Khaya Volunteer Projects

Namibia Adventure and Conservation Expeditions

Keetmanshoop, South Africa show on map

Feeling adventurous? This wildlife project in the spectacular South West African country of Namibia offers volunteers the journey of a lifetime.

Oana wildlife reserve is 45,000 hectares of breath-taking mountainous semi-desert encompassing 50km of the lush Orange River; a paradise refuge amid the extensive hues of orange and red rocky and sandy plains forging the remarkable Nama Karoo biome.

Our aim is to ecologically restore ex hunting/farmland in southern Namibia through wildlife conservation initiatives. Our conservation projects are driven through our 4-week adventure conservation expeditions for anyone seeking a wilderness refuge. Our programs are a mix of conservation (manual work and research), community development, adventure endeavors and ultimate relaxation. The quintessential opportunity for anyone seeking to escape the grid and embark on an extraordinary journey. We are a conservation organisation with Oana Community Development Fund, our charity currently in formation.

MISSION OF THE PROJECT
Re-Wilding Namibia's farmland - the renowned conservationist Ian Craig and the leading mega-fauna veterinarian Pete Morkel recently secured 45,000 hectares of land for the sole purpose of conserving Namibia’s wildlife. Their vision is to ecologically restore the land, link up with neighbouring conservancies and one day turn the greater protected area into a National Park and a home for Namibia's endangered wildlife.

Oana's habitat is semi-arid mountainous desert in the Nama-Karoo biome encompassing 50km stretch of the Orange River. We are home to some of the most iconic species of flora and fauna such as the Quiver Tree, the African Leopard, the Greater Kudu, Brown Hyena, Caracal, Oryx, Honey Badger, Aardvark, Giant Kingfisher and the African Black Eagle.

ROLE OF THE VOLUNTEER
The main focus is to ecologically restore the wildlife reserve from an ex-hunting and farm ranch into a more homogenous and natural ecosystem. We do this through the help of our expeditioners contributing to several conservation projects.

EMPLOYEES
You will work with a variety of people from all walks of life.

EXPEDITION LEADERS
Ed and Andrea are avid explorers having lived in countries all over Africa; Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and now Namibia. Merging their fascination of the natural world and desire to conserve it they will no doubt lead you on a unforgettable expedition!

OTHER VOLUNTEERS
This project is specifically selected to give you a unique and personal experience. Khaya believes in smaller projects with a limited number of volunteers to guarantee this uniqueness. Most volunteers are from the UK, USA and Western Europe.

WHAT TO EXPECT
CONSERVATION, COMMUNITY, ADVENTURE
At Oana we all get stuck in together and work hard to achieve our conservation goals. The primary focus of the expedition is conservation, and the program is tailored around our current conservation projects.

Nothing is set up just for 'volunteers' - you will be part of the work force and your efforts are much appreciated. We are seeking wildlife enthusiasts, outdoorsy folk, great banter and explorers. See below for all the other fun stuff you will get to do:

MULTI DAY HIKES
We love to hike, we could hike all day every day. There is just so much to explore! We have 45,000 hectares of wilderness and can literally go in any direction. Hikes include, scaling ridges overlooking the Orange River, rock scrambling up Jenga Peak in the Wild West and Granita Canyon. We never do the same hike twice, that’s the beauty of this place. Please note the hiking can be tough on the mountainous, rocky, sandy terrain. Participants must be fit enough to join.

CATCH & RELEASE FISHING
We have 50km of the Orange River on the land and its all yours to explore, splash about and fish to heart’s desire. The Orange River is home to all sorts of fascinating bird life and the African Clawless Otter. It's a true oasis retreat from the desert. We camp out under the stars, sleep to the sounds of frogs, watch fire flies and roast marshmallows. 

MOUNTAIN BIKING
Adrenalin junkie? You've come to the right place. We have a 6km mountain bike trail carved through Quartz and Volcanic mountain ranges. I dare you to find a more spectacular trail!

