The waters off southern Mozambique represent the winter breeding ground of a large number of humpback whales. From June to October, thousands of humpback whales come to our coasts to mate, give birth and nurse their calfs. They basque in the warm waters until completing the largest migration in the animal kingdom, by returning to Antarctica. Every whale season we run the Volunteer Program in Tofo, Mozambique to investigate these animals and help connect people with these incredible animals.

The work investigates whale behaviour, distribution, abundance, communication all in an effort to promote their conservation. This volunteer program is designed to help you protect these marine giants.
  • Age: min. 18
  • Location: Tofu Beach, Mozambique
  • Requirements: 18 years, good physical fitness, flexible
  • Group size: up to 15 participants
  • Project duration: 2 weeks - 4 weeks
  • Laundry: Included
  • WIFI: included Free wireless internet access
  • Linen/towels: Linen provided. Bring your own towels with
The project is located in Tofu Beach, Mozambique

The minimum age is 18 years old. There is no restriction in terms of max. age. Being fit and able to work are the main requirements due to the nature of the programme.

No training required.

Upon arrival
Your final destination airport is Inhambane, Mozambique and the best option to get to Inhambane is via Johannesburg, South Africa, which is the main airline hub in Southern Africa. Inhambane airport is a tiny little airport and is 22km from Tofo Beach. On your arrival at Inhambane you will be collected and taken to Tofo which will be your home for the coming weeks!

Programme One of the interesting aspects of this volunteer opportunity is that you will participate first hand in research efforts, heading out to sea to investigate and experience these giant whales. You will experience the research techniques that we use for research: from photo-identification, to acoustic recordings of their constantly evolving songs. After each trip, we come together to process our information and experience what it means. You will attend talks on the whales’ biology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, acoustics, research and conservation. You will be part of a team working alongside amazing species including whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, reef sharks, turtles and of course humpback whales!

By the end of the volunteer program, you will have gained insight into what it really means to do research with megafauna in the field, and what can be achieved with this research to reach conservation goals. You will have taken part in every aspect of our research and will have gained knowledge about how we transform this scientific data into real conservation efforts. You will be an integral part of our team and will witness the amazing breeding season of these giant, truly unique whales, whilst they are celebrating the end of the longest yearly migration in the world. This all takes place in the remote paradise of southern Mozambique.

    Research trips at sea to collect data on humpback whales and dolphins
  • Daily talks on different aspects of whale biology and conservation
  • Data processing and analysis workshops
  • Workshops on research techniques
  • Excursions to do land-based surveys
  • The possibility to take diving lessons
  • Excursions to some local biodiversity hotspots
Accommodation & meals
You will be based in the Volunteer House with 5 same -sex rooms each with two beds. Views of Tofo bay, as well as easy access on foot to the Foundation offices and the restaurant. Your Project Coordinators reside within the lodge and are on call 24 hours a day. The lodge is open from 7am until 11pm and has -24 hour security on site, with further staff members who are always happy to help.

You have a choice of meals from the menu each day, which you will eat in the lodge restaurant. Sometimes a barbeque will be organised, then this will be done either at the house or another outdoor area. All food is cooked fresh each day.
The program is very flexible in terms of start date, but preferably starting on Mondays


Duration Fees
2 weeks 1499 GBP
3 weeks 1999 GBP
4 weeks 2499 GBP
Rates includes
  • Full board and lodging including 3 meals a day at our restaurant.
  • All airport transfers from Inhambane Airport upon arrival and departure.
  • All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay.
  • Weekly laundry and housekeeping service.
  • Comprehensive Orientation Program.
  • Assistance and support from the Project Managers and staff.
  • Coral garden and estuary expeditions.
  • Coastline trips.
  • Scientific lectures and seminars.
  • Research training.
  • All dive costs, including equipment hire.
  • Freshwater lake trips.
  • Guided dissections.
  • Surfing
  • Guided whale watching
  • High speed internet access.
  • Local community interaction
Rates excludes
  • Flights/transfers to Inhambane Airport
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages
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