Desert Elephant Conservation Volunteer Project


Protect Desert Elephants

Join an award winning volunteering project tracking desert elephants and working on a community construction program in Damaraland.

This elephant volunteering project in Africa has been running for the last decade in Namibia. People from all walks of life have joined this volunteer project and made a huge difference to the elephant conservation programme. In fact many volunteers return every year for some more action! So why not join us and find out how satisfying and great fun volunteering in Africa with us can be!

The volunteer program is structured in 2 week rotations and you can sign up for a maximum of 12 weeks. Volunteer group size is maximum 14 and people of all ages and from all walks of life join the program, as part of travel plans during a gap year, working holiday or career break through Namibia and Africa.

Week One – Building Week

Tuesday morning we travel to the local Namibian farm or homestead where you will spend building week, building protection walls around water sources or building alternative water points for the elephants and even the areas newly released black rhinos.You rise early to beat the Namibian heat and then stop around 12 to travel back to camp for a traditional African siesta and lunch. In the afternoons you start work after 2.30pm and work for a couple of hours, before the time comes to head back to camp in time for the obligatory sundowner. Evenings are spent talking and relaxing around the camp fire, listening to the sounds of Africa.Building walls is sweaty, hard work but each volunteer does what they are capable of, and you work as a team to complete the project.

Base Camp

Base CampSaturday morning you pack up the camp and travel back to the EHRA Base Camp for a much deserved shower and relaxation. The next two days are yours to explore, read, relax, take a swim in the elephant drinking dam and enjoy yourselves!

Week 2 – Elephant Patrol
On Monday morning volunteer teams pack the Landcruisers and leave on Elephant Patrol. This is an amazing week where you join the EHRA trackers on a (mostly) vehicle based patrol where you travel through the area to track the local herds of desert elephants. This week is your reward for all the hard work on building week.The aim of this week is to track the elephants, record data on births, deaths and new elephants, GPS their positions and take ID shots and notes about each and every elephant.

Field conditions

Volunteer teams will be living in mobile base camps in the vicinity of the homesteads and elephants. Tents are provided this week and soon you will make the camp home! All cooking is done over the fire and you work in pairs taking it in turn to be on kitchen duty, which includes providing the first cup of coffee to everyone in bed, to breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have great recipes and we can also cater for vegetarians.

Languages: English

Swakopmund is a great little town, safe, by the sea, surrounded by sand dunes and with lots of activities to keep you entertained, from skydiving, kayaking, dolphin watching, sand boarding to name a few. There are lots of cafes, interesting shops, restaurants, a few bars and even a cinema! For anyone traveling onwards through Namibia we can also help you to plan your trip and recommend the best agents, car hire, places to stay and see.

GBP 800 per 2 weeks


All projects run from the Monday morning on the starting date, to the Friday afternoon of the finish date. Participants can book a minimum of one two-week slot, or multiple slots, up to three months (six slots) maximum.


11 January22 January
25 January5 February
8 February19 February
22 February4 March
7 March18 March
21 March1 April
4 April15 April
18 April29 April
2 May13 May
16 May27 May
30 May10 June
13 June24 June
27 June8 July
11 July22 July
25 July5 August
8 August19 August
22 August2 September
5 September16 September
19 September30 September
3 October14 October
17 October28 October
31 October11 November
14 November25 November
28 November9 December


How to get there?

Fly either into Windhoek International or Walvis Bay and we organise your transfers through to the pick up point which is Swakopmund.

Desert Elephant Conservation Volunteer Project

Join an award winning volunteering project tracking desert elephants and working on a community construction program in Damaraland.


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