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Shark Diving and Safari

Shark Diving and Big-5 Safari in South Africa


SharkWEEK and Safari

SharkWEEK and Big-5 Safari

The Aliwal Shoal in South Africa offers a huge diversity of shark species.

The main species of shark include Ragged Tooth Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Dusky Sharks, Guitar Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks and more. Whilst the main attractions are sharks, the reefs the Aliwal Shoal are home to a huge variety of marine animals including Dolphin, Turtles, Mantas, Devil Rays, Eagle Rays, Moray Eels, Game Fish, Paperfish and much more!

After SharkWEEK head north to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa’s oldest game reserve, for a Big-5 Safari. Enjoy two full days of game driving to see the Big-5, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo and much more. You will also experience a Hippo and Croc River Cruise on the estuary of St Lucia in the World Heritage site of Isimangaliso.

 

Package Overview

Aliwal Shoal, South Africa
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa
10-days / 9-nights / 10-dives / 2-days Safari / Hippo and Croc Cruise
Starts : Durban Airport, South Africa.
Ends : Durban Airport, South Africa.

 

Ragged Tooth Shark Giraffe Tiger Shark Rhino

Itinerary Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Durban Airport -- Transfer and Overnight Aliwal Shoal.

Day 2 : 2 x Shark Dives Aliwal Shoal -- Overnight Aliwal Shoal.

Day 3 : 2 x Shark Dives Aliwal Shoal -- Overnight Aliwal Shoal.

Day 4 : 2 x Shark Dives Aliwal Shoal -- Overnight Aliwal Shoal.

Day 5 : 2 x Shark Dives Aliwal Shoal -- Overnight Aliwal Shoal.

Day 6 : 2 x Shark Dives Aliwal Shoal -- Overnight Aliwal Shoal.

Day 7 : Transfer to St. Lucia -- Hippo and Croc River Cruise -- Overnight St. Lucia.

Day 8 : Full Day Open Vehicle Safari -- Overnight St. Lucia.

Day 9 : Full Day Open Vehicle Safari -- Overnight St. Lucia.

Day 10 : Transfer to Durban Airport [flights after 4PM].

* Package includes 2 x baited shark dives
* Extra diving is available should conditions allow and can be arranged when you are here.


Flight Requirements

Arrive : Durban Airport at anytime
Depart : Durban Airport after 4pm [Domestic Flight] or 6pm [International Flight]

When you arrive at Durban Airport you will be met and transferred to Umkomaas.

Please do not book flights until you have confirmed availability and we are holding your space/s.


Aliwal Shoal Accommodation

Your accommodation is situated in the small diving town of Umkomaas and is just a 10-minute walk from the beach.

The dive centre is on-site at the lodge. All rooms have en-suite facilities and rooms are serviced daily.

The lodge offers free Wi-Fi Internet Access, Satellite TV and has an amazing swimming pool area.

Just wake-up, roll out of bed and go shark diving - awesome!

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St Lucia Accommodation

Your accommodation is situated in the small diving town of Umkomaas and is just a 10-minute walk from the beach.

The dive centre is on-site at the lodge. All rooms have en-suite facilities and rooms are serviced daily.

The lodge offers free Wi-Fi Internet Access, Satellite TV and has an amazing swimming pool area.

Just wake-up, roll out of bed and go shark diving - awesome!

St Lucia Accommodation St Lucia Accommodation St Lucia Accommodation St Lucia Accommodation

About the Diving

The Aliwal Shoal is situated about 5-kms from the small diving town of Umkomaas and is rated as one of the top shark diving sites in the world.

Shark Diving on the Aliwal Shoal takes place on either the reefs or the wrecks depending on the sharks. The Aliwal Shoal is home to many species of shark including Tiger Sharks, Ragged Tooth Sharks, Blacktip Sharks, Bull Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Guitar Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks and more.

The baited shark diving takes place on the southern end of the Aliwal Shoal with the main focus of the baited dives being Tiger Sharks, you often get other species of shark on the dives including Blacktip Sharks, Dusky Sharks, Bull Sharks and sometimes other species.

The Aliwal Shoal is also home to a huge variety of other marine life including Dolphin, Turtles, Rays, Eels, Game Fish, Reef fish and more.

Water temperature ranges between 23C and 25C during our summer [September to May] and to 20C and 22C in our winter [June to August].

Blacktip Shark Tiger Shark Honeycomb Eel Bull Shark

Typical Day

After breakfast meet at the dive centre to kit-up and prepare for the days shark diving on the Aliwal Shoal.

