Volunteering at Mangetti
Come and delve into the lives of the world’s largest land animal and one of Africa’s most endangered carnivore species using GPS and VHF monitoring technology, motion-sensitive trail cameras and traditional spoor (footprint) tracking techniques.
The programme runs for 7 nights with transportation to and from the Sanctuary on Sundays. Pre-booking is recommended due to limited availability and can be made at the time of your booking or upon arrival at the Sanctuary. Volunteers have the option of spending one or more week/s at Mangetti as part of their trip, where they will focus on the research of free-roaming animals; particularly African elephants and African wild dogs. Alternatively, volunteers can choose to spend all of their time at this research site.
The Mangetti is a high risk Malaria area from November to March and anti-malarial medication is strongly recommended (we recommend you get the medication in Namibia and take it only when leaving for Mangetti, not beforehand). Suitable insect repellents should also be brought.
Daily activities usually entail hiking in the vast outdoors of this woodland landscape. Volunteers will get ample field experience and be involved first hand with all aspects of our research programme, which includes:
- camera trapping
- GPS monitoring
- VHF telemetry tracking
- spoor (footprint) tracking
- conflict assessment
- community outreach.
Food and accommodation
We have two options of accommodation at the Wildlife Sanctuary; volunteer rooms can take up to three-four people (same gender) sharing each room, or large tents with a living and bedroom area to be shared by up to two people (same gender or a couple). The rooms are basic but our single beds are comfortable with bedding provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy and therefore sometimes restricted. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.
The facilities at our research sites are very similar to the ones provided at the sanctuary, with accommodation being either in guest house rooms or in large tents.
Neuras has tented accommodation available to volunteers a short walk from the Neuras Lodge. Tents are fitted with two beds and all linen is provided. The bathroom facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy.
Kanaan has both tented and room accommodation. The four standard rooms are located in the guesthouse and can accommodate two guests in each. Each room has an en suite bathroom. When rooms are not available, two-person tents are utilised with shared bathroom facilities. Both options are fitted with linen and towels provided.
Volunteers and researcher(s) are accommodated in one of the management houses in the Mangetti village. The house has electricity and running water; the hotwater is supplied through a wood-burning water boiler or “donkey” as it is commonly known.
At the Sanctuary, Neuras and Kanaan, three balanced meals are provided per day on a self-serve basis. On weekends we often have a braai (barbecue). Vegetarian options are available upon request and all dietary conditions can be accommodated for provided you inform us prior to arrival.
Meals are a simple affair in the Mangetti. Breakfast will consist of cereal, tea/coffee andtoast. Most days packed lunches (sandwich, fruit & juice) will be prepared by volunteers and staff to be eaten in the field. Everyone takes turns to cook the main evening meal and clean up afterwards. There will usually be a traditional braai one evening during the trip.