Ultimate South Africa - Oct / Nov 2020

The Ultimate African Experience

South Africa Dive + Safari

22 October – 6 November 2020 | 16 Days | ex Melbourne

Tour Leader – Kat

Adventure travel at its best.

Scuba dive in unique areas and go on Safari in all of the Big 5 Parks.

 $8,149 per diver  |  $6,430 per non-diver

Our Dive Safari Adventure Tour itinerary in South Africa links some of the best African highlights with some of the best diving Southern Africa has to offer.

Aimed at the more adventurous and budget conscious traveler, this trip is an off-the-beaten track adventure that provides a more inclusive experience with cultural interactions, wildlife game viewing, social interaction and, of course, scuba diving. Your chance to dive with Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Bull Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Oceanic Black Tips and Ragged Tooth Sharks – plus opportunities to see many more!

Scuba with Sealions in South Africa
Elephants on Safari
Scuba dive with sharks in South Africa

Scuba Diving in South Africa

The water conditions in South Africa vary. Generally, you will dive from semi-rigid ribs, which are launched either from beaches or via river mouths. Launches can be bumpy, as you will break through the incoming waves. All divers must hold at minimum an Advanced Open Water certification, so that they are comfortable and confident diving on this trip.

Aliwal Shoal

Aliwal Shoal is a world-famous scuba diving site, formed from fossilized sand dunes thousands of years ago, when sea levels were lower than present day. Here you can find a huge diversity of tropical sea life, as the warm Aghulas Current runs south along the east coast of Africa. If you love sharks, you will love Aliwal Shoal. One of the most popular dive sites here is Raggies Cave, so named as it is the best place to see Ragged Tooth Sharks. The ‘Raggies’ rest in the shoal during their annual migration between July – November. The shoal is also home to over 1200 species of fish, as well as turtles, rays, mantas, angelfish, butterfly fish and dolphins. Other sharks, such as Great White Sharks, Tiger Sharks, White Tips and Whale Sharks may also be seen here.

Protea Banks

Looking for the world’s best shark dive? Look no further than Protea Banks! This breathtaking experience has been rated by many divers as the best shark dive in the world. South Africa is one of three places in the world offering baited shark dives, and at Protea Banks you dive in open water, hanging in the blue, whilst possible Tiger, Bull, Hammerhead and Oceanic Black-Tip sharks come in to investigate the scent trail around you. Of course, a comprehensive safety briefing and training session is included. Moreover, from October to May, Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks are also seen shoaling in their hundreds. This is one of the best chances to see the world’s largest marine predators.

Itinerary

Airfares & Taxes

Return flights ex Melbourne to Johannesburg via Durban flying with South African Airways

Australian departure taxes and applicable airline taxes (subject to change)

Accommodation, Transfers & Meals

Transfers throughout itinerary – transport in 24 seater Overland Truck

1 night twin share accommodation at Belvedere Estate – Johannesburg

3 nights twin share accommodation at Nkambeni Tented Lodge – Kruger National Park

1 night twin share accommodation at Ndlovu Camp – Hlane Royal National Park

2 nights twin share accommodation at Shonalanga Holiday Flats – Santa Lucia

6 nights twin share accommodation at Margate Hotel – KwaZulu-Natal South Coast

All meals, including mineral water (breakfast, lunch and dinner daily) – except day 1 Johannesburg (no meals), lunch on day 3, dinner on day 8, day 14 lunch and dinner

Diver Package

3 dives on Aliwal Shoal + 1 baited shark dive

5 dives on Protea Banks + 1 baited shark dive

Includes: Tanks, weights and dive guide services.

Tour Information

Driver, cook and guide

Fuel and tolls

Transit and all transport permits

Sundowner Game Drive + Full Day 4×4 game drive Kruger National Park + Morning bush walk

Afternoon Umphakatsi Experience + Sunrise Game Drive Hlane + park entry fees

Zulu Experience

Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise St Lucia

Booking Conditions and Requirements

To secure your place on this trip, please complete an online booking form and return it together with a non- refundable deposit amount of $700 per person. Special Event Liability Release must also be completed by every diver. Package price is subject to change at any time without notice due to supplier rate changes and USD exchange rates. Package based on exchange rate of $1 AUD = $0.70 USD. See other terms and conditions as per the Dive Adventures website.

Exclusions

Travel Insurance, personal spending money, anything of personal nature.

Services except those listed above, porterage, tips and gratuities.

Excess luggage surcharges.

Questions

Got a question? Just get in contact with us today through our online contact form here!

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