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Big 5 Wildlife Conservation Internship for Teenagers

Big 5 Wildlife Conservation Internship for Teenagers (WLAH16)

Country Visited: South Africa
Days Grading Style Activities Price from
  • Hiking / Walking
  • Multi-activity
  • Wildlife
  • Local & Cultural
  • Shutterbug Special
99000 Basic


An experience that is worth waiting for this small group adventure will take youngsters right to the heart of the African bush where they will learn about animal tracking and wildlife conservation from the very best. They will engage in projects with the local experts and volunteer some of their time working with children from local schools. Living in camps in the jungle they will witness a sky lit by stars. This culturally rich experience will give them the chance to mingle with indigenous people, track animals & birds, & gain a real understanding of the African bush. Most of all, for 9 whole days they will live a life that will change them forever.. 
Minimum Age: 14 Years
  • This is not just the best introduction to wildlife but also one of the best ways for youngsters to get to appreciate the fragile balance of the ecosystems and learn about animal behaviour
  • Hands-on experience, a great outdoor trip working with the expert research team - a learning opportunity and a glimpse into many other professions that exist outside the big cities. 
  • New Experiences in a safe, secure environment and an opportunity to acquire skills - Independence, interdependence, leadership and more 
  • Get introduced to new cultures and engage in community work 
  • End your days with project reports, group presentations / discussions but also laughter & fun stories 
  • Return with a certificate (issued jointly by Active Holiday Company and Award Winning Conservation company African Impact) that looks good on college applications and your CV


Day 1
Saturday, Arrival Johannesburg Open or Close

We meet up at Johannesburg Airport at 7 pm. Your Tour Manager from Active Holiday Company will introduce you to the rest of the group and you will be transferred to a hotel in Johannesburg.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2
Sunday, Arrival & Project Briefing Open or Close

After breakfast we leave for the Greater Kruger Area. A 5 to 6 hour drive will get you to your lodge which will be your home for the next few days as you work on your conservation project. Later today you’ll get acquainted with rules pertaining to your safety, accommodation, pool etc. and of course meet your fellow participants. We end the day with a lovely local dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
Monday, Theory on Data Collection and Research Drive (Elephants & Rhinos) Save the Rhino Study Open or Close

Today, breakfast will be followed by an introduction to your conservation project in the heart of Kruger, South Africa. We will go over the overall aim of the project and the achievements to date of the local people who run the research and development project. Then you will go over a briefing on safety while on Research vehicles and an introduction to conservation data collection and the animals you are going to observe. The members of the group are assigned different roles for the week ahead. After lunch you’ll get introduced to data sheet handling and you are all set to get on your very first Research Drive through Buffaloland. A guide and a Research Manager will teach you how to identify Elephants and Rhinos on the move. Return to the Lodge at dusk in time for dinner and a presentation on Rhino poaching.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
Tuesday, Insect, Bird & Big 5 Survey, Camping & Night Observation Open or Close

We have a very exciting day lined up for everyone! We start the day with an insect and bird survey early in the morning. The second half of the morning is spent entering the data captured that morning and an introduction to camera traps, finding relevant images and understanding data from the camera traps.
After lunch, we leave for a research drive through the Klaserie Game Reserve where you can expect to learn about the behavior of Elephants, Lions, Leopards and Rhinos. We will spend the night camping here with dinner in the open over the braai (South African for barbecue). There is an entire new world of nocturnal creatures waiting to be explored and tonight you will unravel some of the mysteries of such species on a night drive through the Klaserie Game Reserve with your research guide.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
Wednesday, Klaserie Open or Close

After an exciting night sleeping out under the stars, we wake up early for a research drive through the Klaserie Natural Reserve. We return to the make-shift camp in time to pack up and leave for the lodge.
Back at the lodge, we spend the afternoon on project work and putting together all the data that we have collected at Klaserie.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Thursday, Conservation Class at a Community School Open or Close

Conservation work this morning could be creating a waterhole, doing a snare sweep or helping on the butterfly project, all as a team. With this done, you will spend the rest of the morning preparing for a Conservation lesson to be given at the local school. Your guides and Research Manager will help you with material and ways to make this as interactive and fun as possible. After lunch at the Lodge we head to the local school and take them through the importance of wildlife conservation and how they can be sensitive to this. This will give you a chance to understand the local education system, the lives of the children who live in this area and the challenges they face. We return to the Lodge in the evening and after dinner you will participate in a quiz on animal behaviour.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
Friday, Theory on Data Collection; Reptile Park; Star-Gazing Open or Close

