SHARK DIVING IN PROTEA BANKS & ALIWAL SHOAL, ISIMANGALISO WETLANDS PARK, SAFARI IN KRUGER & DIVING IN TOFO
20 days/ 19 nights
minimum 6 people
pick up & transfers
18 dives total
5 different destinations
snacks & drinks on boat
personal safari guide
(reading is highly recommended)
This is without a doubt our favourite. Africa in its purest and wildest state: whales, sharks, lions, elephants, crocodiles... the list is endless, and the emotions are unforgettable. We started diving for 4 days with sharks in two different locations in South Africa, Shelly Beach and Umkomaas, 80 km apart from each other. Hammerhead sharks, tigers, bulls, guitars, nurse bulls, blacktip oceanic whales, humpback whales...
For more information about diving in Shelly Beach (Protea Banks) click HERE!, and for more information about diving in Umkomaas (Aliwal Shoal) click HERE!
After the first stage of the trip, it is now time for the land experience, a photographic safari in the African savannah. We will stop the first night in the town of St. Lucia, located within the iSimangaliso Park (UNESCO World Heritage), and whose waters are home to one of the largest populations of hippos and crocodiles in the country. Can you imagine walking through town to dinner and finding a hippopotamus in the middle of the street?
After a day on the road, we enter the well-known Kruger National Park where we will stay in different camps, and thus discover the diversity of fauna and flora that it offers.
For more information about the Kruger National Park and how we offer safaris, click HERE!
On the last scheduled day of the land safari we will make a morning departure, and then we will cross the border into Mozambique and head to the fabulous Naara Lodge in Chidenguele where we will spend one night and have our much deserved rest.
The next day, and after having 'recharged our batteries', we go to Praia do Tofo to immerse ourselves, again, in what we like to call the sea of encounter.
We recommend flying from your origin destination to Durban. Preferably the destination should be before noon. Optionally, we also recommend flying to Margate Airport in South Africa via Johannesburg.
For the return flight, we recommend you fly with the local airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) from Inhambane to Maputo or Johannesburg.
We can adjust the itinerary according to your flexibility and your preferences.
From your arrival in African lands until your departure, we will always be by your side accompanying you in this experience.
ARRIVAL TO SOUTH AFRICA
Arrival at Durban International Airport or Margate Airport in KwaZulu- Natal, where we will be waiting for you, and after the necessary procedures at the airport, we will travel by road to Margate, approximately 2 hours from Durban, and just 5 minutes from the local airport. Upon arrival we will check in at the dive center and at the accommodation. Free afternoon to visit the town of Margate and Shelly Beach. Dinner, which is not included, can be arranged at the accommodation or at a local restaurant.
Day 2 to day 3
SHARK DIVING IN PROTEA BANKS
Daily breakfasts at the accommodation. Transfers to the diving center. We will do 2 daily morning dives with sharks, in one of which we use bait. We have the afternoons free to rest, do some optional activity or excursions in the area. Lunches and dinners are not included, and will be in the accommodation or in the restaurants in the area.
More information about the diving day HERE!
TRANSFER TO UMKOMAAS
Breakfast at the accommodation. Morning of relaxation or possibility of diving before leaving for the next destination. Lunch, which is not included, will be at Shelly Beach or Margate before leaving, and then we will travel by road to Umkomaas, approximately 1 hour away. Upon arrival we will check in at the accommodation and dive center, and we will have time to rest before dinner at a local restaurant (not included).
Day 5 to day 6
SHARK DIVING IN ALIWAL SHOAL
We have a light breakfast before preparing to dive. We will do 2 daily morning dives with sharks, in one of which we use bait. Upon arrival back at the dive center, breakfast will be waiting for us. We have the afternoons free to rest, do some optional activity or excursions in the area. Lunches and dinners are not included, and will be in the restaurants in the area.
More information about the diving day HERE!
TRANSFER TO ST. LUCIA, ISIMANGALISO PARK (UNESCO)
Breakfast at the accommodation early before leaving. Later we will move to the town of St. Lucia, approximately 4 hours away. Lunch, which is not included, will be en route or at the destination. Upon arrival we will check in at the accommodation, and we will have the afternoon free to visit the town of St. Lucia, located within the iSimangaliso Park (UNESCO World Heritage).
There are several optional activities offered by the area, and among them we recommend the boat ride on the river to see crocodiles and hippos. Dinner, which is not included, is organized in one of the many restaurants in town.
TRANSFER TO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at the accommodation early before leaving. Later we will move to the Kruger National Park (KNP), approximately 9-10 hours. Lunch, which is not included, will be en route. Once we enter the Park, and depending on the time of arrival, we will take the opportunity to do a first afternoon safari. The gates of the Park and the camps inside are closed between 17:30 – 18:30 depending on the time of year.
The main gate we use to enter the Park is the Malelane Gate. Upon arrival at the camp we will check in at the bungalows and have dinner at the camp restaurant (not included).
Day 9 to day 10
SAFARI IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Daily breakfast early in the morning half an hour before the opening of the camp. We will do 2 full days safari in the Kruger National Park (land of the Big 5) where we explore the huge area from the south of the Park towards the Shingwedzi river area to the north. During the day we will make several stops at picnic areas and rest areas. We will make the most of the day until we reach the next camp where we will spend the night. The dinners, which are not included, will be in the restaurants of the camps or we will prepare a barbecue. The optional activities that we can organize are the early departures on foot, or the night safari.
More information about the safari day, HERE!
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK TO CHIDENGUELE
Breakfast half an hour before the opening of the camp. Then we will do a safari tomorrow. Before noon we will leave the Park, and we will move to the next destination, Praia de Chidenguele, about 8 hours away crossing the Komatipoort/ Ressano Garcia border. Lunch, which is not included, will be en route. Upon arrival we will check in at the accommodation, and dinner will be waiting for us in the accommodation restaurant (not included).