John Davis (Komodo adventure organiser) is putting together an AWESOME trip to Africa.
There are a range of other options also available, price is about $4000 for the full package (plus airfares) please feel free to contact JD for the full run down. There are two tour dates on the table at the moment, 3rd – 21st November 2014 or 3rd – 20th Feb 2015. Please RSVP and keep an eye on this post for further details.
Day 1 Johannesburg – Blyde River Canyon
Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind, we travel along the Panorama Route, one of South Africa’s most scenic drives, where we will visit the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and the view is dominated by the Three Rondavels, huge rocky outcrops at the end of the canyon. The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are very impressive rock formations that were shaped millions of years ago by erosion. The bizarre swirl holes developed when the once rapid river carried masses of sand and debris. We then travel to the Timbavati Game Ranch, a private game park on the outskirts of the Kruger National Park. The evening is spent camping in the park enjoying your first open air meal in the African bush. Later your guide will give a full briefing on the tour.
Day 2 Kruger National Park
Today we start with an early morning game walk through Timbavati before visiting the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where injured or lost animals are re-educated so they can be released back in to the wild. After a full tour of the Moholoholo facility we travel to the world famous Kruger National Park for an afternoon game drive en-route to our campsite.
Day 3 Kruger National Park
Today is spent in open 4×4 vehicles in order to truly appreciate the Kruger. Specialist Kruger Rangers will guide your 4×4 vehicles and by using these smaller vehicles we have a better chance of viwing the wildlife. The whole morning will be spent driving, at mid day we will stop at one of the well appointed camps where you can buy lunch and relax before the afternoon game drive that will bring us to our camp.
Day 4 Kruger – Bilene
A very early start will see us crossing the Mozambique border and driving north to Bilene. This peaceful town, known as San Martino in the days of the Portuguese Mozambique, is situated on a hill overlooking the sprawling waters of the Uembje Lagoon.
Day 5 Bilene – Praia Do Tofo
Today we continue our journey north from Bilene to the world famous Praia Do Tofo, known for its permanent population of Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. On arrival into Tofo we will settle into our campsite and go through a full dive briefing for the upcoming days.
Day 6/7/8 Diving Praia Do Tofo
Over the next three days we will have 6 dives on the reefs of Tofo. Each morning we will depart early for a double dive trip, returning in time for lunch at the beach. The afternoons will be free for you to enjoy any one of the optional activities or just lazing on this truly beautiful beach.
An evening during this stay we will have the opportunity to meet Dr Andrea Marshall and Dr Simon Pierce, who will give a talk on the Manta and Whale Sharks around Tofo, the threats facing them and the research being conducted. Both of these experts are extremely well respected in their fields. The Manta and Whale Shark Research Foundation is the beneficiary of our conservational contribution and you will be informed of the work that is being achieved with your contribution.
Day 9 Tofo – Hlane Game Park Swaziland
Today we head south again and cross the border into Swaziland, entering Hlane Royal National Park, a huge nature reserve and home to lion, elephant and white rhino. We will camp near a water hole where game can be seen coming to water and we will be entertained around the fire that evening by traditional dancers.
Day 10 Hlane – Sodwana Bay
After an early morning game drive we leave Hlane, cross the border back into South Africa and enter the isimangaliso Wetland Park. We arrive in Sodwana in the late afternoon and check into our bungalows at Triton Dive Lodge. That evening we will meet our dive guides and have a briefing of the upcoming diving.
Day 11/12 Diving Sodwana Bay
The following two days will be spent diving a selection of the Sodwana Bay dive sites. Over the two days we will have 4 dives on these famous reefs.
Day 13 Sodwana – Protea Banks
Today we drive to the bustling city of Durban, South Africa’s largest port. A further 2 hours south of the city is the beachside town of Shelley Beach, launch site for the famous Protea Banks. We settle into the Dive House and receive a full brifing for the next two days of diving in Protea Banks.
Day 14/15/16 Protea Banks Diving
Over the next three days we will have 5 dives on the Protea Banks Reef where we hope to see some of the worlds largest marine predators. Diving both North and South Pinnacles we will have the chance to collect Sand Tiger Shark teeth and explore caves, swim-throughs and tunnels. An optional Tiger and Bull Shark baited dive at Protea Banks will be offered during our stay. This dive takes place in open water, hanging in the blue whilst possible Tiger, Bull, Hammerhead and Oceanic Black-Tip sharks come in to investigate the scent trail around us. A full safety briefing and training session is included and this is a breathtaking experience.
Here we will receive our conservational talk, regarding the sharks in the area, the threats to them and the work that our donation will be helping towards.
Diving Protea Banks
Protea Banks has been rated by many divers from around the world as the best shark dive. Many divers are scared of sharks due to horror stories and myths created by the movie world, but their fears are totally unfounded. Sharks are intelligent animals, do not recognise us as a food source and generally tend to be shy and respectful towards the divers
Day 17/18 Aliwal Shoal
The following two days we spend diving the equally famous Aliwal Shoal. Renowned for Raggie Tooth Sharks congregating in their hundreds, dolphins and the baited shark dive.
Each morning we will travel the hour from our Dive House in Margate to the town of Umkomas, launch site for Aliwal Shoal. Over the two days we will do 3 recreational dives on the Aliwal Shoal, including the famous “Raggie Cave”. The optional baited shark dive is well worth it, with Oceanic Black-Tip Sharks gathering in large numbers and Tiger Sharks investigating the bait. The baited dive is accompanied by a photographer/videographer for a permanent record of your shark encounter.
Day 19 Shelley Beach – Durban International Airport
We travel this morning to the Durban airport where we will say goodbye to our truck and the tour guides.
To sign up or contact the organiser please visit the Meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/Scuba-Buddies/events/163626222/