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.

The Sardine Run is rated to be the marine equivalent of the famous Wildebeest migration that takes place on the Masai Mara and Serengeti plains of  Africa and is just as thrilling and spectacular to witness whether above surface or underwater. Just the amount of oceanic predators and birdlife make this an enthralling experience and offers phenomenal photographic opportunities both above and below the water.


7 Days / 6 Nights - Special Interests: Sardine Run, Safari

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!


From $2500 per person double occupancy
The rates below are based on Port St Johns RIVER LODGE a 3 Star Hotel with Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. Accommodation choice and length of experience can be tailored to suit.


  • 6 nights’ Accommodation half board
  • 5 days boat package with inclusions as indicated in program

The Lodge also offers:

  • WIFI in the restaurant & bar area
  • 2 drying rooms for wetsuits and booties to make the cold mornings a happy experience
  • Single, double, twin rooms and room configurations for 3 people to have their own space directly across the river from our operating base, alongside the Umzimvubu River
  • Opposite a small convenience store & garage


  • Additional dive gear rental
  • Gyrocopter & pilot in the afternoons - additional charge of ZAR1500 per person per 30 minutes
  • Travel & dive insurance, air fare, visas, transfers
  • Additional land activities
  • Drinks & all items of a personal nature

**Please contact us to get quotes for transfer rates to Port St Johns - rates vary to group size and arrival airport

Rates may vary depending on number of people in party.


Daily outings last for approximately 6 – 8 hours depending on sea conditions and the amount of activity about. With the action being fast and furious in conjunction with variable sea conditions, long boat rides and the whole day out at sea , outings can prove strenuous, therefore it is recommended that clients be relatively fit.

Departure time is usually between 07h30 and 08h00 and return time depends on the action on the day.  We are usually the last boats in each day, giving our clients a full day out at sea, capitalizing on whatever Nature has to offer.

Each morning at around 07h30,  the boats will head out from the Umzimvubu River, Port St John’s  and after a typical and highly exciting African surf launch, crew will start looking for all types of action, from whales, dolphins and ocean bird action to the little silver sardine type action. Your skippers will be in touch with our “eye in the sky” gyrocopter pilot for an update on sightings.  Sardine activity is usually sighted from large flocks of cape gannet sightings or by the more trusted large pods of common dolphin activity.  Our communication with our pilot and other networks is vast and we are also in communication with Natal Sharks Board members that conduct regular flights further afield. Our local knowledge of “hiding” places also comes into play here and all avenues are explored to find action for you.

Once action is located, the experienced crew will determine whether this action is fast moving, necessitating snorkel viewing, or more static, whereby we can go straight onto scuba equipment for those wishing to use scuba gear.  First hand action will be experienced by snorkellers, divers and boat based passengers, which ensures an exciting day out for everyone where no one is left out of all the excitement that nature brings with her.


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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