Wildlife Conservation and Research

Nkonzo Wildlife Research
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Make a real difference in the conservation efforts of Africa
Gain valuable field experience in wildlife and biology
Get involved with white rhino behavior research
Real world conservation skills and involvement
Beach side living whilst helping protect African wildlife
Make an active difference in the future of free-roaming megafauna in Africa. Spend your days working in the bush and live at the beach; all while making a difference. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Âge 18+
Seul voyageur
About the Program

​​The Wildlife Conservation Program is a unique internship and volunteer opportunity that gives wildlife enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to get involved in the conservation and sustainability of African wildlife and ecosystems. Our volunteers, interns, and students are critical in the continuation of our research and conservation efforts. 

Volunteers, interns, and students spend five days per week assisting in various capacities of wildlife conservation. This can be in the form of field work collecting data, analyzing and entering data into our systems, or in the way of workshops and discussion days with our seasoned team members. We leave evenings and weekends open which allows the chance to explore South Africa and take part in various cultural and tourist activities. Based in the beautiful coastal town of Mossel Bay, South Africa our volunteers, interns, and students have a unique experience of working hands on in conservation on a free roaming wildlife reserve while living within walking distance to our blue flag beaches.

​Operating with the embodiment of Nkonzo Wildlife Research ideals and goals, the mantra of “Educate Act Empower” is nowhere more evident than in the Wildlife Conservation Program. Not only are students directly involved in protecting and studying African wildlife and ecosystems but they also undergo educational sessions where the focus is in teaching the bigger picture through the better understanding of conservation biology, animal behaviour, animal ethics and tourism, human-animal coexistence, and the many areas of conservation. Students of the program are assisting in critical hands on research and conservation initiatives in the field that impact the wildlife and environment in both short term and long term goals and solutions These two areas, Educate and Act, work together to foster and facilitate the most important aspect of these ideals, to Empower. Through hands-on initiatives and education students leave Nkonzo with a better understanding of the problems plaguing African wildlife, the efforts being made to assuage these issues, and how they can continue to work with conservation and make a change for the better of wildlife, ecosystems, and our planet as a whole.

Field Work

When participating in the Wildlife Conservation Program students are involved in various conservation initiatives and projects within the game reserve. Projects and initiatives are based on previously founded ecological and cognitive knowledge to better improve the welfare of current and future wildlife in Southern Africa.  Students assist in all aspects of current reserve needs regarding projects and daily operations. Primary student work will be dedicated to assistance within wildlife management regarding various long-term projects in the way of conservation research. 
​All volunteers, interns, and students rotate through the various initiatives at Nkonzo when participating as a student in the Wildlife Conservation Program, this includes our research. Current work is being done with white rhino social behaviour, elephant habitat utilization of Fynbos, wildlife and roads which is done in partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Cape mountain zebra and territoriality, and large ungulate migration. As a volunteer, intern, or student you will be working alongside us in research to observe, collect data, develop projects, and data entry.

Please keep in mind that time spent on the various projects will be determined by monthly quotas, weather, and animal cooperation. As a volunteer, you will also be trained in some “bush basics” such as survival, track and sign, reading animal behaviour, and ethical approach methods. The team takes great pride in only ethical operations and approaches and finds it important to provide the information and understanding to those involved to why we operate in the field the way we do.

Journée Typique

The following is a tentative schedule that we follow each week (Monday to Friday). We ask that all volunteers, interns, and students understand that our work is conducted on a free roaming reserve of 11,000ha. and that schedules may change based on animal locations, accessibility, weather, and other factors. Additionally, an average of two days per month are set aside for workshops and academic based coursework that is facilitated in town and not on the reserve.

​​​7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Depart for Field Work

9:00 a.m. Begin Data Collection or Training

12:30 p.m. Packed Lunch on the Reserve

1:15 p.m. Continue Data Collection or Training

3:00 p.m. Finish Field Work

Free Time

Activités de Loisir

​All of our volunteers, interns, and students stay together in the pristine town of Hartenbos in safe 4 Star accommodation. 

Various activities can be booked for weekends. Nkonzo Wildlife Research also leads multiple weekend trips (2 or 3 nights) to lesser known areas of the Western and Northern Cape that are exclusive to our volunteers.

