Obsessed with sharks? Want to swim with as many different species as possible? If answered yes to both of these questions then this tour is the one for you! We specialise in finding and diving with these awesome predators. We take in the best two Southern African countries have to offer as we travel the width of South Africa and enter Mozambique to share the water with great-white, blunt-nose seven-gill, spotted gully, whale, tiger, hammerhead, black-tip, ragged-toothed and many more as well as manta rays, turtles and the possibility of just about anything else.
Enjoy around 15 different dives
Luxury guest house accommodation
Chartered boats for our group
Experienced shark diving supervision
Possibly over 20 shark species
6 reef and cleaning station dives
Great white shark
Destination: South Africa
Tour Dates: 10/8/2020 – 22/8/2020
Duration: 12 nights
Type / Focus: Sharks
After arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by your guide and our local shark diving expert. You will then be transferred to Simonstown along the False Bay coastline (1 hours). Once we get to Simonstown we will check into our accommodation, level – 4* (The Mariner Guest house). We will enjoy our meals here and this afternoon you are welcome to sightsee.
This morning we will rise early and head out to the world famous Seal Island for our first meeting with the great white sharks. We will spend 3-4 hours on the water with the sharks. There are nearly always seen here and once we have one around the boat you will have the chance to get inside the cage and see the awesome power and sublime perfection of the sharks on their terms. In addition to the cage diving there is the chance to see the sharks make predations on the many seals which live here too. This is one of the few places where natural predations are regularly seen. We will have lunch on our return to the accommodation, level – 4* (The Mariner Guest house) and the rest of the day will be at your leisure. There is plenty to do here so you will not be bored that is for sure. Our evening meal will once again be at our accommodation.
Today we will wake and follow the same pattern as yesterday with a 3-4 hour trip to Seal Island where you will once again have the chance to enter the great white sharks element. During the afternoon you can then visit Boulders Beach which is one of the largest and defiantly the easiest to access African penguin colony in the world. Our evening meal will be at our accommodation or a nearby restaurant.
Today after our breakfast we will take the opportunity to dive with some of the most rarely seen sharks in the world. The usually very deep dwelling blunt-nosed seven-gill sharks (known here as cow sharks) are often found in water less than 12 meters deep in the kelp beds of False Bay. Along with the very impressive 1-3m long cow sharks we usually seen spotted-gully sharks, brown shysharks, puff-adder shysharks and other catsharks. There is also a chance of spending time in the water with the playful inhabitants of False Bay the Cape fur seals. We will eat lunch and the rest of the day will be at your leisure. Our evening meal will be at our accommodation, level – 3* (The Mariner Guest house).
After our breakfast we will be transferred to the airport to catch a flight across South Africa to Durban on the wild coast. On arrival in Durban we will meet our next local shark diving expert and get transferred to Unkomaas. We will check into our accommodation, level – 4* (Scuba Lodge Umkomaas). The next three days will include two dives per day and the order may vary. All our meals will be eaten at our accommodation as well as snacks being served on the boat.
Today could be spent either having two tiger shark dives or dives to Aliwal Shoal which is a world famous shark diving site. Aliwal Shoal has many species of shark which inhabit the waters. We will be looking out for scalloped hammerhead sharks, black tip sharks, sand-tiger sharks (ragged tooth sharks) and white-tip reef sharks which are nearly always seen as well as the possibility of grey reef sharks, bronze whalers, bull sharks, tiger sharks and many other species of marine animals found here. We will have three dives at the Aliwal Shoal in total over the the next three days in Umkomaas. Our evening meal will be at our accommodation, level – 3* (Scuba Lodge Umkomaas).
This morning we may enjoy two tiger shark dives. The tiger shark dives are done around Protea Banks where we bait and chum the water around 6m down and wait for the sharks to arrive. We usually get tiger sharks at this time of the year but bull sharks are also occasionally seen. We will drift around the bait bucket with the current as the sharks swim around and in between us and the bait. We will have three baited tiger shark dives over the two days here. Our evening meal will be at our accommodation, level – 4* (Scuba Lodge Umkomaas).
