Sardine Run, Port Elizabeth 2018
When: April 20 - 30, 2018 & May 1-11 May, 2018
Experience the exhilarating Sardine Run, spending time out at sea interacting with dolphins, whales, seals, penguins, sharks and birds, chasing the "Biggest Shoal on Earth!"
There is a short window for the Sardine Run out of Port Elizabeth (PE), South Africa. The run here happens typiaclly in a four week window between mid April - mid May. The great thing about the run out of PE, is you also have fantastic reef diving, and we are based out of South Africa's 5th largest city.
The thing to remember about the Sardine Run, is that it's all about time put in. The more sea days, the higher your chances of getting action.
It all starts in PORT ELIZABETH (Nelson Mandela Bay): This area is becoming known as one of the major hot spots for the Sardine Run by International photographers and filming companies including National Geographic. Top International Underwater Photographer, Michael Aw from Oceans Geographic visited this year to document the Sardine Run.
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Day 1: Arrive in Port Elizabeth and transfer to hotel. Meet up in the late afternoon for a full expedition briefing and to meet the crew. Dinner in the evening will be at a local restaurant.
Day 2 - 9: Spend 8 days out at sea looking for Sardine Run action. Daily Itinerary: After breakfast transfer to the launch site where you will kit up, load the boat (8m semi-rigit RIB) and prepare for a full day out at sea. Refreshments and lunch is provided on the boat. We use a combination of aerial information, local spotters, fishermen & ocean users in the area to locate information regarding Sardine Run action. During the day, there will be to opportunity to enjoy a dive on one of the numerous dive sites in the hope to see the Ragged Tooth sharks and other rich marine life. Return at approx 3pm and transfer back to the hotel enjoying the beachfront or taking part in optional activities e.g. additional diving, kayaking, cultural activities, shopping etc. Beach Walk & Picnic: Weather depending we will have sundowners and snacks on the beach enjoying a spectacular South African sunset.
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.