Windhoek to Windhoek Overland Tours

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Price

£1680

What's Included
• Shared accommodation for the duration of your stay
• 3 meals a day + tea and coffee
• Drinking water throughout your stay
• Interaction with wildlife
• Airport collection and drop off*
• Ongoing support and advice from trained, professional wildlife coordinators
• Laundry facilities
• Daily cleaning service of accommodation/facilities
• Use of the swimming pool whilst staying at the farm
* Collection fees may apply dependent on date of arrival
Countries Visited

Namibia

Windhoek to Windhoek Safari Overview

Heading out to Southern Namibia there is the chance to partake in rare and exciting opportunities with Namibian wildlife and people with Na/a'an ku se.
Wildlife Volunteers will experience a very hands on approach to wildlife conservation. From acting as surrogate mother to the many baby baboons, to walking alongside various wildlife, to the general care, maintenance and upkeep required on a farm of this nature. There is also the opportunity to help out with the Clever Cubs preschool, helping the children of the San Bushmen get ready for mainstream school.
Carnivore Conservation Research Volunteers get the chance to head out to a choice from one of two rural release sites in the Namib Naukluft region and monitor the wildlife. Mapping the terrain, setting and monitoring camera traps and security and if the timing is right, getting involved in capture, mark and release of an animal back into the wild.
Medical Volunteers will head over to a purpose-built bush clinic in Epukiro to assist with the primary care facilities available there to the local San Bushmen. Depending on medical experience this can include running the reception and dispensary facilities, assisting the doctor and nurses or even taking on a project of your own (experienced qualified medical professionals)
Equine Experience Volunteers is the chance for experienced riders to care for the on-site horses from feeding and mucking out to training foals and taking the horses on long rides through the bush. You will also get involved in the modification and improvement of enclosures for all the horses.
Want to do more? Speak to us too about extending your project to three weeks!

Windhoek to Windhoek Safari Add-ons
Variations Available
  • 2 weeks, Antelope Park, Zimbabwe, Lion work
    Download and print the relevant pages for this safari from our brochure (PDF)
  • Itinerary

    Every day is different as animals rarely operate to our schedule. We ask that you remain flexible, but here is an outline of a typical day on any of the projects, as a guideline only:

    Time Slots                 Monday - Friday              Saturday               Sunday (Relaxation Day)

    07:00 - 08:00                      Breakfast                   Breakfast                             Breakfast

    08:00 - 10:30                      Activity 1                    Activity 1                     Food prep (small group)

    10:30 - 13:00                      Activity 2                    Activity 2                             Free Time

    13:00 - 14:30                        Lunch                         Lunch                                 Lunch

    14:30 - 17:00                      Activity 3                Saturday Activity             15:00 - 16:00 Food prep

                                                                                                                  (different small group)

    18:00                                   Dinner                         Dinner                                Dinner

     

    There are a wide range of activities available for each project, below are some examples of what to expect. Feel free to get in touch about combining any of the projects to maximise your time in Namibia. 

    Wildlife Volunteer (minimum 2 week stay)

    • Food preperation and feeding of the animals
    • Enclosure cleaning
    • Construction work on the farm
    • Baboon or Cheetah walks
    • Carnivore Feeding
    • Helping out in the onsite school
    • Acting as surrgoate mother to a baby baboon overnight
    • 2-person accommodation provided in either a room or a static tent, beds and bedding provided
    • Communal bathroom facilities

    Carnivore Research Volunteer (minimum 2 week stay or 1 week add-on)

    • Mapping terrain
    • Camera trap monitoring
    • Game Counts
    • GPS tracking
    • Exploratory hikes to find carnivore dens, kill sites and activity
    • Accommodation in shared  static tents with beds and bedding provided
    • Communal bathroom facilities

     

    Medical Volunteer (minimum 2 week stay)

    • Assisting the resident doctor and nurse in providing primary healthcare
    • Reception cover
    • Working in the dispensary
    • Educating local communities as to lifestyle choices and disease prevention
    • Accommodation in volunteer house with resident doctor and nurse. Inclusive of bed, bedding, kitchen facilities, TV and communal bathrooms.

     

    Equine Experience Volunteer (minimum 2 week stay)

    • Feeding and mucking out the horses
    • Training new or young horses using Natural Horsemanship Parelli tactics
    • Raising and taming foals
    • Herding on horseback
    • Training rides through the bush
    • Construction and maintenance of horses camps
    • Accommodation at the farm as per wildlife volunteers

    Teaching Placement

    The onsite preschool teaches local San Bushmen children a full curriculum including English, Maths, Arts & Crafts, Sports and Environmental studies. You are more than welcome to help out as a teaching assistant during a placement based at the farm, or if you would like to solely be based at the school please just ask us for more details.

