The point where the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans meet delivering some spectacular adventures
We have a number of different itineraries for your South African dive adventure. We can provide you with tailor made schedules to fit in exactly what you want. Listed below are some of the experiences that are on offer and these can be combined to make the perfect trip for you. These can also be combined with our Mozambique selection to give you a really varied dive trip.
Please give us a call to discuss your individual requirements.
Dive with Great Whites The Great White Shark is without doubt the most iconic marine predator and quite rightly an animal that a lot of people want to get close up to. We have two destinations where these sharks can been seen in South Africa, Simonstown and Gansbaai. Simonstown is our preferred destination for a number of reasons. There are less boats there so there are less operators trying to attract sharks. Simonstown is a better place to see the sharks breaching. There aren't kelp forests here so the seals have nowhere to hide so leads to a higher natural predation rate. Also there is generally less chance of the dives being cancelled due to weather as this site is more protected. Both sites however do offer a great chance of getting into the water with Great Whites, this really is an experience not to be missed.
Sardine Run If you have never heard of it then the Sardine Run is something you need to get to know about. It is a unique aquatic encounter following the annual Sardine migration along rugged coastline of South Africa. In a typical year the Sardines migration starts at the Southern Cape and are usually spotted off shore on South Africa's Wild Coast around late May/early June.
The shoals then move northwards along the coast and the size of the Sardines and the shoals grow forming the most vast shoal on Earth. This shoal then attracts a plethora of predators that follow and stalk the Sardines migration taking advantage of this rich source of food. Unless you have seen it it is pretty hard to describe the drama that unfolds as the Dolphins, numerous bird species, Whales, Cape Fur Seals and Sharks ‘hunt’ the Sardines. As you dive you hear the excited squeals of the 1000's of Common and Bottlenose Dolphins as they travel in large pods, breaching waves to pursue their prey, long before you see them. Game fish such as Shad and Garrick pursue the Sardines and these then are also predated on by the Dolphins. Humpback Southern Right and Brydes Whales can also be seen in pursuit of this moving feast. When all of these marine mammals are feeding it is impossible to miss where the shoals are. The apex marine predators certainly don't miss out on the event and it's not uncommon to see Bronze Whalers, Whitetip, Copper, Dusky, Blacktip and Bull sharks as they chase down their silvery pray.
The sharks and the dolphins endlessly try to herd the Sardine into bait balls and some of the larger ones can survive for hours as the predators gorge themselves. As the small fish are driven up to the surface the aerial attacks begin as Albatross, Cape Gannets, Terns and Petrels dive into the waters to get their fill.
We have lots of different packages to enable you to see this amazing event with varying durations and itineraries. Let us know what we can do to organise your tailor made trip.
Sharks, Sharks, Sharks South Africa is a fantastic destination if you want to spend some time in the water with these majestic predators. At various times during the year we can give you the opportunity to dive with a variety of species. Great Whites Tiger Sharks Sandtiger Sharks (Raggies) Bull Sharks Hammerheads Blue Sharks Mako Sharks Whale Sharks
Aliwal Shoal 31 Miles south of Durban lies Umkomaas, on the banks of the Mkomazi River. The Aliwal Shoal is situated 3 mile out from the village of Umkomaas and is a legendary dive site for those in the know.
Among some divers who regularly dive at Aliwal Shoal it's known for the boat ride through the rolling surf to be just as exciting as the diving - it really adds to the excitement of the day.
Depths very from 6 to 27 meters so are well suited to recreational divers and offers a wealth of marine life. The Cathedral area of the reef is one which stands out as one of the more spectacular dives. Here you will find Ragged Tooth Sharks, Loggerhead Turtle and Ribbon Tailed Rays.
If you have ever wanted to dive with Sand Tiger sharks you are in for a treat. This area is home to Raggie Cave and is one of three locations on the reef that is famed for shark sightings along with Shark Gully and Cathedral. From July to December the Shoal is the congregation point for Ragged Tooth Sharks, where up to 60 sharks have been encountered at ant one time.
There are two wrecks at Aliwal Shoal which came to settle on the reef and now are a permanent part of it providing a home to a vast array of marine life. The Produce (1974), once a 2000 ton bulk carrier, lies on the sandy bottom at 30 meters and the Nebo which sank on its maiden voyage in 1884 lies at 25 meters.
The Aliwal Shoal is like a magnet, inextricably drawing countless ocean species into its realm - a phenomenal place to go diving
Safari You can't come to South Africa without thinking about going on safari. Seeing the 'big 5' is an incredible experience and we have game reserves that give you a great chance of seeing these.
The Kruger National Park is one of the most famous and certainly the largest reserves in South Africa. It covers an area of 19,633 square kilometres in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in the North East of South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South African Republic in 1898, and it became South Africa's first national park in 1926.
To the south and west of the Kruger National Park are the two South African provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. In the east is Mozambique and to the east lies Zimbabwe. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.
All the Big Five game animals ( lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) are found at Kruger National Park, which has more species of large mammals than any other African Game Reserve (at 147 species). There are also 517 species of birds, 114 species of reptiles and 34 species of amphibians to be found here. For you underwater addicts, a bull sharks was reported in the Limpopo in 1950!
The park now supports over 13,000 elephants which are doing so well they have even tried to give them contraceptives to calm the increase in numbers.
Kruger also supports packs of African Wild Dog which are on the endangered list. There are thought to be only about 400 in the whole of South Africa so you stand as good a chance as anywhere of seeing them here.