Volunteer with Desert Elephants in Namibia

Durations: 2 - 12 weeks
Fieldwork hours35 hrs of fieldwork per week
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The project
The project In one of the world’s last remaining true wilderness areas, in Namibia’s vast Damaraland deserts, elephants roam in constant search for water. As a volunteer with our desert elephant conservation program, you’ll contribute to meaningful projects that protect elephants and people, mitigate conflict and set a path towards peaceful coexistence. Project work includes construction to protect water sources, tracking and identifying elephants and monitoring local herds.   Join us in Namibia’s desert, a remote wilderness area rarely se...
What's included

Project work

Contribute to desert elephant conservation and protect community water sources in the Namib Desert.


You’ll stay in mobile tented camps in the wilderness and a treehouse under the stars.


Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner each day and access to clean drinking water.

Airport transfer

You’ll get collected from the airport.

Basic pre-departure support

Includes an Essential Info Pack and answering any questions you might have.

Basic in-country support

Receive info packs with local resources, clinic details. In emergencies, consult packs; contact the Program Manager if needed.

24/7 mental health support

Receive support services provided by licensed professionals.

Project transport

We’ll provide transport during the project duration.

Project materials

Supplies, including building materials, are included.
What's not included

Flights and airport taxes, medical and travel insurance, visa costs, police or background check, additional drinks and gratuities, extra local excursions, personal items and toiletries and laundry (can be arranged at an additional cost).

Your accommodation

Accommodation on this project is basic, but it’s also everything you need! On our desert elephant conservation program you’ll experience different accommodation options depending on which stage of the program you’re in. 


Start your adventure with an overnight stay in comfortable dormitory-style housing in Swakopmund (upgrades available at an extra charge, availability dependent). Then make your way to our base camp, where you’ll experience our unique open-air treehouse. Listen to the night sounds of the Namib Desert from a safe, raised platform. When you’re on a project site you’ll experience our mobile camps, including tents or bed rolls under the stars. Because some days are spent wild camping, we recommend you bring biodegradable wipes.


Wi-Fi is available in Swakopmund, but there is no Wi-Fi access once you arrive on base. A local SIM card can offer occasional signals, but the beauty of this place is its remote nature. Staff keep satellite phones on hand for emergencies. Electricity is also limited, so we recommend bringing a power bank as a backup. Laundry cleaning is available for a small fee when you’re at base camp.

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