South Africa - The Ultimate Big 5
South Africa is the diving destination that has it all. Adrenaline shark diving, World class wreck diving and amazing reefs.
Fly to Africa with Emirates from Manchester to Durban with a short stop off at Dubai airport along the way.
(Arrive in Africa)
Welcome to Africa! A short transfer to Umkomaas where we will book into our Villa for a week of Shark diving.
(Aliwal Shoal & Protea Banks Diving)
We will be staying at Africa's premier dive site. Here you will meet our dive guide "Walter", a South African legend with many years experience diving with sharks. The large villa style complex has on site swimming pool, fantastic sea views of the Indian ocean and of course a large Braai area.(BBQ)
This is where we will spend the next few days diving. Voted one of the best dive sites in the world, and one of the few places to see the magnificent Tiger Sharks in their own environment.
A typical day will start off with a small breakfast and then a 5 minute journey to Umkomnazi where we will launch the boat through the surf and sit back and enjoy the 5km ride out to the Aliwal Shoal. Here we will do a reef or wreck dive while Walter is nearby baiting the water ready for our second dive. After a short surface interval you will then do a baited shark dive. The dive usually takes place between 10-15 meters and lasts between 60-80 minutes.
Expect to see Sharks - lots of Sharks. There will be anything and everything from Oceanic Blacktip's, Zambezi's Hammerheads, and of course the Tiger Shark, Don't even rule out the odd Great White.
Around 1pm we return back to the Villa for our second breakfast (Full English) and afternoon of leisure. Evenings are usually spent around the Braai area with a glass of wine or a beer. Alternatively we eat at nearby restaurants.
Shelly Beach is about 1 hours drive away. From here will dive Protea Banks, a world class reef and famous for its close encounters with Tiger and Bull Sharks. Here will will do a baited dive each day which lasts anything from 60-90 minutes. The Tiger Sharks here are often 4 meters in length. Afterwards we have an afternoon relaxing on a local beach or enjoying the surf.
(Thanda Game Reserve)
More than a luxury lodge, more than a dream safari destination, more than an African escape. Thanda Private Game Reserve offers an authentically South African wildlife experience, matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment. Meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, Thanda is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and multiple winner of World’s Leading Luxury Lodge. It is known for meaningful safari experiences and exclusive close-up encounters with Africa’s magnificent Big Five. Here we will have 2 guided game drives per day conducted by experienced rangers in open top vehicles. In between drives, relax on the viewing deck or take a dip in the luxury pool. Thanda offers a truly magnificent setting as well as great game viewing experience. Our stay includes full board for guests.
Cape Town, often described as Africa’s greatest city.
Fly from Durban to Cape Town where we will be staying in a luxury 5 star hotel. Each guest will be accommodated in a luxury 2 bedroom suite. This will be our base for the next five days. From here we will enjoy seeing the sights of Cape Town from the beautiful Table Mountain, take part in the highest abseil in the Southern Hemisphere. Dive with the ultimate shark the Great White, this will take place in Gansbaai around 3 hours away from Cape Town. After the thrilling experience of the Great White enjoy a relaxing day visiting Boulders Beach, and Cape Point the southern most tip of Africa where two oceans collide. You have a free day to enjoy at your leisure before flying back to Manchester the following day.
Fly back to Manchester.
£TBC per person based on 2 people sharing - excludes international flights.
Included: Internal flights, transfers, accommodation, diving and specified land based activities. 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.
Check out our blog for photos of previous South Africa trips