Stories from the Field
San Boarding in Dorob National Park
March 3, 2017
After five hours of driving we finally made it to Swakopmund, a coastal town in western Namibia with a strong fishing community and constant fog rolling in from the ocean. During the afternoon we went to Dorob National Park to practice and master the fine art of dune sand boarding. With properly waxed boards and the appropriate technique one can reach speeds up to 54 km/hr while safely cruising on powder-soft red sand.
The Watering Hole
February 28, 2017
Yesterday was our first of three days’ stay in Etosha National Park in northern Namibia. After a long drive from our campsite in Damaraland, including a brief stop at a supermarket along the way, we arrived at the Okaukuejo campsite around 2 PM. We will be at this site for two nights before we travel to another site (still in Etosha) for our last night of camping on this trip.
Photo Gallery: Wildlife of the World
February 4, 2016
Students on our Expeditions have the opportunity to get up close to spectacular and often elusive wildlife in remote parts of the world. By opting to focus on Wildlife & Biodiversity or Marine & Tropical Conservation on assignment projects, the get to explore wildlife and their habitats with naturalists and biologists, delve into underwater ecosystems, and contribute to ongoing research and conservation projects in the field. Along the way, they capture incredible images of the creatures they spot, and here is just a small selection of some of our favorite shots!
Purva’s College Essay, Namibia Conservation in Action
February 9, 2015
NGSE alum Purva Nagarajan, of Fort Meyers, Florida , traveled on our Namibia conservation in action program in 2013. Purva wrote her college essay about performing a medical examination on a cheetah (her favorite animal since childhood) during her NGSE trip in Namibia. She hopes that ten years from now she’ll have a job that combines her passions for veterinary medicine, global health and photography.
What Conservation Means to Us…
August 20, 2014
Goie more! (Good morning in Afrikaans!)
As our time in Namibia draws to a close, it’s hard to believe all the things we’ve seen, learned and experienced! We’ve had the opportunity to work with many organizations- hearing about their work and sometimes even assisting them! From exploring the ecology of the desert dunes, to visiting a large (and very loud) colony of Cape Fur Seals at Cape Cross, to learning about 2,000- to 6,000-year-old rock engravings at Twyfelfontaine- a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to visiting the Damara, an indigenous cultural group from the northern regions of Namibia, to hearing from park rangers who fend of rhino poachers, to spotting an adolescent cheetah cub and mother as the sun sets
Wrapping up in Namibia’s N/a’an Ku Se!
July 2, 2014
N/a’an Ku se is a private reserve outside of the capital of Namibia that was created to serve as an education, tourism, and conservation center. Five days ago, the National Geographic Student Expeditions group arrived in N/a’an Ku se and since have been learning about the reserve’s efforts to rehabilitate injured wildlife, conduct research on animal behavior, and facilitate the continuation of San Bushmen tradition.