Dive the Sardine Run | Diving Holidays South Africa

Dive the Sardine Run | Diving Holidays South Africa

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Sardine Run

(Indian Ocean - South Africa )

from: £2975 inc. flights*
  • Great for Sharks
  • Micro-Light flights
  • Afternoon activities
  • Unforgettable experience
  • Fully guided safari
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The Sardine Run is a natural phenomenon that eclipses the ordinary. And there is only one place on this blue earth where you can take part - South Africa's Wild Coast. A vast and rugged country, this stretch of untamed coastline sits just east of the Cape. Formerly known as the Transeki, the Wild Coast lives up to its name as the Sardine migration snakes past each year, from the end of May to the end of July.

In the safe and knowledgeable hands of our South African team, to experience the Sardine run is to witness the largest single marine migration on the planet. No other underwater voyage can compare with the millions of sardines that make their way down the Indian Ocean each year. Perhaps not surprisingly, such an enormous gathering of bait fish lures in the predators. Common and bottlenose dolphin harass the fish every step of the way, herding them into ever tighter bait balls. And wherever dolphin feed you can be sure sharks will soon follow. Ragged tooth, bull, bronze and common whaler, these are just some of the sharks you can find feeding. Whales, tuna, even seals, no one wants to be left out of the seas largest open water banquet. Gannets, albatross and sea gulls dive bomb the fish to ensure they too get their full.

The Sardine Run is not just for divers. The seething activity can be enjoyed by non divers and snorkelers alike. This is an ideal trip for any nature lover, photographer or videographer. Our tour combines RIBs and micro-lights to ensure that you get out to where the action is and with up to 6 hours at sea daily, you are certain to experience this awesome and breath taking spectacle first hand.

Diving Information

  • Experience: Advanced
  • Min. Logged Dives: 30
  • No. Dives Included: 10
  • Dive Boat: RIB
  • Tanks: 12 ltr
  • Nitrox: No


  • Season: May - Jul
  • Air Temp: 19 - 28 C
  • Water Temp: 19 - 28 C
  • Visability: 10 - 20m
  • Max Group Size: 12


  • Mandatory
    Dive computer, safety sausage
  • Recommended
    5mm wetsuit, torch

Not Included

  • Lunches, excess luggage costs, alcoholic drinks, tips and other personal expenses.

Required Documents

  • Logbook & Certification card, Diving Insurance and Diving Medical.


July 2009

I wasn't sure what to expect when I booked to dive the Sardine Run. I had seen all the usual footage on the internet and on nature programmes and thought that it looked amazing. A once in a lifetime experience that few people get to witness,a different diving holiday and one that I wanted to do before I was too old to haul myself back into a rib! I have to say that I was not disappointed. From the moment I arrived at the airport in Durban to the drop off for my return flight I had an amazing time. Jackie

This is an example of a typical week on the East Coast Safari. This itinerary is subject to change according to prevailing weather conditions and to seek out the best diving conditions for any given day.

Day 1
Overnight flight from London to Johannesburg via Dubai with Emirates Airlines.

Day 2
Fly from Johannesburg to Durban. On arrival Durban you will be transferred to the Mbotyi River Lodge.

Days 3-7
During these days you will head out in the morning for around 5-6 hours guided by the micro-light pilot that has already checked out the action. In the afternoons there will be the option to join activities such as horseback riding, kite surfing, kayaking or simply relax on the beach or by the pool.

Day 8
Transfer to Durban airport for you connecting flight to Johannesburg, your flight back to London is overnight via Dubai.

Day 9
Arrive back in the UK.

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