The Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has classified conservation tourism as normal tourism, and therefore removed the need for employment permits or work visas.

In conservation tourism, tourists pay to stay at conservation farms and, as part of the experience, accompany teams that feed and maintain wildlife in the areas. According the Namibian Tourism Board, 43% of Namibia’s land is under conservation management. This includes national parks and reserves, communal and commercial conservancies, community forests, and private nature reserves.

Individuals who intend to enter Namibia for conservation tourism can now apply for ordinary holiday visas.

A statement by the ministry says: “This is an emerging form of tourism in the tourism industry. It is for this reason that the Ministry took into consideration, after extensive consultations, the direct benefits to operators in the tourism industry and so effected the change in regulation.”