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Volunteering in the protection of Great White Sharks has been on the rise for years. As the stigma around sharks is continuously being smashed, conservation has been a huge part of educating the public about their importance to the ecosystem.
Travelers from all over the world head to South Africa to participate in cage diving with Great White Sharks and other wildlife tours. There are numerous options to choose from, but not all of them operate ethically or responsibly. As a traveler who cares about the well-being of animals, you want to make sure you are supporting the operators that feel the same as you. That’s where we come in!
SEEtheWILD is here to help take the guesswork out of choosing the tour operator that aligns best with your values. Our partners are wildlife advocates that care as much as you do about the existence of sharks in the ocean, so you can be sure you are contributing to their protection!
Great White Sharks can be observed throughout the year in different regions of South Africa. Depending on the time of year, the underwater visibility will vary from place to place. We’ve put together a general rule of thumb, however, so that you can better plan your visit:
In the Gansbaai Region:
From April to September Great White Sharks are more frequently found nearer the surface around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. The sharks are also more active at this time of year, so volunteering during these months is very exciting! Programs that have a shark conservation focus, often also include the conservation of other local marine life, so it’s important to be interested in the overall conservation of marine life in South Africa.
From September to March Great White Sharks are found closer to Shark Bay. The underwater visibility here is not as clear as Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, however, you will still have chances to see the sharks during this time of year. Volunteering during these months will likely focus on environmental conservation, community work, as well as the conservation of other marine life in the area, as well as data collection of the sharks that you do see!
In the Mossel Bay Region:
You have a good chance of seeing Great White Sharks most of the year in this region. However, the winter months there are more opportunities. Winter in South Africa is typically from June to September, however, volunteer projects are busiest in May through September. Most of the volunteer programs in this region only take a very limited number of interns (or, volunteers) so it’s important to book ahead!
Have a look at our partners that offer shark conservation and volunteer programs. We know there are plenty of operators out there, so we’ve done the research for you to narrow it down to the best of the best!