Predator Research Internship, South Africa

Join our research team in the Greater Kruger Area to gain professional experience on a conservation-driven research initiative that is protecting Africa’s wildlife. This unique personal development opportunity will allow you to support research on some of South Africa’s most elusive and at-risk predators in world-class Big 5 game reserves.

AS AN INTERN, YOU'LL GET TO:

  • Gain in-depth practical experience in wildlife research methods, including wildlife and habitat mapping
  • Analyze raw data and help turn it into useful reports for land and wildlife management
  • Get involved in camera-trap surveys and updating databases
  • Learn how to use key research software
  • Learn about conservation issues in South Africa and about the role of predators in an ecosystem
  • Be supported by our Internship Mentor and Professional Development Coach to help you realize and achieve your objectives
  • Live in one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, only a short distance from the Kruger National Park
  • Work alongside a team of experts, volunteers and local people

RECENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

WILD DOG

Thanks to intern Manon, we now have over 60 identikits of wild dogs, across multiple different packs. This has transformed our data collection for the Endangered Wildlife Trust as we can now easily determine which pack we are seeing out in the field and use photos to identify which individuals in that pack are present, and which are not.

CHEETAH

Thanks to intern Jurre, we have much greater insight into the behavior of two cheetahs who were recently reintroduced to a nearby reserve. Monitoring them via game drives and GPS data, Jurre was able to show whether temperature and rain affected the cheetah’s movements, as well as how much of the reserve each cheetah was using. This is the first research of its kind done in this reserve, so there’s plenty more to do.

LEOPARD

Through camera trapping, incidental leopard sightings, and the use of an existing identification database, interns are able to statistically analyse this data using a capture-recapture model and work towards the greater goal of understanding the overall leopard population here.

About the Destination

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.

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

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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
  • Transport to and from project
  • 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
  • Training in the basics of programs, such as Google Earth Pro and QGIS
  • Mentorship from our research manager
  • Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
  • Project equipment and resources
Our internship fee excludes:
  • Flights (we can assist you with this)
  • Medical or 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

“Overall this experience has been amazing, the last three months went by incredibly fast! Especially the staff here are warm and welcoming, I quickly got along with the other volunteers/interns within the accommodation. The lodge was really an amazing place and the food was always good. Another highlight of this internship is that you get a lot of freedom. You can choose whatever species you want to do your studies on and the guidance you get is amazing. One of the many reasons I chose to do this internship was because you really get to work on your own project and helps contribute to your professional growth. Definitely coming back!”

Jurre, Netherlands

“I had a really cool internship, I could observe the animals for my research & thesis, which was really ideal! The best high light was to see all the different & rare animals while  on the game drives is just amazing.”

Manon Wolters, Netherlands

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