4 DAY RAFTING TRIP
Certainly a highlight for most - you will get to paddle down the Orange River, as experiencing the area by water brings a whole new dimension. The river is home to unique bird life, monitor lizards and African Clawless Otters. You will paddle in two-people inflatable crocs, the landscape is ever changing, and you will get to enter the big gorge. There are some thrilling rapids on the river and we take them on up to Level 3. Once arriving at our campsites for the night, we spend the afternoons swimming, fishing, chilling and at the end of the day we roast marshmallows at a bonfire and stargaze. Namibia is one of the Dark Sky countries and the milk-way will blow your mind.

ACTIVITIES
CONSERVATION
The main focus is to ecologically restore the wildlife reserve from an ex-hunting and farm ranch into a more homogenous and natural ecosystem. We do this through the help of our expeditioners contributing to several conservation projects.

Projects include:

De-fencing (old inner-boundary fence lines), fixing water points for wildlife, eradicating invasive plant species, habitat surveys, large-mammal game counts,

wildlife tracking, leopard population and home range study using camera traps and many more. Projects are constantly evolving according to the research required and every expedition has an exclusive itinerary.

ADVENTURE
Oana is a playground for adventure seekers, limitless remarkable hikes, boulders, sand dunes we simply couldn’t leave out what the land has to offer so to maximise fun and exploration we choose to tie in conservation with adventure activities. The idea is to show unique ways to explore and experience the landscape and get youth excited about conservation research.

COMMUNITY
We have several on-going community development projects all with a sustainability and conservation in mind. Current projects include a Perma Garden at the local primary school. Other activities include environmental education as well as expedition scholarships bringing local Namibian students to Oana to join in as a member of an expedition. We aim to inspire and educate Namibian’s on the value of conservation.

Will spend the afternoon in Warmbad playing with the local children.

Volunteers are only accepted for the full 4 weeks. You cannot join the expedition outside the start and end dates because of transportation logistics.

Typical day

6:30 a.m. Rise
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Fieldwork
10:00 a.m. Morning break
12:30 p.m. Lunch and midday break, daily briefing
2:30 p.m. Continue fieldwork
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Evening data check, summary/discussion, movie.

Details on Arrival

2018 CALENDAR 
 
Expedition 3 - Reptiles, Large Mammals 
Thu, Sep 13, 2018  Thu, Oct 11, 2018 
 
2019 CALENDAR
 
Expedition 1 - Mammal & reptile tracking & small mammal surveys
Mon, May 13, 2019  Mon, Jun 10, 2019 
 
Expedition 2 - Bird monitoring, leopard survey, cobra tracking
Tue, Sep 10, 2019  Sat, Oct 12, 2019
 
Please contact us for further information

Free-time activities

Adventure

Oana is a playground for adventure seekers, limitless remarkable hikes, boulders, sand dunes we simply couldn’t leave out what the land has to offer so to maximise fun and exploration we choose to tie in conservation with adventure activities. The idea is to show unique ways to explore and experience the landscape and get youth excited about conservation research.



Sightseeing
Climbing
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 (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
If you suffer from diabetes, epilepsy or severe asthma unfortunately you will not be able to join the expedition.
All participants must be able, independently or with the assistance of a companion,
to:
Consistently and immediately comply with instructions from all staff field rangers,
and guides.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Khaya Volunteer Projects (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 Khaya Volunteer Projects
INCLUDED IN THE FEE:

3 basic meals a day
Accommodation (shared rooms)
Road travel within the destination countries
Activities within the itinerary
Namibian volunteer work visa

EXCLUDED FROM THE FEE:

Own personal luxury items
Flight tickets 
Personal insurance
Volunteer work visa - (required by law) takes 23-27 working days to obtain if applied for online.
We run a bar where we sell fizzy drinks, beer & ciders – we usually suggest 40-50 euros per week per person spending money, as this is more than enough.
Airport Pickup at Upington Airport
Oana Flora & Fauna is responsible for in-country transfer from Upington airport to Kum Kum Farm (expedition location).

