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South Africa

Conservation Management Internship

This Internship is offered on Somkhanda Game Reserve & is aimed at school levers considering a career in conservation / eco-tourism as well as graduates seeking work experience....

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Tillietudlem Game Reserve Management Volunteer

The owner and management of Tillietudlem are passionately committed to protecting and encouraging the conservation of the reserve. Although the vast majority of the reserve...

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Ecotourism Internship - Tour Operating

Established tour operator African Insight offers an internship position ideal for motivated applicants eager for work experience to enhance their resumés. This three-month...

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Wildlife Bush Skills Course

This 10-day Wildlife Bush Skills course from African Insight offers a unique opportunity to learn a variety of skills from experienced rangers, such as identification of

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Zululand Wildlife and Conservation Experience

A one month program based on Somkhanda Game Reserve in Zululand, South Africa offering participants a unique opportunity to learn about practical & challenging fieldwork

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FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa

The rehabilitation and release of wildlife that have been injured by snares or other forms of traps, wounded by hunter’s guns or orphaned at a young age is not an easy

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Ecological Research Internship

This internships is offered on Somkhanda Game Reserve in South Africa and is aimed at postgraduate students looking for a research project opportunity or work experience....

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African Insight Academy Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    8

African dream

When I first landed in Durban in the beginning of March, I did not really know what to expect. I knew that I applied for a three months internship in the conservation management program, that I had a luggage full of medication and first aid items and that I was about to experience something new and very exciting. I was ready, I did not know for what, but I was. Then the time flew: pick up at the airport, introduction to the other interns, setting of our own project, helping where help is needed (and there is a lot of work there), working on the projects, playing volleyball, learning guitar, making fire for the braai, going on the top of the highest hill to watch the sunset, monitoring elephants, rhinos, buffalos, eating, laughing, sharing... Every single of these moments has a special place in my memory and my heart. For me it was a life changing experience to get out of my confort zone and go back to basics. No TV, no phone (this was my choice), just the light of thousands stars to gaze at in the evening and the most stunning nature. You get a completely new rhythm there. Sometimes you wake up at 5 AM to monitor the wild dogs. Always worth it! My highlight was when once while frogging (my personal project was to set a database of amphibians), an elephant bull came to the dam to drink, joined later on by another one. It was the first time of my life I saw a wild elephant and the fact he came so close, in my opinion, made my heart beat out my chest. This internship confirmed what I already knew deep inside: wildlife in South Africa needs protection (everybody knows that

Program: Conservation Management Internship

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Best three months of learning ever !

African insight Academy is great for anyone who is either passionate about conservation, ecology , wildlife biology and Africa.
The experience you can get from taking part in a internship here is second to none. The staff will take your background and considerations and give you the option of doing something that really suits you. For e.g. I was a Animal Keeper in the UK= I was a elephant monitor and managed the Nyala bomas. Absolutely Perfect !!
The camp lifestyle is something that is so unique. Your accommodation is a proper bush style , arm surplus , retro experience ... not everyday you wake up to a leopard call next to the camp !
The work and day to day tasks really are a huge part of conservation management and you feel like you are making a real difference to the reserve. What's also great is being able to help and assist other volunteers in their projects. Always something new to learn ! The wildlife you can view and see Of course , is incredible. Big 5 , wild dogs , fantastic birding and other game viewing is everyday life on your walk from your tent to the intern office!
The staff at somkhanda are the most welcoming and supportive people you are ever likely to meet. Always willing to go the extra mile and always doing everything possible to ensure you have the best experience imaginable.
Anyone who wants to live the real Africa experience would be crazy not to apply for this !

Program: Conservation Management Internship

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    7

Niabonga Somkhanda

Hello travellers!
I am Manuel from Germany and Intern at African Insight to the middle of December. Many students in my country go directly from school to university, to enter the business as fast as possible. For me this was no option, because I wanted to help people do practical work with amazing animals in an other country. That’s why I decided to start an internship at African Insight.
When I arrived here in the middle of September, I expected nothing but a tent. These expectations have been exceeded, due my accommodation is a beautiful rondavel with warm water, a shower, a fridge and every other luxury I haven’t been thinking of. On top of that every morning starts with giraffes, wildebeests and other animals directly in front of my house. I think this beautiful and peaceful view during every breakfast is every day a highlight again and the thing I will miss the most when I head home.
After this amazing start of the day I was involved in many amazing working experiences in the last two weeks for example we sprayed the cattle of the nearby community with an anti-tick-spray, game-captured Njalas for sale, fed the wilddogs, set up a solar panel and much more. We were also lucky enough to be able to join a rhino dart, where we darted and collared a white rhino for security and tracking purposes. This was very special as it was not something that I ever thought that I would be able to take part in, and it is very rare to be able to be involved in something like this so hands-on and as part of a team. It was the highlight of my trip, and something that I will treasure for the rest of my life!
The current two projects we implement right now are:
1. We monitor the leopards with camera traps set up all over the reserve and always position them in pairs, so that we take pictures of both sides of the animal which allows us to determine clearly every leopard. Besides the leopards we catch a lot of other animals’ pictures, so you never know what you actually going to see.
2. My main objective in the last week was the creation of a detailed road map of the reserve, because we need to know all about our street network for security, management and tourism reasons. The practical work was very nice, due I had to drive through the whole reserve with a quad and a GPS Tracker. That’s why I saw so many hidden places and tracks tourists never see. After this very pleasant practical part, I have to sit down in front of the computer to classify and categorize the routes, because the aim is to create different detailed maps for the tourists to make traveling in Somkhanda easier.
On top of that African Insight gave me the opportunity to travel in Kwa Zulu Natal, because i finished the work with the map in Howick. During this visit I met lots of new friends, had the most amazing mountainbike and hiking trips and was able to visit the Drakensberg. This organized traveling was another highlight during my three months with African Insight.
This big diversity of new experiences is the reason, why I want to encourage everyone thinking about an internship to do this either here in Somkhanda with African Insight or somewhere else, because the experiences you gain are amazing and the insights are more detailed than every tourist can think of.
My personal travel tip:
Leave your camera at home and experience this amazing area and its beautiful animals with your own five senses.

Program: Conservation Management Internship