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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 (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 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 (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 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): 2,087 USD (approx 1,556 GBP)
Price 2017 (single room): 2,320 USD (approx 1,729 GBP)
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 2,358 USD (approx 1,758 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 2,629 USD (approx 1,960 GBP)

13-day Sardine Run in South Africa
Price 2017 (twin-sharing): 3,559 USD (approx 2,653 GBP)
Price 2017 (single room): 3,868 USD (approx 2,884 GBP)
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 4,023 USD (approx 2,999 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 4,333 USD (approx 3,230 GBP)

4-day Great White Cage Diving add-on
Price 2017 (twin-sharing): 809 USD (approx 603 GBP)
Price 2017 (single room): 926 USD (approx 690 GBP)
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 918 USD (approx 684 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 1,042 USD (approx 777 GBP)

4-day Big-5 Safari add-on
Price 2017 (twin-sharing): 887 USD (approx 661 GBP)
Price 2017 (single room): 964 USD (approx 719 GBP)
Price 2018 (twin-sharing): 964 USD (approx 719 GBP)
Price 2018 (single room): 1,080 USD (approx 805 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.