In July 2013, I went on my first solo trip. It took me over a day to travel to Namibia where I was going to be volunteering on a wildlife sanctuary, called N/a'an ku sê, for 2 weeks. Since I was very small, I've had a passion for wildlife, especially the big cats of Africa and so I almost leapt out of my seat when I booked this trip. What better way to pursue my passion than to spend 2 weeks with rescued animals, including big cats.

On this trip, I got to throw food to cheetahs and lions, take a rare caracal for a walk and be in an enclosure with a majestic, rescued cheetah. I was also introduced to some other animals such as baboons. One night, I had the luxury of looking after an orphaned baby baboon. It was an experience like no other.

So, go on, have a little read of my blog posts, documenting this amazing trip.

Namibia 2013 Blog Posts

Blog posts displayed in chronological order.


Arriving at N/a'an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

After 3 plane journeys and over a day's worth of travelling, I finally arrived in Namibia. Since visiting Africa last year, in 2012, I had been determined to go back. In fact, as soon as I got back from Zambia last year, I almost... Read more.

TUESDAY, 30 JULY 2013


Taking a Caracal for a Walk

I awoke to my third day in Namibia, again at 6.30. It's not so bad getting up early when you know the day ahead of you is going to be an adventure. I got up and headed down to the volunteer base area where I have my morning cup of tea and some breakfast. I cannot function in a day without my morning brew!... Read more.

THURSDAY, 1 AUGUST 2013


Orphaned Caracal Cub Arrives

On the evening after my caracal walk, I got to meet another caracal. A tiny caracal cub had been rescued. I assume the mother had been killed and the poor defenceless cub was left an orphan. The cub was so young, it hadn't even opened its eyes. A few of us volunteers were fortunate enough... Read more.

THURSDAY, 1 AUGUST 2013


Meeting African Wild Dogs

It was Friday, the last working day of the week. As I ate breakfast, I was thrilled to discover that I had two very exciting activities lined up for the day. The first of which was patrolling the enclosures of some of the key animals in the reserve: the African Wild Dogs and Lucky, the three-legged cheetah.... Read more.

FRIDAY, 2 AUGUST 2013


Feeding Cheetahs & Leopards

After getting to know the African wild dogs and Lucky the three-legged cheetah that morning, it was time to get to know some of the reserve's other rescues. This included over 12 cheetahs, another wild dog and a leopard. They were all due their daily feeding and I was going to be taking part... Read more.

FRIDAY, 2 AUGUST 2013


Into the Lion's Den

Saturdays are a day off from the daily routine, where we participate in a completely different activity. Today's activity was cleaning out the lion's enclosure. To do this, Meatball and Goballina (the two lions) had to be sedated. As you can expect, it's not safe to tidy up a lion's habitat whilst... Read more.

SUNDAY, 4 AUGUST 2013


Meeting Samira the Cheetah

It was in my second week at N/a'an ku sê that I had the luxury of meeting Samira. During one of our research tasks, we had to take paw-prints from Samira so that they could be put on the sanctuary's database. Each cat leaves unique paw-prints in the earth that can be used to... Read more.

TUESDAY, 6 AUGUST 2013


Looking After a Baby Baboon for the Night

Baboons were one of the key animals at the wildlife sanctuary and they were there in abundance. Unfortunately, mother baboons are shot frequently by farmers and their orphaned offspring are then rescued. The baboons then go through... Read more.

WEDNESDAY, 7 AUGUST 2013


My Last Week in Namibia

During my last week, I took part on many exciting activities such as: game count, research and being in a hide and watching animals come and go to a waterhole. On my last day of activities (Friday), I could choose to do whatever two activities that I wanted. I decided to go on a caracal... Read more.

THURSDAY, 8 AUGUST 2013


The Bushman Village

On my second and final Saturday at N/a'an ku sê, we went to the Bushman Village. The Bushman Village was a new addition to the reserve. The Bushman Village is known as the Ancient San Skills Academy, which is a traditional San Village that San Bushmen base themselves at for various periods... Read more.

SUNDAY, 11 AUGUST 2013


Feeding Lions & Cheetahs in Namibia | Vlog

Hello guys! I know I haven't posted for a little while. Honestly, work has been very busy, meaning that right now I don't have that much free time. However, what it does mean is that in the future I will have a lot more time on my hands... Read more.

MONDAY, 3 JULY 2017