    Teaching Placement

    The onsite preschool teaches local San Bushmen children a full curriculum including English, Maths, Arts & Crafts, Sports and Environmental studies. You are more than welcome to help out as a teaching assistant during a placement based at the farm, or if you would like to solely be based at the school please just ask us for more details.

     

     

    All volunteers other than medical are advised to arrive into Windhoek on either a Monday or Thursday as there are set induction/orientation days on Tuesdays and Fridays. Arrivals outside of these days will incur a charge of N$500 per person.

    Medical volunteer projects begin on a Sunday, with transfers from the farm departing every second Sunday. You are advised to arrive no later than the Saturday prior to your Sunday departure and will be based at the farm until your transfer to the clinic. There are no charges for off-day arrivals.

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    Budgeting Summary

    Windhoek Budget

    The costs to consider when volunteering are:

    What's included

    Your project price covers:

    Project Fee: this entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. This project fee facilitates funding for items such as food for the wildlife, management and maintenance of farm infrastructure, and the development of the farm and affiliated projects in general.

    Project Orientation. On arrival at the project the following orientation will take place:

    * Familiarization of the work areas; including enclosures, internal roads and tracks, Bushmen village and the school
    * Introduction to the wildlife
    * Familiarization with all duties you will be involved in.
    * Introduction to all senior project staff and coordinators
    * A full safety briefing


    Also Included
    * Transfers to and from Windhoek Airport upon your arrival and departure (may incur fees dependent on arrival date/time)
    *Shared accommodation for the duration of your stay
    * 3 meals a day + tea and coffee
    * Drinking water throughout your stay
    * Interaction with wildlife
    * Ongoing support and advice from trained, professional wildlife coordinators
    * Laundry facilities
    * Daily cleaning service of accommodation/facilities
    * Use of the swimming pool whilst staying at the farm

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    Spending Money

    PROJECT COST EXCLUDES:

    > All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other), snacks and alcoholic beverages

    > Flights to Windhoek International Airport

    > Use of the internet during your placement (available on a Sunday only if you visit the town)

    > Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary in Namibia e.g., a visit to Swakopmund

    > Personal insurance cover for the duration of your placement, which must include cover for evacuation and repatriation

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    Visa

    Visa
    Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 - 9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate pages in your passport for each country you visit. Up to 2 consecutive blank pages can be required. If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCO website under entry requirements.

    The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised us that work visas are necessary for volunteer placements in Namibia and need to be arranged in advance. This is a requirement for all volunteers who are non-Namibians.

    Once you confirm your booking with us, you will receive the visa application form, along with clear instructions as to what to fill out and provide with your visa application.

    We advise using a Visa agency in Windhoek to process your application as other than the UK and Germany, many of the Namibian Embassies in other countries may not issue the correct visa. The cost of your work visa is N$ 892
    Do note that you will need to get a certified copy of your passport to be able to obtain the visa.

    Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for your visa and for further information please contact absaf@absoluteafrica.com Back to top

    Pre and post volunteering please click here.

    Remember you then need to budget for flights, insurance, vaccination costs and any equipment you might need such as a sleeping bag.

    Any queries? Call our office on +44 (0) 208 742 0226, email us at absaf@absoluteafrica.com or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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    Dates

    Windhoek
    Start Windhoek Finish Windhoek Price Local Payment Departure details

    All projects, except the medical project start on every Monday or Thursday of the week. The medical project starts every second Sunday. Please enter your preferred start date for 6 Weeks plus in Namibia

    Before You Go

    Windhoek

    Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this volunteering project "6 Weeks plus in Namibia".

    Using over 30 years experience of planning and running adventure trips to Africa, we have put together the below information dossier for you.

    You will find detailed information on everything you need to know before departing on your trip to Namibia including visa arrangements, guidelines for daily schedules, what to pack and where you’ll be calling home for the next 6 weeks to 3 months! Around 6 weeks before you head of, you will also receive a personal update with confirmation of all your arrangements such as transfers, accommodation and specific requests.

    Should you have any concerns at all about any aspect of the project you’re booked to join, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We work closely with our project partners to ensure you can always get the most out of your time there and we appreciate that a trip of this nature comes with a lot to organise.

    We are always here to help and are more than happy to advise as to what is the best plan for your particular Africa travel needs.

    Give us a call, skype or email, or get in touch via our LiveChat service on the website. We look forward to planning your trip to Africa with you

    Book your Windhoek Safari

    Start Windhoek Finish Windhoek Price Local Payment Departure details

    All projects, except the medical project start on every Monday or Thursday of the week. The medical project starts every second Sunday. Please enter your preferred start date for 6 Weeks plus in Namibia