Volunteer and Safari Combo – 12 day N/a’an ku sê, Etosha & Swakopmund

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
Start: Windhoek Namibia
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Windhoek Namibia
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: Namibia

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Overview

For the enthusiastic volunteer, this 12 day Volunteer and Safari Combo – N/a’an ku sê, Etosha & Swakopmund package is the perfect combination of volunteering at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary and rewards you for a job well done with a tour to Etosha. Etosha National Park is renowned as one of the best game reserves in Africa, a haven for wildlife, and supports one of the most important ecological and wildlife systems on the continent. At 22,270 km sq this huge park hosts an impressive collection of game including the white rhino and endangered black rhino, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, giraffe and numerous species of antelope as well as an impressive 340 species of birds – enough to keep any nature and wildlife enthusiast happy. Also included in this fabulous short adventure is an overnight stop at Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia and a visit to the RAMSAR Protected site of Walvis Bay Lagoon to see the flamingos in their thousands.

Includes:

  • Transport in a custom built safari vehicle with pop up roof & USB charging capabilities (no air-conditioning)
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
  • 6 nights in twin or triple share tents at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in twin share rooms with en-suite bathrooms as above
  • Meals as above (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner)
  • National park entry fees (2 days Etosha)
  • Game drives in a Chameleon Safaris vehicle in Etosha National Park
  • Visit to Walvis Bay Lagoon & Dune 7
  • Transfer from N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary to Chameleon Backpackers on day 7
  • Return airport transfers

Volunteer and Safari Combo – N/a’an ku sê, Etosha & Swakopmund Departs every Tuesday

*Single travelers will be matched with another traveler of the same sex on a twin share basis

*All volunteering & camping safari combo packages include a minimum of 7 nights accommodation & the remainder of the package is camping.
**Upgrades available at N/a’ankuse from basic volunteer accommodation to lodge or luxury villas – contact us for rates
Volunteering (glamping) & Lodge Safari Combos Valid from 1st September 2020 until 31st December 2021

***Minimum age restriction for children to participate in a volunteer project is 14, and the minimum height requirement is 1.4 metres. For children younger and/or shorter special arrangements can be made on request. These restrictions are only applicable to the volunteer section of the package.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:    N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary                    

We will be collected from the Hosea Kutako International Airport on arrival and transferred to the volunteer centre at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, which provides a safe haven for injured, orphaned or conflict animals. Whenever possible the goal is to re-introduce the animals into the wild. Only animals too ill, abused or habituated remain at the sanctuary. Depending on our arrival time we have the opportunity to meet some of the other volunteers and meet some of the animals that we will be working with before we join the N/a’an ku sê team for an induction presentation and a lovely welcome braai as our evening meal.

Distance approx. 35km

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Twin or triple share tents

Meals

Meals:

Dinner

Day 2 - 5: N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

We enjoy an early morning breakfast and a quick morning meeting with the team to start the day off. The next couple of days are the perfect opportunity to learn about and actively participate in the conservation, rehabilitation, care and research of the African wildlife. The wildlife team takes us out for group based morning activities, such as feeding orphaned and injured animals, cleaning enclosures or project work and animal enrichment. After a morning full of fun and work, we enjoy a light lunch at the Lapa.

After lunch we start the afternoon activities with a presentation from the research team before we learn about the on-going projects N/a’an ku se is involved with to support wildlife conservation. Research activities may include; monitoring free roaming carnivores, analysing camera traps, analysing GPS data or game counts. Dinner each night is a delicious home cooked meal served at the Lapa.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Twin or triple share tents

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

Our morning starts with an early breakfast and Sundays are rest days but not before we prepare and feed the orphaned and injured animals. This usually takes between 1 and 2 hours in the morning. The rest of the day we can spend enjoying the beautiful outdoors, around the pool reading a book or learn more about the conservation work done at the volunteer centre.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Twin or triple share tents

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Windhoek

A leisurely breakfast and after breakfast we will be transferred to Chameleon Backpackers centrally located in Windhoek. Time permitting we have the opportunity to join one of the optional activities that Chameleon Safaris has to offer, pop into their office and have a chat with one of the consultants. Enjoy your evening with a delicious “potjiekos” at the Chameleon Backpackers’ bar. Overnight accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathroom.

