Predator Research Internship, South Africa - African Impact

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.


  • 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



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.


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.


Thanks to intern Martina and many others, we will soon be able to determine the abundance and density of
leopards in the immediate area. 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

Our internship fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact intern home in the African bush – a cozy, safe and relaxed lodge shared by our interns, volunteers 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 are there to support you 24/7
  • 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
Our internship 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-placement activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry

Why do an internship with African Impact?

You will work directly within your chosen field, side-by-side an African Impact project, most of which have been running for over a decade. This means that you get to give back something while learning new skills, and live with our team of staff, interns and volunteers. Win-win.

Provide our local community partners direct support they would otherwise not receive, while also providing valuable, practical work experience for you (if you’re asked to make a cup of coffee, a refund is heading your way). Intern support is essential for growing, developing and monitoring our projects’ impact.

Gain deeper insight into your chosen field within the context of community development or conservation in Africa. This provides a truly unique and extraordinary way to enhance your resume.

Be guided and supported 24/7 by highly professional and experienced teams on the ground, as well as from the wider African Impact team. Welcome to next-level interning, where you will receive 3 individual mentors for personal development coaching, professional development mentoring and academic training.

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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