Itinerary (February and September)
Day 1 Sunday
Arrive at Windhoek Airport (airport code WDH) and after clearing customs you’ll be met by our driver and taken straight to the sanctuary, a journey of around 40 minutes. Depending your time of arrival, there should be plenty of time to freshen up and make yourself at home before your official welcome and induction session, then dinner !!
Mondays to Fridays
The Veterinary Experience runs for 10 days, Mondays through Fridays with the weekend off in between. Your days will be filled with pre-planned practical activities such as the capture and anaesthesia of various resident animals for sampling and health checks, shadowing our resident vets on their daily activities including any emergencies which may arise. Practical sessions are interspersed with engaging presentations about wildlife capture and anaesthesia, behavioural patterns and pharmacology.
At weekends there’s lots to do…or do nothing at all! Take a walk, swim in the pool or book one of the many optional activities available – what better than a horse ride in the desert, mingling with giraffes and watching the beautiful African sunset?
**Week 3 is spent at the TimBila Reserve wildlife research project. TimBila is a spectacularly beautiful location, home to a wide range of translocated, rehabilitated and native species all living together in perfect harmony. Refer to the section below for a detailed description of your week at TimBila Reserve.
Final Sunday Having spent your last night back at the sanctuary, we’ll whisk you off to the airport on Sunday in plenty of time for your flight onwards, or home.
** The Sept 2025 itinerary includes Week 3 at TimBila. 2024 groups have the 2 weeks program as standard with optional 3rd weeks available.
Itinerary (June and November)
The June and November itinerary has been designed to provide a variety of veterinary, wildlife rehabilitation, husbandry, enrichment and cultural activities. Intended to be somewhat fluid in structure, the proposed outline is as below, but please be open minded as things can and likely will change. What’s more, you will get a front-row seat for any unexpected veterinary activities which arise, including emergency call-outs and rescues.
Accommodation and meals : Your accommodation will be one of our large, raised safari tents, basic but very comfortable with a proper bed and all bedding provided. Some have power, others don’t. Rooms are twin-share, with communal shared bathrooms – if travelling solo you’ll be paired with a roomie of the same-gender.
Three meals a day are included so you’ll enjoy the luxury of having your breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared for you. You can look forward to some authentic African braais (BBQ) on a weekend too !
Other information As a desert country, Namibia experiences an average of 300 days of sunshine in the year with hot summers and mild winters (though it gets very cold at night in winter!). There is no bad time to visit Namibia. The sanctuary does have mosquitoes but no malaria. A net is not a necessity, but do bring insect repellent.
TimBila Wildlife Research