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Live the life of a wildlife photographer.

If you’re dreaming of making it as a wildlife photographer, here’s an opportunity to explore this exciting profession in detail. As a wildlife photography intern on this program, you’ll improve your photography skills, build an extensive portfolio of images, and learn about what it takes to work as a wildlife photographer. Based in South Africa’s Greater Kruger area, you’ll be in the perfect place to practice your skills on a daily basis, and photograph a wealth of African wildlife, including the sought-after Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos). 

You’ll also have a chance to learn about and contribute to wildlife conservation, and you can explore conservation photography. Throughout your photography internship, you’ll be guided by a professional photographer, who will help you sharpen your skills, and give you expert advise on the field of wildlife photography. (You might also be interested in our wildlife photography & conservation volunteer project!)

This internship is available throughout the year, and you can join for 8 to 12 weeks. Please get in touch to find out about availability.

Regular start dates in 2024
4 Aug – 1 & 29 Sept– 27 Oct – 24 Nov – 22 Dec

Regular start dates in 2025
19 Jan – 16 Feb – 16 Mar – 13 Apr – 11 May – 8 Jun – 6 Jul – 3 & 31 Aug – 28 Sept – 26 Oct – 23 Nov – 21 Dec

Quick Facts

Greater Kruger, South Africa

Regular Start Dates

Min. 8 Weeks

Wildlife Photography
Photography Guide: Thomas Robinson
Group Size: Max 6
Intermediate level

Tour & Destination Highlights

  • Live in and work in the African bush, surrounded by wildlife, with endless opportunities for wildlife photography
  • Build a great portfolio of images; you can expect to photograph big cats, elephants, buffalos, giraffes, many antelope, and much more 
  • Enjoy guidance by a professional photographer, and gets insights into the working life of the world of photography 
  • Get experience in guiding a photography project, as you’ll assist a bit with the day to day running of the photography volunteer program on site 
  • Get insights into South African wildlife conservation initiatives, and have the opportunity to document their work

Quick Facts

Greater Kruger, South Africa

Regular Start Dates

Min. 8 Weeks

Wildlife Photography
Photography Guide: Thomas Robinson
Group Size: Max 6

PRICING OVERVIEW

from USD $6455GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $
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At the current exchange rate. Please note final quote might vary slightly


per person sharing

INCLUDING

  • Accommodation
  • All meals at the lodge
  • All scheduled activities
  • Photographic tutroing
  • Airport transfers

EXCLUDING

  • International Flights
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Any additional weekend activities
EXPLORE

Photography in South Africa

Expect great photographic opportunities during the most optimum times of day, when the African light is best.

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INTERNSHIP DETAILS

Your Photographic Experience

If you’re interested in becoming a professional wildlife photographer, or if you’re passionate about wildlife photography and you’re just looking for an interesting challenge, this photography internship could be the ideal opportunity for you. As a wildlife photography intern, you’ll start by joining a week-long course, run by a professional photographer. You’ll get to sharpen your technical photography skills and get insights into the specific tricks to photographing wildlife. After this course, you’ll be putting your skills into practice during regular game drives and specific assignments. Your photography mentor will help you define personal objectives for your internship, so that you have a focus and can work towards specific goals.  Apart from developing your photography skills and knowledge, you’ll also take on an active role in the program you’ll join. As a photography intern, you’ll be part of a local team of guides, coordinators and photographers who are running various conservation volunteer programs, including one that’s specifically focused on wildlife photography. Your role will somewhat depend on your experience and interests, but your tasks could involve;
  • Helping develop and run photography workshops or lectures
  • Assisting with the impact of the program; doing research, coordinating with conservation NGOs, helping with impact assessment, and helping implement new initiatives
  • Helping plan and coordinate project activities
  • Producing social media content / visual content for other communications channels
During this wildlife photography internship, you can expect to have great photographic opportunities. During the most optimum times of day, when the African light is at its best, you’ll be going out on game drives, in search of the best wildlife sightings. All game drives will be done in surrounding private game reserves, where game viewing is of a high quality. You’ll hopefully have a chance to photograph the Big Five, as well as smaller, but no less interesting, species, such as giraffes, zebras, hippos, and a range of antelope and bird species. You are sure to build up an extensive portfolio of wildlife pictures.
ON THE BANKS OF THE OLIFANTS RIVER

Your Accommodation

swimming pool view from the accommodation in Kruger, South Africa

During your internship, you will stay in a lodge situated on the banks of the Olifants River. It’s a lovely safari-style camp with a swimming pool, WiFi, hot showers, and an outdoor communal area. You can expect to do some wildlife viewing from the lodge, as many animals come to drink from the river. The lodge is basic, but comfortable, and the setting is stunning. The lodge is staffed with cooks and cleaners and all bed linen and towels are provided. All meals are included in the price. Breakfast is on a help-yourself basis and usually consists of cereals, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch and dinner are full meals, and will be prepared for you. You’ll share the lodge with other volunteers and interns from around the world. It’s a great social setting, and an opportunity to meet people from many different cultures. Rooms are shared with up to five other volunteers. Single rooms are available at an additional fee.

