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Internship | Environmental Conservation

Re-wilding Environmental Development Project in Namibia

Southern Namibia

Location: Southern Namibia

Duration: 4-6 weeks

Start Dates: Expeditions run from March-November

Cost: £1,600 GBP for 5 weeks

Includes: food, In-country support , airport pickup, all necessary project equipment and orientation.

Does not include: Flights, visas, insurance and airport taxes.

Benefits:

Embark on a remote expedition, exploring a place not many people have explored, learning new skills and helping discover what species exist on the 45,000 hectares of wild land.

The 45,000 hectares of wild land in Southern Namibia where this expedition takes place offer an opportunity to better understand the ecosystem and discover the species that exist in this wild land. The habitat is semi-arid mountainous desert in the Nama-Karoo biome and it encompasses a 50km stretch of the Orange River. It is a 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.

The area was secured by the renowned conservationist Ian Craig and the leading mega-fauna veterinary Pete Morkel for the sole purpose of conserving Namibia’s wildlife. Their vision is for re-wilding the land and linking up with the neighboring conservancies in order to one day turn the greater protected area into a national park and a home for the country’s endangered wildlife species. This is a long-standing research project on the flora and fauna which aims to archive information for one of Southern Namibia’s largest protected areas. This is a unique opportunity for a true biodiversity exploration as the region has never been studied before.

If you are an aspiring naturalist looking to focus on biology and conservation or building leadership skills, this adventure conservation expedition is the one for you! Come explore true wilderness with a great bunch of people.

While on the expedition you will be involved with many different aspects of conservation. One aspect is re-wilding as the Oana conservancy is in a transitional phase from a livestock/hunting ranch into a protected area for wildlife. You will participate in regenerating the habitat, clearing scrap, taking down fences, revegetation, vulture restaurant and developing water points for the animals.

Also, you will participate in studying and eradicating a highly invasive plant, the Prosopis, which is posing a problem. After clearing the invasive species you can work on the indigenous tree nursery.

By identifying key game trails, setting up camera traps and identifying individuals, you will get involved in an ongoing leopard survey. You will learn capture and recapture methods and map each leopard’s territory to find out their home ranges.

Engaging in biodiversity surveys will allow you to be a real cowboy/cowgirl. Mammal game counts will bring you on three-day horseback missions into the mountains with pack horses. Additionally you will conduct bird and amphibian surveys on the river.

Tracking spore with the Khwe bushmen, some of the best wildlife trackers in Africa, will include collecting scat, identifying species, logging the data and taking specimens back to base camp to conduct dietary analysis using a microscope. Spore tracking and scat identification is a means of taking stock of what species exist on the land and of monitoring their movement.

As the worldwide bee population is decreasing, bee-keeping is becoming a more relevant and important part of conservation. You will learn details about bee ecology and how to harvest a hive yourself!

Another aspect of your work may involve relocating and releasing animals. This is not guaranteed unless releasing is truly necessary and there has been a thorough assessment.

Additional fun activities in which you can get involved are cooking lessons, yoga, arts, Khwe bushman skills, community work in Warmbad, mountain biking, fishing, white-water rafting, hiking, geology, fly camps, horse-riding, star-gazing!

As a part of the expeditions you will participate in field trips to the world’s second largest canyon - Fish River Canyon, to the neighbouring conservancy, to Sandfontein where you can track special and remarkable species and for white-water rafting on Orange River.

You will be accommodated in a semi-luxury bedouin style tented camp which has 24 hour security.

Three delicious hearty meals are provided every day as well as plenty of snacks in between meals.

Please note that there is no wifi at base camp; however, you will have some access to Warmbad town where some wifi access can be found.

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Passion and enthusiasm to get to know the country and lots of energy and creativity.
  • No previous skills are necessary, however, you will need to speak English at a conversational level.
  • Minimum 2-weeks commitment
  • Necessary vaccinations.
  • Necessary flight & visas.
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Premium Support.
$ USD £ GBP*
5 Weeks $1,995 £1,600

* Currency conversions are approximate.
** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee.
*** Places are confirmed with a 20% deposit.

What's Included:

Project Fee includes accommodation, food, in-country staff and 24hr emergency support, transportation from Upington airport to the base camp, all necessary project equipment and an orientation upon arrival

What's not included:

Flights, visas costs, travel health insurance, international and domestic airport taxes, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Full assistance will be provided if you opt for our Premium Support.

Placement Support Package

For your trip, we will help you organise and plan everything you will need from start to finish. Our coordinators know each project & country like the back of their hand, and will be able to offer personalised advice to ensure your trip is well-planned & executed to perfection.

This includes one-to-one assistance planning and booking; 

  • Pre-departure Support - Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Essential Items and anything else you will need before you set off.
  • Ongoing In-country Support - whilst you are on the project you can Contact us at any time with any questions or concerns and we will do whatever we can to help.
  • 24/7 Emergency Support - a phone number that you or your family can ring at any time, night or day in case of emergency.

Our Placement Support Package costs £349 / $449 / €425 per person, and can be purchased once you are ready to confirm your place.

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