Become a big cat conservationist
in the stunning
Kanaan

A true desert gemstone

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  • Duration
    2-12 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    12+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    Every Thursday
  • From
    £966
  • Duration
    2-12 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    12+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    Every Thursday
  • From
    £966

Namibia carnivore conservation & research in Kanaan

Volunteer as a big cat conservationist in the stunning Kanaan Region of Namibia, where your help will ensure the carnivores habitat and all other animals that call it home, are safe for years to come.

You will make a positive impact every day, surrounded by a team of passionate, like-minded people, who are all striving to make a difference in Namibia. Your time will be focused on researching the free-roaming populations of carnivores to support the important role in mitigating human-wildlife conflict.

"An absolute privilege to volunteer in Kanaan, Namibia. Beautiful and breathtakingly quiet and vast, with wonderful wildlife and great people."

The unique location of Kanaan, offers serene surroundings in the heart of Namibia - a true desert gemstone. With endless red sand dunes, imposing mountains, vast grass plains and crystal clear night skies you will discover all of what this beautiful 33,000-hectare estate has to offer.

Rehabilitate the land, environment and ecosystems for uninhibited movements of local fauna, including; cheetah, brown hyena, spotted hyena, leopard, springbok, oryx, ostrich, kudu, bat-eared foxes and many other desert-adapted animals.

Our aim is to find a balance between the needs of Namibia’s human inhabitants and its spectacular wildlife. Home to a wide variety of large carnivores, has resulted in Namibia being the centre of the battle to ensure these beautiful animals are around for the future generations.

Previously utilised as a film, photography and holiday destination, the plan here is to establish an unfenced wildlife reserve in order to provide a refuge or safe haven for an extensive array of endangered species.

Kanaan encompasses 352km2 of desert scenery in which volunteers will get involved in vital research and conservation. During your stay, you will be able to help record statistical data of the wildlife species, ultimately contributing to the long-term management of the area. Explore the mountains as you search for caves and hyena movements, marvel at the vast expanse of open grasslands as you help further wildlife population numbers.

Carnivore numbers are starting to fall and several different species are becoming endangered – something we as a whole have to address. The large majority of these wild animals live outside of the protected conservation areas, which often results in them being killed by farmers who view them as a threat to their livestock.

The vital research that is gathered at Kanaan, will help with strategies and conservation techniques that can be put into place to stop wildlife populations declining. You, along with other research volunteers may be involved with mapping the terrain, assisting with capture and releases, tracking, game counts (on foot, in vehicles and even on horse back), camera traps placement and analysis, maintenance and security on the reserve as well as night drives and sleep outs.

The tranquil seclusion and peacefulness of nature that the desert solitude provides allows you to get away from it all. Your day starts with the waking silence of the desert with the odd roar of a lion and ends with newfound friends sitting around an open fire, watching the breath-taking sunset behind the dunes and mountains.

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