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    THE SARDINE RUN 2019
    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!

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    EXCLUSIVE PHOTO BOAT -> 4 Clients ONLY! I am offering a place on my private charters for 4 clients. 

    I had such a wonderful Sardine Run the past few years, I have decided to run three groups in 2019. I keep the groups small, and everyone must be a diver. This helps us stay close together and not break up the bait ball, which can quickly happen with a larger group of people. I have seen this happen time and time again.

    We will be staying at N’taba River Lodge, which is the best accommodation in Port Saint John’s, every client will have their own room, even if you sign up as a single.

    Tour Dates:

    Trip 1: June 23 – July 1, 2019

    Trip 2: July 1 – July 9, 2019

    Trip 3: July 9 – 17, 2019

    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 seabirds guarantee this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    With seven 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 the lodge.

    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.

    June 23 - July 1, 2019 & July 1 - July 9, 2019 & July 9 - 17, 2019

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    Key Information:

    What's Included?
    •  Scheduled Airport Transfer (approximately 2 hour drive from Umtata)
    •  8  Nights Accommodation
    •  Breakfast & packed lunches
    •  7 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?
    • Dinner 
    • Flights
    •  Drinks
    •  Equipment Hire
    •  Travel & Diving Insurance
    •  Gratuities
    Itinerary
     
    Day 1 : Arrive in Umtata and transfer to the the Lodge.  Check in for 8 nights accommodation. 

    Day 2 - 8: 
     

    7 Sea Days

    06h30: Breakfast

    06h45: Launch

    07h00 – 15h00: Out at sea *weather dependent* 

    19h00: Dinner

     
    Day 9: 
     
    Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for a flight home from Umtata airport.

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