Kruger, Swaziland and Sharks.

It’s a gross understatement to say I was slightly excited the morning we all gathered in Johannesburg to begin our trip and that excitement didn’t wane for a second in the coming days: if anything, it intensified!

The Nomad crew, too, were exceptional and did a great job of looking after us: driving us in our big truck from one insane location to the next, cooking up a storm in their pull out kitchen and sharing their years of knowledge about the creatures and landscapes we were privy to. Picking highlights from my trip is near on impossible!

Day after day, dive after dive my mind was blown and my senses overloaded. We were so fortunate to see all of South Africa’s Big Five during our many game drives as well as several other unexpected delights. And then the diving! For me, this was the highlight of my trip. Who knew that you could be hanging with hippos one day and diving with tiger sharks the next?!

Nomad have teamed up with expert dive companies across southern Africa who really know their stuff and deliver on every dive. The climax was diving with the apex predators of the ocean in Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoal. In a single dive we could witness multiple big shark species: Raggies, Tigers, Bulls, Hammerheads, Guitars, Oceanics….!! Being in amongst that kind of action is indescribable, there are no words. It’s something every diver who truly loves the ocean needs to experience.

Vanessa Lill, Scotland



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