DEDICATED TO WILDLIFE RESEARCH AND SPECIES CONSERVATION

Testimonials

Check out some of the feedback from previous interns on their experience at UmPhafa Reserve! 

I had such an amazing and rewarding 3 months on the reserve! UmPhafa is such a beautiful place and it was truly a great experience being able to work so closely with extremely experienced and passionate staff.  I learnt so much more than expected from them all! I would definitely recommend this for any nature lovers or anyone wanting to learn more about conservation.
Beth Hartnoll, March-June 2016

It has been a privilege to be able to come and learn what it is like to be on a working reserve and to be with people with such excellent knowledge
Denise Farmer November – December 2015

Amazing! It has been excellent to work alongside people who have so much passion and enthusiasm, it has taught me so much about African animals, people, plants culture and history!
Jemma Bullen October-December 2015

This has been a fantastic trip, thank you to you all for making it such a memorable experience
Mary Ruth November – December 2015

Very easy to settle in at UmPhafa. It quickly felt like home and I enjoyed meeting everyone
Yasmin Laing September 2015

Thanks for a wonderful month at UmPhafa, I'd happily recommend an internship here to anyone. It's been a really rewarding experience and I'm very glad I came :) 
Gyda Fenn-Moltu July 2015

Really good, a unique experience and a good insight into running a reserve and the challenges faced
Katie and Daniel Davies April 2015

A broad experience with a great perspective on Wildlife and Reserve management. The approach was so practical in all terms I couldn't complain. We were involved in all important issues and activities. I truly consider this an incredibly positive fact while having this experience in the field
Miguel Asin January - March 2015

Thank you a million Sarah and Jandre you made my time here very valuable and special, I really appreciate it. I felt part of a team and the bigger picture. I met many great people on this placement and will be taking beautiful memories of my time here. I have learned so much and also about myself. I am truly going to miss being here. I am quite sad about my departure from here.
Geetah Ortac November 2014 - Jan 2015

One of the best experiences of my life so far, THANK YOU!
Hannah Cantrell Internship 2014

I feel privileged to of helped you on the reserve. I feel like I contributed to the conservation efforts you are trying to achieve here in South Africa. The best time of my life, The animals, place and people made it the best experience. I will be back!
Leanne Wallace Internship 2014

“I feel I have learnt much more than I expected to during my stay. I feel very much involved with the overall running on the reserve on a day to day basis. I have really enjoyed the walks on the reserve. It is a great way to look at all the smaller things. I also enjoyed helping with the controlled burns, setting up camera traps and checking the photos when the cameras were collected.”
Read more about Ryan's experience here
Ryan McClory Internship 2014

UmPhafa is located in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range, a world heritage site

Number of species offically recorded on Umphafa

Mammals 48
Birds 143
Reptiles 18
Amphibians 11
Trees 54