SARDINE RUN PACKAGES MBOTYI 2020
Sardine run tours 2020: All bookings for future sardine run tours are on hold until further notice from the Department of Environmental Affairs. The department is currently looking at ways to regulate the sardine run tour industry. We will keep you updated on developments as soon as they arise.
SARDINE RUN MBOTYI TOUR INFORMATION: Do the sardine run in style this year with the ultimate sardine run experience from the 4 star Mbotyi River Lodge. Prices remain at 2017 rate !!!!
Arrival Durban: The transfer from Durban to Mbotyi takes approx. 4 hours. It is best for your flight to arrives in Durban before midday it is not recommended to drive the rural roads roads in the dark. Clients can drive themselves or Oceans Africa can arrange the necessary transfers.
At the 4 star Mbotyi River Lodge clients will settle in and prepare their gear for the next day’s action. After a sumptuous 3 course dinner clients will discuss the next day’s plan with your divemaster, skipper and micro-light plot. They will have a good idea of where and what the sardine run action has been and will be able to brief accordingly.
Sardine Run Action days: Each day will include approximately 5 hours on the water in search of sardine related activity. The aim is to locate shoals of sardines and view the feeding activity of dolphins, seals sharks and migrating humpback whales. By the time you launch the microlight is usually in the air to direct the boats to what’s happening on the water.
Once sardine run activity has been found its all stations go. You may prefer to enter the water with mask and snorkel or with scuba. The action is usually fast and furious requiring you to jump in and out of the boat many times.
The sardine run action varies from day to day. On some days it can take in almost the entire scope of what you have seen on Blue Planet and Discovery. However you need time, you need, patience and you need luck. You may or may not get the whole bait-ball experience but you are sure to have amazing dives.
After an action filled day at sea, clients may choose to relax. Those more adventurous, might want to enjoy the surrounding countryside.
Due to the expeditionary nature of this event there will be no refund for any no-fly or no-launch days. Sea days lost to bad weather will not be refunded. Alternative land- based activities will be offered to clients and lost time at sea will be added to later trips where possible.
Sardine Run Package Includes:
• 4 star accommodation at Mboity River Lodge
• All meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Supper
• Dive cylinder and weights & air fills
• Experienced Skipper and Divemaster on board
• O2 first aid and full trauma kit on-board
• Paramedic on 24hr standby at lodge
• Micro-light spotter plane support
• 5min micro-light flight for clients
• DAN insurance (if required)
Afternoon Activities at Mbotyi River Lodge: Mbotyi is in the heart of rural South Africa. The lodge plays and vital role bringing jobs and income into the community and the Sardine Run is a very important part of the local tourism industry. Activities offered by Mbotyi River Lodge are available to all clients that would like to do something in the afternoon instead of just relaxing by the pool. There will be a small service charge levied by the Lodge and all bookings need to be done in advance.
Sangoma and village tour: Walk through the local village and meet the wonderful people and learn more about their traditional way of life. You can then visit the local Sangoma (medicine man) and receive his blessing for a good sardine run.
Micro light Flips: Take a ride in the Micro Light and see the action and the coastline from a different.The first 5 min is free, if you would like a longer flight you can negotiate it with the microlight pilot.
Walks and hikes and drives:The walks are all graded from professional hiking to the casual and there are experienced guides who will show you the way safely.