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Shark Week in South Africa

31 May - 5 June 2017

Since its premiere in 1998, the Discovery Channel has made waves in a week-long TV programming event dedicated to sharks, now an iconic week in popular culture. This Shark Week expedition in South Africa is designed for Shark Week fans and lovers of Great White Sharks who want to visit and explore the historical sites associated with these amazing documentaries.

The two famous great white shark hotspots in South Africa are Seal Island and Shark Alley, Gansbaai. Under the expert guidance of Apex Shark Expeditions, co-host and narrator of many of the Air Jaws documentaries and other shows seen on Shark Week, we’ll take you to the locations for a behind the scenes tour. Meet the sharks* and the shark whisperers* who have starred in these shows over the last two decades.

* Subject to availability.

Shark Week in South Africa

31 May - 5 June 2017

Historical Shark Week Tour

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31 May

Arrive at Cape Town airport where you will be transferred to your guest house in Simon’s Town, one hour from the airport. The guest house is where the Shark Week Discovery Channel crew stay when filming at Seal Island. 

06H30 - 13H00
1 June

Today is your first of 3 Great White shark cage diving morning trips to Seal Island in False Bay. 

In 2000, producer Jeff Kurr of Discovery’s Shark Week, travelled to South Africa hoping to capture the incredible breaching technique of the Great White Sharks that breach off Seal Island in False Bay. Recording this behaviour was a television first.

In the afternoon, we'll take you behind the scenes of shark week by viewing the first vessel ever used to shoot a breaching shark and to see some of the props used in the filming of the Air Jaws series.

 

06H30 - 13H00
2 June

Great White Shark Cage dive morning trip to Seal Island.  

See the Ring Of Death (where the sharks circle the island) firsthand, so called as it has been shown that if the seals enter the "Ring of Death" on the surface instead of at the murky bottom, they are more likely to be picked off by the faster and more aggressive great white.

Afternoon at leisure. We can arrange optional tours to the African Penguins, Cape Point Nature Reserve or Table Mountain.

06H30 to 17H00
3 June

Enjoy you last amazing shark trip to Seal Island before heading to the Great White Shark Capital of the World, Shark Alley and Gansbaai.

We'll transfer at lunch time via shuttle for the 2 hours drive to Gansbaai and to your home for the next two nights, the Saxon Lodge Guest house where yet again, the Discovery channel crew stay when filming in this location. 

Have a drink in the Saxon Arms where many an interview on Shark Week has taken place. 

Evening at leisure.

08H00 - 14H00
4 June

Morning Shark Cage diving in Kleinbaai.

Meet and chat to the personalities behind Shark Week and the Shark Cage Diving industry in Gansbaai dating back to the early 1990's. Personalities could include but not limited to, Andre Hartman who in a Discovery Channel documentary in 2004 known as "Great White Sharks: Uncaged" he is filmed free diving unprotected with several great white sharks.  Then meet Dickie Chivell who featured on Shark Week's 2016's Shallow Water Invasion. Chivell is seen in the HORNET with a great white shark breaching next to it. See image on Fact Sheet Tab.

Afternoon at leisure.

08H00 - 16H00
5 June

Enjoy your last morning Shark cage diving at Shark Alley before heading to the Cape Town International Airport. Hopefully this is not good bye and you join the many return guests to Apex year after year.

 

NOTE: The above itinerary is subject to weather. The organisers reserve the right to adjust the itinerary as required. All personalities listed above are subject to availability thereof.

 

SAFARI ADD ON

This is a great opportunity for that safari you have always wanted to do. We have a number of options to choose from. For offerings, please visit here

 

Image: Dickie Chivell taking a ride on a shark-shaped decoy in shark-infested waters. 

