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Natural

Predation

Specialty

14 - 24 July 2019 - 3 spots available only

Natural Predation Observation

This is our premier expedition of the year hosted by well known documentary hosts Chris & Monique Fallows. The focus of this expedition is on observing and photographing the famous natural predation behaviour between the Great White Shark and the Cape Fur Seal. This is one of the most spectacular natural history predatory events on the Planet and a privilege to have realistic opportunities of viewing this behaviour at Seal Island.

Mossel Bay has been chosen as our second location of this expedition as this area offers great opportunities of seeing a Great white shark breach. This sunrise trip offers excellent photographic opportunities and under Chris’s guidance the most optimal lighting conditions are carefully selected. From here on in its up to the sharks as to whether a great photographic image and spectacular sight can be witnessed!

Natural Predation and Breaching is our specific area of expertise and having witnessed and recorded just over 10,000 predatory events in the last 20 years we are able to use our knowledge and experience to achieve these goals. The dates for this expedition have been chosen over what is historically the most intense natural predatory activity period at Seal Island and Mossel Bay.

We have a considerable respect and field knowledge for both predator and prey. Our emphasis is to make sure we do our best to put the wildlife first and whilst you will be close enough to get great viewing and photographic opportunities, we will not push the limits to interfere with the event.

 

Natural

Predation

Specialty

14 - 24 July 2019 - 3 spots available only

A trip overview

Day 1 - 10

Guests need to arrive in Cape Town the day before the start of the expedition.Should you require additional accommodation before or after your expedition, we will gladly book it for you.

 

The expedition consists of 10 days of Great White morning trips. The first five days of trips meet at 06h30 each morning at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop in Simon's Town. This part of the trip focuses on predation and cage diving weather permitting. Please find a detailed morning shark trip itinerary here

 

The second five days is made up of breaching trips off Mossel bay, 4 - 5 hours up the coast/garden route. On the 5th day, after the morning shark trip, you will be transferred to Mossel Bay via road shuttle where you will spend the next 5 nights doing early morning breaching trips. 

 If you would like to maximise your time with the sharks, you can upgrade your expedition to include afternoon Great White trips in both locations which we recommend is pre-booked. Please note that these afternoon trips are scheduled trips with other guests on board and not exclusively limited to expedition guests.

After the morning breaching trip on the 24th July, you will be transferred to Cape Town International airport. Please schedule a late evening flight to ensure you have sufficient time to check in.

We offer guided tours and safaris in both locations. These can be booked prior to your arrival (request list of activities) or you may book this in our shop when you are here.

Natural

Predation

Specialty

14 - 24 July 2019 - 3 spots available only

Simon's Town and Mossel Bay

The first leg of the trips operate in the waters surrounding Seal Island in False Bay, Simon' Town. This small Island is unquestionably the first choice location to see Great White Shark predation.

The second leg of the trips operate in the waters surrounding Seal Island in Mossel Bay. This tiny Island is a draw card for great white sharks to propel themselves clear of the water whilst hunting for Cape Fur Seals.

A Great White Shark tosses a small seal into the air as it breaches

Natural

Predation

Specialty

14 - 24 July 2019 - 3 spots available only

Tranquility in the Cape

Simon's Town

Located on the mountainside above Simon's Town, the Grosvenor Guest House offers guest 4-Star accommodation with stunning views across the bay. A 12 minute walk down the easy accessible steps leads you into town to the Apex 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. There are no transfers included. Should you prefer to be transferred, we can arrange this at an additional fee. For more information visit: www.thegrosvenor.co.za

Mossel Bay

Point Village Hotel is a self catering hotel nestled at the side of a quaint village at The Point in Mossel Bay - Mossel Bay is a popular tourist destination located along the sandy shores of the Indian Ocean. The hotel is clean and comfortable and is close to restaurants and the ocean.

 

The Grosvenor Guest House Accommodation

Natural

Predation

Specialty

14 - 24 July 2019 - 3 spots available only

Extra information

Species

Great White Sharks, Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins, Brydes Whales, Common Dolphins, a variety of sea birds and Southern Right Whales.

Diving

The diving is on breath hold or snorkel and no previous diving experience is needed.

If you are SCUBA certified, air is available however we do still recommend snorkel.

We have 5mm wetsuits from small to 6 XXXL, as well as booties and hoodies. It is best to wear your bathing suit under your clothes for ease of changing into your wetsuit on the vessel. A second skin is also advisable. We do have masks and snorkels, but if you are able to bring your own then do so.

Please note: These expeditions focus on natural predation and cage diving will be offered on suitable weather days only.

Number of guests

Due to the nature of the expedition, we accommodate a maximum of 8 guests, ensuring an intimate experience. 

Natural

Predation

Specialty

14 - 24 July 2019 - 3 spots available only

Terms & conditions

Cost

US$ 5 100.00 per person sharing. 

US$    300.00 single supplement.

Cost includes

  • Airport transfers.
  • Transfers between Simon's Town, Mossel Bay and Cape Town International.
  • 10 night's accommodation.
  • 10 morning shark trips. Subject to weather conditions.
  • All dive gear.
  • Light breakfast at meeting point.
  • Light lunch and snacks on board in Simon's Town only. 
  • Land based tours on weather affected days.

Cost excludes

  • Flights. 
  • Lunch in Mossel Bay.
  • Dinner

Weather affected 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. 

  • Cape Point Nature Reserve – The world’s richest floral kingdom.
  • Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.
  • The Cape’s famous Wine Route.
  • Table Mountain excursions.
  • A visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island.
  • Botlierskop - Mossel Bay

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

 Booking:

  • A 50% non-refundable deposit via wire transfers upon booking, with balance due 120 days before the start of the expedition.

Cancellation policy:

• Less than 120 days before start date: 100% of the fee.

• No show: 100% of the fee.


No credits will be given for cancellations beyond our control.

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