Oana Flora & Fauna does not organise, book or take responsibility for all the carriers by air, and all bookings must be accepted subject to the ticket or transport conditions and regulations of the carriers or transport proprietors, and also subject to the laws of the country in which such carriage or other facility is required.

Oana Flora & Fauna does not accept responsibility for any extra costs resulting from travel delays outside of its reasonable control.
Accommodation
Base Camp
During your expedition, the team will be based in Bedouin style tented camp with a homely rustic ambience situated in the core conservation area on Kum Kum plain surrounded by spectacular quartz and volcanic mountains. You will spend most of your time at the main ‘hang out’ tent which is furnished with plenty of cosy cushions, a sofa, a library, an always stocked cookie jar, a beautiful dining table where we spend most of our time dining as a family and laughing over the day’s events and lastly, the Copperbok Arms English style bar hand-made by past volunteers.

SLEEPING
There are three different accommodation tents at base camp. You may sleep in a two-pax or three-pax pods or 5-pax safari style walk in tents, depending on the number of team members and the gender make-up of the team. Most people will share a sleeping area with one or two others of the same gender. Beds, pillows, and sheets are provided, but you must bring your own warm sleeping bag during. A camp attendant will sweep up and clean bathroom facilities.

BATHROOMS
Bathroom facilities include hot showers and flush loos toilets. Hot water is supplied by a gas boiler. 

LAUNDRY
Laundry is hand washed by two house keepers, we suggest volunteers leave a tip for staff of approximately N$500 after their months stay.  

ELECTRICITY
The electricity at the site is generated by solar power. It is 220/230 volts AC, 50 Hz.
Plugs are UK type. The campsite has electrical outlets, so cameras, cell phones, iPods, etc. may be charged during the day. Please do not bring unnecessary electrical equipment, as the system at the campsite is easily overloaded and charging capabilities will be limited. This will help preserve energy for other camp necessities. We advise, though, that you make sure to bring all batteries required for camera equipment, etc. as it can be very hard to find them locally.

Camping
Food & Beverages
FOOD AND WATER

A local chef will prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lunch and dinner will be a mix
of international and local cuisine, including traditional Namibian meals such as
poitjiekos (game stews) and braais (barbeques), using free- range game from the
game reserve. You don’t need to assist in shopping, food preparation, or clean up,
unless you want to. In the occasional event that we bring a picnic on a day trip, you
may be asked to help prepare your own lunch. Most meals will be eaten communally
on site in the mess tent dining area.

Tea, coffee, water, squash and snacks will be available throughout the day.
Alcohol consumption is not permitted by minors regardless of local law.
The following are examples of foods you may find in the field. Variety depends on
availability. We appreciate your flexibility

Typical Meals:

Breakfast - Cereal, porridge, fruit, toast/bread, jam, tea, coffee, occasionally hot
breakfast
Lunch - Salad, quiche, biltong, soups, bread rolls
Dinner - Braais, stews, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, vegetarian options, desert
Snacks - Fruit, biscuits, crisps, popcorn
Beverages - Drinking water, squash, occasionally fizzy drinks

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Please alert us as to any special dietary requirements (e.g., diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut or other food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets) as soon as possible and note them in the space provided on your participation forms. We
can accommodate vegetarian and vegan, but very specialized diet accommodation
is not guaranteed and can be very difficult due to availability of food, location of
field sites, and other local conditions. If you have special dietary needs; it is
recommended that you bring supplemental snacks.

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 Upington Airport (UTN) in Upington. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
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 South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$3,120.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$3,120.00
Average fees
$780.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Keetmanshoop/South Africa between 4 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Khaya Volunteer Projects 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 South Africa.
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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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