DIVE WITH BULL SHARKS SOUTH AFRICA & MOZAMBIQUE TOUR 2018
Tour starts: 26th April 2018
10 nights superior accommodation.
11 x standard dives and 3 x baited dives.
From ZAR 27 850 per person sharing.
Bull shark diving tour 2018: This fantastic dive package is designed to include some of the best shark diving in South Africa and Mozambique. The tour will include baited and non-baited dive options on Protea Banks and as well as four days diving on the spectacular Pinnacles dive site at Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique.
The aim of this tour is to gather a group of like-minded divers together to dive with Bull (Zambezi) sharks. The tour will be limited to 10 divers. The tour is personally guided for the duration by Oceans Africa. As a group tour this will allow us to charter own own boats and ensure that we get to dive when an where we want without the constraints of having to fit with standard charter schedules.
Here is a video from a baited dive on our 2016 tour……
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER
Transfer: Durban to Margate
Overnight: Umkomaas – Superior B&B.
We welcome you to KwaZulu Natal, as you are met at Durban airport arrivals and are transferred to your accommodation in Margate. Once you arrive at your accommodation there will be time for you to settle in, freshen up and relax before your evening drinks and traditional South African Braai (barbeque), where the goup can chat and get to know each other around the fire.
DAY 2, 3 & 4: DIVE PROTEA BANKS
Activities: 6 x dives Protea Banks (2 dives per day)
Overnight: Margate – Superior B&B.
Protea Banks is part of an extensive reef system some 8km offshore on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. Protea Banks is recognised worldwide a one of the top shark diving destinations. The first morning starts with an easy drift dive to the Southern Pinnacles before the first baited dive in the afternoon. Your dive package includes 3 reef dives on Protea Banks. The exact dive sites depend on recent shark activity and the preference of the group. This dive package also includes 3 baited dives. Protea banks is famous for it’s Zambezi (bull) sharks and baited dives on Protea Banks usually provide and opportunity witness complex interactions between different shark species including tiger sharks, bull sharks, dusky sharks and blacktips.
Day 4: TEMBE ELEPHANT LODGE
Transfer: Umkomaas to Tembe (5-6hrs).
Overnight: Tembe – Superior D,B&B.
From bull sharks to bull elephants, it’s time leave the south coast as we take the 6 hour drive North to your overnight stay in Tembe Elephant Park. The reserve is close to the Mozambique border and the sand-forest and grassland habitat host some of the largest elephant in Africa – Tembe’s elephants are acknowledged giants. The park also hosts lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo to complete the big five. After check-in and an early evening game drive our host will provide a magical evening meal surrounded by the sounds of the African Bush.
DAY 5 : GAME DRIVE TEMBE
Activities: Early morning game drive.
Transfer: Tembe to Ponta Do Ouro.
Overnight: Ponta Do Ouro – Superior B&B.
It’s an early start for the mornings game drive with coffee and rusks en-route. We then return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast before continuing on to the Mozambique Border (1-2hrs drive). Once through the border post it’s a short transfer on sand roads through to Ponta Do Ouro. After check-in there should be time for a late afternoon swim in the warm tropical waters before enjoying sundowners overlooking the ocean.
DAY 6, 7, 8 & 9: DIVE PONTA DO OURO – PINNACLES
Activities: 8 x dives Ponta do Ouro (2 dives per day).
Overnight: Ponta Do Ouro – Superior B&B.
Ponta Do Ouro has wide variety of fantastic hard coral dive sites to suit all levels of training, however one site in particular stands out above the rest. Pinnacles, one of the deeper offshore sites (30 –40m) is a hot-spot for sharks of almost every kind and late summer months are a peak period for shark sightings. The stars of the show are usually the Zambezi (bull) sharks and it’s not at all unusual to have several large bull sharks and blacktips with you throughout your dive. Sightings of tiger sharks are not uncommon and scalloped hammerhead sharks, often in large schools, are also sighted at this time of year. From start to finish Pinnacles seldom disappoints. Other encounters in the area include silvertip sharks, grey reef shark, turtles, schooling devil rays, gamefish, and some very large potato and brindle bass. Our aim is to include at least one dive a day on Pinnacles (conditions permitting) as well as exploring some of the other excellent dive sites in the area. Your afternoons and are spent at Ponta Do Ouro and activities can be arranged with the lodge. Evening meals are included in the rate however we propose you venture out to eat locally on at least one evening during your stay – to be arranged on site and not included.
DAY 10: TRANSFER DURBAN
Transfer: Ponta Do Ouro to Durban
After breakfast we depart Ponta Do Ouro 09h30 for the transfer back to Durban to arrive appox 17h00 Clients may wish to schedule an extra night in Durban or Umkomaas before flying out.
Passports and Visa: Valid visa for Mozambique required, Passport must be valid 6 months after departure from Mozambique.
Malaria: Mozambique is a malaria risk area. Consult you physician for appropriate protection. Any prophylactics taken should be compatible with diving. Bring light long sleve shirts and trousers for evenings. All accommodation provides mosquito nets.
Dive requirements: Divers must be Advanced cerifacation with 30 logged dives minimum. A valid dive certificate and logbook are required at all dive centres. All dives include tanks and weights only – additional equipment may be hired on site at the dive centre rates.
Dive Conditions: The months from January to June tend to provide the best diving conditions in Mozambique however all areas are prone to seasonal variations. Vizability at this time varies between 10m and 40m. Water temperature is usually in the mid 20’s (24-28 degrees) air temerature 30 degrees to 40 degrees (max.). All dives are on “rubber ducks” (RIB’s) and all dives require taking the boat through the surf.
Currency and Banking: The currency in South Africa is South African Rands (ZAR). There is a good banking infrastructure in South Africa in all towns. The currency in Mozambique is the Meticas however most facilites accept US dollars and South African Rands. Banks are only to be found in the main centres Maputo so clients are advised to bring credit cards to cover any extras at the lodges.
Prices Exclude: International and domestic flights. All meals and refreshments except breakfast and dinner where stated (D,B&B). Personal expenses . All equipment hire except tanks and weights. Additional activities. Medical and travel insurance. Border fees and taxes. Anything else you can think of.
Prices Include: All transport and transfers where stated. Accommodation and breakfast. Dinner where stated (D,B&B), Game park and entrance fees. All dives as stated (tanks and weights only)
Terms and Conditions: Accommodation is based on 2 persons sharing. Prices are correct at time of posting and are subject to availability of services during low season (Jan – March). Prices may change at any time without notice. Payment in full secures booking. Group rates available on request.