Conserving Dolphins

Become a marine tour guide while visit our Conserving Dolphin project, AB Marine Charters, Whale and Dolphin watching company.

AB Marine Charters is a boat based whale watching company based in Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

Port Elizabeth is a welcoming, friendly city and offers easy access to the Garden Route, the Karoo, and the Wild Coast regions. The city is uniquely positioned to offer volunteers a wide range of wildlife on land and ocean. Come and watch large pods of Bottlenose and Common Dolphins. Dive into another world and experience the Indian Ocean from its most beautiful side. Algoa Bay Marine offers individuals from all over the world the opportunity to experience unique marine related projects in the biodiversity rich environment of the Algoa Bay area, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Volunteering on board of vessels, offers the chance to gain exposure with various marine species, including but not limited to Great White Sharks, Southern Right Whales (seasonal), Dolphins and many marine bird species such as the endangered African Penguin. Every trip sports a dedicated marine guide that can guide volunteers, increasing their knowledge of the target species and ecology of the area where they operate during the set trips.

This program will suite anyone who loves the ocean, marine wildlife, whale enthusiasts (seasonally) and people who want to learn more about how Eco-Tourism benefits conservation

Project Details

Our Conserving Dolphins programme offers people from all over the world the chance to experience unique marine projects in the bio diverse environment of Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Apart from a very practically oriented volunteer programme, a lot of theoretical knowledge is taught. At the end of the stay, the volunteer has the opportunity to get a qualification to be a Tour Guide. This qualification covers the requirements of the South African Quality Authority (SAQA) Skills programme. All requirements are met for students to qualify for registration as a Nature Site Guides (Level 2). The program is about education and conservation in an ecotourism marine oriented environment with the involvement of the local community in the form of learning hours and practical experience values.

Algoa Bay, situated in Port Elizabeth, the Southern most tip of Africa, Port Elizabeth hosts an extraordinary marine environment.

First mentioned by Bartholomew Dias in 1488, it is a Hope Spot, partially a National Park and potentially in a future World Heritage Site. All this in a Bay with 365 days of whale and dolphin activity, more than 20 shark species and loads of bird life. You become immersed in history

Known as the bottle-nose dolphin capital of the world, Port Elizabeth provides hundreds of local and international tourists with daily sightings of these magnificent animals. Their density can be attributed to the availability of viable fish in our region.

The house has a total of 10 bedrooms (5 double rooms) with twin beds and en-suits bathrooms with showers. The breakfast room is also used as a communal/social room and includes a fridge, kettle, microwave, dishes and cutlery.

The outside area contains a fire place with benches and tables around and a large swimming pool for your use.

Continental breakfast is provided for and during whale watching trips, you will receive a packed lunch. There are many restaurants and shopping centres nearby to the volunteer house for lunches (besides for packed lunches) and dinners. This will be at your own cost.

Transfers from Port Elizabeth Airport are included.

Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house

The South African weather varies from one area to another. Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North Western province all have summer rainfalls with very hot conditions during the day.

Summer months in South Africa: November – April

Winter months: May – October (morning and evenings are cold).

extra activities at the project

Skipper Course (at extra cost)

Dive Course (at extra cost)

Free Dive Lectures

Excursions and activities in and around Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth offers a wide variety…of different sports, from watersports to sandboarding on the huge sand dunes near the city. Hiking and cycling are available, the beachfront is perfect for a run, and bungee jumping or skydiving can be arranged. Other sports include golf, sailing, tennis, gym, kayaking and many more…

-Port Elizabeth City Tour (http://www.afroventures.co.za/activities/port-elizabeth-city-tour/) ~ ZAR 170

-Addo Elephant National Park (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/tourism/getthere.php) ~ entrance ZAR 272 plus car rental and plus tour guide or approx. ZAR 2500 as a guided tour

-Schotia Safaris (www.schotiasafaris.co.za) ~ ZAR 2500 (high season ZAR 3000)

-Daniell Cheetah project (http://daniellcheetahproject.com/) ~ approx ZAR 600 as a guided tour or ZAR 80 entrance plus own transport

-Sand boarding (http://www.sandboardingsundays.com/) ~ approx. ZAR 400

– Horse riding (http://www.heavenlystables.co.za/ ) ~ approx. ZAR 450

-Cape Recife hike (http://www.nmbt.co.za/listing/cape_recife_nature_reserve.html) ~ free excluding transport 🙂

