Experience the great Sardine Run out of East London
Itinerary for the Sardine Run out of East London:
Arrive East London Airport, at a time to be advised, own arrangements. On arrival, you will be met at East London Airport, and transferred to Santa Paloma Guest Farm and Eco Centre. At 17h00 you will assemble in the bar at Santa Paloma to meet your fellow Sardine Run Expedition participants, guides and skipper for a full orientation of the following days Sardine Run Expedition. After, you will be kitted out with your dive gear, including reg, BCD, wetsuit, hoodies, booties, gloves and fins as required. A hot home-cooked meal is served from 19h00. Overnight at Santa Paloma on a dinner and bed 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 harbour you will change into your bathing suits and into your wetsuit, which you strip to the waist. Don’t forget your fleecy lined wind jammer for the boat. You will need that! From Santa Paloma to East London harbour is about a 30-minute transfer. At about 07h30 we launch out of East London harbour for a day on the ocean looking for the shoals of Sardines, weather permitting.
The sure tell-tale signs that there are Sardines in the area are the sea birds, mainly Cape Gannets. They are always the first to spot the shoals and as soon as they do, they fly into the air, in their thousands, and start dive-bombing the shoal. The Gannets are far better at spotting the shoals of Sardines than any spotter plane or micro-light, in fact, that exactly what the pilots look for – Gannets!. At about 12h300, or whenever you are peckish, there is a packed picnic lunch consisting of assorted rolls, chocolate and nut trail mix, seasonal fresh fruit, juice, water and cold drinks to “sea” you through to dinner.
When everyone on the boat has “has enough action”, or at about15h00 the boat heads back to East London Harbour where you will transfer back to Santa Paloma to freshen up, shower and relax before dinner. Dinner, a two course home cooked, hot meal is served in the dining room from 19h00. Overnight at Santa Paloma on a continental breakfast, packed lunch on the boat, dinner, and bed basis.
Reserve “Safari” Day.
Breakfast is served at 06h30 after which the group will be transferred to Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve which is about a 30 minute road transfer from Santa Paloma.
On arrival at Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve at about 08h00 you will be introduced to your ranger and start your 2 ½ hour game drive in “open safari vehicles”. The early morning is the best time to be on safari as it’s still cool, and the animals are more active early morning and late afternoon when it’s cool. Only “mad dogs and Englishmen” venture out in the noon-day sun!
After the safari you will then be introduced to Inkwenkwezi’ s Africa Elephants, and go for a walk with these magnificent beasts, in the African bush. An experience never to be forgotten! And if that’s not enough! After, you will have a hands on introduction and interaction to one of the most endangered species in the wild, the magnificent cheetah.
After these two incredible “meetings” you will return to Santa Paloma for lunch, and to ponder what you have experienced during the past 6 days. Only in Africa.
Overnight at Santa Paloma on a breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bed basis.
After breakfast, at a time to be advised, you will be transferred from Santa Paloma, by a representative of Dive The Big 5, to East London Airport to be there one hour before the scheduled departure time of your flight, to check-in, before boarding. End of services.
|Cost||Per Diver Sharing||Per Single Diver|
|East London||ZAR 31 000||ZAR 33 500|
- 5 days at sea, weather permitting
- 1 “reserve” safari day. This day can be used as a “sea” day is any of the 5 scheduled “sea” days is cancelled due to weather.
- 7 nights’ shared accommodation.
- Local transportation, including airport transfer.
- All dinners at Santa Paloma.
- Packed / picnic lunches on the boat on all sea days.
- Continental breakfasts.
- Full equipment / gear hire, including BCD, regulator, tanks, weights, air-fills, wetsuit, hoodies, booties, gloves and fins.
- Services of experienced skipper and specialist marine dive guide.
- International and domestic air into and out of East London Airport.
- DAN and related travel insurance.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Meals not included at Santa Paloma.
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.