Leopard and Predator Research, South Africa - African Impact

Leopard and Predator Research, South Africa

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.


  • 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

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.

Dates & Rates

Our project fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact home in the African bush – a lodge surrounded by wilderness and shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground
Our project fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Why volunteer with African Impact?

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Responsibility and sustainability is the aim of the game on our very own volunteer projects, having built and developed them hand-in-hand with local communities since 2004.

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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, UK

Jurre studied the movement of 2 reintroduced cheetahs in a private reserve in Rietspruit during his internship
December 11, 2018

My Experience on the Predator Research Internship

Jurre Maaskant joined our team in the Greater Kruger Area on our Predator Research Internship. Being fresh out of highschool, Jurre was apprehensive about interning abroad, but found his feet soon enough and has made a big impact on Cheetah reintroduction studies.
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