Experience the Sardine Run out of Mpame
Itinerary for the Sardine Run out of Mpame:
Arrive Umtata Airport / East London Airport / King Shaka International Airport – Durban on a flight and at a time to be advised, own arrangements. Note: From Umtata Airport to Mpame is a 2-hour road transfer. From East London Airport to Mpame is a 6-hour road transfer. From King Shaka International Airport – Durban to Mpame is a 7-hour road transfer. It is strongly suggested that you arrange to fly into and out of Umtata Airport, even if it’s a day before or after your Sardine Run Expedition is due to start/end. It could be cheaper that way because the cost of these road transfers is for your own account. On arrival at the airport of your choice, you will be met by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the road transfer to Mpame. Overnight at The Bull’s Inn on a dinner, bed, and breakfast basis.
A light breakfast consisting of coffee, tea, fruit juice, cereal, toast, condiments, fresh fruit in season & yogurt will be served from 06hh00 to 06h30. Before departing Santa Paloma for the launch site in East London After a light breakfast we walk the 50 meters or so to the boats, and do a “tame” surf launch and spend the rest of the day at sea looking for Sardine Run “action”.
Typically we will be at sea from around 08h00 till 15h00 daily, depending on sea conditions and sea life activity. With an exhilarating surf launch, long boat rides, and the amount of time we spend at sea we suggest that all members of the Expedition be of average fitness. Hot and cold beverages are supplied throughout the day, and a packed lunch is packed and served onboard. When the sardines are spotted, usually by the Gannets diving bombing the shoals, we move on top of the action and the skipper, in conjunction with the DM decide if it’s better to get in on the action, either on a snorkel or on full scuba gear.
After a full day at sea, depending on the action, we will return to Mpame at about 15h00, or earlier, depending of the general consensus of all on board. Rest of the afternoon is free. A full hot dinner, the menu is changed daily is served at about 20h00. Overnight at The Bulls Inn on a dinner, bed, continental and packed lunch basis.
After an early breakfast, transfer back to Umtata Airport to connect with your outward flight. Transfers are also arranged to East London Airport and to King Shaka International Airport – Durban. Please note the road transfer times from Mpame if you intend flying out of either of these two airports. Cost of transfer is for your own account.
|Cost||Per Diver Sharing||Per Single Diver|
|Mpame||ZAR 24 950||ZAR 27 050|
- 5 days at sea, weather permitting
- 6 nights’ accommodation.
- All dinners at Bulls Inn.
- Packed / picnic lunches on the boat on all sea days.
- Continental breakfasts.
- Tanks, weights and air-fills.
- Services of experienced skipper and DM.
- International and domestic air into and out of Umtata / East London Airport / King Shaka International Airport – Durban.
- Return road transfers from Umtata Airport / Mpame / Umtata Airport @ ZAR 2 400 pp return.
- Return road transfers from East London Airport / Mpame / East London Airport @ ZAR 5 760 pp return.
- Return road transfers from King Shaka International Airport – Durban / Mpame / King Shaka International Airport – Durban @ ZAR 6 000 pp return.
- Hire of dive equipment as follows:-
- Pair of fins for the duration of the expedition @ ZAR 250.
- Hire of a mask and snorkel @ ZAR 250 for the duration of the Expedition.
- Hire of a pair of booties @ ZAR 250 for the duration of the Expedition.
- Hire of a pair of gloves @ ZAR 250 for the duration of the Expedition.
- Hire of a BCD @ ZAR 400 for the duration of the Expedition.
- Hire of a regulator @ ZAR 400 for the duration of the Expedition
- Hire of a wetsuit @ ZAR 400 for the duration of the Expedition.
- Hire of full dive gear @ ZAR 1 050 for the duration of the Expedition.
- Travel insurance. Highly recommended.
- Lunches on day 01 and day 07.
- Items of a personal nature.
If Dive The Big 5 or its agent deem the weather not suitable to venture to sea on a given day, then no refund will be given. On that day we will evoke the “reserve day” and transfer you to the nearby Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve for a morning on safari in the bush. We will endeavour to make up this lost “sea” day on day 7 of the expedition.
Subsequent bad weather days: It is entirely up to the skipper to decide if it is safe to launch the boat. If he does decide to launch the boat, and weather condition worsen, to the point where it is unsafe and dangerous out at sea, it is the skippers decision, and purely the skippers decision, to return to harbour. No refunds will be given.
Should a client choose not to venture out to sea, even though the skipper deems it safe to do so, no refund is due.