A perfect way to experience the South African wilderness ‘hands-on’ is to spend a few weeks on Thanda as a volunteer.
Thanda Safari’s volunteer organization is called ULWAZI. They have just released their program dates for 2019: https://ulwaziresearch.com/dates-rates/
PS: My oldest niece and two of her friends participated in the program last year and loved it!
PPS: And I provide free photography lessons to all volunteers 🙂