2 Week Placement - UmPhafa

Your chance to make a difference to Conservation!

Action for the Wild are pleased to be able to offer a special two week programme with 10 places available to book for each two week placement. Whether you are a recent graduate, in employment or retired, this is a fantastic opportunity for those who are keen to lend a hand to nature and explore a beautiful part of the world outside of our usual busy season.

Over the two weeks you will be involved in every aspect of the reserves management, including: Animal studies, game counts, reserve maintenance, field patrols, data collection and night drives. You will also have opportunities to explore the local landscape and get immersed in local culture.

This in itself is much more fulfilling than simply visiting Africa as a tourist and you will have the satisfaction of being close to the animals, knowing that your contribution is having a direct influence on the wellbeing of the flora and fauna of UmPhafa Reserve.

We are looking for those who are committed and passionate about nature and are not afraid of a bit of hard work. Applicants must be prepared for physical work in South African summer temperatures (Activities will be tailored daily to try to suit the mean temperature). A full kit list is provided in the pack.

Action for the Wild is a non-profit organisation, and therefore the internships are self supported. 

Check out the video below created by Emma Barker, who spent three months on UmPhafa.

2023 two-week placement: Contribution of £800.

Please contact wendy@colchesterzoo.org for information about our Internship dates.

– Pre-departure support
– Airport pick-up and drop off (Durban King Shaka airport)
– Experienced staff
– Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared dorm rooms) 
– WiFi at the accommodation
– All meals
– Welcome induction and location orientation 
– All necessary project equipment and materials
– Research training 
– Wildlife identification techniques
– Teamwork experience 
– 24-hour in-country support
– Confidential professional reference (where requested)
– Return flights to Durban King Shaka airport
– Medical and travel insurance 
– Visa costs (if necessary)
– Personal kit
– Extra local excursions and personal shopping 

Apply Here

Download our application form

Please send your completed internship application form and an introductory email to:


25 April – 9 May 2023 – East Coast (HE)

“I had a very positive and amazing experience which surpassed all my expectations.”

“The daily activities were very engaging and educational , it was an amazing experience, the staff made the experience, still blown away by their knowledge and hospitality.”

“I loved everything, the team is lovely and seeing the animals in their natural habitat was amazing, I’ve learned so much and made so many memories. The information in the Coordinators heads is so impressive. I loved every second of it – Thank you so much.”

“The placement is an excellent experience for the students and provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for a very reasonable price. The guides are helpful and overall it was very enjoyable. Going out on the Reserve and seeing so much diversity and watching the students in their element was great.”

If you are interested in taking part in a RESEARCH PLACEMENT please click here for more information.

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