White Shark & Wildlife Dive Safari

9 nights / 10 days in total

4 days cage diving with the Great White Sharks off Dyer Island / Geyser Rock, “The Great White Shark Capital Of The World”.

3 Full days on safari in the Kruger National Park.

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

Best time of year: April through October which is peak Great White Season although this itinerary can be done all year round.

Shark Time Table

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

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 at any of the above locations.

Dive qualifications needed: None

This White Shark / Wildlife combination is unique to South Africa!

Where else in the world can you dive with the White Shark on one day and view the “Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) the next?? Only in South Africa!!

This unique combination is ideal for the dive enthusiast with a non-diving partner, as the non-diving partner will not want to miss out on viewing the oceans apex predator from the deck of the dive boat without getting wet, whilst the diving partner is in the cage getting up and close  with the Great White. Then flying off to spend 4 nights / 3 full days on safari in arguably the greatest wildlife reserve in the world, The Kruger National Park, which is home to Africa’s “Big 5”, lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. An absolutely unique, wildlife experience, only available in South Africa. Let Dive The Big 5 host you.

Please note: The Great White Shark activity takes place on or just below sea level. Full scuba gear is not required for Great White Shark cage diving, as the 6 man cage is attached to the side of the boat and no diving certification or experience is necessary. Your head and shoulders are above sea level until the dive master gives the call to let you know that the Great Whites are approaching. You then submerge your head and shoulders below sea level for the close sightings of the Great Whites, as they swim towards and past the cage. A diver spends about 20-30 minutes in the cage at any one time. After all the divers have had a chance in the cage, those wishing to have a 2nd go in the cage are more than welcome, time permitting. Snorkel equipment and the “breath hold” method are the most popular options, as experience has shown the sounds and bubbles from the regulator are found to be distracting to the extremely sound sensitive Great Whites. Should a diver want to use air and a regulator, he / she must be a certified diver, and must advise us in advance, as this is not carried on board. When you are not in our 6 man cage, refreshments are enjoyed while viewing the Great Whites and other sea life from the viewing deck.

 Suggested itinerary:

2019:

Arrive Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town (CPT), off a flight to be advised, own arrangements. After clearing customs and immigrations, you will be met by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the 150kms or 2-road road transfer to Gansbaai. Rest of the afternoon/evening free. Overnight at Saxon Lodge – Gansbaai, in a standard, en suite room, on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Included:

“Meet & greet” on arrival at Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town (CPT)
2-hour road transfer from Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town to Saxon Lodge – Gansbaai
Overnight accommodation at Saxon Lodge, in a standard, en suite room, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Excluded:

Domestic and/or International air into Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town (CPT)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Additional touring & applicable entry fees
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities.

2019:

At a time to be advised the previous evening, on your arrival at Saxon Lodge, you will be collected from Saxon Lodge by a representative of Dive The Big 5, for the 4.5kms or 10-minute road transfer to Kleinbaai Harbour, where we launch the dive boat. On arrival at White Shark Projects’ Dive Shop, in Kleinbaai, the crew will welcome you, and another continental breakfast is served. In Africa, you don’t starve! After the 2nd light breakfast you will be given a safely briefing by the skipper and crew, and you will then walk the 100 meters or so, and board the dive boat, Shark Team, a 36 ft custom-built Catamaran.  Once all are aboard, the Shark Team is pushed, by the tractor, into the ocean, life jackets handed out, and off you go for the 20-minute boat ride to Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. Exactly where you will drop anchor depends solely on the Skipper & DM. Remember, they go daily, weather permitting, and they know where the best place is to drop anchor in order to get the best viewing. Shark Team will spend between 3-4 hours in the vicinity of Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, looking for Great Whites. Shark Team accommodates a maximum of 20 divers and / or non-divers (surface viewers,) and 5-crew, including a videographer. As soon as the anchor has been dropped, the crew of Shark Team starts “chumming” in order to attract the Sharks to the boat. Chum can be likened to a “watery” fish soup, made up of mashed sardines, other fish, and fish-oil. The “bait,” attached to a long piece of rope, is then thrown into the water, and the idea of the bait is to hold the Sharks attention, after it was been attracted to the boat by the chum. As the Great White approached the “bait”, the crew draws the bait up, towards the cage, with the 6-divers in the cage. Quite a thrill. The idea is not to feed the Great White’s, so the crew try not to let the Great White get the “bait.” Once the shark swims away, the crew start all over again, trying to attract the Great Whites to the divers in the cage. And so it goes on…….. There are only 6-divers in the cage at any one time. The divers spend about 20-30 minutes in the cage, sharks permitting. Thereafter, the next group of 6-divers enter the cage, and so it goes on…

