Dolphin & Whale Volunteer Research

Dolphin & Whale Volunteer Research

Dolphin & Whale Volunteer Research

Country: South Africa

Experience the wonders of the ocean with the only eco-tourism company permitted to do close encounter whale and dolphin watching along the Knysna Coast!

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Experience the wonders of the ocean with the only eco-tourism company permitted to do close encounter whale and dolphin watching along the Knysna Coast!

Expand your knowledge of our beautiful cetaceans, as well as assisting the team with recording daily sightings of the various species of whales and dolphins visiting our coastline. (Please note that boat trips are dependent on sea conditions and you may need to be flexible at times)

Throughout your stay you will assist with a variety of coastal conservation projects including surveying local bird populations; conducting inter-tidal zone surveys; helping to keep our beaches clean; and assisting with monitoring various estuarine species.

You will also have the unforgettable experience of educating local children about the wonders of the ocean and providing them with an opportunity to visit local natural areas.

Throughout this program you will enjoy a variety of informative lectures, helping you to expand your knowledge of marine life and aquatic ecology. We are dedicated to making a positive difference to the marine ecology of this area; and you will be a part of this vision.

Example Weekly Schedule  Saturday: Arrival & Orientation Sunday: Time off to recover from jet lag and explore the area Monday: Orientation & Training / Lectures Tuesday: Dolphin & Whale Experience / Workshop prep Wednesday: Dolphin & Whale Experience / Lecture & Tidal Zone Survey Thursday: Dolphin & Whale Experience / Marine Conservation WorkshopFriday: Lecture & Bird Survey / Cultural Activity Saturday: Optional Excursion

Field conditions

Comfortable. You will have access to all amenities including running water, electricity and internet. Most bankcards work at local banks (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX). You will also find that you can purchase almost anything at local shops. Recommended for those who enjoy visiting restaurants and shops, as well as having daily communication with friends and family at home.


I would definitely give this program 10/10. It was amazing to see these amazing animals so close and contribute to the reasearch.
Fionne M. – United Kingdom

I loved the opportunity to get so close to these amazing animals. I will never forget the excitement of seeing a Whale breach right in front of the boat.
Fabienne K. – Germany

2 weeks $1,250
4 weeks $2,395
+1 week $545

*Please contact us for pricing for stays of more than 8 weeks and group bookings.

What’s Included
  • All project operating costs, equipment, tools and resources
  • Return Bus Ticket from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Knysna Pick up & drop off from arrival points (George airport or Knysna bus stop) 24/7 emergency support Orientation & Training
  • Accommodation at our lodge
  • 3 Meals a day
  • Project Related Transport
  • Project T-shirts
  • Dedicated coordinators to assist you daily
  • Project support and feedback sessions throughout your stay
  • Assistance with optional activities and tours Assistance obtaining a local SIM Card for your phone
  • Additional cultural and outdoor activities on Friday afternoons (and some evenings)
  • Free, unlimited Wi-Fi and computer access in the Knysna volunteer house
  • Post-project involvement, and an exclusive return volunteer discount

Who should apply?

Specific qualifications are not required, although this program would definitely be of interest to and benefit those studying or working in the field of conservation and marine biology/ecology. You need to have a passion for conservation and nature and a love for working with the community. You need to be hard working, mature, motivated and able to show initiative. Good health and physical fitness are also required. You also need to be confident with speaking English.

  • Hot Water Showers & Electricity
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Communal Lounge Area with TV/DVD Player
  • Comfortable Dorm Style Sleeping Arrangements
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi and computer access
  • Outdoor braai (barbeque) area
  • Private & Family Rooms Available on Request

You will stay in a lodge, a beautiful Victorian House, perfectly situated on a slope, overlooking the Knysna Lagoon. A place where you can put your feet up and admire the view or take a two minute stroll to town and explore the hot-spots of Knysna. As well as providing a home for our volunteers, our lodge also accomodates other International travellers, so there will be no shortage of new people to meet!

Arrival & Departure

This project has a global travel services partner that can assist with all your travel plans! You will either need to fly into Johannesburg or Cape Town and catch a connecting flight to GEORGE (GRJ). It is our nearest airport. You can also get the bus from Cape Town or Johannesburg which is a good way to see the area if you have time before your arrival date. If you decide to take the bus, a return bus ticket is included FREE of charge and we can help book this for you. We are happy to assist with organising your Cape Town or Johannesburg stay including accommodation and tours.

On departure, your project coordinator will transport you to the airport and/ or assist with any further travel arrangements. If you are travelling further through Africa we are more than happy to provide any advice or support in planning your onward journey. We will provide you with a comprehensive Pre-Travel Advice pack when you confirm your booking with us that will outline all our recommendations for flights, packing and in-country advice.