Volunteer to save dolphins, whales and the coastal environment in South Africa.

African Conservation Experience

Volunteer Coastal Conservation and Education Project


Who: African Conservation Experience

Where: Plettenburg Bay, South Africa

Focus: Promote the protection of marine and coastal wildlife by boat and from land, through community education and research.

When: February to mid-November

Duration: 2-12 weeks

Suitability: 16+

Cost: 2 weeks from GBP 2030.

Find out more: African Conservation Experience 

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Dorsal fin identification of resident bottlenose and humpback dolphins using photo-identification techniques.
  • Mapping individual cetaceans to assess population size, movement patterns, individual and group associations, home range and habitat preference.
  • Carry out water testing in local river systems.
  • Monitor migrating whale populations, such as the Southern Right Whale (June – November).
  • Build up your research and data collection skills.
  • Support local wildlife conservation initiatives and citizen science projects.
  • Assist with rescue and rehabilitation of turtles, penguins and sea birds when needed.
  • Be involved in community development and awareness programmes.
  • Educate local children about marine wildlife and coastal conservation.
  • Take part in land-based surveys involving hikes on the Robberg peninsula and rock pool studies. During these hikes volunteers take a bag to clear rubbish along the way.
  • Plant indigenous trees and remove alien species to rehabilitate the land and minimise our carbon footprint.

The Base

Accommodation: Basic but comfortable.

Sleeping: Shared room.

Support: Airport pick up, on-project support.

The next step

Visit African Conservation Experience for more information.

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