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Sea Search Whale & Dolphin Research, South Africa

2 weeks from

minimum age

  • Research and record data on Seals, Dolphins & Humpback Whales along the wild West Coast of South Africa
  • Work alongside PhD scientists to collect and analyse data on marine mammals
  • Gain skills in photo-identification, necropsy and acoustic data collection.
  • Other marine life studied includes turtles, sunfish and sea birds.

Staff and interns at a festival

Food, Lodging and Travel

Accommodation is available in a clean and fully fitted shared accommodation in Langebaan, South Africa.

Students can buy a SIM card for mobile phones, which are available at the airport on arrival or most supermarkets, and you can easily buy prepaid airtime.

Dinner is the responsibility of each person and would be at your own cost. Wi-Fi will also be available in the accommodation.

In Langebaan you will have access to ATMs, banks, grocery shops, clothing shops, restaurants, pubs, and a mall.

Climate in Langebaan

The climate in Langebaan is mostly known for its infrequent rainfall, dry countryside, and high offshore winds. The area receives most of its rainfall during winter and has a Mediterranean climate with temperatures from September – November reaching lows of 12oC and highs of 20oC.

Fur Seals Hallout

The spring/summer months of September – November are when the famous wildflowers bloom that the West Coast is renowned for. Although the lagoon is relatively warm, the open ocean is cold thanks to the upwelling in the Benguela ecosystem, so mist occurs regularly and sea days can be very chilly if there is no sun. Essentially, the sun is hot but the sea and wind are cold.

Travel into Cape Town

There are a number of airlines that offer flights into Cape Town. Upon arrival various shuttle companies/Uber are available to drop you off at the meeting point on the first day.

Visa information

Residents of some countries are exempt from visa fees, while those from certain countries do not require a visa. Please check with your local South Africa embassy for further information.

Volunteers on beach with whale carcass

Insurance for Students/Course Participants

Medical and travel insurance are both necessary for the duration of your course/programme. If you are bringing valuables such as laptops and cell phones please also ensure that they are insured.

Student/Course Participant Requirements

Open to current students (BSc or MSc) studying towards a biology or zoology-related degree, as well as for recent graduates looking to gain research experience. Students/Course Participants are expected to approach their duties with a mature and responsible attitude. If you have a BSc or MSc degree in another field, but are still very interested, please still contact us.

Sea Search Whale & Dolphin Research, South Africa

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