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  • 2 February 2015

 Our 19 Day Southern Africa Dive Safari seamlessly combines the unique experience of viewing apex predators in their natural environment both in and out the water.  Spot the Big 5 on safari in Kruger and Hlane National Parks, and dive with Tigers, Reef and Ragged Tooth sharks at Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks.  With the hardcore diving, comes the opportunity to relax too, snorkel alongside a Whale Shark in Praia Do Tofo and drift past Manta Rays at their cleaning stations in tropical Mozambique.  Our Nomad truck will whisk you from tropical beaches to sharky waters, from Big 5 game safari areas to canyons of spectacular beauty!  This tour is truly unique and you can’t afford to miss out on experiencing it!

Price (Valid to March 2015):  R38 390  10% Discount at R34 550
Tour Code:

SADSS 1503:   2 – 20  February 2015

Non Diver Price: R29 700  10% Discount at R26 730
Conservation Contribution: R1 000
Single Supplement: R1 550
Green Seat: R120

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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 Megafauna is 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.

Scuba diving with sharks in South Africa
Scuba diving with sharks in South Africa

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 Protea Banks

We meet our guides in the bustling city of Durban, which is South Africa’s largest port and a popular surf destination. It is also home to the famous dolphin coast and some of the world’s best Apex Predator shark diving. An hour and a half south of Durban is the small beachside resort of Shelley Beach, launch point for the infamous Protea Banks, our diving destination for the next 3 days.

Day 14/15/16 Protea Banks

Diving Over the next three days we will have 5 dives on the Protea Banks Reef where we hope to see some of the world’s largest marine predators. Diving both North and South Pinnacles we will have the chance to collect Sand Tiger Shark teeth and explore caves, swim-throughs and tunnels. An optional Tiger and Bull Shark baited dive at Protea Banks will be offered during our stay. This dive takes place in open water, hanging in the blue whilst possible Tiger, Bull, Hammerhead and Oceanic Black-Tip sharks come in to investigate the scent trail around us. A full safety briefing and training session is included and this is a breathtaking experience.

Here we will receive a conservational talk, regarding the sharks in the area, the threats to them and the work that our donation will be helping towards.

Day 17/18 Aliwal Shoal

The following two days we spend diving the equally famous Aliwal Shoal.  Renowned for Raggie Tooth Sharks congregating in their hundreds, dolphins and the baited shark dive. Each morning we will travel the hour from our Dive House in Margate to the town of Umkomas, launch site for Aliwal Shoal. Over the two days we will do 3 recreational dives on the Aliwal Shoal, including the famous “Raggie Cave”. The optional baited shark dive is well worth it, with Oceanic Black-Tip Sharks gathering in large numbers and Tiger Sharks investigating the bait. The baited dive is accompanied by a photographer/videographer for a permanent record of your shark encounter.

Day 19 Durban

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

Photographing a Tiger Shark
Photographing a Tiger Shark

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Journey to Mozambique on a tropical dive and beach adventure, combined with a visit to South Africa and Swaziland's top safari destinations.