The Mighty Roar

Carnivore Conservation and Research Assistant

Ranskalahari Highway, Namibia show on map
Volunteer as a big cat conservationist in the stunning Kanaan Region of Namibia, where your help will ensure the carnivores is safe for years to come. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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. Your time will be focused on researching the free-roaming populations of carnivores to support the important role in mitigating human-wildlife conflict.

The unique location of Kanaan, offers serene surroundings in the heart of Namibia – a true desert gemstone. With endless red sand dunes, imposing mountains, vast grass plains and crystal clear night skies you will discover all of what this beautiful 33,000-hectare estate has to offer.

Rehabilitate the land, environment and ecosystems for uninhibited movements of local fauna, including; cheetah, brown hyena, spotted hyena, leopard, springbok, oryx, ostrich, kudu, bat-eared foxes and many other desert-adapted animals.

Our aim is to find a balance between the needs of Namibia’s human inhabitants and its spectacular wildlife. Home to a wide variety of large carnivores, has resulted in Namibia being the centre of the battle to ensure these beautiful animals are around for the future generations.

Previously utilised as a film, photography and holiday destination, the plan here is to establish an unfenced wildlife reserve in order to provide a refuge or safe haven for an extensive array of endangered species.

Kanaan encompasses 352km2 of desert scenery in which volunteers will get involved in vital research and conservation. During your stay, you will be able to help record statistical data of the wildlife species, ultimately contributing to the long-term management of the area. Explore the mountains as you search for caves and hyena movements, marvel at the vast expanse of open grasslands as you help further wildlife population numbers.

Carnivore numbers are starting to fall and several different species are becoming endangered – something we as a whole have to address. The large majority of these wild animals live outside of the protected conservation areas, which often results in them being killed by farmers who view them as a threat to their livestock.


Typical day

Mapping
You will join the researchers and use a GPS unit to map anything important, from wildlife observations to habitat features. You will also have to note infrastructures, such as roads, water holes and fences. Once collected, the positional information will continually be processed into up-to-date reserve maps, which are used by management and for publication of scientific results. Mapping means quality time in this fantastic environment on foot, where encounters with different wildlife are almost guaranteed!

Capture Mark Release
To understand how wildlife utilise the reserve and how they interact in a challenging and demanding environment, requires indirect monitoring techniques such as GPS satellite tracking. The volunteers will help researchers identify areas of regular carnivore activity such as dens, riverbeds and marked trees etc… You will place cage traps (for cheetahs only) and when a species of interest are captured, the animals will be immobilised on-site and fitted with suitable GPS trackers for continued monitoring. After release, the work continues at the computer following the satellite information from study animals and putting them in a scientific context. Please note this activity is dependent on carnivore species present and the availability of camera’s and equipment.

Radio Telemetry Tracking
Collaring animals with GPS trackers is only one piece of the puzzle. Direct observations are often necessary and is done by telemetry tracking out in the field. This will give you the chance to explore this beautiful terrain to track collared individuals and to make direct assessments on their health and location. This will involve long days in hot terrain with a certain amount of walking. However, the rewards of finding wildlife in the desert and collecting meaningful information at the same time are unrivalled.

Game Counts
The herbivores that roam these vast desert lands are an integral part of the African ecosystem. You will participate in regular game counts on either horseback or car to assist with the overall monitoring efforts. It is critical to understand the local populations dynamics and migrations to ensure there is sufficient water supply as well enough vegetation. The data collected will also be used to answer some questions such as, how do wildlife utilise this semi-arid landscape on a seasonal basis and how does this correlate with predator populations?

Camera Trapping
You will assist with setting up and monitoring camera traps that are placed in strategic positions around the region. These additional eyes often observe species of wildlife that are sometimes overlooked and helps research teams determine which animals are present and where they are most active. The cameras are non-invasive and sometimes record interesting behavioural data that we would otherwise have no access to. Volunteers will help setup cameras in the field (water points, cheetah marking trees, caves etc.), maintain them (refresh batteries and memory cards) but also go through the abundance of images to assess and structure the data recorded.

Hiking and Exploring
You will have the opportunity to enjoy a lot of hiking to explore this stunning area where you will get to learn about the native fauna and flora as a group.

Cheetah Feed
Kanaan is home to two rescued cheetahs from the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary who are now the lucky residents of a 7 hectare enclosure on the red sand dunes. Volunteers will be involved in the food preparation, feeding and caring of these cheetahs, as well as enclosure cleanings on a regular basis. Caring for these two cheetahs has become a vital aspect of the program and seeing them up close is a truly inspiring opportunity that is not to be missed.

Maintenance and Security
Work on site does not end with science and research though. For the ecosystem to function adequately, several maintenance activities are compulsory, especially in very dry areas like Kanaan. It is important to conduct regular anti-poaching patrols and help with other security efforts as well as getting your hands dirty with other activities like fence removal and water hole maintenance.

Sunsets and Camp Outs
One of the must-do activities in the Namib Desert is the sun-downer. Enjoy the tranquillity and breath-taking scenery of the Namib when the sunsets and paints the desert in unimaginable colours. We will also be conducting night drives or sleep-outs as part of our security protocol, but also to observe some of the nocturnal desert wildlife. While your here, make sure you sit back and let your mind wander away from the buzz of civilisation – Kanaan is the ideal place for relaxation. The Namib night sky with its ever-prominent Milky Way is another highlight not to be missed.

Details on Arrival

Every Friday

Free-time activities

After a hard days work, there is no better place for everyone to come together and talk about their day and share stories than outside around the large fire pit. Relax and unwind as you watch the sunset behind the mountains and sand dunes and then stare up to the clear night sky with the stars shinning so brightly!


Sightseeing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking

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
required
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, Friday and Saturday

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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 some meals, accommodation, airport pick up and the registration fee

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 Thursday. 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.
Accommodation
During your time at our research site, you will be staying in the beautifully renovated farmhouse with shared rooms and a bathroom.

Inside is just as nice, with a large communal sitting and dining area, with beautiful dark wooden floors and stylish furnishings.

There is limited mobile phone signal and no internet, so this really is your chance to escape and enjoy the peace and tranquillity that the Namibian desert offers.


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.
Vaccines
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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