Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition

South Africa & Mozambique

Animals & Conservation

17 Days

All Ages

Shark Dissection in South Africa

Tour Overview

Students will dive into one of the most exhilarating and exotic learning tours on Earth.

With the opportunities to see the Sharks of South Africa and other exotic marine life, students will learn the conservationist strategies of some of the foremost experts in the field.

Near Cape Town, South Africa, these aquatic research excursions will take you to new depths and heart-racing opportunities as you get up close and personal with wondrous marine life!

You’ll also enjoy trips on the research boat with a catch and release survey and your very own video survey for your research.

Learning Opportunities Include:

  • Plunge into a cage dive in the harbor
  • Experience Ethical Handling and Angling Workshop
  • Research boat to local Penguin and Sea Bird Sanctuary,
  • A trip to beautiful Hermanus and snorkeling survey
  • The Drip Caves Tour for an underground adventure
  • And a trip to the Betty’s Bay Penguin Colony!
iSimangaliso Wetland Park at St Lucia
Ponta do Ouro Beach in Mozambique

Inclusions

  • Discounted Group Flights
  • Airport Transfers & Internal Transport
  • Quality Multi-Share Accommodation Options (upgrades available)
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Evening Meals
  • Dedicated Professional Local Tour Guide/s
  • Tickets & Entry Fees for Included Activities

EXAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day

    Arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg. Transfer to a guest lodge close to the airport for the night.

    Accommodation: Guest Lodge.

  • DAY 2: Monday - Kruger National Park

    Depart after breakfast to drive to the Kruger National Park. Arrive and set up camp at one of the southern rest camps.

    Accommodation: Camping.

  • DAY 3: Tuesday - Game Viewing

    Full day of game viewing in the Kruger National Park under the guidance of the Worldaway guide, from the comfort of the bus.

    Accommodation: Camping.

  • DAY 4: Wednesday - Drive to Mozambique

    Strike camp and drive on to Mozambique. Arrive in Maputo and check in at a local guest lodge.

    Accommodation: Guest Lodge.

  • DAY 5: Thursday - Marine Biology Research Station

    Visit the Marine Biology Department at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo in the morning for lectures and demonstrations and transfer to Inhaca Island in the afternoon.

    Stay on the island at the Marine Biology Research Station in comfortable chalets.

    Accommodation: Chalets.

  • DAY 6: Friday - Inhaca Island

    Inhaca Island – Study the marine ecology, corrals, turtle ecology etc. with scientists on the island.

    Accommodation: Chalets.

  • DAY 7: Saturday - Inhaca Island

    Inhaca Island – Marine and mangrove biology study.

    Accommodation: Chalets.

  • DAY 8: Sunday - Ponta do Ouro & GalaGala Camp Site

    Depart from the island and travel south to Ponta do Ouro.

    Arrive and set up camp at GalaGala camp site.

    After lunch, meet at the pool for your dolphin snorkel course. This prepares you for your time in the open ocean; familiarize yourself with the gear and learn how to observe and engage with marine mammals in a calm and respectful way. Mask, snorkel and fins will be provided.

    Late afternoon introduction to our resident dolphins, behavior in the wild and the Dolphin Care Code of Conduct.

    Accommodation: Camping.

  • DAY 9: Monday - Sunrise Boat Trip to look for Dolphins & Whales

    Sunrise boat trip to look for dolphins & whales (±2hr).

    After breakfast, discover Scuba Theory.

    Afternoon: Discover Scuba Pool Session.

    Accommodation: Camping.

  • DAY 10: Tuesday - Scuba Sea Dive & Sunset Lighthouse Hike

    Sunrise boat trip to look for dolphins & whales (±2hr).

    Morning: Discover Scuba Sea Dive and Coral reefs.

    After lunch, discuss ocean ecology relative to pollution and take samples for testing.

    Sunset lighthouse hike and casual reserve talk.

    Accommodation: Camping.

  • DAY 11: Wednesday - Review Dolphin Diaries

    Sunrise boat trip to look for dolphins & whales (±2hr).

    After breakfast free time, sample and test micro-plastics concentration on this coast.

    Afternoon: Review dolphin diaries (images and video) from previous days at sea with our local dolphins and whales.

    Accommodation: Camping.

  • DAY 12: Thursday - Head for Kosi Bay - Utshwayelo Camp

    Sunrise boat trip to look for dolphins & whales (±2hr).

    Depart after breakfast for Kosi Bay to arrive at Utshwayelo Camp on the South African side of the border. Travel time about one hour.

    Set up camp and enjoy the beach.

    Meet our guide and mentor for the next four days, Dr. Scott Kyle, Director of Marine Biology research.

    Accommodation: Camping.

  • DAY 13: Friday - Kosi Estuary at Lookout Point

    Our day starts at Kosi Mouth, with a presentation on the Kosi Estuary at Lookout Point.

    This is followed by a walk among the fish traps with community members.

    After lunch go snorkeling at the Kosi mouth.

    Dinner is followed by a presentation on turtles and whales.

    Accommodation: Camping.

  • DAY 14: Saturday - Boat Trip on the Lakes

    At Kosi Bay Camp we enjoy a boat trip on the lakes to learn about the use of resources and the people living in harmony with this environment.

    Afternoon: We have some leisure time on the beach.

    Accommodation: Camping.

  • DAY 15: Sunday - iSimangaliso World Heritage Site

    Strike camp and journey onwards to St. Lucia Bay and the famous iSimangaliso World Heritage Site.

    We arrive and set up camp before we gather for a briefing on the day’s activities which includes a boat trip on the St. Lucia Estuary to interpret the marine/aquatic ecology.

    After dinner a presentation on the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site.

    Accommodation: Camping.

  • DAY 16: Monday - Cape Vidal Game Drive

    Game drive to Cape Vidal and after marine biology activities game drive to St. Lucia.

    Dinner and presentation on managing modern game reserves.

  • DAY 17: Tuesday - Departure Day

    At day break we depart for Johannesburg to arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport by 5PM.

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