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Phinda Wildlife Research Project

Overall Rating

10/ 10

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Life Changing Experience!

I went there for the whole month of September 2015, without any previous experience in animal conservation and felt right at home. The location is stunning, with the housing located in the reserve itself. The daily activity consisted mainly in tracking down and recording information on various animals, as well as sometimes assisting in animal capture and care. Despite the work being sometimes quite heavy and tiring, I never felt like giving up or wanting to go home. The flora and fauna are of course spectacular, with all the Big 5 occuring in the reserve. The only problem with Phinda is that it will hurt to leave it behind. For me it really was a life changing experience. After coming back I decided to enroll in a Field Guide Training program, and will be going back to South Africa next year, hopefully permanently. All in all, if you love the outdoors, don't mind getting wet, dirty and smelling of antilope guts and are not afraid of hard work, then Phinda is the place to be.

  • African Conservation Experience responded to this review March 01, 2016 at 1:18 AM

    Great to hear the placement had such an impact on you! Thanks so much for your review - amazing pictures!