Desert Lion Conservation Safari
15 - 20 November 2019
Introducing Desert Lion Conservation, one of a portfolio of eight life-changing, ‘purposeful’ journeys crafted to offer guests access to unique and privileged, behind-the-scenes conservation and community projects run by ourselves and our partners.
On this journey, we invite you to join us in Namibia’s vast, untamed Kaokoveld and participate in the conservation initiatives that we support, from tracking the unique desert-adapted lion to engaging with the communities that must live alongside these animals.
All funds raised from this itinerary go directly to the Desert Lion Project.
- Learn about the superbly-adapted carnivores (lion, brown hyaena) of the Namib Desert with well-known local authorities.
- Join lion rangers and researchers in tracking lions in this stark yet beautiful area.
- Actively engage with rural communities to understand pastoralism, local culture and human-wildlife conflict.
DESERT LION CONSERVATION
The desert lion is highly valued in the tourism industry, but its presence means that local communities must share their land with these carnivores – and as carnivores sometimes prey on domestic livestock, conflict is inevitable. As a result, to protect their animals, farmers often respond by killing lions. The future of lion conservation in the Namib is therefore dependent on human-lion conflict management so as to enable the desert lions to survive in this harsh environment, while at the same time allowing people to maintain their traditional lifestyles and their livelihoods, as well as share in the benefits of ecotourism.
15 Nov- Arrive Damaraland Camp. Meet the team; afternoon game drive looking for desert-adapted elephants; talk on Desert Lion Project (DLP) by Dr Phillip Stander. Overnight Damaraland Camp.
16 Nov - Depart early morning with DLP team; full day tracking lions, meeting the lion rangers, and learning more about the project. Overnight Damaraland Camp.
17 Nov - Visit Driefontein Village, learn about human-wildlife conflict first-hand; afternoon searching for desert lions and other activities with DLP; evening talk on the New Rapid Response System for human-wildlife conflict. Overnight Damaraland Camp.
18 Nov -Visit De Riet village to learn about how they deal with human-conflict; an afternoon with DLP rangers, tracking lions and engaging in their work; evening talk on the Brown Hyena Project. Overnight Damaraland Camp.
19 Nov- Spend the day learning more about the area’ brown hyaena as well as other denizens of the desert.
20 Nov-Overnight Damaraland Camp. Morning activity before flight out to Windhoek.
Pricing starts at $6,860 per person sharing (minimum of 4 guests)
Single Supplement $726
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