It would be great privilege to be part of the first team to help conserve this stunning reserve. If you have time - do it.
Head to Namibia to help conserve a huge chunk of stunning landscape, protect wildlife, teach English and head off on adventures by foot, raft and mountain bike to explore the land.
This program is for 5 weeks (2017) for a maximum number of 12 people, departing in March, May, July (3 weeks only) and Sept. In 2018 it will be 4 weeks only. It will be fully immersive, taking in all the sights and experiences you'll find described on the Namibia page.Namibia is a stunning country and this program includes frontline conservation. Highly recommended. Just get in touch for more details.
Over the last 12 years we've taken thousands of young people overseas to experience the trip of a lifetime.
That success has drawn industry-wide recognition. We're an accredited member of the Year Out Group, an association designed to promote the benefits of well-structured gap year programs, and part of the equivalent organisation in the USA - the American Gap Association.
We're big on safety too; every one of our programs is carefully researched, audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard for organising and managing adventurous activities outside the UK (BS 8848).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!