Leopard and Predator Research, Kruger Region

Join African Impact research teams on game reserves within the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa, to collect data, track, survey and monitor the elusive at-risk predators in this iconic and stunning landscape.

AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:

  • Follow the clues and identify individual leopards – helping to build a vital database of individual kits
  • Learn the practical methods used in animal research such as camera traps, track measurement, identification databases and heat mapping
  • Identify individual Wild Dogs and Hyenas to understand group dynamics and behaviour
  • Join Unique night and day stake-outs to discover and monitor leopard corridors across properties to better highlight their movements and home ranges
  • Become a night-owl and see nocturnal animals in their environment on night drives
  • Camp out in the bush – learning the stars and eating around a bush fire
  • Assist with on-going conservation initiatives such as building waterholes, removing alien plants and conducting snare sweeps
  • Live in an African lodge on your very own private reserve in the world famous Greater Kruger Area
  • Explore Blyde River Canyon, take in the sight of the Panorama route, go for a hike or put another stamp in your passport by visiting the intriguing land-locked country of Swaziland over your weekends

Volunteer Reviews

“My two biggest highlights were definitely seeing the North Pride kill a wildebeest by the road and following the whole process of the hunt. Another highlight was when we followed two leopards mating for 45 minutes. The weekend trips were fantastic and all the people I got to know during my experience. It has influenced me a lot, and basically changed my life.

I am more certain now than ever before what direction I want to take in life. And after getting to know people from all over the world, I now feel the world is more open to me, and travelling in the future will be way easier.” Haarvard Rosenlund, Norway

“I had always thought that I was fairly knowledgeable about Africa and it’s wildlife including the conservation of endangered species. However, the opportunity to talk with experts in the field has broadened my knowledge considerably. I have had a truly remarkable experience on this program that I would happily recommend to anyone at home.

I have gained a considerable amount of knowledge about wildlife and conservation management and it has been a privilege to work with such a positive group of people.” Keith Mordey, Britain

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry
How your volunteer fee is used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

About the Destination

During your volunteer placement, 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.

Whether you’re looking for gap-year travel, work experience or simply a career-break, 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. At weekends our team can help you organise day and over night trips to nearby attractions, including the world-famous Blyde River Canyon.

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May 3, 2018

Updates and Achievements from our Kruger Projects – Q1 2018

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April 30, 2018

Embrace the Variety

Nothing lures in animal lovers, tourists, travelers and adventurers to South Africa quite like the "Big 5". Have you ever heard of the 'little five', the 'botany five', the 'ugly five' and the 'secretive seven' or the 'big 6 birds'?
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April 1, 2018

Photography in Research

Photography and research volunteer, Nathaniel Cohen, emphasizes the importance of ID kits and how taking photographs on game drives can assist conservation efforts.
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