The Mighty Roar

Wildlife Sanctuary Caretaker

Ranskalahari Highway, Namibia show on map
Get up close and personal to incredible animals such as cheetahs, leopards, lions, baboons and so much more! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Find yourself immersed in certified cheetah country; home to one third of the world’s total population! In addition to volunteering alongside these phenomenal animals, the sanctuary also offers the ability for you to help look after lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, baboon, meerkat, African wild cat, caracal, jackal, tortoise and even some farmyard animals!

The aim of the sanctuary is to release as many animals as possible back into the wild, across safe conservation areas away from farmland. Since opening in 2008, over 40 carnivores have been released back into their natural habitat, with this number constantly growing.

This project directs all its efforts towards the long-term rehabilitation of animals within Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. Sadly, not all of the animals housed here can be released back into the wild, as many are orphaned and have been hand-raised or have extensive injuries, meaning that they have become too used to captivity.

You’ll be working hands-on to help develop and maintain the sanctuary and its surrounding area so that the rehabilitation work can continue to grow. You will play an important role, caring for the animals on a daily basis as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary. This can include preparing food and feeding the resident animals, taking the mischievious baboons on their daily walk, providing intensive care for juvenile wildlife, cleaning animal enclosures – there will be plenty for you to do!

The sanctuary is situated in a natural savannah, with lush grass plains and magnificent mountain views – a sight to behold! Discover the depths of Namibia’s natural beauty that is blessed with breath-taking scenery and the most diverse array of unique landscapes where captivating creatures roam.The reserve on which the sanctuary resides is also home to all kinds of wildlife living in their natural environment, freely roaming the land including; leopard, cheetah, kudu, oryx, hartebeest, duiker, warthog, ostrich, caracal, jackal, baboon, African wild cat, mongoose, meerkat, vulture, eagle and various other bird species – this list is endless!

Typical day

Animal Feeding
A vital part of the day-to-day running of the sanctuary involves preparing food for and feeding the animals. Fruits, vegetables, meat, food leftovers and milk formula are all used to feed the animals.

Carnivore Feeding
Experience carnivore feeds with lions, leopards, cheetahs and even Africa wild dogs. You will learn about the animals’ backgrounds, interesting facts and also the reason why the animals remain at the sanctuary. You will even have the fascinating task of hand-feeding the meerkats!

Baboon Care
Many orphaned baboons reside at the sanctuary and all volunteers are encouraged to look after them – a highlight for many! You will be needed to help feed and bathe them and take on the role that their mother would in the wild.

Maintenance and Cleaning
Another core part of the programme is the cleaning and maintenance of enclosures. This can include clearing out of old food and bones, cleaning their waterholes and fixing any damage that may have occurred. During your time in the enclosures you will also be monitoring the animals to check up on their health and happiness.

Animal Time
One of the favourite activities for volunteers is spending part of your day playing with and looking after some of the animals. You will have the privilege of being able to take some of the juvenile baboons on enrichment walks to allow them the opportunity to explore and splash around as well as interact with some of the cheetah cubs.

Project Work
As the sanctuary is constantly growing, there is always the need to do some repairs and building work. This can be anything from the construction of new enclosures, digging new waterholes, border fence patrols, painting and the removal of alien plant species.

Clever Cubs School
You will be able to assist at the on-site school at least one afternoon per week helping to teach English and other subjects as well as play many games. Set up in 2009, the pre-school helps educate the local children (free of charge) from the San tribe, as well as the children whose parents work at the sanctuary.

Night Watch / Sleeping Under The Stars
Stay high up in the watch tower overnight to keep a look out for poachers or any other suspicious activity. You will take it in turns to sleep in shifts or you can choose to stay up all night, sharing stories, playing games and watching the starry night! Watch the picturesque sunrise over the sanctuary grounds and listen to all of the wildlife sounds.

Horse Riding
See the African bush in this special and unique way where you will have the chance of some close encounters with wild game. Go horseback riding through the veldt where you will check fences, count animals and other activities. This activity does not run between 25th July and 5th September due to the horses needing their vaccinations.

Details on Arrival

Every Monday

Free-time activities

If you want to relax in luxury then at the weekends you will have the chance to pay to stay in one of the 6 luxurious chalets that have stunning views, a bar, swimming pool and a tranquil dining area. Many volunteers choose to have the delicious buffet for lunch here on Sundays.
Swimming
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 and Friday

Included Services

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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 the registration fee, meals, accommodation and airport pick up

Airport Pickup at Hosea Kutako International Airport
You should arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek (WDH) on your selected start date, being any Monday. 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 straight to the volunteer accommodation.
Accommodation

The volunteer rooms are basic but clean and comfortable. Each room has 2 single beds with all of the bedding being provided. During busy times you may be placed in a triple shared room.

Alternatively, you could be accommodated in the large tents that are positioned close by on wooden platforms. Each tent has two single beds (again with all bedding provided) and a small separate living area.

The communal toilet and shower facilities have hot water and towels are provided.

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
Good 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)
$1,179.00
3 weeks
$1,712.00
4 weeks
$2,245.00
5 weeks
$2,778.00
6 weeks
$3,311.00
7 weeks
$3,844.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$6,509.00
Average fees
$566.00/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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