Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional sundowner drive, booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning.
This morning we enter the Kruger National Park for a full-day of game viewing. Our activity package offers you the opportunity to explore the park in open game viewing vehicles, giving you access to areas our truck can’t always go.
Activity Package: Full-Day Kruger Park Game Drive in 4x4 Vehicles
Included Highlight: Full-Day game drive in Nomad Truck in Kruger Park (clients not participating in the Activity Package)
As is customary when on safari, we rise early this morning to enjoy a guided bush walk. Being in the bush on foot offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the smaller details of this great wilderness area. After our walk, we exit the park and journey along the scenic Panorama Route where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. We return to camp in the evening to enjoy a lovely local dinner and dance.
Activity Package: Morning guided bush walk
Included Highlight: The Panorama Route - God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels, Local Evening Dinner and dance.
We enjoy our last drive through the park before setting off to Belvedere Estate. We arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to join us for a traditional meal tonight. Many great tales are shared and tonight is for celebrating the many wonders of African travel.
Included Activity: Half-Day Morning Game Drive in Truck (4 hours), Traditional meal Belvedere Estate
This morning we fly from Johannesburg to the coastal town of Durban, where we will join our truck and crew. Leaving the city of Durban behind us we make our way south along the dolphin coast of Kwazulu Natal. About 2 hours south of Durban is the launch site for both Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks, home to some of the best Apex Predator shark diving. We arrive at our hotel and settle in for our stay. This afternoon we will check all dive equipment, ensure the correct gear is allocated and have a dive briefing for the following days.
Please note that during the next few days (while we are visiting Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoal), the order of activities could change without prior notice and a degree of flexibility is needed. This is to allow for maximum dive opportunities and experiences based on conditions and weather. Please also note that should conditions prevent diving we will substitute an alternative activity.
Route: Durban to Margate Hotel +/- 1.5hr
Included Highlight: Kwazulu Natal coastline and dive briefing
The following two days we spend diving the famous Aliwal Shoal. Renowned for Raggie Tooth Sharks congregating in their hundreds, dolphins and the baited shark dive. Each morning we will travel the hour from our hotel in Margate to the launch site for Aliwal Shoal. Over the two days we will do 3 recreational dives on the Aliwal Shoal, including the famous “Raggie Cave”. The optional baited shark dive is well worth it, with Oceanic Black-Tip Sharks gathering in large numbers and possibly Tiger Sharks investigating the bait.
Included Highlights: 3 Recreational dives on Aliwal Shoal
Route: Margate to Umkomaas
Travel time: +/- 1hr
Optional Highlight: Aliwal Shoal Baited Dive
Over the next three days we will have 5 dives on the Protea Banks Reef where we hope to see some of the worlds largest marine predators. During these three days you will also be offered a Baited Shark Dive. Diving both North and South Pinnacles we will go in search of schooling Hammerheads, Bull Sharks, Guitar Sharks and large rays. An optional Tiger and Bull Shark baited dive at Protea Banks will be offered during our stay. This dive takes place in open water, hanging in the blue whilst possible Tiger, Bull, Hammerhead and Oceanic Black-Tip sharks come in to investigate the scent trail around us. A full safety briefing and training session is included and this is a breathtaking experience.
Included Highlights: 5 Recreational dives on Protea Banks
Route: Margate to Shelley Beach launch area
Travel time: ± 15 minutes daily
Optional Highlight: Protea Banks Baited Dive
We travel north this morning to Durban where our tour ends upon arrival at the King Shaka International Airport.
Accommodation: Own Arrangements/post-tour accommodation