Whilst 2020 sucked for travel, we’re hard at work planning our 2021 adventures… and here’s the first group travel trip we can share with you… but it’s only for the brave!
At the top of my bucket list is to dive the Sardine Run in South Africa.
Every year in June and July, billions of Sardines make their way up the eastern coast of South Africa to feed in the warm, rich waters close to the Cape. Unfortunately for them, Sardines are not the top of their food chain. Sharks, Dolphins, Seabirds, Sailfish all come to attack this moveable feast and we’re going to put you right into the heart of the action.
We have teamed up with ProDive in Port St John to make an accommodation, meals and diving package for advanced level divers to experience the greatest marine spectacle on earth. ProDive use specialized semi rigid inflatable boats perfectly suited for their speed and maneuverability to keep up with these schools of fish. How will we find huge schools of sardines in an even bigger ocean, you might ask? Spotter planes covering the coastal waters have direct radio contact with our boats to put us in the best possible spots.
We will be staying at the scenic N’taba lodge and spa, right on the river. Every morning, we will awaken to a glorious pre-dawn for breakfast, board the boats on their private dock and head down river and out to sea as the sun rises over the eastern cape. We will stay at sea for several hours each day and make multiple dives and snorkel sessions. How many, where and for how long depends entirely on the action.
This trip is not for the feint of heart, and to be honest, it’s not for every diver! ProDive asks that all divers are at least Advanced certified, with 50 logged dives and have dived within three months of the trip dates. You’ll be diving from semi-rigid fast boats in choppy seas and have to be ready to enter the water quickly and safely to keep up with the action! You also need to be comfortable diving temperate waters (59-70F/15-22C) and be experienced with drift diving. This is expedition diving. There are no ‘dive sites’ or morning lines, or down lines. There is no dive master to check your air or hold your hand. You will be back rolling into blue water. You need to be comfortable diving to 100ft. The underwater feeding action is chaotic. But, if you’re a confident diver with a passion for wildlife and adventure, I can’t think of a better diving experience.
And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also got a range of optional adventures you can tag onto the Sardine Run Adventure, like a safari in Kruger national park to see the Big 5… because when’s the next time you’ll be in South Africa?
If you want to join on us on this epic, once in a lifetime adventure, click the link to the brochure in the description of this video below. At the end of the brochure is the reservation form. Spaces are extremely limited, and booking closes at the end of 2020, so I wouldn’t wait! Also flights to South Africa are as cheap as I’ve ever seen them right now! We can’t wait to share this adventure with you all and in the meantime, D.S.D.O!
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The Sardine Run: 2021