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The Sardine Run - South Africa

The Sardine Run - South Africa - 9 days

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The Sardine Run  - South Africa - May to July 

The Sardine Run is "One of the most amazing pulses of life in the world's oceans, a phenomenon every bit as dramatic as the great migrations of the African savannah" (National Geographic)

How many sardines do you think there are in a shoal that is fifteen kilometres long, three and a half kilometres wide and nearly forty metres deep?   Billions!

Add in thousands of dolphins, tens of thousands of gannets, sharks, seals, bryde's, humpback and southern right whales, orcas, turtles and game fish and you have “One of the most amazing pulses of life in the world's oceans, a phenomenon every bit as dramatic as the great migrations of the African savannah'.

This is The Sardine Run.

Itinerary in brief


We operate out of Mbotyi River Lodge, just north of Port St Johns and south of Waterfall Bluff,which is the historical staging ground where the sardines mass before shooting up toward Port Edward and the South Coast. The area we operate in is where Sardine Run diving tourism began and is still considered the No 1 location for this activity. We get the sardines and the predators in their thousands, but we also get the best opportunity for clean water – the most important factor for safe and enjoyable Sardine Run diving. 
Scuba & Snorkel
We are marketing the Sardine Run as the ultimate adventure (which it is) – for any adventure-minded traveller:
  • Scuba option for the scuba divers
  • Snorkel option for absolutely everyone else
Due to the speed of the action on the Sardine Run – 80% of our time in the water is on snorkel. Any person can now experience this ultimate marine spectacle completely, on snorkel, with SEAL Expeditions.
2014 Sardine Run expedition itinerary in brief
  • Day 1 - Arrive at Durban International Airport (KSIA) prior to 12h00 – met by SEAL Team member and transferred to our dive location in the Eastern Cape. Orientation.
  • Day 2 - 8
  • 06h45 - Full breakfast (packed breakfast supplied for occasional 06h30 launches)
  • 07h00 - Microlight launches and begins recon
  • 08h00 - Teams launch
  • 11h00 - Light lunch and refreshments available onboard throughout the day
  • 14h30 - Approximate time back in harbour – dependent on action and weather conditions
  • 16h00 - Afternoon optional activity – horse riding, sundown cocktails, trail-hikes
  • 19h00 - 3 course dinner, next day activity planning and good times
  • Day 9 - 08h00 Transfer back to Durban International Airport (KSIA)

  • 7 ocean days on the Sardine Run (weather dependent), cylinders, airfills, weightbelts
  • 1 x microlight flight per guest (weather dependent)
  • 8 nights accommodation full board
  • All transfers ex Durban/ Umtata Airports
  • Guide - dedicated full-time guide
  • Meals - full or packed breakfast as determined by launch time, light lunch and refreshments on boat, three course dinner
  • Air Support - Dedicated Microlight spotter aircraft to call us onto the action
  • Guest Flight - Each guest will get to fly in the microlight and see the Wild Coast from the air (weather dependant)

  • Dive travel insurance � required (DAN recommended)
  • Dive equipment � BCD, regulator, mask, fins, snorkel
  • Alcohol and soft-drinks � for guest account
  • Porterage � Excess baggage penalties and transportation
  • Gratuities � At guests' discretion

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