Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition

Company : Worldaway Learning Tours
Location : Southern Mozambique & Northern South African Coastline
Duration: 1 week to 6 weeks
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ $ Dollars (US)

Join us on our 17 day Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition in the north-eastern coastal areas of South Africa and Mozambique!

The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition is the perfect combination of adventure and learning…it’s also the perfect combination of land and sea exploration. Experience the Scintillating Sea-Life of South Africa with an Educational Vacation unlike any other!

Your first full day takes place in the breathtaking Kruger National Park where you’ll make camp and get ready for a full day of Game Viewing. Guided by the EcoLife Staff, you’ll see the astounding wildlife just outside your bus window!

Next up on The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition is magical Mozambique and a campsite to run the next day’s Marine Biology Research station from!

This research also includes a visit to the Marine Biology Department at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo before the scenic trip to the Marine Biology Research Station on Inhaca Island for two days of studying, adventure amongst the marine ecology, turtles, and corrals (all while staying in comfortable chalets).

Sunday of The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition is the start of a rare adventure: Ponta Do Ouro and the Galagala Camp Site! While here, you’ll enjoy a dolphin snorkeling course that prepares you for the experience ahead-learn how to swim amongst and observe marine mammals, engaging them in a calm and respectful way.

See these wonderful animals on a Sunrise Boat Trip full of Dolphin and Whale Watching on Monday morning followed by the Discover Scuba Pool Session in the afternoon! Camp out on the beach with your peers each night after these incredible experiences!

Tuesday on Galagala, The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition plunges you into the Big Blue on a morning Scuba Sea and Coral Reef Dive followed by a talk on ocean ecology and pollution over lunch before a visit to the lighthouse at sunset!

Another Sunrise Boat Trip of marine life watching is Wednesday Morning before an afternoon reviewing the images and videos from your Dolphin Diaries, a great chance to reflect on and enjoy this rare experience with your fellow scientists and nature lovers!

Thursday takes us to the next stop on The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition: Kosi Bay and the Utshwayelo Camp. Your guide and mentor for the next four days will be Dr. Scott Kyle, the Director of Marine Biology Research.

Friday is a unique experience-Lookout Point plays host to a walk among the fish traps, snorkeling in the mouth of the Kosi Estuary, and then a whale and turtle presentation after dinner! Camp out on the beach before a relaxing Saturday of Beach leisure and an enjoyable Boat Trip on the Lakes of Kosi Bay!

Sunday on the Isimangaliso World Heritage Site is a special opportunity to explore St. Lucia Bay via Boat Trip and enjoy a dinner presentation about this unique World Heritage Site.

Take your explorations to the land again as your last full day of The Marine Biology & Conservation Expedition includes a Cape Vidal Game Drive before a dinner presentation on the management of Big Game Reserves.

Educational Vacations with as much adventure as this will not have spots open for long, so don’t wait!

And Don’t Worry:

No Previous knowledge is necessary for the trip. You’ll learn all you need to know from our Professional Guides along the way! Make friends with your fellow researchers, stay in enjoyable, comfortable accommodations, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day
Arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg. Transfer to a guest lodge close to the airport for the night. Accommodation: Guest Lodge.

Day 2: Monday - Kruger National Park
Depart after breakfast to drive to the Kruger National Park. Arrive and set up camp at one of the southern rest camps. Accommodation: Camping.

Day 3: Tuesday - Game Viewing
Full day of game viewing in the Kruger National Park under the guidance of the Worldaway guide, from the comfort of the bus. Accommodation: Camping.

Day 4: Wednesday - Drive To Mozambique
Strike camp and drive on to Mozambique. Arrive in Maputo and check in at a local guest lodge. Accommodation: Guest Lodge.

Day 5: Thursday - Marine Biology Research Station
Visit the Marine Biology Department at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo in the morning for lectures and demonstrations and transfer to Inhaca Island in the afternoon. Stay on the island at the Marine Biology Research Station in comfortable chalets. Accommodation: Chalets.

Day 6: Friday - Inhaca Island
Inhaca Island – Study the marine ecology, corrals, turtle ecology etc. with scientists on the island. Accommodation: Chalets.

Day 7: Saturday - Inhaca Island
Inhaca Island – Marine and mangrove biology study. Accommodation: Chalets.

Day 8: Sunday - Ponta Do Ouro & Galagala Camp Site
Depart from the island and travel south to Ponta do Ouro. Arrive and set up camp at GalaGala camp site. After lunch, meet at the pool for your dolphin snorkel course. This prepares you for your time in the open ocean; familiarize yourself with the gear and learn how to observe and engage with marine mammals in a calm and respectful way. Mask, snorkel and fins will be provided. Late afternoon introduction to our resident dolphins, behavior in the wild and the Dolphin Care Code of Conduct. Accommodation: Camping.

Day 9: Monday - Sunrise Boat Trip To Look For Dolphins & Whales
Sunrise boat trip to look for dolphins & whales (±2hr). After breakfast, discover Scuba Theory. Afternoon: Discover Scuba Pool Session. Accommodation: Camping.

Day 10: Tuesday - Scuba Sea Dive & Sunset Lighthouse Hike
Sunrise boat trip to look for dolphins & whales (±2hr). Morning: Discover Scuba Sea Dive and Coral reefs. After lunch, discuss ocean ecology relative to pollution and take samples for testing. Sunset lighthouse hike and casual reserve talk. Accommodation: Camping.

Day 11: Wednesday - Review Dolphin Diaries
Sunrise boat trip to look for dolphins & whales (±2hr). After breakfast free time, sample and test micro-plastics concentration on this coast. Afternoon: Review dolphin diaries (images and video) from previous days at sea with our local dolphins and whales. Accommodation: Camping.

Day 12: Thursday - Head For Kosi Bay - Utshwayelo Camp
Sunrise boat trip to look for dolphins & whales (±2hr). Depart after breakfast for Kosi Bay to arrive at Utshwayelo Camp on the South African side of the border. Travel time about one hour. Set up camp and enjoy the beach. Meet our guide and mentor for the next four days, Dr. Scott Kyle, Director of Marine Biology research. Accommodation: Camping.

Day 13: Friday - Kosi Estuary At Lookout Point
Our day starts at Kosi Mouth, with a presentation on the Kosi Estuary at Lookout Point. This is followed by a walk among the fish traps with community members. After lunch go snorkeling at the Kosi mouth. Dinner is followed by a presentation on turtles and whales. Accommodation: Camping.

Day 14: Saturday - Boat Trip On The Lakes
At Kosi Bay Camp we enjoy a boat trip on the lakes to learn about the use of resources and the people living in harmony with this environment. Afternoon: We have some leisure time on the beach. Accommodation: Camping.

Day 15: Sunday - Isimangaliso World Heritage Site
Strike camp and journey onwards to St. Lucia Bay and the famous iSimangaliso World Heritage Site. We arrive and set up camp before we gather for a briefing on the day’s activities which includes a boat trip on the St. Lucia Estuary to interpret the marine/aquatic ecology. After dinner a presentation on the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site. Accommodation: Camping.

Day 16: Monday - Cape Vidal Game Drive
Game drive to Cape Vidal and after marine biology activities game drive to St. Lucia. Dinner and presentation on managing modern game reserves.

Day 17: Tuesday - Departure Day
At day break we depart for Johannesburg to arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport by 5PM.

Travel

  • Airport Pickup
  • Internal Flights
  • Internal Travel
  • Minibus
  • Taxi

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