Join Namibia Vet Safaris on our two week Vets for Wildlife Programme. This is open and perfect for individual students, vets, vet nurses, biologists and everyone else keen to learn more about vet wildlife work and the role the vet plays in conservation. This programme or internship can be combined with a short safari in Namibia or with a visit to one of the Wildlife Sanctuaries in Namibia.
This programme will be based at our new Nature Travel Wildlife Clinic just outside of Outjo in north-central Namibia at the Rare and Endangered Species Trust Sanctuary and during the two-week program you will be working with our resident vet on the following:
• Treatment of wildlife at the Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST) sanctuary
– current resident species include Cape Vulture, Common Duiker, Pangolin, Bateleur, Western Barn Owl, Honey Badger, Warthog etc.
• Assist in conservation projects
• Joining our non-profit foundation Nature Travel Vets for Wildlife, we will respond to any wildlife emergencies throughout Namibia
– you will experience working with a variety of wildlife species (ranging from Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Hyena and Leopard to smaller creatures like Pangolin, Dik-dik, Steenbok, Honey Badger. We will also respond to injured birds of prey.
• Commercial Vet Wildlife work – Rhino, Sable, Roan, Mass capture etc.
• Large Animal vet work – horses and cattle
• Domestic small animal work
-including the opportunity for students to participate in spaying and castration campaigns to neuter and vaccinate stray animals which will in turn help prevent the spread of disease to wildlife like African Wild Dog.
Accommodation and Food
There are four accommodation options for this experience:
A: Self-Catering Tents at REST – With this option you will be based at the sanctuary full time which will include assistance at night with treatment and care of nocturnal animals or any emergencies that might occur. Food and tents will be provided, but this will be fairly basic. There is a central building at the camping site that has flush toilets and showers as well as a communal braai and small prep area for food (no refrigerator or stove). There are basic lights within this building, but no charging ports. This option is ideal for budget conscious travellers and students.
B: Self-Catering Bungalow at REST – With this option you will be based at the sanctuary full time which will include assistance at night with treatment and care of nocturnal animals or any emergencies that might occur. The Bungalows are en-suite with wood-fire hot shower. There will be a small braai area in front of each bungalow for cook outs. Each bungalow has a refrigerator, basic lights, and charging ports. Food will be provided, but this will be prepared by yourself.
C: Etotongwe Lodge is located 4kms from REST and accommodation will be in a clean and comfortable air conditioned en-suite bedroom. The abundance of local birds together with the wild animals around the lodge gives your stay a unique “bush-feel”. End the day at the swimming pool, while enjoying a sundowner from the local restaurant. Accommodation will be on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
D: Sophienhof Lodge is a small safari lodge located 14 kms from REST. The lodge offers various accommodation options ranging from shared en suite bungalows, a farmhouse to backpacker rooms. They offer game drives, nature walks, mountain bike outings, nature drives and have a swimming pool on site. This option is ideal if you would like to include this as part of your holiday experience and enjoy the time you will not be spending at the sanctuary in a true Namibia environment. Accommodation here will be on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. (This option can also be added as an extension to your Vets for Wildlife Experience)
Optional Activities and Extensions:
Extend your stay in Namibia and add one of the trips below to experience what Namibia is all about!
1: A day trip can be arranged to Etosha National Park
– experience one of Africa’s best game parks.
2. A 2-3 day trip can be arranged to Etosha National Park
(accommodation can be camping, chalet or lodge depending on your budget)
3. Extension trips to Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Caprivi Region
About Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST)
REST’s number one aim in being a good wildlife centre is to practice good conservation first. REST feels strongly that although research and education are key, conservation of a species must take priority. Extinction makes all other aspects irrelevant to survival. Of course research and education benefit from such efforts.
Allowing tourism to brush with conservation & research in order to conserve, understand and educate. Founded in 2000, REST aims to bring attention to some of the most misunderstood and endangered animals in Namibia – THE FORGOTTEN 5.
For more information contact the Namibia Vet Safari team at firstname.lastname@example.org