Wildlife Sanctuary Supporter

founded in 2003
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Take part in animal welfare activities such as enrichment and ‘walks’ in the African bush
Help to improve the standard of life for some of Namibia’s most in-need animals through the maintenance of their environment
Support the project team as they aim to rehabilitate and release as many animals as possible back into the wild
Feed, care for and learn all about Africa’s incredible wildlife species
Here you'll direct all of your efforts towards the long term rehabilitation of animals. Experience hands-on volunteering with cheetahs, baboons, big cats and much more! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About The Project
Situated in the heart of the African savannah, this sanctuary serves as a refuge for Namibia’s injured and orphaned wildlife. Many of these animals have been relocated away from local farms as they are seen as ‘problem animals’, deemed to be a risk to livestock and crops and are therefore targeted by farmers. Additionally, the wildlife trade in Africa is rife, and many animals (such as baboons) are forcibly separated from their mothers at a young age, which in turn results in them missing out on developing the important skills which would aid their lives in the wild.

While the sanctuary does carry out vital work in order to protect Namibia’s wildlife, it is the help of volunteers which keeps its doors open for many more in-need animals. The primary aim of this project is to release many of these animals into safe conservation areas where possible, but for those which have become too habituated and are therefore unable to be released, they will instead be provided with a suitable, caring home at the sanctuary. As a volunteer, you will help to support all areas of the sanctuary’s efforts as you take part in a range of exciting and fulfilling activities: from walks in the African bush with baboons at your side to helping to prepare food and enrichment for all of the animals at the sanctuary, your assistance in keeping the project running as smoothly as possible will surely be worthwhile!

Prior to Arrival
Citizens of most countries (including the UK, Germany, USA, Canada, Australia and most of Europe) do not need to obtain a visa to enter Namibia and are granted entry for up to 90 days upon arrival. You will, however, need at least 2 blank pages in your passport for the immigration officials to use and your passport must be valid for a period of at least 6 months from your date of entry. Please note that visas are of your own responsibility.

You will need to fly into Windhoek International Airport (also known as Hosea Kutako International Airport) on your project start date between 7am - 5pm. There are several daily flights here from the South African hub cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as daily flights from a range of international destinations.

Typical day

A typical working week runs from Monday to Friday, with each day beginning at 7am and ending around 5pm/6pm. During this time, you will take part in a combination of the activities found below.

Baboon Walk
The sanctuary is home to a number of baboons that have been orphaned as a result of the human-animal conflict. Baboons are often thought of as pests, which in turn sees them shot by farmers. The injured or orphaned baboons are taken in by the sanctuary, and as a volunteer you will help to care for these social animals by accompanying them on enrichment walks, allowing them to exercise their innate abilities such as running and climbing.

Cheetah Run & Observation
Much like baboons, cheetahs have often fallen victim to the human-animal conflict: by venturing onto farms in search of food, these stunning big cats have inadvertently become targets of angry and scared farmers. The sanctuary has taken in many cheetahs over the years that have been injured or orphaned due to conflict. As a number of these cheetahs are unable to be released back into the wild, volunteers help to ensure they have a positive quality of life and one way of doing this is through an exercise enrichment activity. Setting up a pulley-system lure for the cheetahs to chase, you’ll observe the health (and speed!) of the animals as they run past you at up to 130 km/h!

Food Preparation & Animal Feeding
A huge number of animals call the sanctuary home, which means there are many mouths to feed! As a volunteer, you’ll play chef and waiter for the animals, preparing vegetable platters for the herbivores, meat for the carnivores and even milk formula for the little ones. Supervised by the sanctuary staff, you’ll ensure all animals have nutritious and healthy diets and will take turns distributing food at mealtimes.

Carnivore Feeding
Take a front-row seat and witness the sanctuary’s resident carnivores at their most ‘wild’ during their feeding time! You will help to prepare and throw food to cheetahs, leopards, lions and wild dogs, and during the feed, the project facilitator will share their abundant carnivore knowledge with you. This is your chance to learn more about Africa’s impressive carnivores whilst getting to know the animals and their individual stories and personalities!

This is a particularly important element of the sanctuary’s efforts, as enrichment helps to stimulate the animals and therefore will improve their quality of life. You will be tasked with creating an array of activities designed to provoke their senses, such as introducing scented or puzzle-type toys. One example can be found in a previous volunteer group's creation of papier-mâché 'animals': since the 'animals' resembled something the carnivores may have witnessed in the wild, they were quick to tear the creation open. This is a great opportunity to put your creativity to good use!

Project Work
Cleaning, building and maintenance are all necessary aspects of keeping the sanctuary running as smoothly as possible, and you will help to clean enclosures, construct new enclosures or remodel existing ones, fix fences, tackle alien plants and build animal playgrounds. These activities will go a long way towards providing a safe and comfortable home for all of the sanctuary’s animals and are a continuous element of the project.

Reserve Research & Animal Tracking
You will head out onto the neighbouring reserve where you will go in search of free-roaming, high-profile species such as elephants, rhinos, wild dogs and even lions! You’ll learn to track various wildlife species through GPS tracking and by joining a highly skilled Sans tracker who will show you how to find animals using spoor alone. Whilst out the reserve, you’ll retrieve camera trap data and analyse what you gather, helping the research team to monitor how endangered and vulnerable species are adapting to life in the wild.

