Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate
Neuras is a 14,500-hectare oasis in the desert and boasts natural fresh water fountains and lush palm trees.
It is here that we produce our spectacular Neuras wines in one of the driest vineyards in the world.
We welcome volunteers as well as day visitors and overnight guests and offer activities such as wine tasting, cheetah feeding, hiking, wildlife tracking and a chance to participate in scientific research.
The Naankuse Forest Conservation Revegetation Project
The Naankuse Forest Conservation Revegetation Project is taking Naankuse’s current landscape conservation efforts to the next level. With the ultimate goal of conserving Namibia’s native forests, the project is evolving from maintenance of the forest, to active rehabilitation of degraded areas where indigenous forests once thrived.
Funded by Angelina Jolie and developed in partnership with the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, the Naankuse Forest Conservation Revegetation Project involves the construction of economically viable and ecologically sustainable nurseries at Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary in central Namibia.
The indigenous seeds of various native tree and shrub species (with a focus on endangered species) are being collected and propagated using recycled water. These seedlings are then planted into areas where existing native vegetation has been reduced or lost due to human interference. The project will provide employment opportunities and associated training for the local community in nursery operations, plant propagation, forest revegetation and conservation, as well as volunteer coordination.
In November 2016 the project was accepted into the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, at a ceremony hosted by Her Majesty The Queen of England and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. It was also attended by world-renowned naturalist, Sir David Attenborough.
These are currently several research projects undertaken at Neuras. We are conducting a human-carnivore conflict project focussing on black-backed jackals, and are carrying out a population study on the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. Our research team is also involved in looking for leopard scat to carry out dietary analysis on.
We engage with key stakeholders, from NGO’s to the government, to foster a spirit of cooperation and knowledge exchange. This furthers conservation efforts and makes a greater impact on human-leopard conflict. We use methods including consultations, data sharing and livestock protection strategies to engage with landowners. Through applied research, community engagement and education and livestock management we will further reduce indiscriminate killings and ensure the survival of Namibia’s leopard population.
How to find us
Neuras is set among breathtaking scenery and boasts ancient canyons, caves and natural fountains. Furthermore, it is home to one of Naankuse’s prime carnivore research programmes. It is one of only three wineries in Namibia and among the driest vineyards in the world.
Directions from Windhoek to Neuras:
Direction south on B1 towards Rehoboth 89km.
Drive through Rehoboth.
After 3km turn right onto C24.
Travel for 115km on the C24.
Drive over the Rietoog River.
After 1km turn right onto the D1206.
Travel 28km until you reach the C14.
Turn left onto the C14 and travel 1km.
Turn right onto the D854.
Travel 38km along the Naukluft Mountains.
Turn left onto the D850 and travel for 7km.
You will see the Neuras sign board.
Volunteering at Neuras
As a volunteer at Neuras you will actively participate in our conservation efforts. This includes getting involved in our efforts to restore the land to its original beauty, track wild carnivores and research free-roaming wildlife. Furthermore, if volunteering at the right time of year you can even help out in our vineyard (and enjoy a glass or two of course!).
Neuras coordinators conduct optional day trips for the volunteers for a nominal fee. These trips are not compulsory – depending on what needs to be done at the farm, other activities will be available for the volunteers that do not wish to participate.
Activities can include, but are not limited to:
• Wildlife Tracking and IdentificationSetting camera traps and analyzing the image data
• Camera Trapping
• Farm Outreach
• Helping with wildlife population census
• Game Counting
• Cheetah Feeding
• Optional Day Trips/Activities such as wine tasting, visiting the world famous Sossusvlei, hiking in the impressive Naukluft Mountains
Wildlife Conservation Volunteer
Volunteers will stay in our tented camp, 5 minutes away from the volunteer social area. We have 6 tents, with 2 single beds, along with 3 shared outdoor bathrooms. The water is heated by solar geysers, so please bear this in mind when taking showers.
Additionally, you can choose to upgrade to one of our rustic chalets for an extra N$ 150.00 per person per night sharing in a twin room, or N$ 200.00 per person per night for a single room. Please indicate this option at the time of your booking, as the rooms depend upon availability.
The volunteer campsite also has a chillout-area with a natural spring right before you arrive to the volunteer tents.
Volunteers will receive 3 balanced meals per day. Meals include a standard breakfast with cereals, bread, spreads and fruit. Lunches vary between wraps, burgers, pasta, and a variety of salads. Dinners typically are warm meals consisting of meat (chicken, red meat or fish) and vegetables with pasta, rice, potato or salad. Once per week, dinner will be in the form of a traditional Namibian braai (barbeque), and a Neuras favourite; brick oven pizza night. Tea, coffee and fruit are also available in the volunteer area all day.