Wildlife Conservation Internships in Africa

If it’s wildlife you’re interested in, Africa is the place for you. While there’s plenty of places in the world with exciting wild animals, no place is quite like the African bush, where you can find yourself surrounded by large herds of elephants, roaring big cats, and towering giraffes. In the stunning wilderness of South Africa and Zimbabwe, we offer wildlife conservation internships that will give you the experience of a lifetime.

As an intern on one of these wildlife programs, you can do exciting field research, contribute to conservation through wildlife photography, or learn how to be a field guide. Either way, you’ll live and work in the African bush, gain practical experience and a thorough understanding of wildlife conservation in Africa, and support important field work. All logistics will be provided, and we offer on the ground support.

Read about our wildlife conservation internships below, or get in touch to chat to us directly! 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION INTERNSHIPS IN AFRICA

Our Wildlife Conservation Internships

Marine Conservation Internship

Open for applications

Marine Conservation Internship

Min. 4 weeks

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Operations, communications, outreach, research

Learn about the day to day running of a field based marine NGO

Conservation and Photography Internship

Applications open for 2021

Conservation and Photography Internship in South Africa

8 weeks

Greater Kruger, South Africa

Photography, Conservation

Photograph lions, leopards, elephants, and many more animals, while sharpening your skills.

African Fieldguiding course

Open for applications

African Field Guiding Course, Zimbabwe

60 days

Zimbabwe

Field Guiding (incl. FGASA qualification)

Get a FGASA qualification by joining this exciting guiding course in a stunning African setting.

Wildlife Research Internship

Open for applications

Wildlife Research Internship, Victoria Falls

Min. 4 weeks

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Wildlife research, Conservation

Be part of field research into lions, giraffes, and many other animals in the stunning African bush.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR WILDLIFE INTERNSHIPS IN AFRICA

Wildlife, wildlife, wildlife! It’s hard to exaggerate how amazing it is to spend time in the African bush, surrounded by roaring lions, monkeys swinging through trees, and the silhouettes of elephants in the African sunset. The game drive experience fully lives up to its adventurous reputation. As a wildlife intern in Africa – whether you’re focusing on research, photography, or field guiding – you’ll have this experience on a daily basis. An incredible experience.

If you join us for a wildlife research internship, you’ll be part of a local team doing important field research. You’ll be spending your days observing wildlife and collecting relevant data; information that will contribute to research that will help conservation efforts in the area. As an intern, you’ll gain plenty of knowledge of the bush and the different threats to the wildlife, and you’ll gain practical experience in doing field research. You’ll also have the knowledge that you’re contributing to the preservation of these natural habitats.

As a wildlife photography intern, you’ll have the unique opportunity to learn everything there is to know about the wildlife photography craft. You’ll have excellent photographic opportunities every day – on game drives and bush walks – and you’ll be working towards your own professional goals. All the while, you’ll enjoy personal tutoring by a professional wildlife photographer.
If you join our field guiding course in Zimbabwe, you’ll gain a wealth of knowledge about the ecology of the African bush and animal behavior. You’ll also learn practical skills like animal identification, animal tracking, and 4×4 driving – and you’ll learn the basics of survival in the bush. It’s a hugely adventurous and exciting experience, and you’ll finish it with a FGASA qualification that could be the start of a guiding career.

FAQS ABOUT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION INTERNSHIPS IN AFRICA

Who can apply for these wildlife internships?

The requirements vary per internship. If you’re keen to join the wildlife research internship in Zimbabwe, you’ll need to be studying wildlife science or a related field, and any experience will be a bonus. If you’re interested in joining the wildlife photography and conservation internship in South Africa, a basic level of photography will be required – though there’s no need to be a seasoned pro, as you’ll be able to work on your own level. To join the field guiding course, you just need to have a true passion for wildlife and a decent fitness level.

Which animals can I expect to see?

Obviously it depends on which internship you’re joining, but during all programs, you can expect to see lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo, zebras, giraffes, a variety of different antelope, and a wealth of stunning birds. You can also expect to encounter reptiles, such as crocodiles, snakes, and different types of lizards. And if you’re lucky, you’ll spot the elusive leopard.

What type of accommodation can I expect?

As an intern on any of these programs, you’ll be staying in, or on the edge of, national parks and game reserves. You’ll be surrounded by wildlife and enjoy a full wilderness adventure. The accommodation is basic but very comfortable; you’ll stay in a lodge or tented accommodation that you’ll share with team members and other interns. The accommodation arrangements are indicated with each internship.

What does the program fee cover?

These wildlife internships in Africa are all fully facilitated, and the fees include accommodation, meals, all activities, airport transfers, and constant guidance and tutoring by a local team. So it covers everything while you’re on the ground – you just need to get yourself to Africa, and the rest will be taken care of!

What if I want to combine different programs?

No problem! This could be an excellent idea, and we’re happy to work this out for you. Just send us a message, and we’ll get back to you to have a conversation about your plans.

Can an internship kickstart a career in wildlife conservation?

Doing a wildlife conservation internship – or a field guiding course – can definitely be a great springboard for a career in this field! Spending a few months in Africa, working on the ground, is a good way to gauge what it would be like to do this work as a career, and if it would really suit you. It’s also an excellent opportunity to add some practical experience to your resume, to ask questions to experienced professionals, and to network. So yes, while there’s obviously no guarantees, doing a wildlife internship in Africa is a great choice if you’re serious about pursuing a career in wildlife management or conservation.