Wildlife Conservation and Reserve Management

Project name:

UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve

Project purpose:

We are currently offering internships on UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve in South Africa to those seeking to gain work experience before pursuing a career in conservation. This is an opportunity to attain practical work experience in the field, develop vital skills and techniques necessary for a range of career paths within conservation, and gain a greater appreciation and understanding of African wildlife.

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Farmhouse on the reserve

When does the project run?

All year


accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, refillable drinking water, hot shower, western toilet, wifi, washing machine.

How long can I stay?

Placements are 4, 8 or 12 weeks


  • A passion for wildlife and conservation

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

This is an opportunity to gain creditable work experience in the field and learn new skills from qualified staff members over 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!! Participants will also be aiding 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. Depending on the time of the year there may even be the chance to see animals released onto the reserve and take part in game capture!!

Vegetation surveys and assessments comprise an important element and research assistants will learn the importance of particular plant species, their traditional/medicinal uses, and vital nutritional information of the various herbivorous species. Some general maintenance of the reserve’s roads, fences and structures is also often necessary and assistance will be required in the construction of hides and research camps.

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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