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  • 3 November 2014
  • 12 January 2015
  • 2 February 2015

 Our 13 Day Southern Africa Dive Safari is an epic journey that will take you from the panoramic views of Blyde River Canyon to the wildlife rich and diverse Kruger National Park.  From there, we will continue North to the tropical waters of Praia Do Tofo in Mozambique, home to one of the only permanent populations of Whale Sharks in the world.  Hang with manta rays at a cleaning station, dart through a school of pelagics or marvel at the macro reef life on a wide selection of dive sites.  Share stories and firm up your new friendships on the truck as we make our way to Hlane Royal National Park for another safari adventure.  We finish our tour with more diving in Sodwana before arriving in Durban.

Price (Valid to March 2015):  R24 900  10% discount at R22 410
Tour Code:

SADS11:          3 – 15  November 2014
SADSS 1502:  12 – 24 January 2015
SADSS 1503:   2 – 14  February 2015

Non Diver Price: R20 295  10% discount at R18 265
Conservation Contribution: R1 000
Single Supplement: R900
Green Seat: R110

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Day 1 Johannesburg – Blyde River Canyon

Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us, we travel along the Panorama Route, one of South Africa’s most scenic drives, where we will visit the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and the view is dominated by the Three Rondavels, huge rocky outcrops at the end of the canyon.

Day 2 Kruger National Park

Today we start our day with a visit at the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where injured or lost animals are rehabilitated so they can be released back in to the wild. After a full tour of the Moholoholo facility we travel to the world famous Kruger National Park for an afternoon game drive en-route to our camp.

Day 3 Kruger National Park

After breakfast we will pack up camp and load everything on to our truck, however the day will be spent in open 4×4 vehicles in order to truly appreciate Kruger National Park.  Your 4×4 vehicles will be driven by specialist Kruger guides and by using these smaller vehicles we are able to access the dirt roads.  The whole morning will be spent driving, at mid day we will stop at one of the well appointed camps where lunch will be provided, before the afternoon game drive that will bring us to our overnight stop.

Day 4 Kruger to Bilene

A very early start will see us crossing the Mozambique border and driving north to Bilene.  This peaceful town, known as San Martino in the days of Portuguese Mozambique, is situated on a hill overlooking the sparkling waters of the Uembje Lagoon.

Day 5/6/7/8 Diving Praia Do Tofo

We continue to Tofo where we prepare for the diving over the next 3 days. The following three days will be spent diving the reefs of Tofo, home to the largest Whale Shark and Manta populations in the world.  Each morning (day 6,7,8) we will depart early for a double dive trip, returning in time for lunch at the campsite. The afternoons will be free for you to enjoy any one of the optional activities or just lazing on this truly beautiful beach.

 

On an evening during this stay we will have the honour of meeting Dr Andrea Marshall, Dr Simon Pierce or one of their representatives, who will give a talk on the Manta and Whale Sharks around Tofo, the threats facing them and the research being conducted. Both of these experts are extremely well respected in their fields.  The Foundation for the Protection of Marine Megafaunais the first of our conservational contributions and you will be informed of the work that is being achieved with your contributions.

 

Day 9 Hlane Royal National Park Swaziland

Today we head south again and cross the border into Swaziland, entering the Hlane Royal National Park, a huge nature reserve, home to lion, elephant and white rhino. We will camp near a water hole where game can be seen coming to water.

 

Day 10 Hlane – Sodwana Bay

Today we Cross the border back into South Africa and enter iSimangaliso Wetland Park. We arrive in Sodwana in the late afternoon and check into our bungalows at Triton Dive Lodge. That evening we will meet our dive guides and have a briefing of the upcoming diving.

Day 11/12 Sodwana Bay Diving.

The following two days will be spent diving a selection of the Sodwana Bay dive sites.  Sodwana is host to one of the most Southerly and beautiful hard and soft coral reefs.  The sites are situated in Marine Protected areas within a World Heritage Wetland Park.

Day 13 Durban

We travel this morning to the Durban airport where our tour ends upon arrival at the King Shaka International Airport.

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This tour seamlessly combines viewing apex predators in their natural environment both in and out of the water, the ultimate scuba dive and safari tour.