South Africa

Destination Overview

A year round destination that is rich in culture and wildlife, South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent. It is described by Jacques Cousteau as having some of the best dive sites in the world and is an absolute must for shark lovers. Along with many shark species there are beautiful reefs, caves and crevices, a couple of wrecks, and some of the most adrenalin packed diving with apex predators you could possibly ask for.

For our African adventures we work with well-established ScubaAddicts, they have years of expert knowledge on shark encounters and identification. Coupled with detailed and fascinating briefings, and structured morning dives from RIBS your shark diving experience will be well taken care of.

Back on dry land the adventure continues with Big 5 safaris, historical excursions and beautiful sandy beaches. This destination has something for everyone whether you want a close encounter of the sharky kind in the Aliwal Shoal, cocktails on Durban’s Golden Mile or a hippo and croc cruise in St Lucia. Combine a trip with Mozambique to create a truly unique diving experience that will thrill on so many levels.

Average temperatures in Summer (Sept-May) AIR 27-34C / SEA 24-26C
Average temperatures in Winter (June-August) AIR 18-26C / SEA 20-24C

Combination Tours

For those looking for an experience of a lifetime we offer combination tours to include diving in both Mozambique and South Africa along with a Big-5 Safari. The 3 night safari gives you the chance to experience Africa's wildlife. You will enjoy 2 days on Open Vehicle Safari in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Reserve and a Hippo and Crocodile River Cruise in St Lucia, South Africa.

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Diving Information

Rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, the Aliwah Shoal has a great reputation to live up to.

Aliwal Shoal is a fossilized sand dune that lies 4-5 kms out to sea, the typography is rugged with pinnacles, gullies and caves. It offers divers sightings from the smallest Nudi branch up to huge whales, and sometimes even whale sharks. Rays, eels, dolphins, octopus, scorpion fish, frog fish are just a few of the reef visitors you are likely to see, but it’s the sharks that generally brings people to this part of the world.

Diving is generally carried out in the morning as windier afternoons make launches more difficult. The depth of dives will vary from 8m to 30m, some dives are on the reefs and wrecks and some are baited on the southern end to attract tigers, blacktips, duskies and bull sharks. The species of shark that you could potentially see on the shoal includes tiger, bull, hammerhead, blacktip, ragged tooth, dusky & guitar.