Dates: 23rd June – 10th July 2017
Welcome to Africa
Arrive in Durban and take the short transfer to Umhlanga. A short stay overnight then we will transfer to Mboyti ready for the Sardine Run!
See the ‘Greatest Shoal on Earth’
Millions of sardines migrate along South Africa’s eastern coastline from June to July. Dive with thousands of dolphins, seals, sharks, whales, and even birds. Each year, one of the most amazing spectacles in the animal kingdom takes place off the KwaZulu Natal coastline. Millions of sardines migrate north, following cold winter currents toward the warm Indian Ocean, a gigantic smorgasbord attracting thousands of marine predators – dolphins, sharks, seals and game fish, even Orcas and whales take part in a feeding frenzy. This drives the shoals to the surface where they fall prey to dive bombing avian predators.
Breakfast, kit up & dive briefing.
During breakfast we receive updates about the sardine run action and the conditions in order to decide where the best diving will be. Our team will then brief you on the day’s action, help you with all kit and get ready to launch from Mboyti river on the Wild Coast of Africa.
Depending on where the action is most of the day is spent at sea, launching at around 8am and back for 3pm. The sardine run however rules the day, we follow the dolphins as they work together to separate the bait balls and then the action begins. Dolphin’s, birds, sharks, and whales all enjoy gorging on this huge feast. The noise of the gannets is amazing as they surround the boat, diving for the sardines. You will enter the water many times during the day, sometimes just on a snorkel other times on scuba, it just depends on how fast the action is moving. This really is nature at her best, often you will be surrounded by hundreds of dolphins, sharks and diving birds. You will also have the opportunity to watch the humpback whales on their annual migration.
In the late afternoon we return to the lodge where you can relax with a swim or download your photos and videos. If you still have any energy you can explore and view the mysterious indigenous forest and see the towering waterfalls in this spectacular part of Africa. In the evening we enjoy dining out followed by a beer or glass of wine. After a full day relax in your air con rooms ensuring a good nights sleep in the comfortable beds ready to do it all again tomorrow.
Travel back up the coast to Umkomaass,
We will stay her for 3 nights and do a further 3 dives consisting of 2 dives on the world famous Aliwal shoal with the Raggies and one baited dive with the Oceanic Blacktip Sharks.
Travel Back to the UK
Price from £1999 per person based on 2 people sharing.
Excluding international flights.
Included, all internal transfers and diving where specified. All accommodation is full board at Mboyti and B&B for the rest of the trip. Not included drinks tips & gratuities and non-specified activities.
*Single supplement applies
Please note all activities and launch times are subject to change due to local environmental conditions therefore the order in which they are taken may change.
Same as above with additional days in Cape Town.
Fly to Cape Town and stay in a 5 star Luxury hotel close to the world famous Victoria and Albert Waterfront. This will be our base for the next few days.
During our stay we will visit Gansbaai and charter a boat out to Dyer Island. From here will watch the Great White’s hunting for seals during breaching season. Get your cameras ready! We will also have plenty of spare time to visit sites such as Table Mountain, Robin Island and Cape Point.
Price £2750 per person based on 2 people sharing
Please note for this part of the trip the hotel board basis is Room only.
Included: Internal flights, accommodation and all specified activities.
*Single supplement applies
All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
Please contact the team at ROHO on 01924 444888 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to book on this trip!