Conservation is ingrained in Namibia and this safari gives you the chance to be involved and learn more about endangered African mammal species. Get involved with the conservation efforts and witness the country’s innovative conservation measures first hand.
Conservation areas we will visit on this safari:
• Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary
• REST (Rare and Endangered Species Trust)
• Etosha National Park
• CCF (Cheetah Conservation Fund)
General Overview of Conservation in Namibia:
Namibia became a leader in conservation and was the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution. Through the creation of communal conservancies, rural communities are given the opportunity to manage their natural resources sustainably and to benefit from wildlife. This is now considered as a complimentary land use method in conjunction with agriculture and livestock herding.
As a result, poaching has become less and less socially acceptable, as conservancy members are committed to protecting and sustaining wildlife for their tourism value. Namibia’s conservancy movement and other conservation efforts, such as eco-tourism, have restored populations of Lions, Cheetahs, Black Rhinos, Zebras and other native wildlife of the world’s richest dry land.
There are many types of conservation categories including wildlife conservation, soil conservation and habitat conservation, amongst others. Wildlife conservation in Namibia is one of our most important priorities, as we love the flora and fauna that our ecosystem can support.
If you go anywhere in Namibia, you’re likely to find that some part of the experience involves wildlife conservation in one way shape or form as 42% of the land is dedicated to wildlife conservation initiatives under private or public ownership.
ITINERARY – CONSERVATION MEDICINE SAFARI
Day 1-4: Na’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary
Welcome to Namibia! A representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall of Hosea Kutako International airport. After brief introductions, you will be transferred to Na’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary where you will spend the next 4 nights.
The programme for the next 5 days will include the following activities: (programme subject to change)
• One full day (at least) with the vet team
• Spend time with the research team in the reserve on Cheetah research
• Cheetah walk
• Cheetah tracking – if any collared Cheetahs in the reserve
• Regular activities such as sunset game drives and Baboon walk
• Optional activities like the San Bushman experience and Horse riding
Optional Activities at Na’an ku sê
• Full Carnivore Feeding Tour (Lion, Cheetah, Baboon, Wild Dog, Leopard, Caracal)
• Ancient San Skills Academy
• Guided Nature Walk
• Guided Horse Riding Excursion
• Ancient San Stories under the stars
• Cheetah Experience
• Caracal Walk
• Hunting with San Bushmen
• Sunset & Night Drive
• Snake Experience
• Baboon Walk
Day 5-8: REST (Rare & Endangered Species Trust)
This morning after breakfast we make our way North where we will spend the next 4 nights at a lodge in Outjo. This is a perfect base for visiting REST as well as Etosha National Park. Depending on the work available at REST we will spend either 2 or 3 full days here and have an option to do a full day visit to Etosha National Park.
The programme for the next 2/3 days will include the following activities: (programme subject to change)
• Rare and Endangered Species Trust where the group will learn about rare and endangered species such as Pangolins and Vultures. This will be hands on work where you will assist with veterinary care for any of the resident patients or new arrivals.
Day 9: Etosha National Park and Cheetah Conservation Fund
This morning we will make our way to Etosha National Park for a full day drive through the Park.
We will enjoy wonderful game viewing and hopefully seeing wild Cheetah in the park. Our guide will discuss Cheetah conservation, behaviour, population etc
We will arrive at the Cheetah Conservation Fund early evening where we will spend 3 nights.
Day 10-11: Cheetah Conservation Fund
The programme for the next two days will include the following activities: (programme subject to change)
• Cheetah Run
• Cheetah Drive
• Working with the wildlife vets on any current cases
• Work with the research team on ongoing Cheetah research work
• Spend time with the CCF team and learn about Cheetah conservation work in Namibia.
Day 12: Departure
After breakfast we will make our way back to Windhoek for your return flight home or optional extension.
For more information contact the Namibia Vet Safari team at firstname.lastname@example.org