Wildlife Research and Conservation Internship in South Africa

Become totally immersed in nature and intern in the world famous Greater Kruger Area. Our conservation and research projects focus on some of the most at risk apex predators, including lions and leopards.

This is a wonderfully unique internship where you are given the opportunity to work with a supportive team who are engaged in quality research and collection of data to assist the area. Although Kruger is famous for its national park, but it is surrounded by farms and smaller landowners who are often in contact with the wildlife.  We are working constantly to provide solutions harmonious livings and to restore land overrun with alien plants into fully sustainable wildlife areas.

The internship covers a wide range of subjects including research techniques, wildlife management, community and wildlife conflict, monitoring and evaluation protocols, and climate change. If you are interested in wildlife conservation, this is the perfect internship for you.

Highlights

  • Gain real, practical experience in wildlife research methods
  • Collate data to create quality reports for management of land and wildlife
  • Experience working protocols for decision making on animal habitat and species assessments
  • Work with specialized software
  • Learn, through workshops and facilitated talks, about the larger picture of conservation challenges in Southern Africa

Quick Facts

  • Location Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
  • Learning Takeaway Gaining practical understanding of the importance of conservation in Africa
  • Learning Experience Work with qualified and enthusiastic experts in one of Africa's wildlife hotspots
  • Free Time Head out on safari in Kruger National Park and explore the scenic Blyde River Canyon

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Destination Description

During your internship, you will stay at our program base in the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa, a wildlife hotspot situated just 45-minutes from the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Surrounded by game reserves, the spacious thatched lodge boasts a large swimming pool and is situated on 18 hectares of land. This beautiful landscape serves as home to impala, warthog, bush pig, nyala and a great diversity of birdlife. Here can you dine, relax and socialise with fellow interns, volunteers and staff.

This is an experience that will give you new perspectives, new friends, new skills and give you a glimpse into the beautiful world of the African wild. On the weekends our team can help you organise day and over night trips to nearby attractions, including the world-famous Blyde River Canyon.

Learning Outcomes

Your internship work will be tailored around your skills and professional development goals and we will ensure that they dovetail with the needs of the project.  It is important to stay open-minded as many of the options we will share with you may be new and exciting.

You will be based at our beautiful bush lodge and work alongside our teams to help deliver the vital conservation goals.

Included in this internship is support by a personal development coach and monitoring and evaluation intern specialist. Your placement will involve a comprehensive induction and workshops on expectations and goal setting.

If you intend to use any data collected or analysed during your internship, arrangements must be made prior to your placement and may require additional documentation from a relevant credit-bearing institution for consideration by our board.

Service Impact

You will be part of an ongoing research project collecting data on movements, pride structures, feeding patterns and interspecies interaction. This will help to provide factually based accounts of the current eco-system. These reports give focus to ongoing conservation initiatives and, ultimately, support the decrease in wildlife numbers.

We are constantly striving to develop new areas and are currently working on an exciting new project to reintroduce the Big 5 to a new reserve in the area. This internship plays an important part in helping to support this wonderful project.

  • Your internship can be anything from 4 weeks to 3 months long. To ensure you maximise you time and achieve what you set out to,  it is important to discuss your aspirations with us before you travel to Africa.
    There will be regular hours spent in the field and important feedback and reflection times with your internship support team. You will be expected to follow the daily schedule and be fully involved.

Dates:

You will be accommodated at a private lodge in the middle of the Greater Kruger area. We have our own cooks and cleaners, a wonderful pool, and areas to relax and work. You have the freedom to walk around our lodge and be part of our own initiatives, including a new waterhole, vegetable garden, grey water system and butterfly area.

Logistics included and provided by African Impact are:

  • Participants will be collected from the airport upon arrival and transferred to base
  • All meals for the duration of the project,
  • Any transport required for program activities will be provided and lead by qualified guides
  • Participants will be transferred back to the airport for their departure
  • You will have access to African Impact’s 24-hour support team – living and working with them every day.