South Africa offers some outstanding water based safari activities getting you closer to marine life if you dare!
Boat based Whale Watching (July – November)
Set off early this morning for the two hour transfer to Kleinbaai Harbour at Gansbaai, the launch pad for whale watching cruises in this area remarkably rich in marine life. After an introductory talk and safety briefing, your boat departs for Dyer Island, which is 8 kms from shore. This protected island is known for its many bird species, including African Penguins, Cape Gannets and Giant Petrels. You will also see Geyser Rock, home to 60 000 Cape Fur Seals, the favorite prey of the Great White Sharks which cruise these waters. This area also boasts strong numbers of Bryde’s Whales and Humpback Whales, as well as dolphins which make for very rewarding – and close up – sightings.
Shark Cage Diving
Whether you agree with it or not, shark cage diving has become hugely popular. It certainly isn’t on our list, but we know many of our guests have dared to dive and get close to these marine giants.
Pick up is early morning from your hotel (The time will be confirmed to your hotel the evening before and this is a scheduled transfer so other collections may be done prior or post your pick up). You transfer to the little town of Klein Bay, close to Hermanus and Gansbaai. After a safety briefing, you board your shark-chaser, the Predator II for the 5 mile voyage to Dyer Island. The island, together with Geyser Rock nearby, is home to 40, 000 Cape Fur Seals, the Great White Shark’s favourite prey, and the channel which runs between the two is known as Shark Alley. This is where the anchor is lowered. Using a specially mixed chum to attract the sharks, you will soon have an opportunity to see them feeding at the surface, alongside the boat. The cage is then lowered and you are able to witness these incredible hunters of the deep in your wetsuit, protected by galvanised steel mesh. All diving equipment is supplied and only snorkelling experience is required if you want to go down in the cage. A light lunch is served on the boat as well as refreshments and you will have the chance to see seals and whales in season as well as the sharks. The boat returns to land at around 15:00 in time for the return transfer to your hotel.
Tour is weather dependant.
Sea Kayaking & Cape Point
Travel to the naval hamlet of Simon’s Town, which is located on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula to embark on a sea kayaking experience from the Waterfront.
Paddle past the civilian and Naval Harbour and out to Boulders Beach. After visiting the penguins you stop (time & tide permitting) on a lovely semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkeling (equipment provided). The double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience.
During the whale season from July to December, the Southern Right Whale frequents Cape Town’s shores which allows you the possibility of seeing them in their natural habitat.
Stop for lunch at a seaside restaurant and then travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Cape Point is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra. There are numerous picnic spots, paths and tidal pools on almost isolated beaches.
The tour continues with a drive along the coast via Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard back to your hotel.