Assist with Great White Shark conservation in Gansbaai, South Africa (just two hours from Cape Town), and meet one of the ocean’s greatest predators up close for a thrilling adventure of a lifetime. Play your part in stopping the needless slaughter of over 100 million sharks annually.
Read more about the Importance of Conservation, a Volunteer’s Viewpoint.
Gansbaai is known for being the Great White Shark capital of the world. This little fishing town will become your home away from home during your work and volunteer experience in Africa.
The project office is based at The Great White House where you will be briefed. This facility has a fully equipped restaurant and curio shop and two dedicated briefing rooms. Walking to the office is easy, quick and safe and will only take between 10 and 15 minutes.
Project Impact Areas
Dyer Island (popularly known as Shark Alley) in Gansbaai, is one of the best places in the world to see Great whites. Weather permitting, you will go to sea frequently, where you will get involved in many aspects of research work aboard the boat.
CAGE DIVING WITH SHARKS
Once anchored in the channel, the project makes use of a specially designed, secure floating steel cage, with divers no more than 1m below the surface. You will be taught how to get in and out of the cage and how to remain secure inside. You will be responsible for recording observations on the sharks, including sex, size, markings, and behaviour.
The duration of each dive depends on the diver, the number of eco-tourists, and the activity of the sharks but could be up to half an hour per dive.
As part of the volunteering project, you will be taught basic skills including boat handling and general maintenance. In addition, talks and videos may be given in the evenings or off-sea days on Great White Shark biology, research, behaviour, conservation, changing attitudes, attacks, basic seamanship, underwater filming, stills photography, and shark tourism.
Working on wildlife tour boats: This project has a fleet of vessels at its disposal, with many dedicated to eco-tourism. You’ll spend time working on these, helping guests learn more about African marine wildlife.
“I had an amazing time on the project and I’m so glad I got to experience something so rewarding and beautiful as working so up close with the Great whites.”
“I had a fantastic 3 weeks in Gansbaai and didn’t want to leave. The crew were brilliant, and I felt welcomed onto the project straight away. I gained a greater understanding of the sharks behaviour which was something I didn’t know a lot about before I went.”
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Benefits of volunteering with sharks
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
Project Fee Includes
- Pick-up from Cape Town accommodation and drop-off at the airport
- All accommodation during your placement
- Breakfast and lunch each day
- 24 hour support from the experienced team on the ground
- All training and resources needed to make an impact
Project Fee Excludes
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa-related fees
- First night’s accommodation in Cape Town
- Dinner (there is a fully equipped kitchen to make your own meals)
- Weekend trips and other non-project activities
- Items of a personal nature, including gifts, snacks and alcohol
- Mandatory contribution of US$25 that is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund