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Marine Conservation Project

The Marine Conservation Project offers a unique learning experience for volunteers who are passionate about the marine environment. It will allow you to make valuable contributions to increased knowledge, awareness and conservation efforts while supporting applied marine research.


As part of the comprehensive volunteer programme, you will regularly receive the opportunity to assist the research team and obtain hands-on participatory experience in boat-based and land-based fieldwork, as well as marine mammal stranding response and necropsy. You will participate in various long-term monitoring projects focusing on cetacean photo-ID, abundance estimates and habitat use; seal presence and behaviour in estuaries; and seal-shark interactions in Robberg Marine Protected Area.


This project is suitable for persons over the age of 18, who have an interest in the field of marine conservation, marine wildlife or just a sense of adventure. Volunteers need to be in good health with a moderate level of fitness. It is a great opportunity for those wishing to explore the wonders of the ocean!

It is important to remember that planned activities can change on a moment’s notice, especially if the weather turns or something exciting like a marine mammal stranding comes along. Be prepared to go with the flow… Unpredictable and chaotic days are common!


The Marine Research & Conservation project is open all year round.


Arrivals and departures to the project are flexible, with stays from 1 week+. We would like to recommend a 2-4 week stay wherever possible, as to allow enough time for you to get a full experience to all activities that are on offer, but it is not essential.


Contact us with your preferred dates and we will do our best to accommodate them (availability pending).


Whilst admission onto the projects requires a minimum 1 week stay, you can stay as long as you like or can afford.


Prices are shown in South African Rand. For your local currency conversion rates check out

*Priced based on a 2 week stay with no extras, for longer stays please request a quotation.


  • Transport from George Airport to the Project (Return)

  • All Accommodation whilst on the project (Shared)

  • Wi-Fi

  • Fully stocked Kitchen

  • Laundry

  • All Transport within the program.

  • All Project activities as described.

  • All project services as described.

  • All equipment for activities described.


  • All Flights and/or transfers other than those described above.

  • All drinks such as Alcohol and soft drinks (Safe drinking water is provided)

  • All personal snacks and any other luxury items you can’t live without.

  • Social events.

  • Eating out (any meals at restaurants is at your own cost)

  • Any Excursions offered by the project

  • Extra activities on excursions

  • Medical Expenses

  • Travel & Medical Insurance

  • Any visa related expenses

  • Any vaccinations

For an additional fee of R700/night, Scales Volunteers can provide overnight accommodation in Johannesburg or between flights on your arrival or return from your project, including a return airport shuttle to transport you between OR Tambo airport and your accommodation.

*Please note that any bank charges for payments will be for your account.

**A 50% non-refundable deposit is payable to confirm your booking and full payment is due no later than 90 days prior to your arrival. You are welcome to make one full payment should you wish to do so.

***Any payments made via PayPal will incur an additional 1.5% Service fee.

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