The great white trail

9 - 17 August 2021


If yes, then this expedition is for you. The Cape coastline has an abundance of White Sharks and the Great White Trail is an incredible opportunity to encounter these sharks across South Africa’s three premier White Shark hotspots: False Bay, Gansbaai and Mossel Bay.

Beginning in False Bay, your hosts Chris and Monique will educate you as to the hunting and breaching techniques of the Great Whites at Seal Island.

The trail then moves up the coast, through the Cape's beautiful Garden Route, to Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay offers mostly cage diving with feisty juvenile great whites. 

Following this, the trail continues to Gansbaai. This small town is South Africa’s shark cage diving capital. Here, we take you into the world of Shark Alley with incredible cage diving opportunities.

During the trail you’ll gain insights into natural White Shark predation, complex White Shark behaviour, White Shark biology, and ways to identify sharks and how sharks and tourism align.

Read a report back from Uwe Zenker, a guest on our 2015 expedition.



9 Aug

 Arrive Cape Town International Airport where you'll be transferred to the Grosvenor Guest House, Simon’s Town.

10 - 13 Aug

Great White morning trips in False Bay. Afternoons at leisure excluding the 11 August where we have arranged a tour to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V & A Waterfront.

11 Aug

Half-day tour to Iziko Shark Museum or Two Oceans Aquarium (Optional extra for certified divers only: dive in the new tank).

13 Aug

After your morning shark trip, we’ll transfer to Mossel Bay, 4- 6 hours away.

14 Aug

Morning Great White trip with White Shark Africa. The afternoon of the 14th is at your leisure. Guests like to visit the Botlierskop Game Reserve and we’ll book this for you and provide the transfers. Entrance fees are for your own account.

15 Aug

After your morning shark trip, we’ll transfer to Gansbaai.  That evening, we will have a presentation by the resident marine biologist on the Great White research that is being conducted in this area. Dinner will be served after the presentation and is for your own account.

16 Aug

Morning Great White Shark trip. Afternoon at leisure.

17 Aug

Morning Great White Shark trip. We’ll depart for Cape Town hereafter with an ETA of 18H00. Your drop off at the airport or Cape Town and surrounds is included in your package.

Please Note

Should we experience inclement weather, and poor sightings in one or more locations, we will be flexible to move the Gansbaai and Mossel Bay legs of the trail if required to ensure you as our guest, gets the best experience possible.

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False Bay is renowned for the breaching sharks of Seal Island. It offers divers and surface viewers some of the best apex predator activity in the world.


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Mossel Bay is a coastal village and harbour on the world famous Garden Route, some 400km from Cape Town.

Gansbaai is situated 200km from Mossel Bay heading back to Cape Town. This picturesque, tranquil fishing haven has become a bustling hub of flourishing eco-tourism.

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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

Saxon lodge

Mossel Bay

Only 6 hours from Cape Town, the Village Point Hotel offers Great White Trailers accommodation on the water all within a minute walk to the beach and restaurants. Facilities include Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, laundry services and a restaurant. 


Situated majestically above the Gansbaai Harbour, the 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.


Subject to availability.

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R 35 000.00 per person sharing.

R 38 000.00 per person single. 

Cost includes

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

Cost excludes

  • Flights.
  • Lunch.
  • 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 8. In the event we do not meet the minimum numbers, the expedition will default to a custom package. Should the guest wish to visit all three locations, they will need to pay extra for the transport costs.

The Gansbaai and Mossel Bay shark trips may include additional guests for costing purposes. The cages in Gansbaai and Mossel Bay are larger so the additional guests will have no effect on dive times. 

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. 


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 bank deposit 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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Fact Box


Great White Sharks, Southern Right Whales, Brydes Whales, Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, penguins and various sea birds.


You do not need to be certified to dive. Air is available in False Bay for certified divers. Gansbaai and Mossel Bay will be breath-hold only.

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