SOUTH AFRICA PREDATOR EXPEDITION
with Cape Town Highlights
A Shark Diving Safari like nowhere else in the World!
South Africa is considered the shark diving Mecca of the world with an impressive diversity of over 200 different species of shark (including rays and skates). This expedition starts in the warmer waters of the Kwa-Zulu Natal (perfect add on if you are doing the Sardine Run), and ends in the cooler water of Cape Town. You will be introduced to at least 15 different species of sharks from the mighty Great White Shark to the endemic Happy Eddie Shyshark. When you are not coming face to face with some of the world’s most beautiful sharks, other encounters are expected with game fish, Cape Fur seals, African penguins, dolphins, and endemic fish species.
Once the ocean predators are under your belt, a visit to South Africa is not complete without three popular tours; a tour of the picturesque Cape Point Nature Reserve, a Wine Tour where you get to sample some of the finest wines (if wine tasting is not your thing you may opt to do another dive), and a BIG 5 game safari.
On two evenings, Lesley Rochat will give her popular presentation, Rethink the shark, and her Introduction to Predator Photography Course class to help you get those great shots. Lesley has been working underwater for many years in False Bay and along South Africa’s coastline, which has its own set of challenges for underwater photographers whether experienced or novice. In addition, Lesley is your guide so you will be able to get on the spot help while out in the field. See Lesley’s photography.
10 nights ; 18+ age ; South Africa
2017: 15 July – 25 July 2017
2018: 15 July – 25 July 2018
4 (2 sharing)
2017: USA $3295 double occupancy
2018: USA $3395 double occupancy
Day 1: Arrive and transfer to your accommodation with ocean views in Durban South. For those coming from the Wild Coast after the Sardine Run, you will transfer direct after your +-4 hour drive.
Day 1-3 This leg of the trip will consist of baited shark dives, which can either be snorkelled, freedived or SCUBA dived. Expect to be surrounded by up to 40 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks on a dive, a serious adrenaline boost for the day with a chance of encountering Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Grey Nurse Sharks, and Whale Sharks, amongst others.
Evening: An evening of the Introduction to Underwater Predator Photography by Lesley Rochat during will provide you with settings, tips and more to get great shots.
Day 4: Depart Durban for Cape Town. Arrive Cape Town and transfer to settle into Soulmate by the Sea accommodation with splendid views of False Bay, your home for the next 6 nights.
Day 5: White Shark Cage Diving at the famous Seal Island in False Bay or at the White Shark Capital of the world, Gansbaai (weather and shark sightings dictate where we dive) and witness the mighty White Shark breaching during natural predations (False Bay). Either cage dive or view from the surface, both fantastic photography opportunities.
Afternoon: Meet the endangered African Penguins at Boulders Beach or Betty’s Bay.
Day 6: Dive to inshore kelp forests to meet the prehistoric-looking Sevengill Sharks, also known as Cowsharks. Keep your eyes open for the Happy Eddie Shyshark, Striped Pyjama Sharks, Spotted Gully Sharks, Cape Fur Seals and much more all weaving through the kelp. Straight after this dive get ready for a short boat ride and a dive/snorkel with the Cape Fur Seals of False Bay.
Afternoon: Shark Warrior Cape Point Nature and Culture Tour, half-day. More here.
Evening: Rethink the Shark Presentation by Lesley Rochat.
Day 7: Head offshore to swim with Blue Sharks and Mako Sharks and a good chance of encounters with giant tuna and shoals of other schooling fish in the pelagic zone.
Day 8: Choose between another Cowshark dive or a full day Stellenbosch Wine Route Tour where you will explore some of the most beautiful countryside of the Cape and enjoy exquisite wines, chocolates and cheese tastings.
Day 9: Venture off on a true African Safari at a private game reserve close to Cape Town where you will meet the BIG 5 and various other African wildlife.
Day 10: This part of your adventure is over – check out and transfer back to Cape Town International Airport.
Water temperature in Cape Town ranges between 14-23c (62F-78F). A 7mm wetsuit is the best option for SCUBA diving while a 5mm is good for snorkelling.
A 5mm wetsuit is good for KwaZulu Natal waters for SCUBA diving while a 3mm is adequate for snorkelling.
Durban visibility is from 10-25m | Cape Town visibility ranges between 4-25m (14-80ft) depending on location and time of year. You can hire dive equipment at an additional cost if required.
You have an option to snorkel, freedive or SCUBA dive. Some dives are only for snorkelling or freediving while others are only SCUBA diving as indicated. Please be sure to have your diving certificate.
You will be guests at Soulmate by the Sea self catering apartment, on a B&B basis, which is on the first level of Lesley’s beautiful home overlooking False Bay, and surrounded by mountains.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
In the water
- 2 Oceanic Blacktips and Tiger sharks snorkel/freedive/SCUBA dives
- 1 Protea Banks shark SCUBA dive
- 1 White Shark cage diving
- 1 Blue shark and Mako shark trip (full day) snorkel/freedive/SCUBA dive
- 1 (or 2 if no wine tasting) Sevengill Shark and Shyshark freedive/SCUBA dive
- 1 Cape Fur Seal trip snorkel/freedive
- Resident and renowned shark conservationist and photographer, Lesley Rochat as dive guide and photography on-location teacher.
- Weights and tanks
- 10 Nights Bed & Breakfast
- 1 half day Shark Warrior Cape Point Nature & Culture Tour
- 1 half day Shark Warrior African Penguin Tour
- Full day African Big 5 Game Safari – includes lunch
- 1 full day Stellenbosch Wine Tour
- Snacks, cool drinks, light lunch when on boat
- 1 way flight from Durban to Cape Town
- Lesley Rochat’s Shark Photography Course – one evening
- Shark presentation by Lesley Rochat – one evening
- Flights, except Durban to Cape Town
- Lunch & dinner
- Dive gear or snorkelling gear
- Camera gear hire
BOOKING & CANCELLATION POLICY
In order to secure your place a 40% deposit is required. The balance must be paid 90 days before the expedition. Should you book anything less than 4 months before the start of the expedition, a 100% of cost is required to secure your place.
Cancellation must be made in writing and if made less than 90 days before the expedition a refund is subject to the space being sold, less administration costs. If the space is not sold, there is no refund. Should you cancel more than 90 days in advance 90% will be refunded.
All diving is dictated by weather conditions and the itinerary is subject to change. On any no-dive days due to weather, an alternative land tour will be offered. There is no refund for no-dive days or not participating in expedition tours.
Proof of travel and diving insurance, as well as dive certification must be presented on day of arrival. Without these you will not be allowed to participate in any of the activities.
Wildlife is wildlife and there is no guarantee of what we will see. However, the following list covers what we anticipate seeing based on previous sighting, both land and sea.
- White sharks
- Sevengill sharks or cowsharks
- Blue sharks
- Mako sharks
- Spotted Gully sharks
- Happy Eddie shysharks
- Stripped pajama catsharks
- Leopard catshark
- Brown shyshark
- Humpback whale
- Southern right whale
- Tiger sharks
- Bull sharks
- Dusky sharks
- Blacktip sharks
- Whale sharks
- Copper sharks
- Raggedtooth sharks (grey nurse)
- Spotted eagle ray
- Guitar sharks
- Manta ray
- Devil ray
- Common dolphin
- Indian Ocean Bottlenose dolphin
- Humpback whales
- Endemic fish species
- Cape Fur Seals
- African Penguins
- Black browed, yellow nosed, wandering and royal albatross
- Variety of shearwaters, gulls, terns and petrels
- African Oyster Catcher & other endemic bird species
- Numerous buck species
- Chacma Baboons