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South Africa

South Africa

February 2021

African elephants by Johanna Pool
African elephants in South Africa

South Africa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa, as it offers truly magnificent views and has an abundance of activities to enjoy. This Southern African country is rich with culture and traditions; with every citizen having a unique heritage, culture and story to tell. The combination of the beauty of the landscape and friendly nature of locals makes South Africa a truly inspiring and exciting country to explore. Since the 17th century and the arrival of its very first settlers, South Africa has been claimed to be one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Undoubtedly, South Africa’s main attractions are its beautiful mountain and coastal views and resplendent national parks.

Our Dive Safari Adventure Tour itinerary in South Africa links some of the best African highlights with some of the best diving Southern Africa has to offer. Aimed at the more adventurous and budget conscious traveller, these tours are an off-the-beaten track adventure that provide a more inclusive experience with cultural interactions, wildlife game viewing, social interaction and, of course, scuba diving. 

Male lion at Hlane Royal National Park
  • Tour Leader Lee Johnson
  • 16 days ex-Perth
  • Transport in 24 seater overland truck
  • Twin share accommodation through-out
  • Belvedere Estate, Johannesburg 1 night
  • Nkambeni Tented Lodge, Kruger National Park 3 nights
  • Ndlovu Camp, Hlane Royal National Park 1 night
  • Forest Lodge, Santa Lucia 2 nights
  • Margate Hotel, KwaZulu Natal South Coast 6 nights
  • All meals, except Johannesburg & KwaZulu
  • Sundowner Game Drive + 4×4 game drive Kruger National Park + Morning bush walk + Umphakatsi experience + Sunset game drive, Lane + Zulu experience + morning game drive + afternoon boat cruise St Lucia
  • 4 dives at Aliwal Shoal including baited shark dive
  • 6 dives at Protea Banks including baited shark dive
  • Includes dive master, tanks and weights
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Oceanic black tip shark
Oceanic black tip shark

Water conditions in South Africa can vary day by day. Diving is conducted on semi-rigid ribs with launches taking place either straight from beaches of via river mouths. These launches involve breaking through the incoming waves and can get bumpy. All divers joining a dive tour must hold an Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) certification as a minimum and be confident and comfortable in the water. If you are unsure whether your experience level is sufficient please contact us.

Aliwal Shoal 
The World Famous Aliwal Shoal was formed thousands of years ago from fossilised sand dunes during the times when sea levels were much lower than they are today. The Aghulas Current that runs south along the east coast of Africa brings with it warm water and a huge diversity of tropical sea life. Raggies Cave, is one of the most popular dive sites on Aliwal Shoal. As its name suggests this is the best place to view the Ragged Tooth Sharks resting in the shoal during their annual migration between July to November. Other shark sightings could include great whites, tigers, white tips and whale sharks. The shoal is home to over 1200 species of fish, as well as turtles, rays, mantas, angelfish and butterfly fish. Dolphins are also frequently seen at the shoal.

Protea Banks 
Protea Banks has been rated by many divers from around the world as the best shark dive. It is here that we hope to see some of the world’s largest marine predators. South Africa is one of only three countries in the world offering baited shark dives. The dives take 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 you. A full safety briefing and training session is included. This is a breathtaking experience.
From October to May, some very large specimens can be encountered at Protea Banks. Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks are also seen shoaling at this time – they can come past in groups of up to several hundred.

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