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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


South Africa


average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


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



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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