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Sharks of

Southern

Africa

10-17 FEBRUARY 2018 - 1 spot available

17-24 FEBRUARY 2018 - 5 spots available

Sharks of Southern Africa

DIVING WITH 10 SPECIES OF SHARKS AND LEARNING ABOUT THEIR BIOLOGY IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SPOTS ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN COAST

 The Expedition / Course in Shark Biology in South Africa is operated by Apex Shark Expeditions, owned by Chris and Monique Fallows. The expedition will be hosted by Chris and Monique Fallows with Professor Alessandro De Maddalena, three of the world’s foremost shark experts. This is a very special edition of this course since the participants will have the possibility of encountering 10 species of sharks (great white, blue, shortfin mako, ragged tooth, bronze whaler, smooth hammerhead, spotted gully, striped catshark, leopard catshark, puff adder shy shark) in their habitat and learn about biology, ethology and ecology of these predators. Everyone can dive with sharks, no scuba qualification is needed. There is space for a maximum of 6 participants. Participants must land at Cape Town Airport, South Africa, and leave from the same airport.

 

Sharks of

Southern

Africa

10-17 FEBRUARY 2018 - 1 spot available

17-24 FEBRUARY 2018 - 5 spots available

Trip overview

TBA
Day 1

Transfer from Cape Town airport to Simon’s Town

09H00
Day 2

snorkelling in the kelp forest of Simon’s Town to observe catsharks.

06H30
Day 3

Blue and mako shark trip off Cape Point.

08H00
Day 4

Great white trip at Seal Island, and transfer from Simon’s Town to Cape Infanta in the afternoon.

 

08H00
Day 5 - 7

ragged tooth /hammerhead/ bronze whaler/catshark trip off Cape Infanta.

08H00
Day 8

ragged tooth/ hammerhead/ bronze whaler/catshark trip off Cape Infanta, and transfer from Cape Infanta to Cape Town airport in the afternoon.

NOTE: This itinerary is merely indicative and is subject to change at the discretion of the operator.

Sharks of

Southern

Africa

10-17 FEBRUARY 2018 - 1 spot available

17-24 FEBRUARY 2018 - 5 spots available

Where river meets sea

The expedition is set across two locations – Simon’s Town and the Breede River in the Western Cape of South Africa. 

Breede River

The Breede River is South Africa’s largest estuary. The trips require travelling 6 kilometres from the estuary river mouth which includes having to cross the “bar” (the area where the river meets the sea). This can be very exciting.

Simon’s Town, 45 minutes from Cape Town, is a quaint naval town steeped in history. The trips will take place in False Bay and in the waters off Cape Point.Underwater locations include the magical kelp forests which enrich rocky reefs by providing shelter for small creatures and the warm Agulhas Current off shore provides divers with gin clear waters.

Sharks of

Southern

Africa

10-17 FEBRUARY 2018 - 1 spot available

17-24 FEBRUARY 2018 - 5 spots available

We’ll have 7 nights accommodation. We’ll stay 3 nights in Simon’s Town, at The Grosvenor ( www.thegrosvenor.co.za ), a group of elegant apartments with a view of False Bay. The Grosvenor is just 12 minutes walk from the harbour where Apex Shark Expeditions’ boat, White Pointer II, is moored and is very close to Simon’s Town centre. We’ll have bedding and towels. The rooms we have for our group are twin sharing. It’s possible to have a single room, with a supplement if requested in advance. The rooms have a bathroom en-suite. 

 

Mudlark Riverfront Lodge - Apex Shark Expeditions

We’ll also stay 4 nights in Cape Infanta, at The Mudlark ( www.mudlark.co.za ), a beautiful lodge overlooking the Breede River, located 5 minutes by boat from the mouth of the river, in the Indian Ocean. The Mudlark is just in front of the pier where Apex Shark Expeditions’ boat, White Pointer I, is moored. We’ll have bedding and towels. The rooms we may have for our group are twin sharing. The rooms have a bathroom en-suite. Wi-Fi internet connection is available both at The Grosvenor and at The Mudlark. It is important to keep in mind that in South Africa there are power sockets of type M (BS 546 3-pin plugs, 15-A). Adapters can be easily found in stores and supermarkets in South Africa.

