Desert lion conservation safari, Namibia

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Desert lion conservation safari, Namibia


In this unique safari you’ll be spend 5 days with Dr Philip Stander, leading lion conservationist, and learn first-hand about the challenges involved in lion conservation and the day-to-day running of the Desert Lion Conservation Project ( You’ll have the chance to study these unique creatures up close and in depth, accompanied by one of the leading experts in the field.

Your safari directly helps the Desert Lion Conservation Project, both by raising awareness about the project and its aims and by providing funds (a proportion of the safari costs go towards supporting the project while your park fees help preserve the wilderness on which the lion depend). The visit to 'graveyard of bone' that marks the beginning of your tour will serve as a vivid reminder of the reason projects such as this exist in the first place, and of the dangers that the rare and endangered desert-adapted lion, elephant and black rhino still face.

During your safari you will wild camp - the location of, and how long you stay at, each camp will depend on the whereabouts of the lion - there is no fixed schedule or itinerary to follow! As you will be camping in the wild, we use light, mobile camps that are easily movable, and which do not have an impact on the environment. We maintain small groups (typically 4-5) to limit the impact on the environment.


Arguably the biggest threat to lions in Namibia, and elsewhere in Africa, is conflict with local communities. Even moreso than poaching, it is the conflict with local communities, and the loss of the wilderness that lion depend on to farming and developement, that has prompted the decline in lion numbers across the region.

This is particularly apparent in the case of Namibia's desert lion. To survive in the extreme environment of the Namib Desert, they need to cover vast distances in order to find food and water. This inevitably brings them into contact with the people who live in this arid area.

The Desert Lion Conservation Project is trying to find real solutions for the human-lion conflicts that arise when man and beast share the same area and resources. Beginning in 1998, Dr Philip Stadler started an intensive research project on the desert lions, with the aim to collect sound ecological data, address human-lion conflicts, and to develop a conservation strategy. Emphasis is placed on monitoring lions that disperse and occupy new habitats, and on those that live near local communities. Human-lion conflict is addressed by developing localised conflict management plans.

The Lion Conservation Project is run in cooperation with, and directly supports, the Purros community. It does so by, for example, countering losses to cattle sustained by lion. Members of the local community are also involved in the management of the conservancy, and receive employment within the safari industry.

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