Predator Research Internship in 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

Volunteer Reviews

“African Impact was nothing like I expected it to be, but that’s what made it so special. I never expected to become a part of a family that consisted of volunteers and staff from around the world. I never expected to gain an in-depth understanding for African wildlife and to be able to actively apply this new knowledge as I was out in the bush collecting data. I never expected to have such astonishing sightings of the diverse wildlife. And most of all, I never expected to understand and observe the impact research can have on African wildlife.”

Ali Weaver, USA

“I feel privileged to have been able to do the things I have done, the research work is so important and so to be able to contribute is amazing. I loved every minute of the game drives and the other research based work. It also has been incredible to have been involved with the community projects, as I felt this was very rewarding. Not only was the work aspect great, but so was the lodge itself and the staff within it. The staff at every level were amazing, some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.”

Liam Hicks, UK

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off. An African Impact team member will be waiting for you and will be there to transport you to our program base, Dumela Lodge
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • All work-related transport
  • 24 hour support from experienced staff who live and work alongside you
  • Mentorship from our research manager
  • Full orientation, training and guidance from our team
  • Training in the basics of programs, such as Google Earth Pro and qGIS
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Visa-related fees
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature, including gifts, snacks and alcohol

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.

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