From Air Jaws: Fins of Fury, Shark Week 2014

 

Shark Week in South Africa

31 May - 5 June 2017

Ring of Death to Shark Alley

Seal Island, False Bay

 Seal Island is a small island located 3.5 miles off the northern beaches of False Bay, near Cape Town, in South Africa. The island is so named because of the great number of Cape fur seals that occupy it. It is home to Cape and Bank Cormorants and a few African penguins. A radar mast was built on the island during World War II by a crew who lived in prefabricated huts for the duration of the construction but this tower gradually succumbed to corrosion and was blown over in a winter storm in 1970. All that remains of it is rusty, twisted metal. Some rock inscriptions made by sealers in the 1930s are still evident. The dense population of seals at certain times of the year attracts the seal's main predator, the Great White shark.  What makes Seal Island and the adjacent waters famous is it provides rare opportunities for those who wish to witness attacks by great whites on the Cape Fur Seal and to observe social interactions amongst creatures of both species. The island is well known for the interesting way the sharks grab their prey: a shark launching an attack will come up from underneath and hurl itself out of the water with the seal in its mouth. 

 

Shark Alley, Gansbaai

 Dyer Island, Geyser Rock and Shark Alley

Dyer Island is the largest of a group of islands about 5 miles offshore from Gansbaai and less than that from Danger Point peninsula. It is named after Samson Dyer, an emigrant from the USA to the Cape Colony in 1806, who lived on the island collecting guano which he sold to mainlanders as fertilizer. The island is home to a declining colony of African Penguins (ca. 5000 individuals in 2015).

Geyser Rock is a smaller island nearby, and is home to around 60,000 Cape Fur Seals.

The shallow channel between the two islands is famously known as "Shark Alley". Many a documentary has been shot in this location with the likes of Andre Hartman and another well know personality, Mike Rutzen. Mike has spent more time free diving with Great White sharks  than possibly any other person [and is one of the few people in the world that understand and respond to shark behaviour and body language.[Both Andre and Mike still live in the small town of Kleinbaai close to Shark Alley,

 

 

Shark Week in South Africa

31 May - 5 June 2017

Seal Island to Shark Alley

False Bay, Simon’s Town

Located on the mountainside of Simon's Town, the Grosvenor Guest House offers guests 4 Star accommodation with stunning views across the bay and harbour. A short walk into town gives you access to our shop and launch site.

Each guest will have their own en-suite room. Facilities include Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, a safe, laundry services and a well equipped kitchen. For more information visit: www.thegrosvenor.co.za

 

 

Gansbaai

Situated above the Gansbaai Harbour, the 4 star Saxon Lodge offers guest uninterrupted views of Walker Bay and the Hottentots Hollands Mountains and the opportunity to observe a working harbour in action as trawler boats leave and return with their catch.

The rooms are luxury en-suite with an on-site pub and restaurant, splash pool, communal lounge and WiFi.

 

NOTE: Both The Grosvenor and Saxon Lodge are home to Shark Week crew when filming on location. Live Shark Week just as the film crew do.

Shark Week in South Africa

31 May - 5 June 2017

Terms & conditions

Cost

US$ 1 500.00 per person sharing.

US$ 1 750.00 per person single. 

Cost includes

  • Airport transfers.
  • Road transfers pertaining to the expedition.
  • Accommodation.
  • Daily morning shark trips.
  • Light breakfast in False Bay and Gansbaai on sea days.
  • Light meals on board all trips.
  • Diving gear. 
  • Dive Towels

Cost excludes

  • Flights.
  • Dinner.
  • Transfers not pertaining to the expedition. 

Number of participants

We need a minimum of 6 guests for this trip to depart and a maximum of 12. The shark trips may include scheduled guests in order to keep the expedition costs to a minimum. 

Bad weather days

Should bad weather prevent us from proceeding with a trip, an excursion will be arranged at no additional cost. There are no refunds for bad weather days. 

Sightings

We are dealing with wild animals, and even though we offer this expedition in our peak shark season, sightings cannot be guaranteed. Refunds are therefore not considered in the event of non-sightings. Due to variable weather conditions and shark activity, diving may not always be possible. 

Booking and cancellation

  • A 50% non-refundable deposit via wire transfer upon booking with balance due 120 days before the start of the expedition.
  • Less than 120 days before start date:100% of the fee.
  • No show: 100% of the fee.
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