Water temperatures vary from between 10°C to 20°C depending on the time of year, and the viz:- anything from zero to “top to bottom” which could be between 10 and 20 meters. All dive gear, including a “dry” 7mm wetsuit, as well as light snacks, cool drinks, juice, and water, are available throughout the morning activity.

After about 3-4 hours at sea, in the vicinity of Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, the Skipper will up anchor, for the 20-minute return boat ride back to Kleinbaai Harbour. On docking at the pier, you will disembark and walk the short distance back to White Shark Projects’ Dive Shop, where a bowl of hot soup and a selection of breads and rolls await you. On board, the Shark Team is the resident videographer, who has captured the entire morning activity on film. Whilst you are enjoying the soup and rolls, the videographer is editing the film, which you can then purchase in the form of a USB stick. After the morning’s activity, White Shark Projects will transfer you back to Saxon Lodge. The rest of the afternoon is free. As you are staying at Saxon Lodge in Gansbaai, it’s quite easy, and safe, to explore the town on foot. There are many local restaurants and pubs in Gansbaai, and Dave and Caron, your hosts at Saxon Lodge, will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. Overnight at Saxon Lodge, in a Standard en suite room, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Included:

Breakfast
Return road transfer from Saxon Lodge in Gansbaai to White Shark Projects’ Dive Shop in Kleinbaai
Light breakfast on arrival at White Shark Projects Dive Shop
3-4 hours at sea cage diving and or surface viewing with the Great White Sharks, weather permitting
Full equipment hire
 Services of a qualified Skipper
 Services of a qualified DM
 Services of a videographer
 Hot soup with bread and rolls on return to White Shark Projects’ Dive Shop
 Overnight accommodation at Saxon Lodge, in a Standard en suite room, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Excluded:

Video of the morning’s proceedings
Additional touring & applicable entry fees
Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities

2019:

After breakfast at Saxon Lodge, the road transfer to White Shark Projects Dive Shop in Kleinbaai, a second breakfast, the morning’s Great White cage diving (weather permitting), and a light lunch, White Shark Projects will transfer you to Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa which is situated in the suburb of Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. Rest of the afternoon/evening is free. Overnight at Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa, in a Heritage Classic Room, on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Included:

Breakfast
Road transfer from Saxon Lodge to Kleinbaai Harbour; 3-4 hours at sea with the Great Whites, weather permitting
Full equipment hire
Services of a local dive master
Light snacks and refreshments on board
Hot soup with bread and rolls on return to White Shark Projects’ Dive Shop
Road transfer from Kleinbaai Harbour to Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa – Cape Town
Accommodation at Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa, in a Heritage Classic Room, on a bed and breakfast basis

Excluded:

Purchase of the video of the morning’s activity
Additional touring & applicable entry fees; dinner
Dinner, Lunch, Bar
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities

2019:

After breakfast, at a time to be advised, you will be collected from Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the short 30-minute / 20kms road transfer to Cape Town International Airport in time to connect with your 2 hour domestic flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – Nelspruit, own arrangements.

On arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Nelspruit, you will be met by Dive The Big 5 for the 2.5-hour or 135kms road transfer to Rhino Post Safari Lodge which is situated on a 12 000 hectare, private concession, in the world famous Kruger National Park.

Rhino Post Lodge consists of 12 luxury chalets. Whilst staying at Rhino Post Lodge all your game viewing is done from “open” safari Land Rovers, with two safaris / game drives daily. An early morning game drive, which sets off just after sunrise, and returns to camp at about 09h00 for breakfast, and the afternoon/evening safari /game drive, which departs camp at about 15h30/16h00. Depending on animal activity, you will return to camp from the afternoon/evening safari / game drive at about 18h30/19h00 for dinner.

