Dolphin Conservation, Zanzibar

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Dolphin Conservation, Zanzibar

from £1,167
Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Countries: Tanzania
Contribute to the small fishing villages of Jambiani and Kizimkazi’s sustainable use of marine resources, while researching dolphin tourism and monitoring human-dolphin interaction.

Dolphin Conservation, Zanzibar


  • Snorkel coral reefs every day to conduct coral reef assessments.
  • Swim with wild dolphins in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, as you study the impact of tourism on these friendly marine mammals.
  • Undertake important marine research while learning about the functions and frailty of marine ecosystems.
  • Interact with local people and learn about their culture and way of life, both on the island and on the seas.
  • Live in a small, traditional fishing village in one of the most beautiful places in the world.


Volunteer Activities:


With your help, African Impact aims to provide consistency and continuity to research that is imperative in bringing about positive change. Research on the dolphin-tourism industry is conducted for the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam. Our other project partners include the Kizimkazi Dolphin Tourism Association (KIDOTOA) and the Menai Bay Conservation Area.

Monitoring human-dolphin interaction helps the government to formulate policies to regulate dolphin tourism, so that dolphins do not become stressed and/or driven to other parts of the ocean. Although they love human interaction, dolphins may be forced to seek quieter waters if they are faced with too much activity, especially during feeding or nursing, so your research will not only help the dolphins, but also the local communities who rely on dolphin tourism for income.

After your training, you will also assist in monitoring:

Tourist numbers
Tourist-dolphin interaction
Whale identification during whale season (June to October)
The health of coral reefs
Fishing activity


On this project, you will help develop and maintain a local resource centre in Kizimkazi with information on dolphins, whales, sharks and other types of fish, the local marine ecosystem and local marine conservation. This resource center is for tourists, locals and future volunteers. Educating local school children about how to sustainably utilize their local marine resources is the best way to guarantee a thriving marine ecosystem in this threatened area in the future.


Living on the beach in a small traditional fishing village gives you a wealth of development opportunities to choose from. You can teach English, clean beaches, conduct coral reef surveys, and support local youth initiatives, among other activities.

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Extra Fun & Travel

Enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, kite-surfing or beach yoga. Explore the island, take a spice tour or have dinner with a local family. Further afield in mainland Tanzania you can go on safari in the world-famous Serengeti National Park.

About African Impact

African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organisation which runs and manages meaningful and responsible volunteer experiences and internship programs throughout Africa.  The organisation was founded in 2004 in Zimbabwe, and since then has grown into the Africa leaders in volunteer tourism, having facilitated over 12,000 volunteers and interns in 12 countries across the continent.

We are proud to offer fun, safe and structured placements where volunteers understand their contribution to responsible projects run in partnership with local communities and conservation efforts. Our journey so far has been both inspiring and humbling and we will keep pushing the horizons of what volunteering can achieve.

We believe in the power of volunteering and have seen the amazing things volunteers can achieve.
We believe in the passionate people who work for us and beside us to create tangible positive impacts and change lives.
We believe in what we do, in standing out and in standing up for fun, sustainable volun-teering.

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