Sharks of

Southern

Africa

10-17 FEBRUARY 2018 - 1 spot available

17-24 FEBRUARY 2018 - 5 spots available

Extra information

Species

The following species have been encountered on previous trips and the likelihood of seeing these sharks is as follows: 

Mako Shark 80% Blue Shark 90%
Ragged Tooth Shark 80% Bronze Whaler 70%
Hammerhead 90% Great White 75%
Seven Gill Shark 80% Spotted Gulley Shark 60%
Leopard Catshark 60% Striped Catshark 80%
Puff Adder Shy Shark 80% Brown Shyshark 60%
Lessor Guitarfish 60%    

 

Game fish such as Yellowtail, Yellowfin, Tuna, Albacore Tuna, Dorado, Garrick, Bluefish and various large reef fish are often seen. 

Dolphin and whale species are regularly encountered and have on past trips included Humpback, Southern Right, Sperm, Pilot and Bryde's Whales. Dolphin species include Common, Bottlenose, Dusky & Risso's. 

For guests interested in pelagic birds, part of this expedition occurs in one of the world’s premier areas to see Albatross, Shearwater, Petrel and many other open ocean bird species. 

Diving

Everyone can cage dive, no scuba qualification is needed. All diving is on snorkel. The cage is going to be used with great white, mako and blue sharks. No cage needed for all other species of sharks.

 

Sharks of

Southern

Africa

10-17 FEBRUARY 2018 - 1 spot available

17-24 FEBRUARY 2018 - 5 spots available

Terms & conditions

Cost

- US$ 2 800.00 per person sharing.

 Cost includes:

– land transfers (from Cape Town airport to Simon’s Town, from Simon’s Town to Cape Infanta, and from Cape Infanta to Cape Town airport)

– 7 nights accommodation (3 at The Grosvenor in Simon’s Town, and 4 at the Mudlark in Cape Infanta)

– course in biology, ethology and ecology of sharks taught by Professor Alessandro De Maddalena

– 7 trips (weather permitting) to observe sharks and to dive (snorkelling), including 1 trip at Seal Island in False Bay (to observe great white sharks), 1 dive in the kelp forest in Simon’s Town in False Bay (to observe striped catshark, leopard catshark, puff adder shy shark), 1 trip off Cape Point (to observe blue and shortfin mako sharks), 4 trips off Cape Infanta (to observe ragged tooth shark, bronze whaler shark, smooth hammerhead shark, spotted gully shark, striped catshark, leopard catshark, puff adder shy shark),

– wetsuit and weight belt

– possibility to observe other marine animals (Cape fur seals, southern right and Bryde's whales,  long-beaked common dolphins, African penguins, etc.)

– breakfast, sandwiches. Cape Infanta - dinner 

Cost Excludes:

- Flights

- Transfers not pertaining to the expedition

- Mask, snorkel, fins, booties, undersuit

- Lunch and dinner in Simon's Town

 Number of participants

- We need a minimum of 5 guests for this trip to depart and a maximum of 6 

Bad weather days

- Where a shark trip has to be cancelled due to bad weather, there will be no refund, and a half day excursion will be arranged at Cape Point Nature Reserve, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, Table Mountain, De Hoop National Park, or Breede River Cruise.

 Sightings

- Sightings of sharks are not guaranteed. The expedition takes place during the low season for white shark predation on the seals in the area. This means that white sharks are not abundant and it is not possible to see them catching Cape fur seals or breaching on the decoy. But we may still see them visiting the boat and the cage. The period is usually excellent to observe the other species of sharks which are the main focus of this special expedition.

 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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