Great White Shark Conservation, South Africa

Assist with Great White Shark conservation in Gansbaai, South Africa 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.


  • Be based in Gansbaai, a seaside village on the south coast of South Africa, known as the Great white shark capital of the world
  • Document shark activity using data collection methods
  • Regularly spot seals, penguins and the occasional dolphins
  • Enjoy regular trips to sea to view and study the Great whites
  • Get to experience Great whites sharks up-close from the safety of cages

Volunteer Reviews

“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.”   Robin Smith, USA

“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.” Mary Crowle, UK

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • 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
  • Laundry
  • Wi-Fi
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • 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
How your volunteer fee is used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

About the Destination

Gansbaai is known for being one of the most astonishing land-based whale watching spots in the world and has drawn visitors from across the globe. Known as 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.

You will stay close to the harbour, which bustles with action as people head out on boats to sea. The house is very comfortable with dorm rooms, a kitchen, dining area and lounge with television and DVD player. You can relax on the outside patio and cool off in the swimming pool on hot summer evenings. There is a small supermarket nearby and you can safely walk around at any time of day or night.

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.

Breakfast is a help-yourself affair. You will enjoy lunch on the boat and tea and scones in the afternoons when you return from your day’s work. Dinner is your responsibility – you can explore one of the local restaurants or cook your own meals at home. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime as you discover an amazing new world under the sea.

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:

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