Wildlife Photography Internship in South Africa

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Protect These Amazing Animals and Their Habitats

Join a professional wildlife photographer and other budding photographers on this photography internship to gain practical experience in wildlife and other genre-specific photography. This is a unique personal and professional development opportunity in the Greater Kruger Area that sees interns supporting wildlife conservation initiatives through the medium of photography. 

Read more about a volunteer’s experience in the Greater Kruger region of South Africa.

Project Highlights

  • Work alongside a professional photographer to enhance and develop your photography skills
  • Build a portfolio that will showcase your talent for wildlife and other genre-specific photography
  • Use your photographs to increase awareness of conservation and other local and global issues
  • Gain experience in pre-visualisation, production, and photo editing
  • Work alongside a team of wildlife and conservation experts, local people, and volunteers
  • Live in one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, near the Kruger National Park
Lion parent grooming younger cub.

Quick Facts

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa

Hoedspruit Airport

Specific Start Dates

8 - 12 weeks

Impact: Wildlife Photography

$7,330 – $9,550


Accommodation house for volunteers.

The Greater Kruger Area encompasses over 20 private wildlife reserves on the west side of the world-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa. These private reserves come together to create one big reserve. A significant contribution to wildlife conservation efforts, helping to protect and preserve one of the world’s last remaining wildlife strongholds.

The whole area comprises almost 5.5 million acres of unfenced land where animals roam freely across wild savannah. The Greater Kruger Area is a major hotspot for wildlife conservation and offers endless opportunities for wildlife encounters with iconic animals such as elephants, lions, rhinos, and wild dogs. Many of these animals are endangered or vulnerable.

You will be staying at Olifants River Camp in the heart of the African wilderness. It is a traditional bush lodge set in a big 5 reserve with all the facilities and furnishings you need for a comfortable and authentic stay in Africa.The team are passionate about environmental conservation and it is reflected in how the lodge is run. Recycling, sustainable use of resources, environmental education, and the use of locally grown produce and ethically sourced ingredients are all important aspects of life at Olifants River Camp.

The accommodation includes 7 large dorm rooms overlooking the Olifants River. All the rooms have air-con and bathrooms. Some of the facilities include a swimming pool, outdoor fire pit where we have braais (BBQs), all set in a great shared social space.

We believe that the best way to learn about a people and a culture is through their food and food customs. Some examples of traditional South African meals our local chefs prepare for you as part of our delicious and nutritious menus include bobotie, a potjie, a Cape Malay-style curry or the experience and excitement of cooking on an open fire with a South African braai.

Braais (an African style BBQ) are one of our beloved traditions. However, although meat is the preferred braai food, just about anything can be thrown on a braai, so even vegetarians and vegans can experience this proudly South African tradition. Meals are provided 7 days a week at Olifants River Camp and we proudly cater for most dietary preferences.

At the lodge there is free WiFi to enable you to make contact with home through WhatsApp, Zoom etc. It is also easy to purchase a Sim and add Data credit to allow you to use your own phone to stay in touch.

Although South Africa has the usual 4 seasons, there are 2 distinct seasons in the Greater Kruger area. The climate in Kruger is generally considered to be subtropical with hot weather throughout the year. The dry winter season is generally considered he best time for wildlife viewing. Animals tend to congregate around the limited water sources and the vegetation isn’t so dense, meaning animals are easier to find and view! However, the landscape is more lush and beautiful during the rainy summer season and baby animals are a plenty!

Project Impact Areas

Increase Environmental And Conservation Awareness

Photographers certainly make a huge impact during their time on the project, but this doesn’t end when they leave, as their images will continue to promote environmental and conservation awareness on an international scale. By documenting the positive work that is completed by volunteers, communities and our partners each day, this promotes the project, topical issues and raises awareness of the fantastic work done by all, as well as highlighting further work needed.

Last, but certainly not least, photography volunteers leave a lasting impact by contributing to our online database, which is used primarily for worldwide conservation education and secondarily, is a fundraising platform for our charity The African Impact Foundation.


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Dates & Rates

When would you like to volunteer?

Give us an idea of your travel plans, you can also say ‘I’m not sure yet.’ We’ll take it from there.

How long would you like to volunteer?

This is the place to select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!

8 weeks $7330
9 weeks $7885
10 weeks $8440
11 weeks $8995
12 weeks $9550
8 weeks $7330
9 weeks $7885
10 weeks $8440
11 weeks $8995
12 weeks $9550

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Volunteers taking photos of wildlife that are taking a bath in a river.

Project Fee Includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Accommodation throughout your stay
  • 3 delicious meals a day
  • Transport to and from project
  • 24/7 support from experienced international and local staff
  • Full orientation to ensure you contribute responsibly
  • Project equipment and resources

Project Fee Excludes:

  • Camera and laptop
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours not on the itinerary
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts, and souvenirs
  • Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have an interest in wildlife conservation or wildlife photography, joining this internship program is the perfect opportunity for you to start your career! All you need to do to apply for this program is follow the step-by-step instructions above to fill out the application form. If your application is accepted, you will receive confirmation directly from our team! From there, one of our trusted placement coordinators will guide you through the next steps of our application process.

Our Wildlife Photography Internship Program is for everyone. From aspiring beginners to expert photographers hoping to make an impact through conservation, just don’t forget to bring your own camera and laptop with you!

Life in the African bush, surrounded by majestic wildlife— that’s what! You’ll be able to develop your photography skills while working alongside a professional photographer, and find out what wildlife and living conditions are like in an African country.