2018 Itinerary, Gems of KwaZulu/Natal Dive Safari.

4 days doing a combination “baited shark dive” followed by a reef / “Raggie” / wreck dive on Aliwal Shoal. Remember “Raggie” season on Aliwal is from July to October. Hope the “Raggies” remember! Tiger Shark season is from November thru May. They are also quite forgetful! 

2 full days on safari at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge.

4 full days, 8 dives on the southern most tropical coral reefs in the world – Sodwana Bay.

Please remember, this is purely a “suggested itinerary” and we can add / reduce it any way you like, by increasing or decreasing the number of days spend diving or on safari at any of the above locations.

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Best time of year: All year round, yet the “Raggies” (Sand Tigers) are only found on Aliwal in numbers from July through October and Tiger Sharks from November through to May.

Please note, the Sharks have not read this timetable and have no idea where they are meant to be and when!

For those divers who are not mad about cold water diving or cage diving with the Great White’s this dive safari is just for you. It takes place on the KwaZulu/Natal south and north coast which enjoys a sub-tropical climate, similar to that of Miami. It includes diving Aliwal Shoal, which, if you are not into sharks, could include wreck and reef diving on the Shoal itself. Then a few days break from diving, which will appeal to that non-diving partner, whilst you look for the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino & buffalo) in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve before continuing on to Sodwana Bay, South Africa’s premier dive destination. Sodwana offers world class tropical coral reef diving, as good as anywhere else in the world. After having dived Sodwana’s reefs you will appreciate why Paul Spohr of the Scuba Centres of Michigan had this to say about diving Sodwana.

The reef system in Sodwana Bay is the healthiest and most diverse system I have seen in my 23 years of doing tours. I have dove all over the world and our facility books 10-30 trips a year and I have never been so impressed by any reef system

Experience KwaZulu/Natal “The Kingdom of the Zulu Nation” with us!

Cost based on two divers sharing
Cost

Cost based on two divers sharing

ZAR 44 180 per person sharing.
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Non-diver cost based on two people sharing, diver with a non-diver
Cost

Non-diver cost based on two people sharing, diver with a non-diver

ZAR 30 730 per non diver sharing with a diver.
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Cost based on singe diver
Cost

Cost based on singe diver

ZAR 57 690 per single diver.
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Cancellation policy:

  • Full refund in the event of the dive being cancelled due to bad weather.
  • Should we launch the boat for the dive and during the course of the dive the skipper decides to return to shore due to unfavourable weather conditions, there will be no refund.
  • The skipper’s decision is final and is based purely on your safety and comfort.

NB When diving anywhere in South Africa or Mozambique, please don’t expect to do more than 2 dives a day. By noon, along the entire east coast of southern Africa the wind tends to pick up quite a bit, causing white caps on the ocean and making diving conditions difficult and even dangerous. As all dives are drift dives, it’s very difficult for the skipper of the Rubber Duck to spot the buoy in rough conditions and even more difficult to spot individual divers as they surface after their dive. The first dive of the day is usually scheduled for sunrise with the second dive of the day being scheduled after surface interval time and breakfast, at about 10h30. By noon, when the wind has picked up, all dives for the day have been completed. If by chance there is no wind, then a 3rd or even 4th dive might be possible, but this is very unlikely. The wind tends to drop by about 17h00, and if it does, then there is the possibility of a night dive. But this can only be confirmed on the day, at about mid-afternoon.

Itinerary and prices are subject to change without notice.

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