It’s time to start connecting the dots and to see the data in action. We’ll learn how putting all the data we’ve collected into the mapping software recreates the movements of the animals! Knowing the movements of the animals is core to understanding their behaviour and conservation revolves around this in a big way. We also create ID kits for the Big 5.
After lunch, we continue with conservation work at the local Reptile Centre. You’ll learn about handling snakes and learn about the importance of reptiles within the Eco System.
After dinner, we gather at the lodge grounds for a evening of star-gazing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
Saturday, Project work & departure from the lodge Open or Close

We being our day with a morning of project work. This can range from creating a snare garden or working on the data that you have collected through your time at the project. We go over all that we have learnt and spend a wonderful morning with new people we have met on this trip, who have now become our friends. 
With a long drive to Johannesburg ahead of us, we leave lodge at 15:30pm and drive to Nelspruit where we will be spending the night. Enjoy a great pizza dinner with the group on your last night in South Africa and turn in early.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9
Sunday, Johannesburg - Departure Open or Close

With the experience of a lifetime at an end, we leave early to get to the airport in Johannesburg for the flight back back home.
Meals: Breakfast




Arrival Night at Johannesburg
5 Nights at the Dumela Lodge, Hoedspruit (Greater Kruger) with all facilities 
One night camping in Klasiere 
1 Night in Nelspruit

Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date  Price Per Person 
13 April 2019 21 April 2019 INR 99,000
15 June 2019 23 June 2019 INR 99,000

20 July 2019 28 July 2019 INR 99,000

  • This price exclude 5% GST

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Arrival and departure transfers from Johannesburg International Airport. Please contact us before booking your flights to ensure your ward is arriving at the right time.
  • Accommodation with attached facilities at the Greater Kruger Conservation Lodge.
  • One night of outdoor camping in the game reserve.
  • Arrival night stay at Johannesburg 
  • Departure night stay in Nelspruit 
  • All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Lunches (unless packed) & dinners are hot meals. Fruits are available throughout the day. There is a refrigerator for stocking things one can't live without. There is a tuck shop where snacks can be bought.
  • Services of an accompanying Active Holiday Company group manager.
  • Introduction to Wildlife Conservation and hands on experience working on different species everyday.
  • Research Game Drives with qualified and expert guides in search of the Big 5
  • Conservation work under the supervision of experts
  • Volunteer work in local community projects
  • Certificate for Conservation & Community Development Volunteer Work to boot University Applications & your CVs 


  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Terms & Conditions

An International trip where children are travelling as unaccompanied minors requires special documentation. This is the responsibility of the parents. A child travelling as an unaccompanied minor to South Africa has to produce not only the Unabridged Birth Certificate, but also proof of consent from both parents or legal guardians and contact details. They also require documentation relating to the person receiving the child in South Africa (this will be provided by Active Holiday Company). 


Q. What flights should I book? 
Flights are not included in your trip. We can recommend that you book these flights as they offer the best connectivity and the best value for the price. 
Ex Mumbai (Recommended Flights) 
Saturday KQ 205 BOM 06.35 NBO 10.10 
Saturday KQ 762 NBO 12.55 JNB 16.10
Sunday KQ 761 JNB 12.10 NBO 17.15 
Sunday KQ 204 NBO 20.55 BOM 05.35 (next day)

The Internship Coordinator from Active Holiday Company will be on these flights. Parents are welcome to choose other flights if they find them suitable. 
Q. Will vegetarian food be easily available? 
The lodge has a choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food available for all meals. There is also a fruit basket available 24-hours a day. 
Q. Can specific dietary requirements be managed? 
Yes, they can. If you have any food allergies do let us know well in advance so we can plan the meals accordingly. 
Q. Can volunteers choose which activities they want to participate in? 
This trip is meant to expose volunteers to different experiences and the more you do, the more you will learn. All volunteers are expected to participate in all planned activities. 


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Overall score:

(Based on 9 reviews)

  • Anuraaj Srivastava

    Jun 2018

    Lifetime trip

    An extraordinary trip meeting people from all over world in search of big 5 and to come across bio-diversity is a great experience

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    Seeing a Lion in the wild and watching predators eat

    Other miscellaneous information that can help future travellers

    Did not receive my T-shirt

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  • Madhumita Gopakumar

    May 2018

    African Impact Internship

    It was very disorganised as to the schedule for everyday. The schedule was not like the itenary given to us. Also the extra charges of going into town and Kruger were not mentioned beforehand.

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    The over night trip to Klaserie was definitely the highlight.

    Tips for future travellers for this trip

    Please carry a lot of woollens and rain proof jackets.

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