Sardine Run 2017 (Day 3)
Day 3 Report.
Sardine Run 2017.
The morning started off with dolphins riding the waves like professional surfers only better and more acrobatic. After 40mins or so watching these graceful mammals we ventured further out to sea. We had a few humpback whale sightings on route but didn’t stop as we were looking for the bait balls of sardines. The seas was remarkably calm and the sun glistened of the surface creating a beautiful and peaceful setting. After a couple of hours riding up and down the coat in search for the sardines we gave up. Nothing was happening today. Just as we said this 4 large humpback whales surfaced next to our boat. Kit ready we jumped in but the whales were wise to this a dive deep to avoid our divers. Divers are not ones to give up easily, and the sardine run 2017 has not disappointed so far, we followed the Whales for over an hour, sometimes the felt like they were in touching distance to our boat, the go pro footage never does it justice..
After we left the whales we decided to go back to shore and fly in the microlight as the weather today was perfect. On route we saw a whale breach right next to our boat. He breached again and again this time we had cameras and go pro’s at the ready, a further 5 breaches very close and we decided we will get in the water with him. He didn’t let us down tail and fin slapping then a couple more breaches within 20m of our position. There is noting like a whale breaching while you are in the water to make you feel so tiny.
Around 2;30pm we took to the air in the microlight, Larry or Sparrow as he’s known to his friends flew us over the most breath taking scenery. Expertly flying us over Gorges, waterfalls rolling hills and the beautiful Indian ocean, it doesn’t get much better than this. Back to our lodge for a beautiful meal and glass of wine, everyone in bed by 10pm after a fantastic day on the sardine run 2017. Love Africa.
Below video footage and daily report by customer Jamie Orr.