Sardine Run – “The Greatest Shoal on Earth”

The suggested tour below is prepared to include all transfers as shown, but can also be tailored to include internal flights to a closer airport, and road transfers.

We have outlined a typical tour option for the dates of Mid-June to late-July, as these dates cover the most applicable times of the year for the movement of the Sardines and their Predators, up the coast of the Transkei.

 

Day 1: Meet & greet at Durban International Airport (King Shaka International) and transfer to a nearby hotel for overnight B&B

 

Day 2: After breakfast, transfer to Port St. Johns in the Transkei (6 – 7 hours) for a 7 night, 6 water day Sardine Run experience, with your base at the Port St. Johns River Lodge (or similar), dinner, bed & breakfast.

 

Day 2 – 9: 7 nights, 6 days of water action. Every day you get up for an early breakfast, pull on your wetsuit, grab your snorkelling/scuba gear and cameras/videos, with and without underwater housings, and take a gentle stroll down the grass lawn and step onto your zodiac/rubber duck and head out through the river mouth to the open ocean. Lunch boxes and refreshments are provided on the boat on the water days.

 

Day 9: After an early breakfast, transfer back to the Durban International Airport in time for your return or connecting flight.

 

We then suggest and will happily handle a number of fantastic add-on options, as follows:

-          Add-on Option # 1:

-          Day 9: After an early breakfast, transfer back up to Umkomaas, check in at the Blue Ocean Dive Resort (or similar), overnight

-          Day 9 – 12: 3 nights’ accommodation, Bed &Breakfast, 2 days of 2 dives a day, 1 of the dives a fantastic baited shark dive

-          Day 12: After breakfast, return transfer to the Durban International Airport

This is a great option to dive with the residing Sand Tiger (Raggie) sharks, and the Black Tips and passing Tiger sharks on a baited dive.

-          Add-on Option # 2:

-          Day 9: After an early breakfast, transfer back up to Umkomaas, check in at the Blue Ocean Dive Resort (or similar), overnight

-          Day 9 – 12: 3 nights’ accommodation, Bed &Breakfast, 2 days of 2 dives a day, 1 of the dives a fantastic baited shark dive

-          Day 12 -15: After breakfast, transfer to the Hluhluwe area and check in to your game reserve lodge for 3 nights, DB&B, including 2 x guided morning game drives to the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve

-          Day 15: After breakfast, return transfer to the Durban International Airport

-          This is a great option to dive with the residing Sand Tiger (Raggie) sharks, and the Black Tips and passing Tiger sharks on a baited dive, and then experience Big 5 game viewing at a time of the year that the bush is dry, and the animal viewing is concentrated around water holes.

-          Add-on Option # 3:

-          Day 9: After an early breakfast, transfer back to the Durban International Airport in time for your connecting flight to Cape Town.

-          Day 9 – 13: 4 nights’ accommodation, Bed &Breakfast, at the fantastic Quayside Hotel in Simonstown, overlooking the Naval Base and Yacht club.

-          Day 10: After an early breakfast, walk down the jetty and board the spacious Apex Predators boat, for a exciting day of surface viewing and cage diving with the Great White Sharks of Seal Island.

-          Day 11: After breakfast, a day at leisure to explore the Cape Town area, or book an additional Great White Shark tour

-          Day 12: After breakfast, transfer to the majestic Winelands to sample some of the World’s best wine and even place an order and arrange shipping.

-          Day 13: After breakfast, return transfer to the Durban International Airport

This is a great option to view one of the world’s apex predators in its natural environment, with breaching a distinct possibility, and of course explore Cape Town and surrounds, and everything that if famously on offer.

 

A typical tour package quote will include:

-       All transfers to suit the programme, accommodation on a per person sharing twin basis, meals as above, dives on normal air as above, cylinders and weights, and Big 5 game Safari tours as above.

-       The tour package will also include a driver/guide if requested.

 

A tour package will exclude:

-       International and internal flights, possible visas for entry into South Africa, additional tours, extra dives & tours, personal diving equipment, Nitrox fills, meals and drinks not mentioned, items of a personal nature.

 

Please note that for all tours and packages quoted and shown, individual flight schedules might lead to incurred extra costs for additional overnight stops and private transfers. Please note that should the accommodation options shown above not be available at the time of booking, we reserve the right to propose alternative and similar accommodation options, which might incur some additional costs. Single supplements apply.