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Sardine Run 2017 – Port Saint Johns, South Africa

Diving, Marine Animals, Adventure, Wildlife, Culture & Magnificent Beauty!

This is your chance to have a front-row seat to the Biggest Shoal on Earth!

When: 30 June – 10 July 2017 & 12 – 22 July 2017

The Sardine Run is a natural phenomenon, caused by the movement of currents and certain weather patterns. Because of this, we can't guarantee that we'll see sardines, but regular up-close encounters with sharks, dolphins, whales and sea birds guarantee this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
With nine full sea days, this package really optimizes your opportunity to see sardines in the water. During the Sardine Run, it's all about time and effort — the more sea days, the higher your chances. 
Your adventure begins at Umtata Airport (also known as Mthatha Airport). There are daily flights here from JNB, with the flight route of JNB -> UTT. Please make sure you arrive by 3 p.m. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Port Saint John's River Lodge. This luxury lodge offers the nicest accommodations in the area; we book a year out to secure rooms each year. This insures a comfortable stay for our guests.
As for the Sardine Run, from April to July, the cooler Benguela Current moves up the east coast of South Africa, resulting in the migration of millions of sardines. This provides an abundant food source, attracting predators such as sharks, other large fish, sea birds, whales and dolphins.
We spend our days moving up and down the coastline in search of sardine “bait balls.” Sightings of whales and hundreds of dolphins are common.

Diving and Snorkeling: Snorkeling is the ideal way to check out a bait ball, as the sardines often move quite fast. Snorkel gear offers an easy way to gain quick entry and exit on the boat. This also allows the boat to keep up with the action. If there is a large, static sardine bait ball, we'll hop in on scuba to observe the action below.


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Key Information:

What's Included?
  •  Scheduled Airport Transfer (approximately 2 hour drive from Umtata)
  •  10  Nights Accommodation
  •  Breakfast & Dinner
  •  Lunch packs on boat
  •  9 Days at Sea (weather permitting)
  •  8m Semi Rigid Dive Boat (SAMSA Licensed up to 40 miles offshore)
  •  Hire of Tanks and Weight belt
  •  Air fills
  •  Experienced Skipper & Guide
What's Not Included?
  •  Flights
  •  Drinks
  •  Equipment Hire
  •  Travel & Diving Insurance
  •  Gratuities
Day 1 : Arrive in Umtata and transfer to the Port St Johns River Lodge.  Check in for 10 nights accommodation including breakfast, lunch and dinner.   The Port St. Johns River lodge is ideally situated on the Umzimvubu River. Meet up in the early evening for a full expedition briefing and to meet the crew.

Day 2 - 9: 

9 Sea Days

06h30: Breakfast

06h45: Launch

07h00 – 15h00: Ocean Safari

19h00: Ocean Safari

Day 10: Addo / Schotia Full Day Excursion 09h00 – 14h00: Transfer to Addo Elephant National Park. Rest room and curio shop stop. Guided tour through Addo Elephant Park in a closed vehicle. Here you will look for elephants, buffalo and other antelopes. Lunch will be had at 13h00.
14h45: Check in at Schotia HQ Office – sign indemnity and receive itinerary. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival.
15h00: Commence with guided game drive. Here you can expect to see Giraffe, Rhino, Zebra, Ostrich and numerous antelope that roam around Schotia.
16h30: Refreshments and toilet Stop
16h45: Looking for Lions. Rangers look for Hippo and nocturnal animals.
19H00: Return to the Lapa for a scrumptious buffet dinner followed by desert, tea and coffee.
20h45: Depart from the lapa, enjoy another 10-15 mins night viewing as far as the side entrance gate to Schotia. Return to hotel.
Day 11: Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for flight home from Umtata airport.

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