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Shark & Township

1 Trip, 2 Day Tour (Incl. Transfer)
Shark & Township TRF
Child: POA Price Per Person
Adult: R2,450 Price Per Person

A visit to Cape Town would not be complete without a Shark Cage Dive and cultural Township Combo Tour.

Enjoy a guided tour of one of Cape Town's largest townships, Khayelitsha. Led by a local and very knowledgeable guide you will be shown around the local sites, visit Look-Out Hill, meet the locals, visit the schools and even sample some of the local cuizine.

Then immerse yourself in Great White Shark territory with a Shark Cage Dive in Gansbaai, one of the top Shark Diving destinations in South Africa.

Experience the adrenaline rush of meeting these notoriously misunderstood apex predators face to face underwater in their own natural environment. Both surface and underwater viewing is spectacular. It's a photographers dream come true.

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 with you being collected from an address in Cape Town. Departure times to be confirmed one day ahead of the trip.

After an approximate 2 and a half hour shuttle bus journey from Cape Town you will arrive in Gansbaai where 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.

Following lunch, you will be transported back to Cape Town.

Township

About the Trip:

You will start your cultural Township tour by meeting in the V&A Waterfront by the Two Oceans Aquarium.

On your a short 20 to 30 min drive to township your guide will provide you a brief background on Khayelitsha.

He will also explain how tourism plays its part in the regeneration of the township, and give you some valuable insight into culture, language and customs of the people who live there.

Experience a day in the life of the locals.

The Highlights:

On arrival you will be shown around the local sites, visit Look-Out Hill, meet the locals, visit the schools and even sample some of the local cuizine.

See how they live by visiting one of the local residents' homes, watch how the prepare their local delicacies, have a drink at the local shebeen (pub) or test out their spaza shops by purchasing a drink or a snack.

Support the community by buying some of the local hand made arts, crafts or clothing and take a piece of Africa home with you.

Learn about ongoing plans to transform the township from ramshackle to progressive development.

With the endless number of children around you'll be surrounded by the many faces of the new South Africa's future generation. With such huge smiles, they will no doubt complete your cultural tour of the township.

About Khayelitsha:

Khayelitsha, a partially informal township in Western Cape, South Africa is located on the Cape Flats in the City of Cape Town. Its name is Xhosa for New Home. Not only is it fastest growing township in South Africa, it is also reputed to be the largest.

It comprises shopping centres, clinics, fire stations, schools, police stations, recreation centres, churches and post offices. Many shipping containers serve as shops (spaza), schools, churches and even hair salons.

The roads are in fairly good condition with the government endeavoring to deliver services to all the areas as soon as practically possible. Don't be surprised to see free roaming cattle and the odd donkey /horse and cart.

The residents are warm, friendly and welcoming. The population harbours an untapped wealth of artists and craftsmen, actors and musicians. Tools of the trade are extremely innovative.

Most people have electricity and have access to fresh water and toilets.

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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 wetsuits and mask

Meals:

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

Transport:

  • A Return Shuttle Bus Transfer from a central address in Cape Town

Township

The Trip includes:

  • Return Transfer to Cape Town
  • Township Cultural Tour
  • Local Tour Guide
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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)
    • Towel
    • Camera
    • 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 with You:

    • Camera/Camcorder

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    Optional Extras:

    • A DVD of the day's activities will be available for purchase. 
    • Fancy taking a scenic drive and driving there yourself see our Self Drive Option. Car Hire can be arranged on request.
    • Want to spoil yourself why not try our Helicopter Charter Option.

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    Optional Extras:

    • Any drinks or meals not specified

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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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    Safety:

    The safety of our customers on every Township Tour is of utmost importance to us.

    The Townships hava a spirit of Ubuntu "Humanity to Others" and all our Operators use qualified guides, often from the local area ensuring you have a secure, comfortable and enjoyable experience.

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    Itinerary:

    Note that the schedules below are a mere guideline and can change at any time. Your official collection time from a central address in Cape Town will be confirmed a day prior to departure. 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
    5.30 Pick up from a central address in Cape Town
    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)
    14.00 Return trip to Cape Town
    16.30 Arrival in Cape Town

     

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

    TimeDetails
    9.00 Pick up from an address in Cape Town
    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)
    16.30 Return trip to Cape Town
    18.45 Arrival in Cape Town

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    Itinerary:

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

    Departures will be from the Two Oceans Aquarium at either 09h00 or 13h00.