Distance approx. 50km

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Twin share room with en-suite bathroom at Chameleon Backpacker

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8: Etosha National Park

Our tour starts at Chameleon Backpackers where we meet for a pre-departure briefing at 07h30. Departure from Windhoek is at 08h00. We stop briefly at Otjiwarongo to gather some last minute supplies before continuing on to Etosha with a light lunch pack whilst “on the move”. We enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park visiting waterholes looking for predators as well as zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhino and many different species of antelope arriving at our lodge just before sunset to settle into our rooms, with en-suite bathroom and tea/coffee facilities. A visit to the flood lit waterhole is highly recommended while dinner is prepared by your guide over an open fire.

Distance: approx. 500km

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Twin share room with en-suite bathroom at Halali Camp

Meals

Meals:

Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Etosha Village, near Anderson Gate

We start our first game drive at sunrise to catch the predators while they are still active, visiting many waterholes.  Our second game drive midmorning takes us to the impressive Etosha Pan “great white place” where we can get out of the vehicle and experience this 4500sq km “saline desert” before continuing our game drive to look for the Big 4.  We arrive back at Halali where our guide will prepare a delicious lunch whilst we have a dip in the pool or relax by the camp waterhole.  After lunch we begin our final game drive across the park towards Okaukuejo calling into some well-known waterholes and leave the park prior to sunset. Accommodation tonight is just outside the park in a comfortable spacious twin share rooms with a modern en-suite bathroom facilities, creating an ideal space to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Fantastic dinner is prepared by our guide and another early night is recommended.

Distance: approx. 200km

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Twin share room with en-suite bathroom at Etosha Village

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Swakopmund

Enjoy an early morning breakfast and departure from our lodge is at 07h30. The route today takes us into the dramatic and beautiful scenery of Damaraland. We have the chance to meet the wonderful Himba & Damara ladies who sell their handmade arts and crafts to support their rural families. A light roadside lunch is served en-route in the shadow of Namibia’s tallest mountain, the Brandberg, and we can interact with some of the colourful local characters who live in this harsh environment. On the drive down the Skeleton Coast we explore the remains of a small shipwreck arriving in Swakopmund late afternoon which gives you time to explore this quaint seaside town on foot (depending on the season). Our guide will be happy to recommend a good restaurant for our evening meal or we can join for a group meal (own expense). Overnight accommodation is in twin share rooms with en-suite bathroom.

Distance: approx. 550km

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Twin share room with en-suite bathroom at Hotel A La Mer

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 11: Windhoek

Leisurely breakfast and the option to join one of the many optional activities available here such as: quad biking, sand boarding, scenic flight over the shipwrecks just to name a few.  For those interested in birds our driver will be happy to take us to Walvis Bay to see the flamingos in the Walvis Bay lagoon which is a protected RAMSAR Site for birds and a visit to Dune 7, the highest dune in the area, to experience the “sand sea” along the coastal strip.  We will return to Windhoek in the afternoon with a light lunch served en-route. We make a brief stop at the Okahandja Wood Carving Markets where we can haggle for locally produced goods from the carvers themselves before being dropped at Chameleon Backpackers. Dinner tonight is at own expense in one of Windhoek’s excellent restaurants and our guide will be happy to make some suggestions.

Distance: approx. 500km)

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Twin share room with en-suite bathroom at Chameleon Backpackers

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 12: International Airport – End of package

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the option to join a FREE City Walking tour so be sure to book a flight after 14h00. We will be transferred to the International Airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight departure.

Distance: approx. 50km

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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