African Bushveld Conservation Internships
You can take part in the conservation and environment internship in South Africa on our partner nature reserve called Wild at Tuli. You will be based on the Botswana side of the Limpopo River, on the very frontier with South Africa. This is the chance of a lifetime to experience living in a wild landscape teeming with animals.
The project involves different reserves and environmental groups in South Africa and Botswana working together. We look to conserve wildlife and bush ecosystems, and to share knowledge about the diversity of the area. Interns can help to conserve animals from hyenas to elephants, and many other African species. All of this takes place in an incredible location with skilled and experienced supervision from local staff.
This project is perfect for anyone with a passion for nature and the great outdoors. It offers you adventure and the chance to learn about the fascinating world of African Bushveld Conservation. You do not need previous experience to take part in this project. Interns are welcome on a gap year, a career break, for university research, or as part of a summer holiday.
Volunteers and interns on this project can take part in a wide variety of activities, such as:
- Elephant research studying population dynamics
- Baobab tree surveys and protection
- Soil erosion control
- Removal of old fencing wire
- Dam building and protection
- Helping construct natural water holes for animals
- Mammal and bird inventory using: visual sightings at observation points, camera traps and identification of tracks and signs
- Building viewing hides
- Clearing and repairing existing roads and designing and marking new roads
- Anti-poaching patrols
- Learning skills in animal and plant identification
Volunteers on average work five or six hours a day; four hours of more strenuous work in the cooler morning and two in the late afternoon. The middle of the day is normally devoted to eating, sleeping, swimming, relaxing and keeping cool!
The work is divided up amongst all of our interns and volunteers using a weekly timetable. Trained local staff are on hand to supervise activities and provide support.
The project aims to create a protected conservancy, bringing together Projects Abroad Wild At Tuli and other reserves in the area to create a central Tuli block. Once this is achieved we can join a Trans Frontier Conservation Area, consisting of conservation blocks from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. This is an exciting new initiative, combining conservation efforts across international boundaries – including game reserves, national parks and conservation areas. It is all for the benefit of wildlife, local people and future generations.
Drought, illegal hunting, desertification and land degradation are major environmental problems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Reserves like Wild At Tuli are essential havens for wildlife. Human encroachment onto wild areas has caused wildlife populations to decrease. This adds to the importance of legally protecting land to ensure the survival of African wildlife and preserving land in its natural state.
Wild At Tuli reserve is 5000 hectares and the conservation efforts are continuous. Interns and volunteers will find themselves getting involved in a wide variety of different on-going projects. Data collected across these projects is used to gain a greater understanding of the populations and their ecology, which is passed on to various co-operating groups. By joining forces we can create one powerful voice with an aim of conserving a big enough land mass to allow the original migratory routes of large indigenous mammals.
You will live on the Botswana side of the Limpopo River, on the frontier with South Africa. Accommodation at base camp is in 6 person, single-sex tents surrounding an open air communal area with a fire pit and kitchen facilities. This is where volunteers spend their evenings socialising under a magical night sky, watching dancing flames.
In your spare time at the camp, you can relax under the shade of the nearby trees with a good book. Some volunteers simply like to watch a magnificent African sunset or sunrise from one of the view points from the fire place. Due to the absolute wildness of this reserve, volunteers are never to leave camp without a qualified member of staff. A staff member, with one volunteer, will make weekly trips to town to help re-stock the fridge and get hold of anything you’ve been craving since the last trip.
Please note that the maximum length of stay on this Conservation project is 3 months, and it’s preferred that volunteers arrive on a Monday. The project also closes for 3 weeks over Christmas, from about the middle of December to early January.
Additional Program Info
This African Bushveld Conservation internship on BridgEd powered by Projects Abroad can be done for a duration of 4 weeks or 8 weeks, with the choice to extend on a per-week basis
4 weeks – INR 243,000
8 weeks – INR 341,000
Extra week – INR 24,500
The fees charged are used to cover the cost of your experience on our programs abroad. This fee covers:
- Travel to and from the airport
- Travel and health insurance
- Food and accommodation
- support and guidance as well as 24-hour emergency back-up from our local office in your destination
- all information before and during your time with us overseas
These fees do not include flights and visas where applicable.
- Prep Work 0
- Work Ex. 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Yes