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Shark & Safari

1 Trip, 2 Day Tour (Self Drive)
Shark & Safari SD
Child: POA Price Per Person
Adult: R2,900 Price Per Person

Take our scenic self drive tour option of Cape Town and get to go on a Shark Cage Dive and a Big 5 Game Safari.

Go from beneath the water where you can take your first glimpse of a Great White and experience their sheer intoxicating beauty as they cruise right by you within arm's reach of the cage, to above the water where you can see South Arica's Big 5, the lion, the leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo.

From the comfort of the safari vehicle or various lookout points dotted throughout the Reserve spot the majestic male Cape Barbary Lion, plentiful Zebra, myriad of buck including Wildebeest, Kudu, Eland and Oryx or the 15-strong herd of giraffe as they make their way across the 10 0000 hectare expanse known as the little Karoo.

If you're really lucky see the family of skittish meerkat, peering out from their burrows; the rare Bat-eared Fox rooting in the scrub for a juicy dung beetle or even a cheetah or two being walked around the game lodge by their handlers.

The Day Tours can be taken either back-to-back or on seperate days. Trips are run 7 days a week and are strictly weather dependent and subject to availability.

Shark Cage diving can be done by the whole family, no dive experience is necessary.

Find out more about the Trip

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About the Trip:

Your Shark Cage Diving experience starts after an approximate 2 and a half hour drive from Cape Town.

On arrival in Gansbaai you will be met by the crew and be given a brief orientation on the day's activities. You will then be required to complete the necessary Shark Cage Diving indemnity forms while you enjoy a light breakfast before embarking on this thrill seeking Shark Diving Adventure.

After breakfast you will take a short walk down to Kleinbaai harbour where all the diving boats are based. Once on board get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush of your life. Nothing quite compares to Shark Diving in Cape Town.... it will leave you on a high for days.

Where We Dive and Best time to Go:

A 10-15 minute boat ride will take you out to Shark Alley (between Gyser Rock and Dyer Island, home to one of the largest seal colonies in Southern Africa), renowned as one of "the best" Shark Diving Sites in Gansbaai.

Winter time (Apr - Oct) is considered to be the best time to go Shark Cage Diving in South Africa with visibility being better than in the summer however, Great White Shark Diving can be done all year round!

Time at Sea:

Boats stay out at sea for around 2 - 4 hours depending on weather and sea conditions. Once anchored, the crew will immediately begin to chum the water with fish based products, like tuna and fish oil to attract the Great White Sharks. With the chum in the water all you can do is wait for the first shark to show up and hope that this happens quickly.

Once the first shark makes its appearance you will kit up and get into the cage where you can get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. Three to five Great Whites are usually encountered in a day but if you are exceptionally lucky, you may see more. On some outings up to 18 Great White Sharks have been seen!

Dive Equipment:

All dive gear including wetsuits and mask are provided so that you can enjoy the Shark Cage Dive in comfort.

Once in the cage all you need to do is lower yourself under the water using a simple breath-hold technique where you will be able to view the Great White Sharks lurking in the depths below.

Shark Diving is safe and very educational. You also don't need any dive certification to go Shark Cage Diving here in Cape Town.

The Dive:

For your 1st Dive you get about 20 - 30 minutes in the cage. Subsequent dives are then rotated amongst the divers to ensure everyone gets a chance to view the Great White Sharks. You can sometimes get 2 - 3 dives per trip if the weather, sea conditions and shark activity is good. The cage takes between 5 - 6 people at a time so there is plenty of time to cage dive. Numbers are limited to ensure maximum shark cage diving time.

For those of you who would prefer not to get in the cage, no problem, these fantastic apex predators can be viewed from the boat. Being surface feeders, it's almost as good as being in the water with them as everything happens pretty close to the surface, giving you exceptional views and fantastic photo opportunities of them circling and descending deeper into the depths below.

Conditions:

The water temperatures can vary between 55 - 65°F (12-18°C) when you go Great White Shark Diving in Cape Town. Visibility is usually around 6-8 meters but can go up to 12-15 meters on a good day or down to 2-3 meters on a bad day.

The Return to Shore:

On return to shore after your exhilarating Shark Cage Diving experience you will be invited to view the Shark Diving video of the day (available at an additional cost) while you enjoy a light lunch.

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About the Trip:

On arrival, stretch your legs, breathe in the crisp fresh air and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink.

With impressive views of the expansive reserve visible in every direction, take meander through the beautifully manicured succulent garden before embarking on a safari game drive across the 10 000 ha private game reserve in an open vehicle in search of the Big 5.

The Game Drive:

As you begin your game drive through the reserve you will encounter numerous Red Lechwe, a waterbuck species, before going deeper into the reserve towards the lions' reserve. Here you will meet the male Inverdoorn Barbary Lion, a rare specimen that will absolutely blow you away with its beauty and extraordinarily long black main.

With a large number of buck species ranging from the stunningly marked Oryx; its less attractive, and yet still fascinating, cousin the wildebeest; eland; steenbok and the nation's pride: the springbok you will have endless photo opportunities.

Your journey will take you on more twists and turns through the vast scrub and bush where you'll be able to spot zebra, the endangered rhino, elephant, giraffe, hippo and possibly that elusive leopard until you arrive at your last stop, the cheetah sanctuary. One of the most successful cheetah rehabilitation centres in the world.

