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Volunteering Experiences at
Harnas Wildlife Foundation

If you want to travel to make a difference Harnas is the place for you. Harnas’ volunteer program started in 2006 and has established itself as one of the most impactful volunteering programs in the world. If you come to Harnas with an open mind, ready to learn, ready to have fun, and ready to help, we guarantee a life-changing experience.

Our volunteers quickly become part of the family and are our most loyal supporters. We value every volunteer who comes to Harnas, and our volunteers help sustain our organization financially. You can find out more about our volunteering program by emailing us at

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Food prep, feeding & night care

The feeding of those that are hungry is a form of contemplation

Food preparation includes preparing the food, feeding, and cleaning enclosures of the groups of animals that have been assigned to your Food-Prep team.

Night care includes the joy of bottle feeding and moving, where necessary, animals back into the safety of their enclosures for the nighttime hours. 


Baboon experience and
enclosure cleaning

Smile like a baboon with a new banana

This experience is for the enrichment of our energetic and bouncing baboons and gives them a good dose of daily exercise. For comfort and health, it is vital to keep the enclosures clean.

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Ancient San Skills Academy

The Wow Factor of Harnas

You can experience the magic of Harnas and its unique role in uplifting Namibia’s San communities. The Ancient San Skills Academy steeps guests in an olden culture, where traditions are upheld with pride.

This exceptional activity reveals the secrets of the San, from survival in the bush, traditional medicines, hunting techniques and animal tracking, to just how they lived thousands of years ago. Join the San in chanting song and dance around their homestead fire, be regaled by century-old myths and even spend a night with an incredible people.

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Vervet monkey walk & enclosure cleaning

For the love of monkeys

This experience enriches the lives of our vervet monkeys and provides them with the opportunity to gain crucial daily exercise. For comfort and health, it is very important to keep the enclosures clean.

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Carnivore feeding

A helping hand can make a world of a difference. 

Assist in feeding our magnificent carnivores including lions, cheetahs, leopards, African wild dogs, and caracals. This adventure-filled activity takes you into their worlds and imparts a wealth of species-specific knowledge, as well as the stories of our sanctuary residents.

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Dog walk experience

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself

Walking the family dogs of Harnas improves cardiovascular fitness, lowers blood pressure, develops stronger muscles and bones, and decreases stress. You're welcome!

Enjoy the beauty of the Harnas reserve while experiencing the fact that love, indeed, is a four-legged word.  

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Exclusive Volunteering

"Life's most persistent and important question is, what are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King

To volunteer at Harnas one just needs to be 18 years of age and older. We firmly believe that age is just a number and have set no age limit. Mature volunteers craving the excitement of the African bushveld and those life-changing animal moments, have the opportunity to join the volunteer program but stay in the comfort of lodge accommodation. Delicious meals served in the restaurant add to the exclusive volunteering experience.

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