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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 a day’s diving at Aliwal Shoal. At this time of year the Ragged Tooth Sharks gather in large numbers at Aliwal Shoal to mate. You can also choose to extend your Sardine Run trip with a Big-5 safari at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve!

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 : Transfer to Durban Airport (flights after 6pm).

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 : Full Day Sardine Run – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 13 : Transfer to Durban Airport (flights after 6pm).

Day 1 : Transfer and overnight in St. Lucia.
Day 2 : Full Day guided Open Vehicle Safari at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve – Overnight St. Lucia.
Day 3 : Full Day guided Open Vehicle Safari at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve – Overnight St. Lucia.
Day 4 : Hippo & Croc River Cruise – Transfer to Durban Airport (flights after 6pm).

8-day Sardine Run in South Africa
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 2,191 USD (approx 1,676 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 2,443 USD (approx 1,868 GBP)
Price 2019 (twin-sharing): 2,407 USD (approx 1,841 GBP)
Price 2019 (single room): 2,658 USD (approx 2,034 GBP)

13-day Sardine Run in South Africa
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 4,025 USD (approx 3,079 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 4,169 USD (approx 3,189 GBP)
Price 2019 (twin-sharing): 4,313 USD (approx 3,299 GBP)
Price 2019 (single room): 4,457 USD (approx 3,409 GBP)

4-day Big-5 Safari add-on
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 896 USD (approx 685 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 1,004 USD (approx 768 GBP)
Price 2019 (twin-sharing): 1,004 USD (approx 768 GBP)
Price 2019 (single room): 1,147 USD (approx 878 GBP)

Prices include: Accommodation, diving/snorkelling and safaris as detailed in the itineraries, tanks/weights/weight belts, dive permits, daily breakfast, tea/coffee, lunch on Big-5 safari days and all land transfers.