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Shark conservation

Project name:

Shark Life

Project purpose:

Shark conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

  • teaching


South Africa


average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • gain qualification and/or credit

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Wild Sun Rescue Center


private room

When does the project run?


electricity, cooking facilities, accomoodation included, shower, local shops, wifi

How long can I stay?


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

Through the program you will gain field experience with sharks and their environments.The program consists of four main components which build your knowledge and skills through theory, practical exercises and time in the ocean.

  1. Theory Sessions - shark species fundamentals, shark conservation tactics, diving with sharks

  2. Lab Practical Sessions - anatomical features of sharks and rays, various tagging techniques, specimen sampling techniques

  3. Ocean Practical Sessions - freediving skill development (certification), boating and beach logistics, shark encounter experience, research data collection

  4. Assessment Sessions - species presentations, conservation project abstracts, final exams, shark ID drill


Additional activities are varied depending on current programs at the sharlife ocean centre:

  • Assist with educating local school groups

  • Develop displays for the shark museum

  • Maintain research equipment 

  • Catalog museum specimens

  • Collate and input research data

A few key benefits:

  • Get close to sharks

  • Get an accredited Free-diving certification

  • Gain worthwhile marine field experience

  • Develop seamanship skills

  • Examine real shark and ray specimens 

  • Encounter diverse marine mega fauna

  • Dive in warm clear ocean environments

  • Visit nearby Big 5 Game Reserves (optional extra)

  • Study in a World Heritage Site

  • Support a long standing non-profit shark conservation organisation

Reviews & ratings



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

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.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

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


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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