Wildlife Photography & Conservation Volunteer Project in South Africa

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Gain Skills in Conservation That Go Beyond Just Photography

Ready for an extraordinary wildlife photography adventure? Embark on a transformative journey where you’ll master the art of capturing Africa’s magic while contributing to vital conservation efforts. Immerse yourself in the guidance of a seasoned professional, unlocking the secrets of African wildlife photography. Learn to anticipate fleeting moments, frame stunning compositions, and translate the raw beauty of nature into captivating images. This is more than just a photography volunteer program; it’s an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy, protecting the very creatures you immortalize through your lens. You will receive an intensive induction from our on-site professional photographer, ensuring you gain the knowledge and skills to excel in this captivating field of wildlife conservation photography.

Project Highlights

  • Receive mentorship, honing your skills and expanding your photographic horizons.
  • Become an active participant in wildlife conservation research, capturing images that support identification kits and animal health monitoring initiatives.
  • Learn more about night wildlife photography, mastering the art of capturing the essence of Africa’s nocturnal creatures.
  • Gain a competitive edge by getting practical experience in the field of photography and encountering wild animals in their natural habitat.
  • On your free weekends, explore the spectacular Blyde River Canyon or delve deeper into the Kruger National Park.

Quick Facts

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa

Hoedspruit Airport

Specific Start Dates

4 - 12 weeks

Impact: Wildlife Conservation

From $1040 / £815 per week

Destination

Immerse yourself in the untamed majesty of the Greater Kruger area, a sprawling tapestry of over 20 private reserves seamlessly woven together. Bordering the iconic Kruger National Park, this vast landscape pulsates with life, serving as a sanctuary for an extraordinary array of threatened species – from the majestic lion to the powerful elephant, the resilient rhinoceros to the endangered wild dog. The whole area comprises almost 5.5 million acres of unfenced land where animals roam freely across wild savannah. The Greater Kruger area offers endless opportunities for wildlife encounters, the elephants might join you for dinner and just wait until you hear the hippos at night!

Accommodation

You will be staying at Kambaku Camp in the heart of the African wilderness. It is a traditional bush lodge with all the facilities and furnishings you need for a comfortable and authentic stay in Africa. The accommodation includes 7 large dorm rooms overlooking the Olifants River. All the rooms have aircon and bathrooms. Some of the facilities include a swimming pool and outdoor fire pit where we have braais (BBQs), all set in a great shared social space.

Meals are provided 7 days a week at Kambaku Camp and can cater for dietary requirements with enough notice. Our local chefs prepare for you as part of our delicious menus including bobotie, a potjie, a Cape Malay-style curry or the experience and excitement of cooking on an open fire with a South African braai. 

Cellular signals can be variable. If you are purchasing a local, South African SIM Card, we would recommend using MTN as the service provider. WiFi is available throughout the lodge.

May to September (winter in the southern hemisphere) are the cooler months and temperatures can be chilly in the evenings and early mornings. Daytime temperatures are mild, usually between 22°C (71°F) to 25°C (77°F), and days can be clear and sunny or overcast. Night-time temperatures can drop to 6°C (43°F).

October to April (summer in the southern hemisphere) most days will be hot and humid. In the middle of summer, temperatures can often reach 34°C+ (93°F+),  and the sun is strong. 

Most days are clear and sunny, with heavy showers or thunderstorms in the early evenings. You will need a waterproof jacket.

Participant Requirements

AGE

The minimum age for this project is 16 years of age. Please note that Parental Consent is required before arrival for those aged 16 and 17. 

To travel to Africa, many people are required to obtain a visa either upon entry to the relevant country or beforehand. Please note different countries require different passport validity periods. But don’t panic, our Journey Team will help direct you and answer your questions during our Pre-departure process.

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Project Impact Areas

WORKSHOPS & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Delve into the fundamental principles of wildlife photography, unraveling the secrets and techniques that elevate your craft. Discover the art of mastering your camera settings and understanding the elements that make a captivating shot. Through hands-on exercises and guided assignments, you’ll hone your skills, capturing the essence of frames, colors, movement, portraits, and more. Learn more about macro photography and embark on a captivating journey into the unseen world, capturing the intricate details and beauty of often-overlooked creatures – from the industrious dung beetle to the iridescent dragonfly.

