Dayne Davey

Contribute to research on dolphin and whale populations along the magnificent Garden Route Coast; learn all about marine life and aquatic ecology; and contribute to coastal conservation projects!

  • Protect and research South Africa’s diverse marine life
  • Work along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world
  • Experience dolphins and whales in close proximity
  • Assist with facilitating marine conservation workshops for local people
  • Expand your knowledge of marine life and aquatic ecology

More details...

Sunday Free Day Free Day
Monday Lectures/Coastal Survey Workshop prep
Tuesday Dolphin & Whale Experience Dolphin & Whale Experience
Wednesday Marine conservation workshop Lecture/Coastal Survey
Thursday Dolphin & Whale Experience Dolphin & Whale Experience
Friday Lecture/Coastal Survey Cultural Activity
Saturday Excursion Excursion
  • All project operating costs, equipment, tools and resources
  • Return Bus Ticket from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Knysna
  • Pick up & drop off from arrival points (George airport or Knysna bus stop)
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Orientation & Training
  • Accommodation in our Volunteer House
  • 3 Meals a day
  • Project Related Transport
  • Project T-shirts
  • Dedicated coordinators to assist you daily
  • Project support and feedback sessions throughout your stay
  • Assistance with optional activities and tours
  • Assistance obtaining a local SIM Card for your phone
  • Additional cultural and outdoor activities on Friday afternoons (and some evenings)
  • Free, unlimited Wi-Fi and computer access in the Knysna volunteer house
  • Post-project involvement, and an exclusive return volunteer discount

Challenge Level: Comfortable

comfortable-1hand1You will have access to all amenities including running water, electricity. Most bankcards work at local banks (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX) and you will have access to the Internet. You will also find that you can purchase almost anything at local shops.

Recommended for those who enjoy having access to restaurants and shops as well as daily communication with friends and family at home.

These are some of the projects you will be involved in when you join this program.

You'll be in Knysna, South Africa


Knysna is one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. Stunning views, impressive mountain passes, lush green forests and white sandy beaches.

Knysna really is paradise and it’s no surprise that it has been voted South Africa’s favorite holiday town on many occasions!

Programme Price

2 weeks $1,250
4 weeks $2,395
+1 week $545
2 weeks ₤855
4 weeks ₤1,635
+1 week ₤405

*Please contact us for pricing for stays of more than 8 weeks and group bookings.


I would definitely give this program 10/10. It was amazing to see these amazing animals so close and contribute to the reasearch.

Fionne M. - United Kingdom

I loved the opportunity to get so close to these amazing animals. I will never forget the excitement of seeing a Whale breach right in front of the boat.

Fabienne K. - Germany

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