Volunteer to conserve great white sharks in Gansbaai, South Africa.

African Impact

Great White Shark Conservation


Who: African Impact

Where: Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa.

Focus: Great white shark research and conservation.

When: All-year round. Project starts every week on a Monday.

Duration: 1-12 weeks.

Suitability: Over 18s.

Cost: 1 week from ZAR 9700.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Observe great white sharks by boat on a daily basis (weather permitting).
  • Cage-dive with great white sharks to record observations such as sex, size and markings (no scuba diving training required).
  • Engage in field-research and collect data on free-swimming sharks.
  • Be taught about sustainable, responsible ecotourism.
  • Learn about the biology and behaviour of the great white shark.
  • Discover how to keep yourself safe at sea, including boat handling, maintenance and how to tie some useful knots.
  • Assist with research and learn about shark conservation.
  • See other wildlife species such as whales, seals, penguins and dolphins.
  • Immerse yourself in local South African culture.

The Base

Sleeping: Four cottages, with up to six people per cottage. Each cottage includes a kitchen, dining area, lounge/ TV, swimming pool and games area. Bicycles are available for use.

Food: Breakfast and lunch included; dinner self-catering; there are supermarkets and restaurants nearby. 

Base size: Max. 24 volunteers.

Support: Airport pick up and 24-hour on-site support.


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