicts and ivory poaching.

The vital research that is gathered at Mangetti, will help with strategies and conservation techniques that can be put into place to stop wildlife populations declining. You will make a positive impact every day, surrounded by a team of passionate, like-minded people, who are all striving to make a difference in Namibia.

Everyday will see you out in the field where not only will you get to see these incredible animals up close, but also get to explore the vast landscapes that Namibia has to offer. With natural savannahs, lush grass plains and magnificent views this is your chance to discover the depths of Namibia’s natural beauty.

Typical day

Camera Traps
The use of motion-sensor trail cameras is an essential part of ecological wildlife monitoring. As they are non-invasive, they capture vital images of the varied species that are in the area. As they are on 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, they are particularly useful for recording the presence and densities of difficult to observe species such as the African Wild Dog. The photos allows us to identify individuals from unique coat patterns thereby providing more accurate data for population estimates and levels of breeding success.

GPS Monitoring
Monitoring several elephants by GPS satellite tracking collars means that every morning we can download the data to monitor the movement of the herd. This allows us to identify any possible conflict and / or damage to infrastructure that my have occurred.

VHF Telemetry Tracking
Periodic tracking via the VHF transmitter beacon that is located within the GPS collar means that we can make detailed first hand observations. We can find out information on the exact herd structure and composition as well as build up a photographic ID guide to the individual animals.

Spoor (footprint) Tracking
Wildlife is just that; WILD! As such, they rarely stand around waiting to be observed and photographed. It is therefore important to perform detailed ground searches of areas to locate and identify the spoor (footprints/tracks) left behind by them. This is the first and often most important step in monitoring the activity and movements of focal study species to determine where further work must be carried out.

Conflict Assessment
Making detailed records of all conflict that has occurred, whether perceived or actual, is important in making clear plans for the conservation of endangered wildlife species, such as the elephants and African wild dogs. It is only by understanding the underlying causes of persecution in response to conflict that a coherent and detailed plan can be created that will produce positive and measurable results in conservation. This may take the form of recording and photographing specific conflict incidents such as damage to infrastructure by elephants or the predation of livestock by wild dogs.

Community Outreach
Understanding the attitudes of the local farmers and landowners towards species such as elephants and African wild dogs is essential to producing a clear plan of action for their conservation. Only by getting out onto the farmland and talking to locals can we hope to find practical solutions to the current conflict between humans and wildlife.

Details on Arrival

Every Wednesday

Free-time activities

With an average of 300 days of sunshine every year, Namibia is the perfect place to top up your tan while helping on rewarding rehabilitation and conservation projects.

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by The Mighty Roar.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
The Mighty Roar (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by The Mighty Roar

Fees include accommodation, registration fee, some meals and airport pick up

Airport Pickup at Hosea Kutako International Airport
You should arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek (WDH) on the day before your selected start date, being any Tuesday. You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign and who will then take you to the Wildlife Sanctuary – around a 45 minute drive.

You will be staying in our volunteer accommodation located centrally in the Kavango Cattle Ranch in Mangetti Village with other volunteers and the researchers.

Mobile phone signal is generally good except in some of the more remote areas and there is no internet. There is electricity for you to charge your mobile phones and cameras.

People per room – Up to 2
Single sex rooms – Yes

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You will receive 3 meals per day, which are all served within the volunteer accommodation or packed and taken out into the field. The menu rotates on a 3 week basis and there is a lot of meat served (usually for both lunch and dinner) which is more than most meat eaters are used to (so a few volunteers often end up to swapping to the vegetarian option).

You can expect some of the following:

Breakfast – Cereal, toast, coffee, tea, sometimes eggs, bacon and muffins
Lunch & Dinner – Pizza, quiches, wraps, stews, pasta, rice, curries

With notice we can cater for all dietary requirements:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. We assist you to find cheap flights to Namibia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Namibia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Namibia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Namibia.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,479
3 weeks
$ 2,119
4 weeks
$ 2,739
5 weeks
$ 3,419
6 weeks
$ 4,109
7 weeks
$ 4,719
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 7,529
Average fees
$ 683 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Ranskalahari Highway/Namibia between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Mighty Roar will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Namibia.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with The Mighty Roar during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Southern Africa Namibia  Ranskalahari Highway, Farm Frauenstein 277

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