Discover Eden offers custom-made Ecology and Marine Biology courses for people passionate about ecological sciences and conservation.

ecology and marine biology courses

Discover Eden offers specialist experiential courses for people passionate about the ecological sciences and conservation. Working with leading specialists in South Africa, our Ecology and Marine Biology courses aim to expose students in the field to what conservation in action is all about. Our custom-made small group tours ensure a personalised learning experience with fun-filled days under the African sun.



On our three-week ecology course, you’ll get hands-on with marine, semi-desert, fynbos, and coastal ecosystems, engage with a range of field-based and sanctuary-based experiences that go beyond a tourists experience. You will track endangered wildlife on foot, learn about captive animal conservation initiatives, see how raptors are returned to the wild, handle reptiles and birds, and experience a range of field-based research techniques that modern-day conservationists employ. This course WILL give you the meaningful field experience you’re looking for. MORE INFORMATION



Our two-week marine biology course is designed to give meaningful field exposure to students who are wanting to experience what life as a marine biologist is all about. Rub shoulders with the staff at our partner organisations who are making vital contributions to the conservation of South Africa’s marine environment on a daily basis. Join specialists who are studying sharks, whales, dolphins, seals, fish, and birds in the wild southern Cape marine environment and get that field experience you are yearning for in this diverse environment. MORE INFORMATION


Our Ecology and Marine Biology courses offer high educational value and combined with our personal service, quality of activities and excellent accommodation will make this an experience you will never forget.



First up, kudos to you! Choosing a career in the conservation world is not for the faint-hearted, but it’s definitely worth it. Our trips are designed to give an important hands-on snapshot of a range of different career options in the biological sciences. Whether you are aiming to work as a researcher, a conservationist, an animal rehabilitator, a game ranch manager or even a tour guide, we will give you an insider’s view of what it’s like on the ground.

why south africa?

South Africa has a rich history of cutting-edge research & conservation. World leaders in innovative conservation, South Africa is the place to learn what it takes to make a meaningful career in the field.


Run by Elton du Plooy and Dr Mark Brown, Discover Eden is the outcome of our combined passion of doing high-quality scientific research, cutting edge conservation, and passing on knowledge and passion to the next generation of ecologists.


Conservation Partners

“Not only was I able to see and learn about a host of beautiful animals but was provided with many opportunities to meet with working scientists and other experts in the field. Elton was fantastic and made sure we were comfortable and supported the whole trip. I am very sad to leave but have had the best time, thank you so much!”

Lizzie, University of Western Australia

“I came here knowing that I wanted to work in the field of wildlife. And after this program I have never been more sure about my life/career plans!”

Jeremy, University of Salford

“This trip has been amazing! So many once in a lifetime opportunities. Every day was something different and loads of fun.”

Elizabeth, Humboldt State University

contact us

Please do get in touch with us if you have any questions about the Discover Eden Ecology and Marine Biology courses or travel information for South Africa.
+27 82 797 8907    [email protected]