5 Weeks in Namibia: Wildlife + Adventure + Teaching

Namibia camp

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It would be great privilege to be part of the first team to help conserve this stunning reserve. If you have time - do it.
Charlotte Darby
Charlotte Darby
Leaper Alumni

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Your Itinerary

A 5 week Program includes all of the following:
  • Day 1 Oana Conservancy – Southern Namibia
    You’ll fly into Johannesburg or Cape Town and take a domestic flight to Upington, where you’ll be met by Ed and Andrea who will drive you to the Oana Conservancy. From here you’ll help with all of the following conservation and community projects across the conservancy intertwined with heaps of adventure.
  • + Land and Wildlife Studies

    Oana is an area unstudied and given its history we need to understand what lives on the land and in what numbers. This is the first process when re-wilding land.

    We need to collect all the information we can, we do this through wildlife counts, camera trapping, humane methods of trapping small mammals, catching birds reptiles fish and insects. We carry out analysis of wildlife faeces and tracks.

    Collecting data on the wildlife populations is an essential part of conservation, so the conservancy managers can develop specialised management strategies based upon the data.

  • + Conservancy Management
    Together with the project leaders you’ll develop hands on repair and development projects such as removing old buildings, creating water points for animals, building hides for wildlife observation.
  • + Wildlife Interaction

    Relocation and reintroduction of wildlife is an important part of the re-wilding process and based upon the biodiversity surveys we will introduce a range of animals over time.

    Reintroducing an animal will be done through ‘soft-release’ where the animal will be in a quarantine enclosure to acclimatise to the surroundings before a full release and you will aid in monitoring how the animal copes.

    An introduction cannot be guaranteed but in such an environment there is a chance you will experience one.

    There may also be a chance to head into the field to get involved with wildlife capture, immobilisation and relocation on other reserves in the surrounding area.

  • +Rhino, Cheetah and Giraffe.

    We will head over to our neighbouring conservancy, Sandfontein, to track on foot the highly endangered Black Rhino to research their movement patterns, eating habits and interaction between themselves.

    The Black Rhino can be skittish and very defensive, your tasks (every safety precaution taken) will take you close and get your heart racing.

    Due to the current global situation with rhino poaching tracking rhino on foot is an extremely rare thing to be able to do. We will also carry out research on the Giraffe and possibly the Cheetah.

  • + Teaching and Improving Infrastructure

    Oana is working to develop a relationship with the local community and you’ll be integral to forging this through developing and working on projects that directly improve the standard of life and employment opportunities. Rather than teaching a bit of English and sports in the local school we would like to create tangible projects that truly make a difference where it is most needed.

    The community live with a very low quality of life, they do not have the luxuries of running water, three meals a day or a good education. The major problem is a lack of employment opportunities for kids after school so we would like to focus on projects such as construction of vegetable gardens which the youth will manage and turn into a business.

    They are also looking to improve the village infrastructure which you'll be able to help with, such as building new classrooms and water facilities.

  • + River Rafting

    Raft down the Orange river on an exhilarating 5 day adventure over white water, (up to level 4 rapids) stopping off at idyllic sandy beaches along the way.

    You’ll raft during the morning before stopping off at a beach along the way to build camp for the evening.

    Your afternoons will be spent sunbathing, swimming, fishing, reading and relaxing. Your evenings spent around the bonfire with roasted marshmallows!

  • + Mountain Biking

    We have built a specially designed 20km bike trail that weaves through our mountains and ridges which shows off the stunning mountain landscape which will get your blood pumping.

    The are fast bits, slow(er) bits, technical bits and chilled straights but don’t worry riders of every ability will be able to do the trail.

    Along the way will may carry out opportunistic game counts in case we see any mountain zebra, any other wildlife or maybe even a leopard along the way.

  • + Trekking

    Hiking will be a big part of your time here and the potential for exploration is limitless over the mountain ranges made up of different rock types, (the area is a global geological hotspot), ranging from terracotta granite outcrops to towering, black, perfectly formed volcanos (all extinct). These mountains are interspersed with sandy grass plains and 50km of river frontage.

    The feeling of freedom and being able to walk in any direction for hours without seeing anyone is intoxicating, one of the most beautiful aspects is the landscape views and how, as you move and change perspective, these views constantly morph.

  • + Bushcraft
    From Bushcraft to Cooking to Photography – loads of different opportunities to get involved with.
  • + Fish River Canyon

    Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, second only to the Grand Canyon in America, and words completely fail to do it any justice in attempting to describe the massive beauty or this place which will make you feel very small indeed! It is about a 3-hour drive from Kum Kum but it will feel like you have driven to Mars!

  • Day 35Home or add on a safari
    After your time at Oana you can either head home or choose to stay in country for a spot of further travelling or a safari.

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