Volunteer on an incredible wildlife photography and conservation project in Kruger, South Africa while developing your skills. You will attend a course and put your skills into action whilst participating in essential conservation education and activities in the Greater Kruger Area. These activities take place in association with wildlife trusts and other foundations to help promote their work through social media. An area famous for the Big 5, what better location could you chose to develop your wildlife photography skills? You will photograph large animals such as elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, as well as smaller creatures such as chameleons, insects, reptiles and some of the 521 bird species that call the Greater Kruger area home.
The photographs are used by a local foundation to help them with their community project which aims to educate individuals living alongside the wildlife about conservation. This project really is a unique opportunity to encounter some of Africa’s most beautiful animals on a daily basis, to improve your photography skills, as well as to contribute to conservation efforts in the Greater Kruger area.
Why choose this project?
Photographing wildlife is an activity that relies as strongly on patience and good luck as it does on the right equipment, knowledge of the techniques and creative skill. When a moment arises, an animal is spotted or a particular behaviour is observed, the best chance of capturing it comes from as many people, as regularly as possible, being there to catch the moment. This project needs volunteers to help collate a strong portfolio of photographic data to aid education and research. You will have an incredible opportunity to develop your skills as a photographer and diversify your portfolio, to help with direct conservation efforts as well as learning about the local culture and challenges facing humans and wildlife in this stunning area of South Africa.
Role of the volunteer
As a volunteer on this photography and conservation project you will be involved in the following activities:
- 1 week photography course where you develop your photography skills and understand the techniques in taking photos from a professional and experienced landscape and wildlife photographer
- share images onto the photographic database that can be used for the basis of research programmes to support the preservation and education initiatives
- conservation research participation through collecting of animal identification information
- hands on field work to conserve habitats including clearing invasive species, litter picking etc.
- education in the community activities
The project lasts 4 weeks minimum. Those that wish to stay on for extra weeks will be working closely with the volunteers to assist them in gathering photo research still needed, and will play the role of the photographer on the research truck after their first 4 weeks on the photography project. Read our blog to see how photographs can be used in monitoring wildlife.
For this project, enthusiasm for photography is essential. Photographic knowledge and experience is helpful, but not necessary as you will develop your skills on this placement. Volunteers will need to bring their own photographic equipment; as a minimum you should bring an SLR digital camera with 18-55 mm lens, battery charger and external hard drive (in the form of at least a 100GB external drive). You also need to bring a laptop and access to Lightroom will be needed for editing purposes. A tripod is recommended for those more difficult shots.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To photograph some of the species in this biodiverse destination
Use your photography skills to help wildlife research
To experience a different culture
You will be based in a beautiful Private Game Reserve in Mpumulanga in the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa, home to thousands of animals, birds and reptiles. During your placement you will have the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife in its natural habitat. In the evenings you can spend time relaxing around a campfire, discussing your day’s sightings with your fellow volunteers. At the weekends relax by the pool, have a drink at the pool bar or spend evenings exchanging stories with your fellow volunteers under the starry skies. What a magnificent location!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 – 12 weeks
- Cost: £2493 / $3989 for 4 weeks
Additional weeks’ cost available in drop-down menu. Note that the nature of the work will be slightly different after the first four weeks.
- Requirements: Age 16+
- Location: Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
- Project Activities: Photography course, photographing wildlife, organising shots in a database, attending workshops and education days for locals.
- Working Hours: Monday – Friday 06.00 – 18:30 (some early mornings required for photography)
- Project availability: Project runs every month, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the exact dates.
- This project is incredibly popular and gets booked up months in advance
- Arrival day: Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared twin accommodation within the game reserve with outdoor area and swimming pool
- Food: 3 meals per day
- Airport pickup and drop off from Nelspruit Airport
- Weekly laundry service, for a small fee
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction
- Research drives and transfers relating to your project during your stay
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator.
- Activities: Staff help organise weekend activities. (Activity price may be extra)
What is not included
- Wifi (available locally for a fee and you will need your own devise)
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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