Each day you will experience two dives on the reefs and wrecks of the Aliwal Shoal.

The diving starts with a surf launch from the beach before heading off to dive with the many species of shark found on the Aliwal Shoal.

After the shark diving return to the lodge where there are hot showers and a secure wet-room to store your gear.

Spend the afternoon relaxing around the pool, walking on the beach or visit a local attraction.

In the evening enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Hammerhead Shark Blacktip Shark Dusky Shark Honeycomb Ray

About the Safari

Each day the you depart from your lodge just before sunrise and head to Hluhluwe iMfolozi Big 5 Reserve, South Africa’s oldest Big 5 Game Reserve.

Early morning offers you the oppurtunity to see the animals that are most active at dawn, such as Lion, leopards, cheetah, wild dogs, and hyenas.

After sunrise breakfast is served in the reserve at one of the many look-out points.

After breakfast you continue exploring the reserve looking for all different kinds of wildlife including hippo, rhino, giraffe, elephants and more, enjoying the stunning landscape of the reserve at the same time.

A BBQ Lunch or a cold buffet is served in the park (depending on the weather), at a look-out point or hide.

After the safari you return to St Lucia, to relax and reflect on the day’s sightings.

Giraffe Lion Elephant Rhino

2023 Package Costs

Diver [sharing] : £1500 / €1720

Diver [single room] : £1660 / €1900

Non-Diver [sharing] : £1100 / €1260

The Non-Diver package does not include going out on the boat.

 

What's Included

Airport Transfers, Transfer to St Lucia, 9-nights Accommodation [incl. Breakfast], Lunch on Safari Days, 8 x shark dives, 2 x baited shark dives, cylinders, air-fills, weight belts and diver permits, 2 x Days Guide open Vehicle Safari, Hippo and Croc river cruise

 

What's Not Included

Flights, visas, dive gear [can be hired], lunches, dinners and drinks.


SharkWEEK and Safari

2023 Dates and Availability

Booking information is available below the dates.

Before booking flights please CONFIRM availability for the dates that you require.

2023 Dates and Availability

Dates are flexible.

If dates that you require are not available please contact us with your requirements and we will try to accommodate your request.


January 2023

15-Jan-2023 to 24-Jan-2023
22-Jan-2023 to 31-Jan-2023
29-Jan-2023 to 07-Feb-2023

February 2023

05-Feb-2023 to 14-Feb-2023
12-Feb-2023 to 21-Feb-2023
19-Feb-2023 to 28-Feb-2023
26-Feb-2023 to 07-Mar-2023

March 2023

05-Mar-2023 to 14-Mar-2023
12-Mar-2023 to 21-Mar-2023
19-Mar-2023 to 28-Mar-2023

April 2023

16-Apr-2023 to 25-Apr-2023

May 2023

07-May-2023 to 16-May-2023
14-May-2023 to 23-May-2023
21-May-2023 to 30-May-2023
28-May-2023 to 06-Jun-2023

June 2023

04-Jun-2023 to 13-Jun-2023
11-Jun-2023 to 20-Jun-2023

July 2023

30-Jul-2023 to 08-Aug-2023

2023 Dates and Availability

Dates are flexible.

If dates that you require are not available please contact us with your requirements and we will try to accommodate your request.


August 2023

06-Aug-2023 to 15-Aug-2023
13-Aug-2023 to 22-Aug-2023
20-Aug-2023 to 29-Aug-2023
27-Aug-2023 to 05-Sep-2023

September 2023

03-Sep-2023 to 12-Sep-2023
10-Sep-2023 to 19-Sep-2023
17-Sep-2023 to 26-Sep-2023
24-Sep-2023 to 03-Oct-2023

October 2023

01-Oct-2023 to 10-Oct-2023
08-Oct-2023 to 17-Oct-2023
15-Oct-2023 to 24-Oct-2023
22-Oct-2023 to 31-Oct-2023
29-Oct-2023 to 07-Nov-2023

November 2023

05-Nov-2023 to 14-Nov-2023
12-Nov-2023 to 21-Nov-2023
19-Nov-2023 to 28-Nov-2023
26-Nov-2023 to 05-Dec-2023

December 2023

03-Dec-2023 to 12-Dec-2023
10-Dec-2023 to 19-Dec-2023

How to Book your Package?

Please CONFIRM availability BEFORE booking your flights.

If dates that you require are not available please contact us with your requirements and we will try to accommodate your request.

 

To Confirm Availability and Book your Package send an email with the following information
Send your email to info@scubaaddicts.com

 

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