Anti-Poaching Experience
Spend time with the Anti-Poaching Unit as you help to track and monitor the resident rhinos! For an evening, you’ll join the APU on rhino patrols, where you’ll learn the art of map reading, identifying animal tracks and what it takes to protect these iconic animals from the very real threat of poaching. A night in the bush is a great way to bond with fellow volunteers whilst getting to know and learning from skilled and dedicated rangers. 

Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary
The neighbouring Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary was created to care for elephants and rhinos that have been affected by poaching. During your time as a volunteer, you may have the extraordinary opportunity to nurture and care for injured or orphaned rhinos that have fallen victim to poaching and snare incidents. Please note, this is not a guaranteed activity as it depends on whether there are vulnerable rhinos in need at the time of your stay.

Free-time activities

Whilst on the project, you will have the weekday evenings and all weekend to relax (please note, however, that the animals do still need to be fed on the weekends, therefore a small amount of time may be set aside for this). You are welcome to spend your free time as you please: head out on a nature walk, go swimming in the onsite pool, or play football against the bushman workers at the site! Additionally, a braai (traditional African barbeque) typically takes place once a week, offering the perfect opportunity for you to sit back and relax with your fellow volunteers.

Should you wish to spend a little time away from the project site during your downtime, we do offer a number of trips at an additional cost.

TimBila Nature Reserve

For an additional £130, you may wish to swap out one of your weeks at the sanctuary for a week at the TimBila Nature Reserve. Known as “the land of second chances”, this area is home to lions and wild dogs previously rescued from human-wildlife conflict that have been given a new lease of life through release onto the reserve. You’ll spend your time here monitoring and tracking the relocated carnivores whilst aiding research efforts to allow the future introduction of rhinos and elephants! You’ll locate wildlife using telemetry and spoor tracking, collect and analyse camera trap data and may even be able to participate in the relocation and release of wildlife during your stay!

Kanaan Conservation and Research Site

Also available for an additional £130, is carnivore research in the stunning Kanaan region where the red sands and impressive dunes contribute to the beautiful scenery. This research site offers an insight to the lives of Namibia’s desert-dwelling wildlife, including (but not limited to) a range of incredible hyenas and big cats! Take part in the recording of statistical data on brown and spotted hyenas, cheetahs and leopards and mapping of this unique region, ultimately aiding the research team in improving their understanding of the wildlife found here. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sandboarding and will get to feed the two resident cheetahs on site!



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 (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
As you will be involved in all aspects of the project, including construction and maintenance of enclosures. We recommend that volunteers come with at least a moderate level of fitness.

No specific skills are required - all we ask is that you arrive with a willingness to get involved with every activity, have a respect for the wildlife and sanctuary staff with whom you’ll be working, and aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:30 - 16:00

Serviços incluídos

Services by The Great Projects
  • A contribution to the project itself including funding for items such as building materials, food and animal medications
  • Transfers to and from Windhoek International Airport or Windhoek city
  • Full orientation and support from the project managers for the duration of your project
  • Accommodation, three meals per day and tea and coffee
  • All activities mentioned previously
Airport Pickup at Hosea Kutako International Airport

You should arrive into Windhoek Airport on your project start date between 7am - 5pm, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to the project site. This transfer will take approximately 45 minutes.


During your time on the project, you will stay in a fixed cabin/tent alongside one other volunteer of the same gender. If, however, you are joining this project as a couple, you will be accommodated together.

Each cabin has an adjoining, open-roofed bathroom, complete with a western-style toilet and a hot water shower (please note that the water is heated by solar energy, and therefore may be intermittent). Plug sockets and electric lighting are also available.

There is also a luxury lodge on site where you may wish to spend a night or two. The lodge is comprised of multiple chalets, each with a private veranda which overlooks the bushveld, an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. The lodge also has its own pool, a tranquil dining area with stunning views, and a bar. Please note that the chalet is subject to an additional charge per night; please speak to a member of our travel team for more information.

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Three meals per day are provided for you at the sanctuary, with water, tea and coffee freely available throughout the day. 

  • Breakfast consists of toast, cereal, fruit and juice, whilst lunch typically includes burgers, pasta, wraps or stir-fry. 
  • Dinner is served in a buffet style and consists of meat, fish, vegetables, potatoes and pasta, whilst on weekends you may be treated to a braai (traditional African barbeque)! 

A vegetarian option is always available, whilst those with other dietary requirements or preferences (such as veganism) can be catered for, should the project team know in advance. Finally, a range of snacks and drinks (including alcoholic beverages) can be purchased at the sanctuary.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. We assist you to find cheap flights to Namíbia.
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 Namíbia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Namíbia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Namíbia.

Datas & Custos


Details on arrival

You can choose to arrive on any day of the week throughout the year (subject to availability). Please contact us to check whether your preferred start date is still available!

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)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$606 /week

A organização cobra as suas taxas em GBP. A tabela de preços em USD está sujeita a flutuação cambial. The Great Projects informará o candidato sobre o preço final durante o processo de candidatura.
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 Great Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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