Scuba Diving Africa
Scuba Diving in South Africa, Mozambique & East Africa Islands...
Scuba Diving in South Africa and Mozambique is for the adventurous spirit. Just getting into the boat with breaking surf is a blast and readies you for a true dive adventure ahead. My first experience was so much fun, I never learned to surf as a kid growing up on a lake, riding the surf back to the beach full speed ahead in our rigid hull zodiac, your trust is fully with the skipper, landing is a scream!
Nothing can prepare you for this other than doing it.
The diving is fantastic for those who love sharks, sharks and more sharks! Throw in loggerhead & leatherback turtles nesting, with babies hatching and running for the sea in summer months in South Africa October thru March.
Shark season varies for Raggies (Ragged tooth sharks or Gray Nurse) June thru February they are mating and birthing. Tiger sharks nearly all season high time, January thru June. Zambezi sharks (Bull shark) November thru May. Whalesharks September thru April. Pelagic sharks meaning; Mako and Blue sharks December thru May. Great white sharks in the Cape Town area best viewing is May thru September.
The famous or infamous Sardine Run in the Transkei or Wild Coast, approx 5hr drive south of Durban, is something the true adventurer MUST do at least once! No words can describe what happens while doing an ocean safari in zodiacs for about 6 hrs each day on the open ocean. Super pods of (5000 to 8000) common and bottlenose dolphins gather for the feast, I call it the Sardine Convention, thousands of Cape Gannets arrive in wait, 7 species of shark hanging around, Bryde’s whales hang out and Humpies head north to Madagascar to give birth and mate. Quite an ocean full of beasts waiting for the sardines to arrive, and the water temp to drop to the magic number 21c then the director calls ACTION!!! Amazing stuff as you see it on Discovery Channel. Just do it! This is a short time frame, the season is June to early July. It is wild!!!
Humpback whale season April thru October. Several dolphins species are there year round.
So you see, chock a block full of sharks and turtles, whales & dolphins. Not to mention the reef fish, sardines and marine life!
Spending approx 7 nights diving in the various areas for diving is doable, a few nights at Aliwal Shoal south of Durban and several nights at Rocktail Beach camp is a must. This lovely haven of luxury tented camps in the trees buried in the dunes offer such a gorgeous atmosphere for being in the bush, on the beach and diving with our beloved sea creatures, I suggest an extra night or 2 just to hang out at the lovely pool and enjoying the surrounds. What a place!
Diving in Mozambique is very unique, a true adventure just getting there. Mozambique is a large country and we talk about diving in the middle section of Mozambique which entails, Inhambane & Tofu area for the Mantas and Whalesharks, again that season is October thru May.
Further north lie the Bazzaruto and Quirimbas Archipelago’s. If luxury is on your mind for a stunning getaway with amazing beachfront accommodation, white sand, azure blue water, gourmet dining and romance, then north you go, the diving is not the main focus here, but who cares!
See what "Undercurrent" says about the diving in Africa
Cindi's Trip Reports:
Sardine Run South Africa ~ Cycle Safari Botswana, June 21-July 4 2007
Kenya Migration and Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek trip report, Aug. 2005
and Tanzania Trip Report
Diving with Great White Sharks Trip Report
Back to Africa August 31-September 20 2003 Trip Report