Dolphin & Whale Experience and Coastal Conservation

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Program Description

Experience the wonders of the ocean with the only eco-tourism company permitted to do close encounter whale and dolphin watching along the Knysna Coast!
Expand your knowledge of our beautiful cetaceans, as well as assisting the team with recording daily sightings of the various species of whales and dolphins visiting
our coastline. (Please note that boat trips are dependent on sea conditions and you may need to be flexible at times)
Throughout your stay you will assist with a variety of coastal conservation projects including surveying local bird populations; conducting inter-tidal zone surveys; helping to keep our beaches clean; and assisting with monitoring various estuarine species.
You will also have the unforgettable experience of educating local children about the wonders of the ocean and providing them with an opportunity to visit
local natural areas.
Throughout this program you will enjoy a variety of informative lectures, helping you to expand your knowledge of marine life and aquatic ecology.
We are dedicated to making a positive difference to the marine ecology of this area; and you will be a part of this vision.


- Work along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world
- Research South Africa’s diverse marine life
- Experience dolphins and whales in close proximity
- Assist with facilitating marine conservation workshops for local people
- Expand your knowledge of marine life and aquatic ecology


Specific qualifications are not required, although this Initiative would definitely be of interest to and benefit those studying or working in the field of conservation or Marine Biology. Volunteers need to have a passion for conservation and nature and a love for working with the community.

Volunteers need to be hard working, motivated and able to show initiative. Good health and physical fitness are also required and volunteers must be comfortable with being at sea for long periods of time. Volunteers also need to be confident with speaking English.

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What`s Included

-All project operating costs, equipment, tools and resources
-Return Bus Ticket from Cape Town, Jo'burg or PE to Knysna
-Pick up & drop off from arrival points (George/ Knysna)
-24/7 emergency support
-Orientation & Training
-Accommodation in our Volunteer House
-3 Meals a day
-Project Related Transport
-Project T-shirts
-Dedicated coordinators to assist you daily
-Project support and feedback sessions throughout your stay
-Assistance with optional activities and tours
-Assistance obtaining a local SIM Card for your phone
-Additional cultural and outdoor activities on Friday afternoons (and some evenings)
-Free, unlimited Wi-Fi and computer access in the volunteer house

Program Locations

Knysna, South Africa

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Program Details

  • South Africa: Knysna
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks, 1-3 months, 2-4 weeks, 3-6 months
$1250 for 2 weeks, $2395 for 4 weeks, $545 per additional week
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