1/4 TO 13/4/2020
Join us to the biggest spectacle of the underwater world. See and swim with dolphins, seals, sharks and whales while they gorge themselves on massive shoals of Sardines. See cape gannets dive bombing on the shoals and have a chance to see the elusive orcas! It is the biggest migration of animals in the Southern Hemisphere.
THE SARDINE RUN
South Africa host home to one of the most spectacular bucket list items in the world - the Sardine run. When millions of Sardines travel up the coast to spawn, thousands of predators follow. We will see thousands of dolphins, various whales like humpback or brydes as well as seals, and of course sharks.
It is not easy to find a bait ball, we will be at sea the entire day looking for signs of the cape gannets, who dive down on good sardine action. Whenever we can we roll in on the sardine feast and snorkel amongst the spectacle. If we are lucky enough to encounter a bait ball that does not move, we will get our gear on and scuba it.
This is something for snorkelers and divers who are ready to invest to see the most extreme of nature. The water is cold and the ride is rough. The rewards can be phenomenal.
HOSTED BY - AARON "BERTIE" GEKOSKI
This trip is hosted by Aaron Gekoski award-winning environmental photojournalist, film-maker and TV presenter, specialising in human-animal interactions. "Bertie" has spent years documenting wildlife above and below the water. He lived for several years in South Africa and Mozambique and knows the area well.
why ALGOA BAY?
After two seasons in Port Saint Johns we are going to try something different. We will be joining the run earlier and further South, around Port Elizabeth with a host of advantages. Here are the reasons.
Meet the super stars
Check out the amazing animal interactions that have come out of Expert Tours over last few years.
Gannets & Dolphins
The main actors in the Sardine Run are the dolphins and the cape gannets. The Sardines come in super-pods of up 5000 animals and chase and coral the sardines. The gannets dive-bomb on the created Sardine Balls and can be spotted from afar. Throughout the day we will be looking for signs of gannets amassing - that is where the action will be.
One big advantage of doing the run here in Port Elisabeth is the all-year presence of Brydes Whales. Also, the humpbacks arrive earlier here than further north up the coast.
If you saw the news - our guide Rainer Schimpf (CEO of Expert Tours) ended up in the mouth a Brydes Whale this year!!
Check it out
Owner of our operator Rainer Schimpf featured on Discovery Channel proving for the first time that Orcas hunt Dolphins
One advantage is that we can dive throughout the week. In the classic Sardine Run sites around Port Saint Johns diving is not possible, so you might spend a week only snorkeling. Here in PE we will be able to do several days of diving with up to 20 spieces of shark. Most notably the huge, teeth-filled but friendly Sandtiger, known in South Africa as Ragged Tooth Shark or "Raggies"