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Two-Week Great White Shark Conservation Project

Kleinbaai, South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa

From £795 for 14 nights
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"This incredible project works to save one of the most misunderstood species in the world: the great white shark."

Face your fears and witness one of the most formidable predators in action. This incredible project works to save one of the most misunderstood species in the world: the great white shark. Travel to South Africa and plunge into the specially designed cage, where you will come up close and personal with these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. This will help researchers collect data on the behaviour and interaction of sharks to better understand the species. This incredible project works to protect this vulnerable species through eco tourism and conservation efforts, showing tourists the importance of these creatures and breaking down preconceived notions of their behaviours. You can expect to spend your mornings gulping down the provided breakfast before gathering your wetsuit and heading out to sea. The first (and most crucial) part of this trip is to learn basic seamanship and boat skills. Then, as you become more comfortable, do as many will not dare and get into the cage to witness the great white in action. As with many boat excursions, the shark conservation project is completely dependent on the weather, and so on days where you can’t go out to sea you will be taken on various exciting adventures, like visiting the penguin residents of Boulders Beach! This trip is not for the faint hearted; however, for those that embark on this adrenaline-pumping adventure, the experience will provide a lifetime of memories. If this sounds great, why not really immerse yourself in the project with a longer stay? To see the three-week version of this project, click here!

The great white shark has endured the most negative media publicity for years, causing this beautiful creature to become one of the most hated species on the planet. Unsustainable fishing practices, poaching, and ecological degradation has meant that certain shark species have experienced population declines of over 90% in the last 35 years, and the great white shark specifically is classed as ‘vulnerable’. This project, founded in 1989, is a world-leading organisation dedicated to promoting shark ecotourism. It aims to educate as many people as possible to help conserve the species, working closely with local communities to protect the delicate marine life. During this experience, volunteers collaborate with researchers to collect data on the sharks, as this is the best way to help conservation efforts. Despite their fearsome reputation, little is actually known about the great white shark’s biology and behaviour. Therefore, to better understand these animals, it is important gather as much data as possible, by recording their behaviour, size, gender and appearance. Finally, volunteers also work closely with the local communities to help clean up the beaches of rubbish and recyclable material.

Day 1

The Adventure Begins: After arriving into South Africa via Cape Town International Airport, you will spend the first night at The Atlantic Point Hostel.

Day 2

Travel to Kleinbaai: You will be met by a project representative who will help you transfer to the project site in Kleinbaai. Spend the rest of the day settling in and meeting the other volunteers.

Day 3-14

Project Days: Many of your project days will be spent on the water, learning seamanship, viewing and cage diving with the great whites. When the weather isn’t your friend, you’ll instead be taken on exciting excursions, including visits to the penguins at Boulders Beach! You can also lend a hand at the 'Swop Shop' on Tuesdays, helping to raise environmental awareness and promote recycling amongst local children.

Day 15

Final Day: Travel back to Cape Town.

Rate Conditions

  • The rate shown is a 'from' price per person
  • Longer stays are available
  • Click 'Ask a Question' up above to enquire about full project dates, availability and costs
  • To secure a place on this project a 20% deposit is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.
  • The minimum age for participation on this project is 18

Included

  • Accommodation* Project activities* Airport transfers* Project uniform* Meals and beverages

Excluded

  • Personal transfers if not included within the project* Travel insurance* Flights* Any other services or activities not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' to speak to the operator!

Area & Location

Area/Country:
Kleinbaai
Local currencies:
ZAR
Time Change:
UTC+02:00

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