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CONSERVATION INITIATIVES

Beyond the initial workshop, your wildlife photography journey continues with hands-on contributions to our broader conservation efforts in the Greater Kruger. As you immerse yourself in the landscape, you’ll receive a series of challenging assignments that push your creative boundaries and refine your photographic skills. We believe that wildlife photography can play a powerful role in safeguarding the natural world, and we’re dedicated to equipping you with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact.

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PHOTOGRAPHIC DATABASE

Join the research team to photograph key wildlife species – leopards, lions, African wild dogs, elephants and rhinos. Each of these species have unique attributes that identify them on an individual basis – from spot patterns, scars, ear notches and more, the collection of their images aids the constant development of our animal identification kits which contribute towards our conservation data. This data is more broadly shared with reserve management for larger scale efforts and conservation.

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On-the-ground Project Support

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FLIGHTS & ARRIVAL

A friendly face from our Base Team will be ready to meet you at the airport and drive you to our Volunteer Accommodation. Just look out for the African Impact sign!

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SAFETY

On arrival you’ll have a comprehensive induction to prepare you for project work, the local culture, people and wildlife; and of course, how to stay safe!

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STAFF

24/7 support: Our base teams are on hand every day to make sure you have the most amazing and memorable time in Africa.

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RECOMMENDED WEEKEND ACTIVITIES IN KRUGER

RHINO REVOLUTION

This organization devotes its efforts to rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orphaned wild rhino calves. These orphaned calves typically come into the centre as a result of their mothers having been poached for the rhino horn trade. Not only does Rhino Revolution care for these motherless calves, they also support critical rhino dehorning operations in the surrounding area.

QUAD BIKING ADVENTURE

Set off on an adventure through the African bush, trading your seat in the game viewer for a seat on a quad bike. These guided quad bike tours can last between 1 – 3 hours, offering you a unique perspective from which to view wildlife. You’ll be sure to drive amongst wildebeest and giraffes.

HELICOPTER FLIGHTS

From our base in the Greater Kruger area, you will be able to embark on a 15 minute or 1 hour long helicopter charter. The 1 hour long flight will take you back to the Blyde River Canyon where you will be able to marvel at the terrains you hiked over – this time from above!

PROJECT APPLICATION

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

After completing the below application form, one of our Destination Specialists will get in touch to discuss your volunteer experience and any questions you may have. When you are ready to book, we will send you a booking form after which a deposit will be required to secure your position.

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Personal Information

STEP 2

When do you want to Volunteer or Intern?

(Optional)

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

STEP 3

How long do you want to Volunteer or Intern for?

(Optional)

Select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!

PRICE

From $1040 / £815 per week. Your weekly cost will reduce if you stay for longer than 2 weeks, book with a friend or are a return volunteer.

PROJECT FEE INCLUDES

  • African Impact bush style accommodation with swimming pool
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Mon – Sun)
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • All project transport, equipment and resources
  • Guidance and workshops from a professional photographer
  • Support from experienced local and international African Impact staff
  • Full orientation for responsible project contribution

PROJECT FEE EXCLUDES

  • Price excludes flights, visas, insurance, weekend tours and personal expenses

South African Wildlife Photography FAQs

What kind of wildlife will I be photographing?

The Greater Kruger Area boasts incredible biodiversity, including the African Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and buffalo), plus diverse antelope, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, and countless bird species. Your specific encounters will depend on the season, location, and luck, but rest assured, you’ll have ample opportunities to capture magnificent wildlife moments as a wildlife photography volunteer.

Absolutely not! Our wildlife photography program welcomes enthusiasts at all levels, especially those driven by a passion to learn and capture the magic of Africa’s wildlife. Our expert guides will provide comprehensive training and mentorship, equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to transform your passion into stunning images. So, whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting your journey, a true photography adventure awaits!

Our wildlife photography volunteer program often partners with research institutions or conservation NGOs, which means your photos may be used for various purposes, such as monitoring animal populations, documenting specific behaviors, raising awareness about threats, or contributing to educational materials. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of conservation challenges while playing your part in protecting Africa’s precious wildlife.

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