South Africa: swimming with whales and sardine run
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June 23 - 30, 2022
01 - 08 July, 2022
8 days
Whales, freediving, snorkeling
Level of difficulty: easy
2800 EUR
How does the tour take its course?
The main purpose of this trip is to visit the Sardine Run, a unique natural phenomenon associated with the migration of three genera of fish of the herring family. Hundreds of millions of fish make the 1,000-kilometer journey along South Africa's east coast each year. Tens of thousands of predators come from all over the ocean to feast on the sardines. Whales, dolphins, sharks, tuna attack the pack that stretches for several kilometers from the depths, while gulls, bald eagles and cormorants attack from the air. Our goal is to see this feast of life and death with our own eyes on the surface and in the water - we will snorkel and freedive.
After a week in the Indian Ocean we can take a safari trip to Kruger Park or visit Cape Town.
Whales, thousands of dolphins, sharks, seals
Whales and dolphins patrol the South African coast in search of sardines. The density of animals during the migration period is very high, and dolphins even gather in groups of up to thousand individuals. You can see humpback whales, bryde's whales, minke whales, and other species.
Perhaps you have heard the story of Reiner Schimpf, a diver, who was accidentally "bitten" by a whale. It happened right here! Therefore, while in the water, you must not forget the safety rules - it is strictly forbidden to swim into the bait-ball.
Who are we going with?
We will go to sea with the team of Steve Benjamin, a marine biologist, underwater photographer and long-time Team Trip partner. He has a long history of organizing swimming with marine mammals throughout South Africa and is involved in many conservation and scientific projects.
Wild Coast
We will be based in the Wild Cost area on the southeast coast of South Africa. This is a remote region far away from big cities. It is known for its picturesque coastline of cliffs and green hills. Mass tourists do not get here, so there is only nature with a minimum of tourist infrastructure. We will live in traditional roundhouse Kos (Xhosa) - the people of the Bantu group. It will be not only interesting, but also very authentic.
Day 1. Arrival in East London. Transfer to Mdumbi. Briefing
Meet and greet at East London Airport. There will be a transfer waiting for us, so we should arrive in the morning. After check-in, the Team Trip tour leader will give a briefing, introduce us to the guest-house infrastructure and Steve Benjamin's team.
In the evening, equipment fitting before heading out to the ocean in the morning.
Days 2 - 7. Ocean excursions in search of cetaceans, sharks, sardines.
We will go out in the ocean all day every day to look for sardines, whales and dolphins. We usually have an early wake up. While the group eats breakfast, the guides conduct an aerial reconnaissance of the immediate area for cetaceans. Approximately we will spend time from 8:30 a.m. to 3 to 5 p.m. on the boat. In the ocean we may encounter different species of animals from the smallest to huge humpback whales. You can swim with all of them and take underwater photos.
Usually snorkeling is 90% snorkeling and 10% diving (if you have a certificate). Diving is possible in case of a sighting of a bait-ball. Sardines and marine mammals in the open ocean usually move fast enough, there is little chance of keeping up with them with a tank. But sometimes sardines, attacked from different directions, huddle together in a bait-ball and freeze in one place - that's when diving equipment comes in handy.
In case of bad weather, the aquatic program will be replaced by an alternative land-based program, such as river trekking or kayaking.
Day 8. Flight back home or continue tour to Kruger Park or Cape Town
Last day of the trip. Departure home.
If you want to continue your trip to Africa, just tell us!
Prices: 2800EUR
June 23 - 30, 2022
July 01-08, 2022
  • 6 days in the ocean (or alternative program in case of bad weather)
  • Accommodation and meals in Mdumbi (7 nights)
  • All transfers per program
  • All taxes and fees
  • Team Trip guide for the entire trip: on land, in the water and underwater
Not included:
International flight to South Africa
Visa fees
Personal snorkeling and diving equipment: wetsuit, flippers, mask
Medical insurance
Meals not listed in the program
Additional info about the country
  • Air temperature: daytime +22 C, night-time +15 C
  • Water temperature: +15 C
  • South Africa - South African Rand (1 ZAR = 4.81 RUB)
  • Type of outlets: M (photo), voltage 220V
To-pack list
  • Passport, printed airline tickets
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Lightweight hiking boots (or sneakers)
  • Pants, sweatshirt (evenings can be chilly)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Flippers, mask, snorkel, wetsuit 5mm
  • Swimsuits, swimming trunks.
  • Seasickness pills.
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Deposit payment
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