With a professional wildlife photographer as your guide, this experience takes you into the heart of the African wilderness where you will develop your skills and expand your portfolio. Within a small group, you will experience the best of the Greater Kruger area, including a trip to Kruger National Park, while capturing photographs of iconic animals and learning how to use your photos to support research and conservation initiatives. This experience is ideal for budding photographers who want to pursue a career in wildlife photography or run their own specialized wildlife photography courses in Africa.
AS A PHOTOGRAPHER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Develop your existing skills for the next step in your career with one on one guidance and mentorship from a professional wildlife photographer
- Improve and refine your camera skills and knowledge of photography with a focus on wildlife landscape, and night photography
- Learn how to interact with nature responsibly and gain a deeper understanding of ethical wildlife photography and its role in conservation
- Contribute to research by capturing photos that can be used for I.D. kits and monitoring the health of the animals and reserve
- Embark on a day adventure through the famous Kruger National Park and along the scenic Panorama Route as a part of your photographic experience
- Learn how your new skills and photos can be used to make a difference through conservation support, marketing, and fundraising
- Gain a competitive edge by getting practical experience in the field and encountering wild animals in their natural habitat
- Immerse yourself in the African bush and famous experiences such as night drives and overnighting in an African Big 5 reserve
About the Destination
The Greater Kruger Area is a sprawling expanse of about 20 private game reserves to the west of the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Fences were dropped between the reserves in the Greater Kruger Area and the Kruger National Park in recent years to allow wildlife to roam more freely. The entire area now stretches across over 49,000,000 acres of untamed African wilderness.
Home during your 2-week stay will be a warm and welcoming tented camp just outside of Hoedspruit in the Greater Kruger Area. Surrounded by private game reserves where animals are frequent visitors and Africa unfolds in wild, sunny splendor, you will get to experience authentic bush accommodation with all the necessary comforts such as air-conditioning and WiFi.
Situated away from the city lights, on the doorstep of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, you will be in the best position to photograph giant African elephants, elusive predators, beautiful birds, strange insects, and the great starry skies. The Greater Kruger Area is a dreamscape for wildlife photographers wanting to capture the immense wonder and beauty of the natural world.
Fun & Travel
Take it Easy
Your weekends are completely free, giving you more than enough time to explore nearby attractions and try out some of the adventures the surrounding area is known for. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon on earth and perhaps the most beautiful. Hiking its soaring peaks and through its green valleys are views you will never forget. Try white water rafting and abseiling for a daring adventure or a cultural village tour if you want to experience the cultural soul of South Africa.
Dates & Rates
Our project fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact home in the African bush – a tented camp 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
- An intensive induction from our on-site professional photographer
- Guidance and support throughout from our on-site professional photographer
Our project fee excludes:
- Camera equipment and laptop
- 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
- WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!
Why volunteer with African Impact?
We live and breathe all things Africa
A ndzi ringeta ku endla xiculu. Don’t worry, you’ll get it when you get here.
We are with you all the way
Wrapping ourselves around you like a giant fluffy blanket, our awesome staff on the ground will make sure you see, do and experience as much as possible.
We are about real, measurable change
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.
We are leading the way
With some of the most progressive policies, we are helping to push the boundaries of what the responsible volunteer travel industry can achieve.
“It was a privilege being exposed to the quality of the guides. Their knowledge is amazing. The photography course stretched me daily as I’m a new aspiring photographer. These guys have a strong work ethic, they are driven and motivated to make, as the name implies, an impact. Their programmes are really well planned and so is the organizational day to day living around the lodge. Highly professional.”
Yvette Cherry. USA
“I gained new friends and a lot of wonderful photographs. I received so much photographic knowledge and experience. All of the photography instruction was great and both professional photographers we worked with are wonderful. I really like that the program allows us to work with more than one photographic instructor to help us form our own style and opinions.”
Grace Mcleod, USA