Africa - Specials - South Africa Sardine Run Adventure

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The infamous Sardine Run of South Africa

The Sardine Run of Southern Africa occurs from June through July when billions of Sardines move northwards along the East Coast of South Africa. Their sheer numbers create a feeding frenzy along the coastline. It involves and affects many marine animals. Great white sharks, copper sharks, common dolphins, game fish, whales and cape gannets are some of the predators that pursue the shoals northwards. Witness this spectacular and unforgettable experience. This adventure is for scuba divers, snorkelers, non-divers, dolphin and whale enthusiasts and all nature lovers.

Customized Itineraries depending on your choice of experience.
Various packages offered depending on time and accommodation preferences


  • Competitive pricing without compromising quality
  • Our Africa-based partners are specialists in their field with decades of experience.
  • Operators are carefully selected which means safe, reliable vehicles with constant communication. Honest guides with years of education and training
  • No crowded vehicles! No more than 6 people to a safari vehicle so everyone can see all the way around the vehicle and have the time and space to observe their favorite animal or focus to take that perfect photo
  • Tried and tested scuba diving and snorkeling operators. This means knowledgeable dive guides, solid boats and dive gear you can trust.

Truly tailored itineraries. We work with you to make your personal dream come true. Every aspect of our itineraries (within reason and seasonality) can be adjusted including accommodations – from budget to luxury, walking versus driving tours, length of stay, activities and cultural experiences, combination of destinations – bring your imagination and let us do the rest!

The rates below are based on PSJ RIVER LODGE a 3 Star Hotel  with Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. Accommodation choice and length of experience can be tailored to suit.

5 night 4 Day Sardine Run
$2410 per person double occupancy
$2540 per person single occupancy

7 night 6 Day Sardine Run
$3490 per person double occupancy
$3670 per person single occupancy

Longer packages available upon request

Rates include:

  • Dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Packed boat refreshments (lunch)
  • Full aerial support – Gyrocopter & pilot
  • Professional DVD, video & still  images of your daily boat launches through the surf
  • Cylinder / air
  • Weights / weight belt
  • Diver permit
  • Suitably qualified sardine run skipper & dive guide

Rates exclude:

  • Dive gear rental – can be hired and must be pre booked.  R 65.00 per item, per day OR R 325.00 per day full
  • Gyrocopter afternoon flights are extra and to be paid to the pilot
  • Travel / diver insurance
  • Air fares / taxes
  • Passports / visas
  • Additional chargeable land based activities
  • Drinks / items of a personal nature
  • Transfers are not included but can be provided for an additional charge from a variety of locations

Rates may vary depending on number of people in party.

Prices are subject to change without prior notification due to circumstances beyond our control, namely fuel surcharges, supplier increases, government taxes, exchange rate fluctuations, etc.  The full booking value will be subject to rate of exchange fluctuations until full payment has been made.

All flight costs, where applicable, are based on the lowest fare class and are subject to availability at time of booking, and can only be guaranteed once paid for.

Airport taxes can only be confirmed at time of booking due to exchange rate fluctuations and may change the costs accordingly.

All costs are valid for the itinerary travel dates.  Costs may vary with date changes.

Should any details change, we reserve the right to recalculate the tour price accordingly.


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