Have an incredible close-up experience travelling and seeing species in their natural habitats on this African Marine and Wildlife Volunteer Adventure Tour. You will learn about the underwater world and marine research in Mozambique and also gain an international diving qualification. In Kruger, you will see the Big 5 and more such as the wild dog on a 5-day safari with field guides who share with you the challenges facing endangered and captivating species. In Eswatini, you will experience the savanna, monitoring species such as guinea fowl, tortoises, birds of prey, bats and more. If you are studying marine biology, zoology, conservation or wildlife management or are just passionate about wildlife, this tour is perfect for you. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime where you will make new friends, gain new skills and learn an incredible amount about wildlife.
Why choose this project?
This tour is open to university or college students as well as those interested in a career in conservation or passionate about wildlife. Those studying or interested in marine biology, zoology, conservation and wildlife management will gain a lot. You’ll learn new skills as you volunteer throughout the trip with local project teams to collect and record data for ongoing conservation projects.
Local staff and community members benefit from learning about other nationalities through cultural exchange and being able to spread the word about their important causes.
Supported by an experienced team of guides and working with qualified local experts you will get to see some of the best species that southern Africa has to offer on this incredible marine and wildlife volunteer tour. Not only will you have an amazing travel experience, you will also be able to contribute to regional wildlife conservation research and conservation efforts.
Week 1 – 4 Mozambique
Here you will gain an international diving certification and learn marine monitoring and data collection techniques. Your work will contribute to larger research initiatives. Weekends you can relax on the beach, learn to surf, go horse riding, explore the local market and more.
Week 5 – Eswatini and Kruger
In Eswatini, you can participate in cultural activities and even hike the mountains or explore the valleys on quad bike or bicycle. If you need a taste of home go to the cinema or head for a local coffee shop! In Kruger, you will have the opportunity to see lions, elephant, giraffes, buffalo, rhino, leopard and cheetah and meet species you have not seen before including camping 4 nights in the wild!
The entire trip takes 35 days, with you returning home on Day 36.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To gain an internationally recognised diving qualification in one of the best diving sites in Africa
To learn about a range of species and see them in their natural habitats
To learn about the cultural diversity of three southern African countries
One of Africa’s up-and-coming hot-spots, with stunning beaches, excellent diving and magical offshore islands. It’s one of Africa’s rising stars, with an upbeat atmosphere, overflowing markets and a 2500 kms coastline waiting to be discovered. Sunshine, blue skies and temperatures averaging between 24°C and 27°C along the coast are the norm, except during the rainy summer season from about December/January through to April when everything gets soggy and sticky, and temperatures exceed 30°C in some areas.
The smallest country in the entire southern hemisphere, but also one of the most interesting where you can be guaranteed some fun and adventure. Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is a microcosm of Africa with strong traditions, vibrant cultural festivals and friendly laid-back people. It is a country of scenic beauty and huge possibility being strategically located between South Africa and Mozambique and having a relatively well-developed infrastructure. If you are here in May you may be able to attend the Bushfire Festival, a music and cultural festival not to be missed!
Kruger National Park
In the middle of your trip, here you will embark on a 5-day, 4-night camping safari in the heart of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. This includes unlimited game drives to explore just some of the wildlife that the 20,000 km2 Kruger National Park has to offer. With the help of a trained tour guide, you’ll be able to venture through the vast wilderness in search of Africa’s Big 5. From lions to elephants, rhinos, buffalos and leopards, Kruger has it all. During the tour, you will also have the opportunity to take part in either a sunset or a night drive around the park to seek out some nocturnal wildlife.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 7 weeks
- Cost: £3542 / $6199
Additional weeks available in the drop-down menu
- Location: Tofo Bay, Mozambique; Mbuluzi, Swaziland; Kruger National Park, South Africa
- Requirements: 18+, able swimmer
- Tour activities: International Open Water or Advanced Diving course; half-day walking tour in Swaziland plus many optional activities available; 5-day camping safari in Kruger National Park
- Volunteer activities: marine research and coral monitoring, data collection, photography of wildlife, beach clean-ups and more
- Working hours: 08:30-15:30
- Project availability: first Monday of the months of January through October Only
- Arrival day: Monday
What is included
- All accommodation throughout your program
- All meals
- Orientation upon arrival
- International Open Water course (or advanced course, or research dives for an equivalent value)
- Project equipment
- Project activities, including boat launches for snorkelling and research dives
- Guided walking tour to learn about traditions and culture of Swaziland
- 5-day camping safari in Kruger National Park
- Night drive in Kruger Park
- Experienced tour guides throughout
- Airport pick-up and drop off at Inhambane International Airport
What is not included
- Any excursions outside of the planned itinerary
- Transfers to and from the airport, not on scheduled arrival and departure days
- Additional dive training, including a scuba assessment for qualified divers who haven’t dived in the last 6 months
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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