Today we will have two more dives. Which ever two dives we have not done yet over the last two days. We will eat our evening meal at our accommodation, level – 4* (Scuba Lodge Umkomaas).
Today we will have an early breakfast before catching a flight to Johannesburg from here we will connect to a second flight and travel to Mozambique and in particular Inhambane Airport. Once we land we will be met by our third local shark diving expert and by transferred to Tofo. We will check into the accommodation, level – 4* / chalets (Aquatico Lodge). We will have our evening meal here and prepare for the next three days where we will be sharing the water with a wealth of life including the largest fish in the world.
This morning will start with breakfast before we head for our first dive. We will have two dives today with lunch, rest and a whale shark safari in between. There are so many reefs to dive here that it would be silly to list them all but we have excellent chances of finding manta rays, green turtles, whale sharks, hundreds of reef fish, soft and hard corals and so much more life you will be stunned. The whale shark safari will last for 2-3 hours and we will scour the area for these gentle giants and once we find one you will be offered the chance to snorkel with them in their own element. This is truly unforgettable. Our well deserved evening meal will be back at our accommodation, level – 4* / chalets (Aquatico Lodge).
Today we will do exactly the same as yesterday but we will probably chose different dive sites for our dives. Once again we will search for the whale sharks if we are not lucky enough to see them whilst scuba diving. This is one of the few places in the world where you regularly see whale sharks whilst diving (as opposed to snorkelling) as they seem less wary of the bubbles and noise than other populations around the world. We will have a hearty meal at the accommodation, level – 4* / chalets (Aquatico Lodge) on our return.
Once again today we will have the same format as the previous two days. Two dives (at different sites once again), a 2-3 hour whale shark safari and snorkelling as well as lunch on board and dinner at the accommodation, level – 4* / chalets (Aquatico Lodge). This is our last night in Africa and your zoologist escort will treat us all to a drink or two as we reflect over the last 12 days and admire the wonderful sharks of Southern Africa,
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Inhambane airport in time to catch your flight to Johannesburg in time to connect to your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
The weather in South Africa and Mozambique during September varies from Cape Town to Tofo, but the temperatures are usually between 25-30 degrees C with little rain. However we will spending so much time in the water the rain will not be problem anyway.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned mini-van to be transferred around in. This will be driven by our local shark diving experts. You get the services of the zoologist escort as well as the local guides included in the fee. All boat trips, dive trips, surcharges, fuel charges, internal flights and full scuba gear is included. The only diving extra are the nitrox refills, (These are payable in cash at the resort in Mozambique).
We recommend you bring along appropriate clothing which should be light and airy for the daytime as well as also bringing a fleece, woolly hat and scarf as the long hours on board and the nights can be chilly if the wind picks up. If you have your own snorkel, mask, fins and wetsuit we recommend you bring them so you are more comfortable with your own gear, if you wish you can bring your own dive gear but this is not essential as all the gear will be provided. Of course you will be asked to provide your dive certificate and dive log with you. Insect repellent is good idea but not essential at this time of year. Any medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. Full scuba diving gear is provided for each dive.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Nitrox refills are extra and payable in cash at the resort as and when you need one. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend Emirates as a good airline for flights to Cape Town and back from Johannesburg. One of the best websites to search for the best fares to and from South Africa is www.opodo.co.uk; who are an IATA accredited company which provides you with all the securities under ATOL protection, this is a link direct to the airline. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.
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All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for South Africa. However these are given out free of charge on arrival at the airport. Usually 30 days is granted but please confirm this as less if sometimes given. The easiest way to find information is by visiting www.southafrica.info (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site). For visiting Mozambique a visa must be purchased on arrival in the airport. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the date of entry and a fee of £30-40 but for more information please check out mozambique.visahq.com for more information (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit South Africa or Mozambique, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A. It is essential that you are taking a form of malaria prophylactics. Also if you are travelling from Yellow Fever infected areas in Africa or South America vaccination against this is also required. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting South Africa and Mozambique as soon as you have decided on this trip.
A. Jones, Cardiff
Adam Reid, Dover