Testimonials - UmPhafa

Check out some of the feedback from previous interns on their experience at UmPhafa Reserve! 

“Well run, everyone enjoys being here.  All really happy to help – really interesting placement that was really informative”

Ellie, April 2019

“Very enjoyable and informative. We were able to participate in varied activities to help us understand what is involved in Reserve management”

Lucille, May 2019

I was very impressed; this placement vastly improved my knowledge of animals and conservation!”

David, June 2019

“Very blessed to have spent a month on this wonderful reserve and I hope I can return soon.”

Jake, June 2018

This experience has been an eye opener into the complexity and management of such a diverse environment. It has reinforced the importance of conservation and the protection of valued species. I would like to thank all staff for a memorable experience.”

Sonya, March 2018

I loved it! The activities and people were amazing. Everyone was friendly and there were no language barriers.  The whole reserve is welcoming and everyone is very informative! I’m coming back!”

Faye, March 2018

The most rewarding part is that we are making a difference and actually helping here. Seeing the reserve develop, even within the time of being here and hearing about all the amazing plans for it over the next few years.  Knowing that we are helping and contributing towards getting there”

Nathan Hammond, Dec 2017

Overall and amazing time and a great learning experience.  I would love to come back again in a few years and see how far the reserve has come!  Thanks for everything!”

Sage, Oct 2017

“It really has been an experience of a lifetime that I would never forget.  This has made me even more determined to travel and get more involved in conservation”

Ben, Aug 2017

“I had such an amazing and rewarding 3 months on the reserve! UmPhafa is such a beautiful place and it was truly a great experience being able to work so closely with extremely experienced and passionate staff.  I learnt so much more than expected from them all! I would definitely recommend this for any nature lovers or anyone wanting to learn more about conservation.

Beth, March – June 2016

“It has been a privilege to be able to come and learn what it is like to be on a working reserve and to be with people with such excellent knowledge.”

Denise, November – December 2015

“Amazing! It has been excellent to work alongside people who have so much passion and enthusiasm, it has taught me so much about African animals, people, plants culture and history!”

Jemma, October – December 2015

“I feel I have learnt much more than I expected to during my stay. I feel very much involved with the overall running on the reserve on a day to day basis. I have really enjoyed the walks on the reserve. It is a great way to look at all the smaller things. I also enjoyed helping with the controlled burns, setting up camera traps and checking the photos when the cameras were collected.”
Read more about Ryan’s experience here

Ryan, Internship 2014

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