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Big 5 & Big Sharks Tour (6-13 days)

Trip Facts

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Code:
Nomad SADS
Starts In:
Johannesburg
Ends In:
Durban
Min. Grp:
2
Max. Grp:
24
Style:
Active Adventure
Reasonable level of fitness required for scheduled and optional game walks as well as game drives; diving enthusiasts can enjoy up to 10 individual dives over 5 days.
Valid:
2014
Visas:
Citizens visiting South Africa need at least 4 months' validity on their passport beyond thier intended DEPARTURE date. Citizens of the following countries do not need visas for visits up to 90 days. Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela and United States of America. This information may change without notice so please check with your travel agent before you depart.
Health Info:
Please consult your medical practioner at least 6 weeks prior to travelling for advice regarding required vaccinations and local health risks.
Notes:
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 these 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. The world-famous Aliwal Shoal was formed thousands of years ago from fossilized sand dunes during the times when sea levels were much lower than they are today. The Agulhas Current that runs south along the east coast of Africa brings with it warm water and a huge diversity of tropical sea life.


What’s Included

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Sample itinerary found under ITINERARY tab. Inclusions vary between tours available - please ask us to check what tours are open at the time you'd like to travel

What’s Not Included

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Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights for African and Australian Tours

May include:
* Kruger National Park
* Blyde River Canyon
* Bourkes Luck Potholes
* Three Rondavels
* Zulu Nation
* Protea Banks Diving
* Aliwal Shoal Diving
* Diving with Sharks

Countries Visited

World Travel and Location Information

South Africa


Day to Day Itinerary

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1: Johannesburg - Kwa Madwala

An early start from Johannesburg, we travel through the Northern Province of Mpumalanga en route to the breathtaking Kruger National Park. This afternoon we enter the Kwa Madwala Game Reserve just south of the Kruger Park. After settling in we enjoy an evening game drive followed by local dancing and dinner. Look out for those shining eyes and keep your cameras ready! Overnight: Gazebo Game Lodge
Meals Included: LD

2: Kruger Park

Today we start with a morning game walk before proceeding into the Kruger National Park. We enjoy an afternoon game drive from the comfort of our Nomad Truck. On the way keep your eyes open for more wildlife. Our truck gives us a more elevated view of the park and the ability to spot big cats and other smaller game that can be hiding in the vegetation. Optional Activity: Night game drives with SANP Game Ranger (subject to availability). Overnight: SANP Camp
Meals Included: BD

3: Kruger Park

Today we have a full day of game viewing planned in a Kruger National Park open 4x4 vehicle. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo, known as Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as well as many other species of animals and birds. Optional Activities: Morning walk with SANP Game Ranger, Night game drives with SANP Game Ranger (subject to availability). Overnight: SANP Camp
Meals Included: BD

4: Panorama Route - Johannesburg

This morning we leave Kruger National Park on our journey back to Johannesburg. We travel along the spectacular Panorama Route. Blyde River Canyon is the 3rd largest canyon in the world, with breathtaking views of formations such as God’s Window and the Three Rondavels. We also see The Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which have been gradually eroded by the Treur River. Most groups spend this last night together at a local restaurant. Optional Activities: Morning Game Walk with SANP, Dinner in a local Restaurant. Overnight: Garden Court OR Tambo
Meals Included: BL

5: Johannesburg - Durban

After taking the hotel shuttle to the airport, you will board a plan and fly down to KwaZulu Natal and bustling city of Durban, which is South Africa’s largest port and a popular surf destination. On arrival in Durban, a transfer will take you to your hotel to settle in. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city. Optional Activities: City tour, Ushaka Marine world. Overnight: Garden Court South Beach
Meals Included: -

6: Protea Banks

Durban is home to the famous dolphin coast and some of the world’s best Apex Predator shark diving. After meeting your guides we depart Durban and travel for about an hour and a half south towards the small beachside resort of Shelley Beach, launch point for the infamous Protea Banks, our diving destination for the next 3 days. Overnight: Dive House
Meals Included: LD

7-9: 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 a conservation talk, regarding the sharks in the area, the threats to them and the work that our donation will be helping towards. Overnight: Dive House
Meals Included: BLD

10-11: Aliwal Shoal Diving

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. Overnight: Dive House
Meals Included: BLD

12: Durban - tour ends

We travel this morning to the Durban airport where our tour ends upon arrival at the King Shaka International Airport.
Meals Included: B

Dates and Prices - (AUD per person)

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05 Nov 2012 16 Nov 2012 $2656 $ZAR1640 $365 Activity Package - This is a compulsory payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore our itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. The Activity Package on this tour includes: Day 1 - Evening game drive Day 2 - Morning game walk Day 3 - Full day 4x4 open vehicle game drive Day 7 - Conservation contributionView Notes Make a Tour Enquiry Now
26 Nov 2012 07 Dec 2012 $2656 $ZAR1640 $365 Activity Package - This is a compulsory payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. The Activity Package on this tour includes: Day 1 - Evening game drive Day 2 - Morning game walk Day 3 - Full day 4x4 open vehicle game drive Day 7 - Conservation contributionView Notes Make a Tour Enquiry Now
14 Jan 2013 25 Jan 2013 $2656 $ZAR1640 $365 Activity Package This is a compulsory payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. The Activity Package on this tour includes; Day 1 Evening game drive Day 2 Morning game walk Day 3 Full day 4x4 open vehicle game drive Day 7 Conservation contributionView Notes Make a Tour Enquiry Now
04 Feb 2013 15 Feb 2013 $2656 $ZAR1640 $365 Activity Package This is a compulsory payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. The Activity Package on this tour includes; Day 1 Evening game drive Day 2 Morning game walk Day 3 Full day 4x4 open vehicle game drive Day 7 Conservation contributionView Notes Make a Tour Enquiry Now
25 Feb 2013 08 Mar 2013 $2656 $ZAR1640 $365 Activity Package This is a compulsory payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. The Activity Package on this tour includes; Day 1 Evening game drive Day 2 Morning game walk Day 3 Full day 4x4 open vehicle game drive Day 7 Conservation contributionView Notes Make a Tour Enquiry Now
04 Nov 2013 15 Nov 2013 $2656 $ZAR1640 $365 Activity Package This is a compulsory payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. The Activity Package on this tour includes; Day 1 Evening game drive Day 2 Morning game walk Day 3 Full day 4x4 open vehicle game drive Day 7 Conservation contributionView Notes Make a Tour Enquiry Now
25 Nov 2013 06 Dec 2013 $2656 $ZAR1640 $365 Activity Package This is a compulsory payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. The Activity Package on this tour includes; Day 1 Evening game drive Day 2 Morning game walk Day 3 Full day 4x4 open vehicle game drive Day 7 Conservation contributionView Notes Make a Tour Enquiry Now

General Itinerary

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1
Kwa Madwala Reserve
2-3
Kruger National Park
4
Panorama Route – Johannesburg
5
Johannesburg – Durban
6-9
Protea Banks
10-11
Aliwal Shoal
12
Durban - Tour ends




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