Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition

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Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition

Experience the Scintillating Sea-Life of South Africa with an Educational Vacation unlike any other!

The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition is the perfect combination of adventure and learning…it’s also the perfect combination of land and sea exploration!

Your first full day takes place in the breathtaking Kruger National Park where you’ll make camp and get ready for a full day of Game Viewing. Guided by the EcoLife Staff, you’ll see the astounding wildlife just outside your bus window!

Next up on The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition is magical Mozambique and a campsite to run the next day’s Marine Biology Research station from!

This research also includes a visit to the Marine Biology Department at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo before the scenic trip to the Marine Biology Research Station on Inhaca Island for two days of studying, adventure amongst the marine ecology, turtles, and corrals (all while staying in comfortable chalets).

Sunday of The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition is the start of a rare adventure: Ponta Do Ouro and the Galagala Camp Site!

While here, you’ll enjoy a dolphin snorkeling course that prepares you for the experience ahead-learn how to swim amongst and observe marine mammals, engaging them in a calm and respectful way.

See these wonderful animals on a Sunrise Boat Trip full of Dolphin and Whale Watching on Monday morning followed by the Discover Scuba Pool Session in the afternoon! Camp out on the beach with your peers each night after these incredible experiences!

Tuesday on Galagala, The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition plunges you into the Big Blue on a morning Scuba Sea and Coral Reef Dive followed by a talk on ocean ecology and pollution over lunch before a visit to the lighthouse at sunset!

Another Sunrise Boat Trip of marine life watching is Wednesday Morning before an afternoon reviewing the images and videos from your Dolphin Diaries, a great chance to reflect on and enjoy this rare experience with your fellow scientists and nature lovers!

Thursday takes us to the next stop on The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition: Kosi Bay and the Utshwayelo Camp!

Your guide and mentor for the next four days will be Dr. Scott Kyle, the Director of Marine Biology Research!

Friday is a unique experience-Lookout Point plays host to a walk among the fish traps, snorkeling in the mouth of the Kosi Estuary, and then a whale and turtle presentation after dinner!

Camp out on the beach before a relaxing Saturday of Beach leisure and an enjoyable Boat Trip on the Lakes of Kosi Bay!

Sunday on the Isimangaliso World Heritage Site is a special opportunity to explore St. Lucia Bay via Boat Trip and enjoy a dinner presentation about this unique World Heritage Site.

Take your explorations to the land again as your last full day of The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition includes a Cape Vidal Game Drive before a dinner presentation on the management of Big Game Reserves.

Educational Vacations with as much adventure as this will not have spots open for long, so don’t wait!

And Don’t Worry:

No Previous knowledge is necessary for the trip. You’ll learn all you need to know from our Professional Guides along the way! Make friends with your fellow researchers, stay in enjoyable, comfortable accommodations, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

  • 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.

Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!

Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:

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Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.

No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.

*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.

Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.

We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!

It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.

Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.

On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.

In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!

As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:

  • Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Additional food, drinks and snacks
  • Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
  • Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)

The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.

In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.

Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.

Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!

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Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition (17 Days)

Inc. Discover Scuba Diving Lessons!
US$ 3900
  • Guest Lodges, Chalets & Camping
  • Twin Share Accommodation + Meals (Single Room Supplement: +US$500)
  • iSimangaliso World Heritage Site, Kruger National Park & Inhaca Island
  • Travel to Ponta do Ouro to meet the resident Dolphins!
  • View the Kruger Park Wildlife from the comfort of a bus!
  • Sunset Lighthouse Hike!
  • 2 x Airport Transfers
  • including:
  • Professional Guides, Transportation & All Scheduled Group Activities
  • Certificate of Completion

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