Dolphin, whale, shark and seal research

Project name:

Marine Dynamics - International Marine Volunteers

Project purpose:

Dolphin, whale, shark and seal research; alongside community engagement.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center

Accommodation:

Shared cottages with other interns

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, cooking facilities, local shops, nearby medical facilities, hot shower, western toilets. Bedding is provided and our water is safe to drink. All facilities have a mini kitchen, but most prefer to gather in the central kitchen with adjacent dining room and sitting room. There is a lecture room and work space as well as a pool where diving courses take place. There is an activity hall with weights and table tennis. Also enjoy a pool table and foosball and there is a variety of board games, Wi-Fi and satellite TV are available. The lodge is close to our base and whilst we have two mini buses that move volunteers daily, it is also an easy walk or cycle away. Recycling is a priority at the lodge.

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

  • For students who are interested in furthering their field experience and enrichening their skill set, we advise viewing our Scientific Internship which is specialised around marine sciences.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Every day is different and depending on both the environment and our current research studies, will bring you opportunities to develop skills in areas unavailable anywhere else in the country.
You will support our eco-tourism team doing shark cage diving and whale watching and enjoy many opportunities to get up close and personal with the great white shark and bronze whaler sharks (copper sharks). You will also participate in all our conservation projects, assist with data capture and learn from our marine biologists through a series of talks on marine species. 

Cost for 1 week : R9 700 per week = R 9 700 
Cost for 2 weeks : R8 825 per week = R17 650 
Cost for 3 weeks : R8 383 per week = R25 150 
Cost for 4 weeks : R7 525 per week = R30 100 
Additional week after 4 weeks = R6 450 per week

Programme costs excludes: Flights / Visas / Medical and Travel Insurance / Excursions - No sea days mean we get to explore local places, enjoying South African experiences.
Inclusions: Cape Town Transfers, Accommodation, Boat Time, Lectures, some branded clothing, Boots, Basic breakfast and lunch, A visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium, a donation to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

Cost for 1 week : R9 700 per week = ZAR 9 700 
Cost for 2 weeks : R8 825 per week = ZAR17 650 
Cost for 3 weeks : R8 383 per week = ZAR25 150 
Cost for 4 weeks : R7 525 per week = ZAR30 100 
Additional week after 4 weeks = ZAR6 450 per week

Programme costs excludes: Flights / Visas / Medical and Travel Insurance / Excursions - No sea days mean we get to explore local places, enjoying South African experiences.
Inclusions: Cape Town Transfers, Accommodation, Boat Time, Lectures, some branded clothing, Boots, Basic breakfast and lunch, A visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium, a donation to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

Reviews & ratings

Francisco

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

leslie

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

great experience

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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