WORKSHOP LEADER

Thomas Robinson

Thomas Robinson

WORKSHOP LEADER

Thomas Robinson

Thomas is a passionate wildlife photographer hailing from the vibrant city of Liverpool, England. Currently living and working in South Africa. He has forged a symbiotic relationship with SONY, who of which have featured Thomas’ work regularly on their social media platforms. He has also been featured by the esteemed BBC Earth on their social channels as well cementing his commitment to showcasing the magnificence of the natural world.

WORKSHOP LEADER

Anique Van Der Kuil

Anique Van Der Kuil

WORKSHOP LEADER

Anique Van Der Kuil

Anique, hailing from The Netherlands, has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Business where she started learning about photography. During lockdown she bought her first DSLR camera and started taking photos of animals in zoos and this is where the love for animal photography flourished. She took to social media to share her imagery and now shares here photography with over 24,000 followers. She has been featured by BBC Earth & Canon South Africa.

Wildlife Photography Internship, South Africa

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Feedback from our guests

It was such an inspiring experience. I’ve definitely come along way not only as a photographer but as a whole, the experience really enriched me on a personal level. The opportunity to photograph things that most people would never get the privilege of; walking into rural communities and truly feeling welcomed and wanted there, engaging with the local people was something that maybe initially felt a little bit daunting but turned into the best part! Faces and hugs I’ll never forget. It’s definitely made me think harder about what I want to do in the future.

Heidi Hughes

Heidi Hughes

Alan was a friendly supportive professional guide throughout keeping us aware at all times. Wildlife – better every day! Leopards with kill up trees, lions female and male doing what they do, big five in first 24 hours, bee eaters and roller birds, close proximity overnight to wild sounds, great colleagues, and friendly staff. I really enjoyed the overall experience.

Derek Bridel

Derek Bridel

The wildlife was amazing and photo opportunities were many and varied. For my first safari it was incredible. There were three highlights. Firstly the silence being remote from human intervention, secondly eagle rock and the crossings we witnessed of elephants, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, baboons and storks across the dry river bed and thirdly the lions and leopard with an impala kill up a tree. And of course lots and lots of memorable elephants. A truly memorable experience. Thank you.

Keith Mead

Keith Mead

I cannot say enough positive things about my workshop experience. Every aspect was absolutely superb — shoot locations and time of day, attention, help and extremely valuable feedback from our leader Emil, logistics, organization, and communication. Hands down, I’ve never learned so much from a photo workshop before. Also, Emil’s passion, enthusiasm, and energy are infectious and, coupled with his eagerness to share a deep knowledge of photography (creative AND technical) and of the places we visited, made the workshop an experience of a lifetime.

Richard Silver

Richard Silver

This trip definitely reached my expectations; I got exposed to much more than I expected. The particular care and attentiveness of the instructors was a couple steps above my previous experiences with photo workshops. I would recommend Penda.

Val Mahan

Val Mahan

Extraordinary experience – trip of a lifetime. Thank you for everything. Highlights were all the animal encounters, and just being immersed in the bush with nice people.

Axel Elfner

Axel Elfner

Without doubt it was one of the best photographic trips and adventures that I have undertaken in the last 15 years. Emil was outstanding as the lead for the group and the other two members were really good as well so all in all it made for a fabulous journey. The variety of both animals and landscapes made the trip so interesting and we had one or two wow moments when we encountered something really special.

MIKE HALL

MIKE HALL

I had fun, met new people from different parts of the world, saw many wonderful animals, was well taken care of and felt safe within each of the two lodges. Photography workshops were full of good help and advice where it was needed. I left this holiday with a light and satisfied heart.

Chris McConnell

Chris McConnell

This trip far surpassed my expectations. Having such good guides/trackers, and such an experienced approachable photographer ensured that we saw plenty of wildlife and photographed them in the best conditions and positions. Had such a wonderful time.

Annette O’Connell

Annette O’Connell

It was FANTASTIC! The food was plentiful and delicious and the accommodations were quite comfortable. Sam is an excellent teacher and I would HIGHLY recommend his workshop to photographers of any skill level. It’s truly amazing what we accomplished in one short week. I just wanted to let you know, it was an unforgettable experience and I’m very grateful to Penda Photo Tours.

Suzanne Evans

Suzanne Evans

The game drives were first rate and the opportunities they presented plentiful. In particular the number and variety of leopard sightings were simply outstanding. Alan Hewitt was a first rate tutor and coach as well as being an engaging and committed host.

David Callaghan

David Callaghan

The whole experience was exceptional from start to finish. Everyone involved was amazing, especially Marleen, Andrew and Andy. I would not hesitate in doing it all again. A highlight for me was conquering my fear of taking street portraits.

Trevor Bancroft

Trevor Bancroft

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