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Shark conservation

Project name:

South African Shark Conservancy

Project purpose:

Shark conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching


South Africa


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


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain qualification and/or credits

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


shared house

When does the project run?


accommodation included, breakfast included, shark academy orientation and training, return transport to airport,

How long can I stay?


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

Volunteering (weekly rate - off season Sep-Mar: 550 USD/week)


Internship (weekly rate - off season Sep-Mar: 500 USD/week)


Post-Grad students (Tailored solution, additional fees apply)


As a small team, we work hard to ensure you get the most out of your experience at the Shark Academy. You will spend days at sea, assist with shark tagging and deploy baited remote underwater video (BRUV) systems. You will help with ecological surveys, run focal surveys on Great White Sharks, contribute to database management and data analysis, participate in lectures, workshops, and much more.

Have a look at the summary of different activities you may participate in during your time. These are embedded in a flexible weekly schedule, which is very much weather-dependent and changes often.

Get your hands dirty: training at the Shark Academy emphasises a combination of hands-on lab and field work. You will quickly become an integral member of our team, helping our researchers handle and tag sharks by the end of your first week at the Academy.

Training fundamentals

  • Ocean & Coast in SA

  • Shark Evolution & Ecology

  • Sharks & Fisheries

  • Shark population dynamics

  • Science Comms. workshop

  • Trophic Ecology & Sharks

Field activities

  • Shark diversity surveys

  • Underwater shark census

  • Shark tagging

  • Sharks after dark

  • BRUV Deployment

Lab activities

  • Shark handling

  • Shark husbandry

  • Data entry and management

  • Shark dissection

  • Shark sampling

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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