Join the team at UmPhafa for 2 weeks

Available dates:

None available at this time.

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. 

The cost for a two week placement is £700

– 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 Elworthy House
– 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 

Download the full Information Pack


Denise Farmer on her time on Umphafa in 2016:

“My time on UmPhafa was a great experience. There were so many highlights. Game counts involved driving the whole reserve, checking the numbers and condition of any animal that we saw. Fence patrols with the reserve rangers were tough but as we learnt incredibly important. Other days we undertook animal behavioural studies which were a great way to just sit and learn more about the animals and the reserve. Some mornings we would start at 5am to beat the midday sun, bird walks were one of my favourites at this time. I have never seen so many beautiful species. All in all we recorded 74 during our stay. The night drives were also highly memorable. I will always remember spotting the hyena and then hearing it call- incredible! Visiting UmPhafa was a wonderful experience and I am glad I did it.”

Colchester Zoo Newsletter

This is the sign up form for all Colchester Zoo mailings and is not specifically for UmPhafa news

Subscribe To Our Newsletter