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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 diving 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. Diving 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. We also offer add-ons to go Cage Diving with Great White Sharks at Dyer Island or in search of Africa’s Big-5 at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve!

Day 1 : Arrive Durban Airport – Transfer and overnight in Umkomaas.
Day 2 : 2x Shark Dives at Aliwal Shoal – Transfer and overnight in Port St. Johns.
Day 3 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 4 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 5 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 6 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 7 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 8 : Transfer to Durban Airport (flights after 6pm).

Day 1 : Arrive Durban Airport – Transfer and overnight in Umkomaas.
Day 2 : 2x Shark Dives at Aliwal Shoal – Transfer and overnight in Port St. Johns.
Day 3 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 4 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 5 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 6 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 7 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 8 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 9 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 10 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 11 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 12 : Full-day unlimited Sardine Run Diving – Overnight Port St. Johns.
Day 13 : Transfer to Durban Airport (flights after 6pm).

Day 1 : Arrive Cape Town Airport – Transfer and overnight in Gansbaai.
Day 2 : Great White Shark Cage Diving at Dyer Island – Overnight Gansbaai.
Day 3 : Great White Shark Cage Diving at Dyer Island – Overnight Gansbaai.
Day 4 : Transfer to Cape Town Airport.

Day 1 : Transfer to St. Lucia – Overnight 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 2017 (twin-sharing): 2,109 USD (approx 1,638 GBP)
Price 2017 (single room): 2,344 USD (approx 1,820 GBP)
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 2,383 USD (approx 1,851 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 2,657 USD (approx 2,064 GBP)

13-day Sardine Run in South Africa
Price 2017 (twin-sharing): 3,596 USD (approx 2,793 GBP)
Price 2017 (single room): 3,909 USD (approx 3,036 GBP)
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 4,066 USD (approx 3,158 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 4,379 USD (approx 3,401 GBP)

4-day Great White Cage Diving add-on
Price 2017 (twin-sharing): 818 USD (approx 635 GBP)
Price 2017 (single room): 935 USD (approx 726 GBP)
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 927 USD (approx 720 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 1,053 USD (approx 818 GBP)

4-day Big-5 Safari add-on
Price 2017 (twin-sharing): 896 USD (approx 696 GBP)
Price 2017 (single room): 974 USD (approx 757 GBP)
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 974 USD (approx 757 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 1,092 USD (approx 848 GBP)

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