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May 20-June 14, 2024
A trek through the wilds of Africa will probably be the single most adventurous and exciting thing that you will ever do! In true safari style, you’ll travel Namibia in 4x4's, exploring Africa’s amazing wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, unique people and ecosystems. Click here for our route map. Accomodations will be a mixture of camping, hostels, and bed and breakfasts.
Namibia is located on the southwestern coast of Africa, sharing borders with South Africa and Botswana to the east and Angola to the north. Namibia's landscape includes open grasslands, pans, dry riverbeds and dense woodlands. See a map here. Namibia has the oldest desert in the world, the Namib, a long coastline dotted with ship wrecks and diamond mines, as well as abundant wildlife.
You’ll visit Etosha National Park with Africa’s big five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard), come face to face with cheetahs at the Cheetah Conservation Fund, track desert elephants with the EHRA, stay at a Himba village, bushcamp in the world's oldest desert. By exploring the wildlife, flora, people, and landscapes of Namibia you’ll learn about global conservation, biodiversity and environmental issues, as well as the impact of expanding human populations and climate change. You’ll use field techniques to census wildlife and examine environmental topics such as biodiversity loss.
With a mix of wilderness bush camping, rest camps, relaxing starlight campfires, BBQ’s, and unique wildlife everywhere, this will be the learning adventure of a lifetime! But you’ll also have down time for optional activities like dune surfing and adventure sports at Swakopmund on Namibia’s coast.
Summer Courses You Will Take During Program
- 5 credit program
- BIO105: Environmental Biology Lec/Lab (4 cr) [SQ]; requires $10 lab fee
- Instructor: Dr. Dennis Wilson
- BIO298AA: Special Project-Birds of Namibia (1 cr)
- Instructor: TBA
- Field of Interest: STEM
- REQUIRED predeparture coursework in person at MCC Red Mountain campus or live online during week of May 13-17, 2024.
- Mandatory study abroad orientation on Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 9 am - 2 pm at MCC.
- Gear checklist for trip
Namibia Program Excursions
- Visit Etosha National Park with Africa's big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard).
- Get up close with cheetahs at the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
- Stay at a Himba Village.
- Camp at Epupa Falls.
- Track desert elephants and build a water source protection structure at the EHRA.
- Opportunities for optional activities like dune surfing and adventure sports at Swakopmund.
Namibia Program Details
Did You Know?
- Namibia is safe, politically stable, and the people are very friendly.
- Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa. Only 1 percent of the land is classified as suitable for farming.
- Namibia has adopted a unique conservation model where the local people own land and the wildlife that wanders onto that land.
- To help unify Namibians, the government chose English as its official language and the language of instruction in schools while also recognizing 10 Indigenous African national languages spoken by the major ethnic groups.
- Namibia's Fish River Canyon is among the largest canyons in the world.
- The root of the country’s name is “Namib,” which is the world-famous desert that runs along the western side of the country, largely adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.
- Currency used is the Namibian dollar (sign: N$; code: NAD)
- Read detailed cultural information on Namibia provided by CultureGrams™(2023). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.
Estimated Program Costs & Deadlines
|Expense Type||Estimated Cost||Deadline|
Program Fee Due: March 22, 2024
$250 Confirmation Deposit Due (towards total program fee): upon acceptance
Confirmation deposit is non-refundable after the program fee payment deadline.
BIO105 Course Fee
Tuition: 5 credits
|Airfare (estimated cost)||$1,800||
Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program. Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.
Most meals are included in program fee but some are on your own.
|$ 50||Not needed until you land in Namibia!|
|Himba Village Visit||$ 22||Not needed until you land in Namibia!|
|TOTAL Estimated Costs||$5,139||(program fee, tuition, airfare and meals, etc.)|
|Camping Gear||$ See gear list||Download the gear list.|
|Textbooks||$ 0||None required|
Passport Information Available HereYour passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your return to the USA.
Program Application Deadline
Space is limited. Apply early to reserve your place!
If program reaches full capacity, you will be put on a waitlist.