​Please note, these weekend activities are not included and will be available at an additional cost.

Sports Nautiques
Concert /
Plongée /
plongée en apnée
Shopping /
Safari /
Musée /
Des sports


Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 18 ans quand le programme commence. Il peut y avoir des exceptions si tu peux montrer la permission de ton tuteur légal ou si tu es accompagné(e) par l'un de tes parents.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler anglais (niveau de base)
Documents Requis
CV, medical insurance et registration form
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi et vendredi de 08:00 - 16:30

Services inclus

Services de Nkonzo Wildlife Research


  • Shared accommodation
  • Cold Breakfast 7 days per week
  • ​Basic Lunch Monday-Friday
  • Conservation fees
  • Daily access to game reserve
  • Work related transported
  • 24/7 emergency standby team
  • Guided research and management activities
  • All training and training material
  • Nkonzo Wildlife text book
  • Housekeeping
  • Airport Transfer (GRJ)
  • Free WiFi

​Not included

  • All dinners 
  • ​(fully equipped self-catering kitchen available)
  • Curios and other souvenirs
  • ​Drinks
  • Weekend activities
  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Laundry
  • Anything not state

Transfert de l'aéroport George Airport

Volunteers can be picked up from the George Airport (GRJ) or the Mossel Bay Bus Stop. One of our team members will meet you there and take you to your accommodation for the month.


All of our volunteers, interns, and students stay together in the pristine town of Hartenbos in 4 Star self catering accommodation. The facility is highly secure and safe with restricted access that only allows our students, staff, and fellow travelers staying at the facility to enter. The facility also mandates 24/7 security personnel and is located in the safest town in South Africa.

Students have their included cold breakfast 7 days a week and are provided basic lunches in the reserve on work days. Students are responsible to supply their own dinners.

There are various activities that can be booked for weekends and downtime. Nkonzo also leads multiple weekend trips (2 or 3 nights) to lesser known areas of the Western and Northern Cape that are exclusive to Nkonzo volunteers.

Please note, these activities are not included and are available at the students’ own expense.

As students stay in Hartenbos they are also within walking distance to many restaurants, Hartenbos Seafront, shops, and takeaway places.

Aliments & Boissons

Cold Breakfast is included seven days per week, basic lunches are included five days per week on the reserve. Dinners are self catering as is weekend lunches. Volunteers are responsible for their own cool drinks and snacks.

Accès à Internet
Bon accès sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est George Airport (GRJ) à George. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Afrique du Sud.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Afrique du Sud te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Afrique du Sud, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Afrique du Sud.

Dates et Prix


Informations sur l'arrivée

Students are expected to arrive on the specified date for their given period. Arrangements can be made for an alternative arrival date however, in these instances, students should be aware that field time missed because of late arrivals will not be made up. All students should fly into George Airport (GRJ) in George, South Africa at any time on the specified date. Here students will be met by one of our team members who will transport students to their accommodation which is roughly 30 minutes away. Once at the facility students will be given a tour of the accommodation as well as appropriate introductions and instructions for the remainder of the day. The day following arrival students will partake in our Orientation and Safety Introduction. At this time students will be briefed on reserve operations, living in South Africa, recommended areas such as beaches, restaurants, and shops and other important information regarding safety and daily plans. Students will also go through introductions on the research and conservation work they will be assisting on during their time here including data collection operations, background information, current findings, and why this work is important. Following the close of Orientation and Safety Introductions students will be taken to the local mall where they can purchase food for their dinners and snacks (not included) as well as any items forgotten such as warmer clothing, soap, etc. The next day will begin field operations. 

At the end of a student's time with us, they should have their departing flight scheduled to leave from George Airport (GRJ) in George, South Africa at any time on the specified date. Transportation by Nkonzo staff to the airport is provided to all students.

Ce programme est en pause pendant Corona

janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
2 - 24 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
2 sem (durée min.)
$1 349
4 sem
$2 699
24 sem (durée max.)
$16 149
Coût moyen
$674 /sem

Merci de noter que les prix ci-dessus sont des prix estimés et qu'ils sont soumis aux fluctuations des taux de change. Nkonzo Wildlife Research t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
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Montant Restant (85%)
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