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Wildlife Photography Internship

Join a professional wildlife photographer and other budding photographers on this photography internship to gain practical experience in wildlife and other genre-specific photography. This is a unique personal and professional development opportunity in the Greater Kruger Area that sees interns supporting wildlife conservation initiatives through the medium of photography.

This photography internship is ideal for aspiring wildlife photographers


  • Work alongside a professional photographer to enhance and develop your photography skills
  • Build a portfolio that will showcase your talent for wildlife and other genre-specific photography
  • Use your photographs to increase awareness of conservation and other local and global issues
  • Gain experience in pre-visualisation, production, and photo editing
  • Be supported by a Personal Development Coach to ensure you realize and achieve your goals
  • Live in one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, near the Kruger National Park
  • Work alongside a team of wildlife and conservation experts, local people, and volunteers

About the Destination

During your photography internship, you will stay in one of the most photogenic areas in South Africa – the Greater Kruger Area. This part of the country is home to the best reserves one the continent, including the world famous Kruger National Park. With wildlife hotspots all around you, the opportunities to captura great photographs and refine your skills are endless.

Your home during your stay in South Africa will be at our project base, Dumela Lodge. Surrounded by game reserves and unspoiled nature, the spacious safari style lodge is shared by interns, volunteers, and our Kruger team. Dumela is fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable and unforgettable stay in the Greater Kruger, including a swimming pool and WiFi.

Whether you’re looking for gap-year travel, work experience, or simply a career-break, this is an experience that will help you gain new perspectives, new friends, and new skills. It will also give you a glimpse into the wild heart of Africa. Over weekends, our team can help you organize trips to nearby attractions, including Blyde River Canyon, the world’s largest ‘green canyon’.

Dates & Rates

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Our internship fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your stay
  • 3 meals a day cooked by a local chef (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
  • Full training and mentorship from a professional photographer
Our internship fee excludes:
  • Camera and laptop
  • Flights (we can assist you with this)
  • Travel insurance (we can assist you with this)
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs

Volunteer Reviews

“I was pretty hesitant at first to volunteer in South Africa again, my first time with another company wasn’t the best experience. However, volunteering with African Impact was one of the best decisions I have made. We got to do so many amazing things, and learnt so much about conservation photography. I was stoked with the amount of opportunities we had to be out in the field and practising our skills. It really felt like we were true wildlife photographers and my photography developed so quickly over the 4 weeks.”
Hannah, Australia

“This has been a once in a lifetime experience. I came to the project knowing far less than I even thought about both my camera and the art of photography, but the team have taught, encouraged and pushed my boundaries. The difference between the photos I produced at the start of the trip, to the photos I have produced in the final week, are almost incomparable as I have improved so much.”

Sophie, UK

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