White Shark, Wildlife, Whale Shark Safari.
12 nights,13 days Scuba Diving
White Shark / Wildlife / Whale Shark Safari.
This is totally unique to South Africa. No other dive destination in the world can offer this combination packaged into 2 weeks.
It incorporates Great White cage diving in the Cape, a wild like safari in the Greater Kruger Park at Tanda Tula tented safari camp and then the best of tropical coral reef diving with Whale Sharks and Mantas being the main attractions.
Arrive Cape Town International Airport, own arrangements. On arrival, you will be met by a representative of Dive the Big 5 for the two hour road transfer to Gansbaai. Overnight at Saxon Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis. www.saxonlodge.com
After breakfast Saxon Lodge will transfer you to Kleinbaai Harbour where after signing the necessary indemnity forms you'll board the shark boat for 5 hours at sea cage dive with the Great Whites, weather permitting. After the day’s diving Saxon Lodge will collect you from the harbour and transfer you back to the lodge. Rest of the day free to explore the small fishing village of Gansbaai. The entire village can be explored easily on foot. Overnight at Saxon Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis.
After breakfast you will again be transferred by Saxon Lodge to Kleinbaai Harbour for your second day’s Great White cage diving, weather permitting. Rest of the day free. Overnight at Saxon Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis.
Another 5 hours spent in the company of the Great Whites. Rest of the day free. Overnight at Saxon Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis.
Your last morning cage diving with the Great Whites. After a quick shower, you will be collected from Saxon Lodge by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the return 2 hour road transfer to Cape Town. Overnight at the Waterfront City Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis. www.citylodge.co.za and select V&A City Lodge
After a leisurely breakfast, you will catch the City Lodge shuttle to Cape Town International in time for your two and a half hour domestic flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. On arrival at KMIA, you will be met by one of Dive the Big 5’s permanent staff for the two and a half hour transfer to Tanda Tula. You will arrive at Tanda Tula in time to settle into your safari tent after which you will proceed to the public area for afternoon tea or coffee before going on the afternoon/evening game drive in open 4x4 safari vehicles. At sunset you will stop somewhere in the bush for sun-downers before continuing on into the night looking for the nocturnal animals with the aid of a powerful spot lamp. Depending on the animal activity you will return to camp at about 20:30 for dinner in the "boma", around a roaring log fire, under the African stars. Overnight Tanda Tula on a fully inclusive basis (all meals and game activities). www.tandatula.co.za
Full day spent game viewing at Tanda Tula. You will be woken by the beat of African Drums for early morning, tea and coffee which is served at the Lodge before venturing out for the early morning game drive. Again, depending on the animal activity we will return to camp at about 09:00 for breakfast. After breakfast you are free to enjoy the tranquillity of the African Bush. You can either go for a bush walk in "Big 5" country with your armed Ranger & Tracker, go down to the hide and sit quietly and watch the game come down to drink during the heat of the day, spend the time bird watching in and around the camp or just laze by the pool. After afternoon tea and coffee you will again set out for the afternoon/evening game drive. Overnight Tanda Tula on a fully inclusive basis.
After the early morning game drive and breakfast, you will be collected from Tanda Tula by a representative of Dive the Big 5 for the short transfer to Eastgate Airport for the one hour domestic flight to Johannesburg International Airport, own arrangements. Once you’ve collected your luggage you will catch the City Lodge shuttle from the airport to the Johannesburg International Airport City Lodge. Overnight at the City Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis. www.citylodge.co.za and select JIA City Lodge.
Up early to catch the City Lodge Shuttle back to Johannesburg International. Check in for the international flight to Maputo is at 06h40. The flight departs Johannesburg at 08h40 and arrives at Maputo at 09h40. After clearing customs, you will again board the domestic flight to Inhambane which departs Maputo for Inhambane at 11h15. On arrival in Inhambane at 12h30, you will be met by Guinjata Bay Resort for the one hour road transfer through coconut plantations and coastal dune forests to the resort. Rest of the day free. Overnight at Guinjata Bay Resorts on a dinner bad and breakfast basis. www.guinjata.com
2 x dives on the reefs off Guinjata Bay, weather permitting. The best way to see Whale Sharks is to trawl the back-line and look for the tell-tail tail fin of this massive beast but because the diving is so spectacular and on your way to and from the reef you are bound to "bump" into Whale Sharks we suggest that you schedule 2 dives a day whilst at Guinjata. When you do spot a Whale Shark the skipper will drop you off in front of the animal allowing it to swim up to you. The best way to "dive" with Whale Sharks is on snorkel as the exhaust bubbles from your regulator, if on scuba, often frightens the animals away. When diving at Guinjata we always schedule one dive on the far our reefs with the second dive on a nearby "house reef". As Whale Sharks are most commonly found close in-shore just behind the back-line you are likely to encounter these animals on your boat ride to and from your dive. Overnight at Guinjata Bay Resort on a dinner bed and breakfast basis.
Two more dives on the reefs off Guinjata Bay. 2 dives on the reefs off Guinjata, weather permitting. Again one dive scheduled on Manta Reef and the second on a house reef. The rest of the day spent in paradise in Moz. Overnight at Guinjata Bay Resort on a dinner bed and breakfast basis.
Your last 2 dives on the reefs off Guinjata, weather permitting. The first dive will be scheduled for the well known Manta Reefs on which there are at least 3 Manta cleaning stations with the second dive on a near-by “house” reef. Rest of the day free. Overnight at Guinjata Bay Resort on a dinner bed and breakfast basis.
After breakfast, at about 11h30 Guinjata Bay Resort will transfer you back to Inhambane Airport where you will board LAM's flight to Maputo departing at 13h00. On arrival in Maputo at 14h00 you will go through immigration and customs and board the "international" 1 hour flight to Johannesburg International which departs Maputo at 17h30. You will arrive in Johannesburg at 18h30. End of services.
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