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The Sardine Run takes place in Port St. Johns during June and July and is one of nature’s ultimate wildlife adventures. During the Sardine Run millions of Sardines move north with the currents from South Africa’s cape coast and they are followed by a huge number of predators. Being in the water around the Sardine bait balls is amazing, and you are often surrounded by hundreds of Common Dolphins, Bronze Whaler Sharks, diving Cape Gannets, Bryde’s Whales, Game Fish, Cape Fur Seals and of course millions of Sardines! During the Sardine Run, the annual Humpback Whale migration passes Port St. Johns, offering some amazing up-close sightings of the Humpback Whales, in the water, close to the boats and when the Whales are breaching!

Every year from around February to August the South African Coast is enriched with life. This is as a result of the annual migration of sardines. Starting at the west coast of South Africa in around February and moving along to the east coast of South Africa through the months until around august when they disappear.

We will based at Cremorne Estate in Port St. Johns, rated as one of the best locations for the Sardine Run in South Africa. The resort has ensuite accommodation and an amazing restaurant and bar area overlooking the Umzimvubu River which is where the boat launching site for the Sardine Run is situated. Our Sardine Run trip also includes a day’s diving at Aliwal Shoal. At this time of year, the Ragged Tooth Sharks gather in large numbers at Aliwal Shoal to mate!

The package includes;

  • All Transfers
  • 12-nights’ Accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinners
  • Boat Lunches on Sardine Run Days
  • 2 Dives at Aliwal Shoal
  • 10 days Sardine Run Ocean Safari
  • Cylinders & Air-fills
  • Weight Belts & Weights
  • Marine Permits

*Excludes flights

Early July is prime time to experience the Sardine Run from Port St. Johns. July is South African winter with fairly cold mornings on the Sardine Run but the general daytime temperatures are calm and warm, with generally calm sea conditions. Daytime Temperature: 12 – 23°C, while Water Temperature: 18 – 22°C meaning a long wetsuit is recommended.

If you are wanting to combine with a safari, this time of the year is the Dry season and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers, which provides for good sightings.

The price of £3,350, a saving of £500, for shared accommodation with all transfers to and from Durban. Single supplement is an additional £250, and flights are not included. Any equipment hires or add on safari packages are charged separately.

Please email info@aquanautscuba.co.uk for more information or to secure your space with a deposit of only £500. Securing your space is required before the 1st of Jan 2021 to secure the £500 price saving. The balance will be required 6 weeks prior to departure, with money back if COVID causes travel to still not be possible.

If dates do not suit your travel arrangements, separate bookings are possible with a preferential price which again would need to be secured before the 1st of Jan 2021. These prices are;

Pricing Book in 2020 with Aquanauts Offer Single Supplement
13 day Sardine Run Package (sharing) £3,350 + £250
8 day Sardine Run Package (sharing) £1,950 + £200


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