Depending on your arrival time into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – Nelspruit (MQP), and taking into account the 2.5-hour road transfer from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – Nelspruit to the Lodge, you may have to forego the afternoon / evening safari / game drive as this departs Rhino Post at 15h30/16h00. If your timing gets you to Rhino Post in time to join the afternoon / evening safari, at sunset, you will stop somewhere in the African bush for G&T’s and sundowners, and watch the African sun drop below the horizon. You will then continue with the safari / game drive, looking for the nocturnal animals, lion, leopard, Hyena, bush baby, civet, serval, honey badger, porcupine etc with the aid of a powerful spot lamp. Depending on animal activity you will return to camp at about 18h30/19h00 for dinner, which is served in the ‘boma” alongside a roaring wood fire under the African stars, weather permitting. Overnight at Rhino Post, in a Bush Suite, on a fully inclusive basis. All meals (Brunch, high tea & dinner) and game activities.

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Included:

Breakfast
Road transfer from Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa to Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town
Road transfer from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – Nelspruit (MQP) to Rhino Post Safari Lodge – Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park conservation levies
High tea (if on time); afternoon / evening safari / game drive (if on time)
Dinner
Accommodation at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, in a Bush Suite, on a fully inclusive basis

Excluded:

Domestic air from Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – Nelspruit
Afternoon / evening game drive if arrival at the lodge is after 15h30/16h00
Lunch, Bar
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities

2019:

3 Full days on safari at Rhino Post. You will receive a phone call from reception, about 45 minutes before the safari / game drive is due to depart from the lodge, as your wake-up call.  Coffee, tea, juice, rusks, muffins etc. will be served in the public area before you set off for your early morning safari / game drive in “open” 4×4, safari vehicles in the Kruger National Park. You will return to camp at around 09h00, depending on game activity, for brunch. The rest of the day is free to bird watch around camp, sit on your deck with a book, sit by the bar overlooking the water hole, or to relax by the pool until high tea which is served on the deck before departing on the afternoon / evening game drive / safari. Overnight at Rhino Post, in a Bush Suite, on a fully inclusive basis. All meals (Brunch, high tea & dinner) and game activities.

Included:

Early morning tea, coffee, juice, rusks, muffins
Brunch, High tea
Morning and afternoon game drives / safaris
Dinner
Accommodation at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, in a Bush Suite, on a fully inclusive basis

Excluded:

Laundry
Light Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities

2019:

After the early morning game drive and breakfast you will be collected from Rhino Post Safari Lodge by Dive The Big 5 for the 2.5-hour return transfer to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – Nelspruit where you will connect with the 1-hour domestic flight back to OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg. End of services.

Included:

Early morning game drive
Breakfast
Road transfer from Rhino Post Safari Lodge to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – Nelspruit

Excluded:

Domestic air from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – Nelspruit to OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg
International air from OR Tambo International Airport – home
Additional touring & applicable entry fees
Accommodation
Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities

Costs for the trip:

Cost based on two divers sharing:

ZAR 46 300

per diver sharing.


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

ZAR 37 360

per non diver sharing with a diver.

Cost based on single diver:

ZAR 62 810

per single diver.

T’s & C’s (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.

Useful Information:

Water Temperatures in Gansbaai

Other “bits & pieces” of interest:

The cage is a 6-man / woman / person, cage, subject to change, and groups of divers spend roughly 20-30 minutes in the cage during their 1st “dive” session, thereafter they take it in turns for subsequent turns in the cage. Exact times spent in the cage differ from day to day, depending on the number of divers on the boat, and obviously shark activity. No point being in the cage when there are no sharks about! The number of divers, surface viewers is limited to 20, excluding researchers and crew, which allows each diver more cage time and a personalised on-board experience. The boat is licensed to carry 36 people maximum. When you are not in the cage, on-board refreshments can be enjoyed whilst viewing the Great Whites and other sea-life from the upper sun-deck.

Please note: The Kruger National Park falls within a “low risk” Malaria area, and we strongly suggest that you consult your doctor about which is the best prophylactic to use to prevent contracting this disease.

Itinerary and prices are subject to change without notice.

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