The Naankuse Foundation is a conservation charity dedicated to preserving the landscapes, cultures and wildlife of Namibia. Originating as a small wildlife sanctuary nestled in the Namibian bush, Naankuse is now a world-famous conservation organisation.  

Wildlife Volunteering

Originating as a small wildlife sanctuary nestled in the Namibian bush, just 45km from Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, the Naankuse Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary has grown into a world-famous conservation organisation. We provide a safe haven and second chance for countless injured, orphaned and conflict animals. Whenever possible our goal is to release animals back into the wild – only those animals too ill, abused or habituated remain at the sanctuary. Our volunteers are critical to enabling us to continue caring for the animals at Naankuse.

Research Volunteering – at Neuras

Set among the stunning scenery of the Southern mountains, ancient canyons and caves, fascinating geological formations and five natural fountains, Neuras is truly a unique research site and is home to one of Naankuse’s carnivore research programmes – in addition to being one of only three wineries in Namibia. Focus areas are our Human-carnivore conflict project focussing on black-backed jackals and a population study on the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.

Research Volunteering – at Kanaan

Approximately 2-3 hours further southwest of Neuras and bordering the Namib Naukluft Park lies Naankuse’s Kanaan Desert Retreat. Red sand dunes, vast open grass plains and imposing mountain ranges make up the serene surroundings of Kanaan. Home to cheetah, brown hyena, spotted hyena, leopard and an array of other desert-adapted wildlife, Kanaan encompasses 352 km2 of desert scenery in which volunteers will get involved in vital research and conservation. Focus areas are Spotted Hyena Research, Small Carnivore Research (Caracal and Black-backed Jackal) – new projects starting soon as well as Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation.

Research Volunteering – at Timbila Nature Reserve by Naankuse

This project is located 45km North East of Omaruru. It is a 25 000 ha property which will be used as a wildlife reserve with a focus on the conflict animals, whether they come from Naankuse or via our Response Unit Program.

We aim to relocate African Wild dogs and Lions from Naankuse to TimBila and plan to introduce both Rhino and Elephant. Currently cheetah, leopard and brown hyaena occur naturally on the reserve. Volunteers will therefore be involved in the related research efforts on this new reserve and the management of the animals situated on it.

As you have booked the Mangetti project, we may therefore need to move your booking to the TimBila reserve volunteer project when you come.

The initial volunteer activities will include:

Wildlife Tracking: The research team shows volunteers how to find and identify tracks and scat markings from animals, as well as how to use GPS.
Camera Traps: Placing camera traps at strategic locations in order to establish the biodiversity of the reserve. This will include sorting through all camera trap images
Game Counts: Volunteers will participate in game counts to gain an indication of game population sizes and biodiversity
Fence Removal: Volunteers will assist in the removal of internal fences in order to rehabilitate landscape and allow for the free movement of wildlife
Maintenance: Building and maintaining any internal required structures

Medical Volunteering

The Lifeline Clinic based in Epukiro provides free primary health care services to more than 3,500 patients every year – through both clinic-based healthcare and our outreach around the region. More than 40% of the patients treated there are children and more than 90% are San Bushmen.

A huge focus of our work at the Lifeline Clinic is to tackle the tuberculosis burden within the San population. The clinic is quite literally a lifeline for thousands of San Bushman.

The clinic consists of two doctors, one nurse, one receptionist, and four translators. Medical volunteers are the lifeblood of the Lifeline Clinic. You will be fully immersed in the culture of Epukiro, home to the San Bushmen. Experience day-to-day life and the common struggles faced by the community.

The N/a’an ku sê Helping Hands Project

Mother Earth relies on us to gift her future generations with those tools necessary to prevent her demise –education, compassion and the urge to conserve. Volunteering at the.N/a’an ku sê Helping Hands Project provides a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on those local children with a range of disabilities, as well as tomorrow’s leaders.

The N/a’an ku sê Helping Hands Project is based in Windhoek, Namibia’s beautiful capital city, and collaborates with two inspiring facilities:Side by Side: A day care, early intervention and rehabilitation centre or families of children with special needs.

Ephesian Day Care Centre & Pre-primary: Provides day care, together with educational programs, for children between the ages of one to six years.

What will I be doing?

Side by Side Early Intervention Centre

7:30-8:30: Free play incorporating specific
subjects e.g. animals, sensory education,
stories, arts & crafts
8:30: Morning cycle: teach new songs,tell
stories and entertain
09:00: Breakfast time – all hands needed
9:30: Project time: a therapist interacts with the children, either one on one or as a group. The topic of the week is incorporated with
developmental skills such as crawling,jumping
11:30: Lunch time
12:00: Story and sleep time for those staying for the afternoon.

Ephesian Day Care Centre & Pre- Primary.

Daily program includes:
• Bible and story reading
• Arts and crafts
• Fun and physical education For six-year old’s workbook exercises are also included:
• Basic mathematics
• Language


Naankuse Volunteer

Based on 2 week stay. Length of stay determines price

ZAR 18,200 pp* 14 DAYS

Transfers to and from Windhoek International Airport for arrival and departure, accommodation, breakfast (self-made) and lunch (vegetarian), weekly transport to grocery shop and our weekly Wednesday activities, a copy of the book “Cuddle Me, Kill Me” by Richard Peirce detailing the origin story of our sanctuary and issues facing captive big cats today!
Flight ticket, medical and travel insurance, dinner each night, lodging in Cape Town on arrival and departure if required, and any activities and sight-seeing that has a fee. We may cater for special dietary requirements such as vegan and non-gluten lunches, but will then charge an extra fee of R200 per week.

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