Conservation Internships on UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve

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Program Description

This is an opportunity to gain creditable work experience in the field and shadow qualified staff members on a wide range of aspects involved in the running of a reserve. Days will be varied with duties including behavioural observations on game species which often involves stalking species such as rhino and giraffe through the bush at close quarters. You will also be aid with the other current research projects such as small mammal trapping; setting up and checking carnivore tracking stations; and camera trapping of elusive nocturnal species providing an exceptional chance to learn crucial survey techniques as well as gaining a greater appreciation of African animals and habitats. Seasonal work includes game releases and capture.
Vegetation surveys and assessments comprise an important element and identification skills are a major component of the internship. You will learn the importance of particular plant species, their traditional/medicinal uses, and vital nutritional information of the various herbivorous species. Some general reserve maintenance is also necessary.


This is a fascinating opportunity to work in a real world setting
Learn about the local culture and gain valuable management skills
Experience the myriad of animals that make their home in this reserve


None required

Must be over 18 years of age

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What`s Included

Accommodation and food
Airport transfers to reserve

Program Locations

Natal, South Africa

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Program Details

UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve
  • South Africa: Natal
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-3 months
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
£1220 for stays of four weeks with an additional contribution of £620 per four weeks thereafter - Maximum stay is 12 weeks
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