Here you'll gain valuable insight into cheetah behaviour and the science behind caring for cheetahs in conservation programmes.

Lunch:

On your return from the game drive, enjoy a delicious three-course, buffet lunch (not included). The Lodge offers good, wholesome South African cooking with a twist of French sophistication. All meals are prepared with only the freshest, seasonal produce, sourced directly from local farms.

During the summertime the Karoo brings on clear, warm and sunny days allowing lunch to be served beneath the Eucalyptus tree alongside the succulent garden.

About the Game Reserve:

At the Game Reserve and Lodge the vast expanse of the Little Karoo connects with a boundless African sky, only two and half hours from Inverdoorn. Home to the big five, it is the largest game reserve in the region and boasts fine budget and luxury accommodation to suits all tastes and requirements.

With over 1,200 animals the privately owned game reserve spans 10 000 hectares ensuring its animals roam free in their natural habitat.

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The Trip includes:

  • Shark Cage Diving & Surface Viewing (1 Trip)
  • Boat & Cage Dive Safety Briefing
  • An experienced Dive Guide & Boat Skipper
  • All dive gear including mask and wetsuits

Meals:

  • A light breakfast on arrival
  • Drinks & Snacks on board the boat
  • A light lunch on your return to Kleinbaai Harbour

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  • Welcome Drink
  • Big 5 Game Drive

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What To Bring with You:

  • Warm clothing for after the dive.  Waterproof / Windproof Jacket, it can sometimes get a bit chilly on the boat
  • Hat & Sun block
  • Swimming costume for underneath wetsuits (if diving)
  • Camera
  • Towel
  • Disposable underwater cameras are also available at the harbour curio shop or at most camera stockists
  • Sea / Motion Sickness Tablets

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What to Bring:

  • Hat & Sun Cream
  • Camera/Camcorder
  • Bathing Suit (During the Summer)

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Optional Extras:

  • A DVD of the day's activities will be available for purchase. 
  • Don't fancy the 2.5 hour drive see our fully inclusive Transfer Option.
  • Want to spoil yourself why not try our Helicopter Charter Option.

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Optional Extras:

  • Buffet Lunch

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Safety:

The safety of our customers on every Cage Diving trip is of utmost importance to us.

The Operators we deal with have an unblemished Safety Record and carry out regular safety checks. Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites has become an important part of Eco-Tourism in South Africa so ensuring your safety also ensures the continued survival of the Great White Shark.

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Itinerary:

Note that the schedules below are a mere guideline and can change at any time. During high season there may be as many as two or even three dive Trips available per day depending on the Operator.

 

Morning Trip Schedule:

TimeDetails
8.00 Meet in Kleinbaai for a light Breakfast & Dive Briefing.
9.00 Boat launch from Kleinbaai harbour (15 - 20 min boat ride to the site).
9.20 Estimated 2-4 hours at sea for the shark cage dive (All gear included plus drinks & snacks onboard).
13.20 Return to harbour.
13.40 Partake in a Light lunch whilst watching the video of the day (Option to purchase DVD).

 

Afternoon Trip Schedulu: (only available if there are enough clients to run two trips)

TimeDetails
11.30 Meet in Kleinbaai for a late Breakfast & Dive Briefing.
12.10 Boat launch from Kleinbaai harbour (15 - 20 min boat ride to the site).
12.30 Estimated 3 hours at sea for the shark cage dive (All gear included plus drinks & snacks onboard).
15.30 Return to harbour.
15.50 Partake in a Late lunch whilst watching the video of the day (Option to purchase DVD).

 

Please give yourslef 2.5 hours to make it on time

  • From Cape Town, take the N2 to Somerset West/Cape Town International Airport.
  • Stay on the N2 and drive straight through Somerset West, continue over Sir Lowry’s Pass in the direction of George.
  • As you come down from Houwhoek Pass, keep left and head towards Hermanus on to the R43.
  • Continue through this up and coming coastal town, until you pass Stanford (approx 20km from Hermanus) and drive for a further 20km until you reach Gansbaai.
  • As you enter Gansbaai continue straight until you come to the last 4-way stop (5th intersection), turn right onto Main Road.
  • Keep left on Main Road. This becomes Swart Street.
  • At the T-junction, turn right into Kus Drive. Kleinbaai Harbour will be on your left where the crew will be awaiting your arrival.

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Itinerary

Note that the schedules below are a mere guideline and can change at any time.

Day Trip

TimeDetails
10.00 Arrival & Welcome Drink 
10.30 Safari Game Drive (approx 2 -2.5 hours)
13.00 Buffet Lunch (optional extra)

Please give yourself 3 hours to make it on time

Inverdoorn Game Reserve is situated in the Ceres Karoo and this luxury safari is only a 3 hour drive from Cape Town.

  • Take the N1 from Cape Town, through the tunnel (toll road).
  • Just before WORCESTER, turn off left on to the R43 towards CERES.
  • Drive straight through to CERES. The road becomes the R46.
  • After 43km the R46 turns right to Touwsriver. DO NOT TURN. Drive straight on. This is the R355/R356.You will then reach a dirt road.
  • After 6km take the right turn-off to SUTHERLAND and you will see signs for INVERDOORN.