Elephant Human Relations Aid is proud to be a partner of AMES Foundation. We are excited to exposure AMES Guardians to our project, the elephants, people and amazing environment that we aim to protect.
You will be collected from Walvis Bay airport and if time allows make the 300km journey to the EHRA Base Camp on the Ugab River. Upon arrival we will get settled for the night under the stars on our famous tree platform. This evening there will be a briefing on the week ahead and a presentation by EHRA on our work and the challenges involved in conserving elephants in Namibia.
The aim of this morning is to assist EHRA and key decision makers in strategizing conservation management and finding new solutions to old problems. Conservation in Namibia is bureaucratic and momentum slow. EHRA has expressed the need for new minds to help challenge this! This session will be held at EHRA’s education and information centre.
After lunch there will be a hike to stretch our legs and start learning tracking skills. This hike will end on top of a ‘koppie’ overlooking the highest mountain in Namibia, the Brandberg, for a sundowner together.
For the following three nights we will sleep wild, under the stars for those who wish in various remote locations. During the day we will track and learn about the elephants that EHRA aims to protect, this will be a mixture of on foot and vehicle based tracking. We will also meet community members that live side by side and understand the challenges they face. We will also visit EHRA projects, including a primary school and farms that have received solar water pumping installations.
Our days will be dictated by the elephant’s movements. We will also drive into the most remote areas of the desert to visit areas where we are unlikely to see any other human being!
There is a saying ‘Come to Namibia, where your mind must expand to fill the space’ this could not be truer of some of the areas we will take you to!
Throughout the week the EHRA guides will impart their incredible knowledge on tracking skills, elephant behavior and their complex society, as well as information on all the other wildlife and flora to be found in this unique ecosystem.
In the evenings there will ‘lessons’ on star gazing, informative discussions about elephant conservation and conservation in general in Namibia.
Today we will make our way back to the EHRA base camp for our final night together.
Transfer back to Walvis Bay airport.