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Whale Research and Marine Protection

Volunteer in one of the most beautiful coastal locations in Africa, getting involved in industry-leading, globally-recognized whale research. As a volunteer on this 2-to-4-week program, you’ll explore this underwater paradise, learn about marine conservation and work on real solutions for these gentle giants of the ocean.


  • Participate in boat-based research expeditions to tissue-sample and capture ID shots of migrating whales, as well as record whale songs
  • Watch whales from the stunning shores of southern Mozambique, tracking whale sex, age and behavior
  • Get the chance to engage and learn from world-leading conservationists and researchers
  • Explore the estuary on a traditional dhow boat and monitor the health of this uniquely diverse eco-system
  • Live right on the beach on the stunning southern coast of Mozambique and ‘braai’ under the stars
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture, teaching young Mozambicans the importance of understanding and caring for their marine environment
  • Spend your down time learning to surf, exploring the coast or simply enjoy the daily sunset show

About the Destination

From Tofo’s rustic, unspoilt beaches and turquoise seas to it’s vibrant marine life and colourful culture, everyone will enjoy this exotic paradise. Situated in Southern Mozambique with palm-fringed beaches and wide expanses of powdery white sand, this is a famous spot for world-class scuba-diving and for opportunities to spot some of the magnificant creatures that live here – whale sharks, manta rays and other large marine species such as sharks and turtles.

However, many of these species are under threat and the beautiful and important coral reefs in the area are at risk of exploitation and other changes associated with tourism and human interaction. Research on species and reef degradation is vital in working with governments and other stakeholders to improve legislative protection and the creation of protected areas. Volunteers play a huge part in gathering as much information as possible about these threatened species and directly contribute towards the conservation efforts taking place in Tofo.

Our research station and volunteer accommodation is positioned right on Tofo’s main beach – you can take a short stroll across the beautiful white sand, straight into the warm Mozambique water.

The climate is hot and humid all year round, with February the hottest month with an average daily maximum temperature of 30°C. The wettest months are January and February when afternoon thunderstorms are a regular occurrence and the cooler, dry season (April to October) is recommended as a more comfortable period to visit.

Dates & Rates

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Prices include:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support from the experienced in-country staff
  • All required training and resources needed to make an impact
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Visa-related fees
  • PADI Open Water qualification
  • Any further PADI courses you wish to undertake
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Items of a personal nature, including snacks, gifts 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.

Volunteer Reviews

“I was blown away by the diversity of marine life in Tofo and really enjoyed the amount of time out on the water – especially the diving. I got to complete my advanced open water diving certification too! I learnt so much and would definitely recommend.”

Georgina Whittome

“There are no words to describe what an experience this was, from the place I stayed to the dives I did, to getting to know all that goes on in this program. I just wish I had spent more time there. Africa is a wonder, nothing is easy or straightforward, which makes getting something done very rewarding. “

Sarah Karaman

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