The great white shark conservation project in South Africa

£895To£3995 excluding flights
15 Days
Small group
Group size
Up to 15 people
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Minimum Duration: 15 Days Maximum Duration: 85 Days
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Description of The great white shark conservation project in South Africa

Price information

£895To£3995 excluding flights
Minimum Duration: 15 Days Maximum Duration: 85 Days
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2022: 15 Dec
2023: 14 Jan, 31 Jan, 14 Feb, 28 Feb, 14 Mar, 31 Mar, 14 Apr, 30 Apr, 14 May, 31 May, 14 Jun, 30 Jun, 14 Jul, 14 Aug, 31 Aug, 14 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 15 Dec

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1 Reviews of The great white shark conservation project in South Africa

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2022 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The range of emotions that I experienced....From the guy who was waiting for me in the airport (he thought I wasn't coming and gave me a big bear hug of a welcome) to meeting the guys at the White Shark project and the welcome I got...put a big smile on my face. To being so upset and angry in the one day(Walking dogs from the pound to picking up trash in Gansbaai harbour). My first boat trip and been in at seeing my first ever shark in the wild. To the beauty and ruggedness of the coast just took my breath away. And to the people, from the guys on the project to the people I met in pubs, shops restaurants and in general....lovely, lovely people. The whole trip from start to finish was a revelation and will stick with me for the rest of my life.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared for early starts (5,5:30am). Hard work...if you are prone to seasickness bring some anti nausea tablets...the sea can rock and roll at times. This is not a "Sit in the Sun" vacation. Embrace, enjoy and take it all in.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I hope I did my bit, Eat in the local bars, shops and tried to say Hi all the time.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

10/10, 5 stars......Highly recommended.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


The Great White Shark Research And Conservation Project is run in partnership with a world-leading organisation, focusing on the Great White Shark. Founded in 1989 purely as a research center, it is now a large commercial operation, establishing responsible shark tourism as an educational experience.

The project's motto is "misconception, education and preservation" and the aim is to educate as many people as possible on the misplaced, negative stereotypes of this apex predator, and in turn, help to preserve the species which for so long has received pejorative press.

The project also carries out a vast amount of field research on the sharks, tracking individuals and gathering population data, whilst also studying their behaviour in the wild. This allows a better understanding of great whites as a species, honing and improving conservation efforts to ensure the survival of this magnificent predator.


Whilst volunteering abroad is largely a positive thing, participants must be wise with the organisations they select. There are, unfortunately, a number of organisations who simply want to meet the demand of individuals looking to help, without considering the impact an influx of volunteers can have on host communities (particularly in developing countries.) With that in mind, we are careful to consider all elements of our projects, adhering to the strict Responsible Travel policy and providing volunteer communities that are beneficial to all involved.

An understanding of the host community and their needs is paramount to the success of any project. Thus, we will continue to respect a number of long-term commitments designed to aid these local communities. These commitments include pledges such as: the adoption of good environmental, ethical and social practices; valuable support; the employment of as many local people as possible; and the creation of an overall socially-sustainable volunteer initiative. These elements are key to keeping the host community’s needs at heart, and allow us to maintain our promise of providing ethically sound volunteer activities.

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