Elephant Conservation Supporter

founded in 2003
Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA)
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Coordinator | Rachel
Coordinator | Rachel
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Puntos Salientes

Experience beautiful Namibia!
Explore Swakopmund is a great little town, safe, by the sea, surrounded by sand dunes and with lots of activities to keep you entertained!
Work with and protect the majestic elephant! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Meet like-minded people and form a deep relationship!
There's much to do in your free time: kayaking, surfing, quad biking, dolphin tours, fishing, desert tours and much more
EHRA aims to conserve the desert elephants of Namibia, through practical and realistic anti-conflict solutions. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Solteros y solteras
Sillas de Ruedas

How the EHRA Volunteer Project Works

EHRA's wildlife volunteer program is structured in 2-week (11 nights) rotations, but you can repeat for a maximum of 12 weeks(132 nights). A volunteer group has a maximum of 14 people, of all ages and from all walks of life who join the program and come to Namibia to experience life in the African bush! Minimum age is 18 years old and there is no maximum age limit. 

Meeting Point

The meeting point is Swakopmund and we will give you help and advice on getting here. We organise your travel arrangements from the airport in Namibia's capital Windhoek, and the transfer to A La Mer Hotel or Amanpuri Travelers Lodge. You can choose either to stay at. On Sunday evening ( 06h30) there is a short briefing for all volunteers at A La Mer Hotel, which is important because you get to meet our staff and learn what will happen the following day when the program begins. We leave Swakopmund on Monday at 12:00 noon. We then drive to EHRA's Base Camp on the Ugab River, where you will spend the night and listen to a full briefing about the volunteer program for the following week.

Week One - Building Week

On Tuesday morning the group travels to the local Namibian farm or homestead where you will spend building week, building a protection wall around the water sources or building alternative water points for the elephants. Volunteer teams live in mobile base camps in the vicinity of the homesteads and elephants. Tents are provided by EHRA this week and soon you will make the camp your home! All cooking is done over the fire and you work in pairs taking turns to be on kitchen duty, which includes providing the first cup of coffee to everyone in bed and preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have great recipes and we can also cater for vegetarians.

You rise early to beat the Namibian heat and then stop around 12 to travel back to camp for a traditional African siesta and lunch. In the afternoons you start work after 2:30 pm and work for a couple of hours, before it is time to head back to camp for the obligatory sundowner. Evenings are spent talking and relaxing around the camp fire, listening to the sounds of Africa.

Building walls is sweaty, hard work but each volunteer does what he or she is capable of doing, and you work as a team to complete the project. 

Base Camp

Saturday morning you pack up the camp and travel back to the EHRA Base Camp for a much deserved shower and relaxation. The next two days are yours to explore, read, take a swim in the elephant drinking dam and RELAX!

Week Two - Elephant Patrol

On Monday morning volunteer teams pack the Land Cruisers and leave on elephant patrol. This is an amazing week where you join the EHRA trackers on a (mostly) vehicle-based patrol traveling through the area to track the local herds of desert elephants. This week is your reward for all the hard work on building week.

The aim of this week is to track the elephants, record data on births, deaths and new elephants, GPS their positions and take ID shots and notes about each and every elephant. In 2014 we are also started a genetics project to ascertain which bulls are the main breeding animals. This involves collecting elephant dung, which is something all volunteers will help with!

EHRA believes effective conservation management is only possible through knowing each elephant personally, through its physical features and its personality traits, as well as having accurate and up-to-date information on numbers and movements. This is particularly important when 'problem' elephants are declared. The information gathered on patrol is entered onto our online database which maps each herd's movements using Google Earth. From this we can ascertain which farms and homesteads elephants visit regularly and therefore may require protection walls. The database also holds all ID photos of the elephants.

During patrol you sleep at a new place every evening, depending on where the day's tracking has taken you. You sleep under the stars, and for many volunteers, this is one of the most magical experiences of the project, and indeed, of their gap year or career break!

It is unlikely that you will see many other humans during the week, your company being the areas wildlife!

Aside from elephants, you can expect to see giraffes, oryx, ostriches, kudus, zebras, springboks and if you are very lucky black rhinos or even leopards or lions, as well as hundreds of different birds.

On Thursday afternoon after spending 4 days and 3 nights out, you travel back to Base Camp to spend your last night in the desert if you are with EHRA for only 2 weeks.

Friday morning you say your goodbyes and climb in the Land Cruiser for the journey back to Swakopmund. Friday nights are always a fun night out where we all eat together in one of the local restaurants.


Swakopmund is a great little town, safe, by the sea, surrounded by sand dunes and with lots of activities to keep you entertained, such as skydiving, kayaking, dolphin watching and sand boarding to name only a few. There are lots of cafes, interesting shops, restaurants, a few bars and even a cinema! For anyone traveling onwards through Namibia we can also help you to plan your trip and recommend the best agents, car hires, places to stay and to see.

If you would like to get in touch with a past volunteer to hear first hand about their experience please do let us know.

Free-time activities

Volunteers meet in the Skeleton Coast town of Swakopmund where there are many different activities including kayaking, surfing, quad biking, dolphin tours, fishing, desert tours and sand boarding on the famous dunes to name a few! During the project there is a day off in a small local town where there is a restaurant with a swimming pool and wifi. The area around our base camp is beautiful and great for short hikes.



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 (basic level)
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
There is no skills or experience needed
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 06:00 - 16:30

Servicios incluidos

Services by Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA)

All food, accommodation, transfers to and from base camp, equipment whilst on the project.


At base camp we sleep on a big wooden platform in a tree. On build week we make a mobile camp, with long drop toilets but no showers. We sleep under a tarpaulin or you can choose a tent. On patrol we sleep wild and everyone sleeps on bedrolls under the stars.

Food & Beverages

Typical breakfast is tea, coffee, porridge, cereals. Lunch is sandwiches and fruit. Evening meals are anything from Spaghetti Bolognese, Thai Curry, Roast Chickens, even apple crumble! All is cooked over the fire.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Rooikop Airport (WVB) in Walvis Bay. 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.

Fechas y Costos


Details on arrival

3 January - 14January
17 January - 28 January
31 January - 11 February
14 February - 25 February
28 February - 11 March
14 March - 25 March
28 March - 8 April
11 April - 22 April
25 April - 6 May
9 May - 20 May
23 May - 3 June
6 June - 17 June
20 June - 1 July
4 July - 15 July
18 July - 29 July
1 August - 12 August
15 August - 26 August
29 August - 9 September
12 September - 23 September
26 September - 7 October
10 October - 21 October
24 October - 4 November
7 November - 18 November
21 November - 2 December
5 December - 16 December
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$528 /week

La organización cobra sus honorarios en GBP. La tabla de precios en USDestá sujeta a las fluctuaciones monetarias. Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) le hará saber el precio final durante el proceso de solicitud.
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 Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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