Messages From Past Expeditioner's
James Allsop, July 2017
I absolutely loved my time at Oana, easily one of the best trips of my life. It balanced work with play perfectly and I never felt bored for one moment, with every activity having a clear purpose it made it even more satisfying. However by far the most enjoyable aspect of my time at Oana was the atmosphere, at no time did I feel like I was a tourist, Dre and Red made camp a home for us in our brief stay and I cant thank them enough. My top two activities are probably rafting and the camera traps, but its hard to say with certainty as I enjoyed every activity. The three words to describe Oana would be wild, beauty, FUN!
Jack - Aug 21, 2018
A great unique experience, where you get to be immersed in the wilderness without the stress and distractions of the modern world. Many amazing adventures from a 3-day hike to downhill mountain biking and whitewater rafting. It's also a great taster of what it is like to be in conservation and rewilding. All in all, great fun with two awesome hosts Red and Dre and I would really recommend it to anyone looking for a unique and memorable experience on their gap year or summer.
Brod - Aug 19, 2018
A fantastic trip. The month I spent there went by in a flash. The rafting in the last week was a definite highlight, additionally, the cutting down of invasive tree species and the insect surveys were some of my favourite activities. From the first day Red and Andrea made us feel completely welcome in camp and throughout the trip, their knowledge, and passion for the project was inspiring. Overall, a extremely worthwhile trip that I would definitely recommend.
Freya - Aug 19, 2018
I miss waking up at camp every morning surrounded by an incredibly special group of people, knowing that each day would start with a new adventure and end watching the insane Namibian sunset. Red and Dre are two of the most inspiring people and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to learn so much from them, and help in a range of ways with their conservation work. It is strange how quickly you adjust to bush life and nothing will compare once you leave. I cannot wait to visit Oana in the future and see how much has changed. Thank you for the best month of my life and for all the memories I will cherish forever!
Millie - June 2018
Such an incredible month. Would 100% do it all again. It really was an experience that I will never forget and this was all down to Andrea and Red. They made the trip so enjoyable and everything we did was sure to make an impact on the conservancy, which was such a nice thing to see and feel. Base camp was a super cool place to stay for the month and certainly wasn't like anywhere I had stayed before. Unreal. Thank you so much to both of you and I wish you all the best xx
Ivo - Jun 13, 2018
I had the most incredible time in Namibia even though it flew by. We achieved so much in a short month. The conservation activities were fun and fascinating to be a part of. A particular favourite of mine was invasive tree demolition and obviously white water rafting. Having limited WiFi made it much easier to click with other people and I’ve made some great friends. Red and Andrea are truly inspiring people and I wish them the best of luck and hope to visit soon to see the progress.
Imy - Jun 12, 2018
Going to Namibia with The Leap was one of the best experiences of my life. The conservation work intwertwined with the adventure activities such as white water rafting and mountain biking made it a fulfilling and fun trip. Red and Andrea were fantastic hosts and despite being in such a vast area away from home made us feel like we were part of a family. The facilities were brilliant considering we were in such a remote area and we were well catered for with 3 amazing meals a day. I would definitely come back if I had the chance again.