South Africa | Minimum Age – 14 years | Difficulty Level – 3.5

An experience that could be life-changing, this amazing adventure (a big hit with our past travellers), allows you to step into the wilderness near Kruger region in South Africa where you’ll learn about animal tracking and wildlife conservation from one of Africa’s leading Wildlife Conservation organisations. Living in camps in the jungle you will participate in live projects with local experts and volunteers by collaborating with the locals including giving your time at a school. This culturally rich experience will give you 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 you’ll live a life that will leave you changed forever, bringing you a step closer to nature.

What can you expect to achieve from this trip

  • Get an introduction to Big 5 and learn to appreciate the fragile balance between ecosystems
  • A great outdoor trip working with an expert research team and an opportunity to learn about animal behaviour
  • Hands-on conservation experience through work in the animal care and feed centre, bush clearing etc
  • Game drives for data collection and animal tracking in the region
  • New experiences in a safe, secure environment and an opportunity to acquire skills - independence, interdependence, and personality development
  • A glimpse into many other professions that exist outside big cities
  • Get introduced to new cultures and engage in community work at a local school
  • Get rewarded with an Internship certificate from DoTheDifferent

Trip Highlights

  • Big 5 Conservation
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Community Work
  • Local Cultures
  • Discuss, Report, Present, Share

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers at the destination at specified timings. Our team will help you with the details for your trip.

Safe, secure and fun accommodation at hostels, lodges & camps on shared basis – separate for girls and boys.

All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Picnic style lunches and hot dinners with snacks available on most days.

An experienced Internship Leader from the #DoTheDifferent team who travels from India and stays with the group at all times.

Meaningful experiences to introduce you to practical exposure on the subject of your interest.

Certificate for the valuable real experience and knowledge you have gained to boost University Applications & your CV.


An extraordinary trip meeting people from all over world in search of big 5 and to come across such incredible bio-diversity was a great experience. My ah-ha moment was seeing a lion in the wild and watching predators eat.

Anuraaj Srivastava

This trip was one of my best experiences ever. Everything was well managed and planned. I had a great time. I really enjoyed going for the reading club at the local school. The camping was AMAZING, and the game drives were fun! Malvika was an amazing guide. She took care of us really really well.Looking forward for a second trip.

Manan Shah

A very educative and breathtaking experience, the game drives were fun and we got to see many interesting animals as well. We saw a leopard mother and her cubs one evening. The guides were very interactive and helpful, imparting their knowledge and skills. They really enhanced the trip experience. I would say simply enjoy and live with whatever you get to see, even if it’s the ordinary Impala.

Tejas Krishnan

This was an amazing trip, I truly enjoyed. Seeing the big 5 and the problems these animals face is a real eye opener. We saw several animals, went to the book club, camped under the stars, saw two leopards in one day. It was really amazing, a new experience with new people, it was a lot of fun. We had a couple of guides, they all were amazing. Everyone were extremely polite, excited at all times and imparted a lot of knowledge.

Aalya Vora

It was an amazing experience and I loved talking with guides and meeting other camp mates!

Soham Mehta

This internship is the best thing that has ever happened to me. On our first day at Dumela we were given a short project briefing. The lodge is brilliant. It’s practically in the middle of the bush so it’s very common to see giraffe and zebra while walking along the fences. We woke up pretty early on most days and went on game drives, where we would collect data on various species of animals. We also visited a snare garden, a reptile centre and a school, where we helped with the Reading Club. Our nights were spent either watching documentaries and mingling with other volunteers. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I can’t wait to go back next year!

Aprajita Jayaram

It was great trip and an even better learning experience. I tried a lot of things that I hadn’t done before. Our guide was great. She took care of everything and I never felt unsafe. A great trip for nature lovers.

Kaveri Sastry

The trip and the experience was very enlightening as it gave me something new to learn on a subject that I’m pationate about.

Ruthvikaa Sudharsan


Flights are not included in your trip price. Should you like to travel on the same flight as our Trip Leader from India, we suggest the following flights ex-Mumbai:


You are welcome to book other flights if you find them suitable, however please aim to arrive and depart within 1 hour of the above group arrival and departure from Johannesburg to ensure the Trip Leader can personally receive and see you off.

Our stay in Greater Kruger is at a lodge with all facilities including a swimming pool and a tuck-shop. The lodge is also used as the base for the project and stay is on 4 to 6 participants sharing a room. Other than Kruger, we stay at youth hostels.

All our trips are exclusively designed and operated for our trip participants. However on the Kruger Big 5 Conservation Internship trip, to ensure the best learning, we are part of a larger conservation project and it is likely that there are interns / volunteers from other parts of the world working on the same projects as part of their curriculum. They however do not follow the same program as our group.

All Indians entering South Africa need to hold a valid visa. Travellers below 18 years of age travelling as unaccompanied minors require special documentation when applying for the visa. Travellers above the age of 18 also require clearances. You may also may require documentation relating to the person receiving the participants at the destination. DoTheDifferent provides visa assistance though the documentation is the responsibility of the parents / travellers. Visa is granted at the consulates discretion.

South Africa does not require Yellow Fever vaccine. Carrying anti-malarial medication is recommended and this is easily available in most large pharmacies. It is imperative that everyone takes every necessary precaution to ensure that they don’t get sick while they are travelling. This includes using hand-sanitizers, applying mosquito-repellents frequently and watching what one eats and drinks. Your Trip Leader will carry a first aid kit and you should be aware of any allergies you have.


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