Millions of sardines migrate along South Africa’s eastern coastline from May 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 South African 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. This trip is open to everyone, wildlife photographers and enthusiasts.You don’t have to be a qualified diver to take part as most of the action takes places at the surface which you can view from the boat or snorkelling with the bait balls.
Mbotyi River Lodge
Mbotyi is 30 km north of Port St Johns This is our base for the next 6 nights.
This section of the Wild Coast is a hotspot for action.
The day generally starts off with 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 Mbotyi river on the Wild Coast of Africa.
Depending on where the action is most of the day is spent at sea, launching at around 7;30am and back for 2pm. 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 in the lodge’s restaurant followed by a beer or glass of wine. After a full day it’s time to relax, get a good nights sleep in the comfortable beds and be ready to do it all again tomorrow. During the Sardine run you will spend 5 days and sea chasing the action. Guests also have the option of a microlight flight at no extra cost. This is a fantastic way to view the surrounding waterfalls, gorges and country side. We will also visit 3 waterfalls in the area, Fraser falls set inside a huge gorge of virgin forest, Waterfall Bluff which falls direct into the sea and the magnificent Magwa Falls which has a drop of 142m.
Aliwal Shoal (Extension)
Travel back up the coast to Umkomaass,
We will stay her for a further 3 nights and do a further 4 dives on the world famous Aliwal shoal with the Raggie tooth shark.
There will still be plenty of time it explore the regions beautiful beaches or visit the world famous croc world.
Dates 5th July – 14th July 2019
7 night adventure in South Africa.
If you choose the 3 night extension in Aliwal shoal with diving the price is an extra £399
Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing – excludes international flights. Included: Return airport transfers, Return Mbotyi transfers, accommodation 1 night in Umkomass and 6 nights full board and Mbotyi river lodge 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.