-Tsitsikamma weekend (http://www.tsitsikammaadventure.co.za/) ~ approx. ZAR 2500

-Diving course http://www.prodive.co.za/portelizabeth ~ approx. ZAR 3000

– Surfing lessons 5 x 1,5 hours ~ approx. ZAR 900

– Kite surfing lessons http://www.swing2swell.com/ 2 hours approx. ZAR 900

-Camping Safari Baviaanskloof 3 day tour (http://www.alantours.co.za/listing/baviaanskloof_camping_safari_code_cs01_a_3_day_tour) ~ approx. ZAR 2500

-Township Tour (http://www.afroventures.co.za/activities/township-experience/) ~ ZAR 450

-Kragga Kamma Game Reserve (http://www.kraggakamma.co.za/) ~ entrance approx ZAR 85

-Bungy Tour (http://www.afroventures.co.za/activities/bungy-tour/) ~ approx.. ZAR 1250

-Bungy and Skydive Combo (http://www.afroventures.co.za/activities/bungy-and-skydive-combo/) ~ approx. ZAR 3250

-3 day one way tour to Cape Town (http://www.afroventures.co.za/activities/3-day-one-way-tour-to-cape-town/) ~ approx. ZAR 3400

-Winetasting (http://theescombewines.wix.com/theescombewines) ~ approx. ZAR 150

-Paragliding (http://www.dirtyboots.co.za/operators/airventures-school-of-paragliding) ~ approx. ZAR 650

-Please note that the prices are subject to availability and numbers of students doing the trip often influence the price (sometimes it gets cheaper if more people do the trip or more expensive if only very few students do a trip). Students must please always check with the staff at bli regarding what’s on offer and what the cost is.

Accommodation
Transfers to and from Port Elizabeth Airport for arrival and departure
All trips on the boat
Other educational excursions and activities
We supply basic breakfast essentials such as cereal; and tea and coffee is available. If you are on the boat then a light lunch is available such as a cheese bread roll and fruit.
Bed and breakfast
Laundry one per week and room service twice per week
Lectures and related conservation work
Internet access at accommodation
Required training material and certification fees

AB Marine Offers two types of volunteer programmes

The first programme, the Basic Programme, takes 4 weeks and enables the volunteers to register as a recognised Tour Guide (Nature Guide Level 2) in South Africa after completing the theoretical and practical exam.

The Follow Up Programme, which lasts a total of 8 weeks, is an extension enabling the student, building on the basic programme, to specialize. Here you have the opportunity to obtain a qualification as a state-approved Whale Watching Tour Guide. In addition to first aid, the student learns special boat skills including overall boat safety and training. In addition to the theoretical art of the programme, students will have the opportunity to experience first-hand work on an ecotourism whale watching boat and the rare opportunity to work with marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, seals and the endangered South African penguin.

4 Week (30 Days) program includes:

Accommodation/ double room/ breakfast

Overall introduction by instructor/mentor

Get to know Algoa Bay

Introduction of social components and responsibility (introduction to Masifunde Learner Development NGO and their training facility)

10 Days Comet Marine (Nature) Site Guide Level 2 Course (Login codes for your Marine Training Course)

20 Days practical experience (You will learn about the marine life and marine mammals in and around Algoa Bay during whale watching tours, practical training of vessel safety and procedures, experience and interaction with tourists)

Spend a day in a non-profit organization and give a lecture on marine life and sustainable conservation for children from the local community. Included in a practical project for environmental protection of the “Plastic Patrol”

8 Week (60 Days) Programme includes:

Accommodation/Double Room/Breakfast

Overall introduction by instructor

Get to know the area, specifically Algoa Bay

Introduction of social components and responsibility (introduction to Masifunde Learner Development NGO and their training facility).

10 Days Comet Marine (Nature) Site Guide Level 2 Course (Login codes for your Marine Training Course)

10 Day Comet Whale Watching Course

First Aid at Sea

Orientation Course on Boat Skills

40 Days practical experience (You will learn about the marine life and marine mammals in and around Algoa Bay during whale watching tours, practical training of vessel safety and procedures, experience and interaction with tourists)

Spend 2 days in a non-profit organization and give a lecture on marine life and sustainable conservation for children from the local community. Included in a practical project for environmental protection of the “Plastic Patrol”

Comprehensive Information Pack

 

Starting from: (2019 price)
£ 000.00
Starting from: (2020 price)
£ 000.00

Quick Overview

Country & Area  : Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Nearest Airport  : Port Elizabeth

Transfer Time     : 10 min

Duration              : 4 or 8 weeks

Minimum Age     : 18