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Sardine Run in South Africa

The Sardine Run takes place in Port St. Johns during June and July and is one of nature’s ultimate wildlife adventures. During the Sardine Run millions of Sardines move north with the currents from South Africa’s cape coast and they are followed by a huge number of predators. Been in the water around the Sardine bait balls is amazing, and you are often surrounded by hundreds of Common Dolphins, Bronze Whaler Sharks, diving Cape Gannets, Bryde’s Whales, Game Fish, Cape Fur Seals and of course millions of Sardines! During the Sardine Run, the annual Humpback Whale migration passes Port St. Johns, offering some amazing up-close sightings of the Humpback Whales, in the water, close to the boats and when the Whales are breaching!

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Our Sardine Run trips operate from Cremorne Estate in Port St. Johns, rated as one of the best locations for the Sardine Run in South Africa. The resort has an on-site dive centre, en-suite accommodation and an amazing restaurant and bar area overlooking the Umzimvubu River which is our boat launching site for the Sardine Run. All of our Sardine Run trips also include two days of diving at Aliwal Shoal. At this time of year the Ragged Tooth Sharks gather in large numbers at Aliwal Shoal to mate.

Day 1 : Arrive Durban Airport (flights to arrive between 12pm and 6:30pm) – transfer and overnight in Umkomaas.
Day 2 : 2x Shark Dives at Aliwal Shoal – transfer and overnight in Port St. Johns.
Day 3 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 4 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 5 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 6 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 7 : Sardine Run until around 2pm – transfer and overnight in Umkomaas.
Day 8 : 2x Shark Dives at Aliwal Shoal – overnight in Umkomaas.
Day 9 : Transfer to Durban Airport.

Day 1 : Arrive Durban Airport (flights to arrive between 12pm and 6:30pm) – transfer and overnight in Umkomaas.
Day 2 : 2x Shark Dives at Aliwal Shoal – transfer and overnight in Port St. Johns.
Day 3 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 4 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 5 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 6 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 7 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 8 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 9 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 10 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 11 : Full Day Sardine Run – overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 12 : Sardine Run until around 2pm – transfer and overnight in Umkomaas.
Day 13 : 2x Shark Dives at Aliwal Shoal – overnight in Umkomaas.
Day 14 : Transfer to Durban Airport.

9-day Sardine Run in South Africa
Price 2019 (twin-sharing): 2,496 USD (approx 1,978 GBP)
Price 2019 (single room): 2,767 USD (approx 2,194 GBP)
Price 2020 (twin-sharing): 2,745 USD (approx 2,177 GBP)
Price 2020 (single room): 3,052 USD (approx 2,420 GBP)

14-day Sardine Run in South Africa
Price 2019 (twin-sharing): 4,338 USD (approx 3,439 GBP)
Price 2019 (single room): 4,552 USD (approx 3,609 GBP)
Price 2020 (twin-sharing): 4,766 USD (approx 3,779 GBP)
Price 2020 (single room): 5,016 USD (approx 3,977 GBP)

Prices include: Accommodation, diving/snorkelling as detailed in the itineraries, tanks/weights/weight belts, dive permits, daily breakfast, tea/coffee and all land transfers.