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5 - 10 day package

Experience Different Shark Behaviour

A Shark Lover's Dream

Our packages extend across all three shark hotspots in South Africa. If none of the packages work for you, we will custom a package to suit your specific requirements. Please email us and we'll create the perfect shark vacation ever.

An extended time frame allows guests to get to know the different sharks, their distinct personalities and experience a wide range of shark behaviour.  It also allows for amateur and professional photographers to bag that highly sought after shot. 

 

QUICK info

  • Duration:

    Multi - days: 3 - 15 days

  • Accommodation:

    We have a variety of accommodation establishments from Air BnB , Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouses to Hotels. Our set package accommodation options are clean, spacious and within the 3 - 4 star grade.

    Custom packages can include budget to five star depending on your requirements.

  • Locations:

    Cape Town; Gansbaai; Mossel Bay; Plettenberg Bay.

  • Shark Species:

    Great White; Seven Gill; Mako; Blue; Copper or Bronze Whaler.

  • Transport:

    Self - drive or transfers can be booked.

After a few trips, you will start to recognise the individual sharks and get to know each shark’s character. This is a hugely rewarding experience. 

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Please note:

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

We will however, give you realistic expectations before making a booking

Bookings are essential as space is limited.

All payment is to be made in South African Rand. We require credit card details to secure a booking.

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5 - 10 day package

Experience Different Shark Behaviour

6 NIGHT 7 DAY CAPE COASTLINE

7 SHARK TRIPS PLUS PLETTENBERG BAY

 

Day 1
TBC

Arrive Cape Town International Airport - Transfers will be booked with our driver and he will meet you as you come through customs and emigration. Please be on the look out for a board with your name on it.

In case there are any problems or delays, please email apexoffice@mweb.co.za and call the shop on + 27 21 786 5717 or + 27 72 997 7996. The office hours are from 9.30am to 5pm. Please do not phone after 6pm unless there is an emergency.

If you are arriving in the evening, we advise a take-out en route to the accommodation as there are no restaurants open late in the evening in Simon’s Town. The transfer from the airport to Simon’s town is about 50 minutes.

If you arrive during the daytime, the driver will bring you to the Apex shop to meet the staff and confirm the details of your trip. If it is after hours, the Apex staff will have left a message on your phone, emailed and left a message at the accommodation.

Check- in.

Afternoon / evening at leisure.

Day 2
06:30 - 09:00

Morning Shark Cage Diving trip (3-4 hours) to either Seal Island or Cape Point.   

Possible shark species can include Seven gill sharks, Mako Sharks, Blue sharks and Great white sharks.

The location for the day will be determined by the best shark activity and sea conditions and will be confirmed with you the day before your trip.

The Apex crew will meet you at the Apex shop for check- in and a light breakfast before heading to the pier to embark.

Read the detailed shark trip itinerary.

Afternoon and evening at leisure. We do offer other sea and land tours. Please request additional info.

Day 3
06:30 - 09:00

Morning Shark Cage Diving trip (3 - 4 hours)  to either Seal Island or Cape Point.   

Possible shark species can include Seven gill sharks, Mako Sharks, Blue sharks and Great white sharks.

The location for the day will be determined by the best shark activity and sea conditions and will be confirmed with you the day before your trip.

The Apex crew will be waiting to meet you at the Apex shop for check- in and a light breakfast before heading to the pier to embark.

Read the detailed shark trip itinerary.

Depart for Gansbaai, 2 1/2 hours from Cape Town. The option is a self - drive or be transferred (at an extra cost). Overnight Gansbaai.

Evening at leisure.

Day 4
06:00 - 08:00

Morning Shark Cage Diving trip in Gansbaai (3 - 4 hours) Meeting times will be confirmed the afternoon before your trip. Possible species are the Great White and the Copper shark.

For a detailed description and itinerary on this trip, please visit here.

Depart for Mossel Bay just over 3 hours drive time.

Check into your accommodation.

Evening at leisure.

Day 5
0630

Sunrise Great White Breaching trip ( 1 - 2 hours) - Mossel Bay

Meeting is at the harbour. As this trip focuses on seeing and photographing the famous breaching great whites, either on a decoy or actively engaged in natural hunting behavior, most trips, weather permitting depart prior to sunrise and stay out for roughly 2 hrs depending on activity.

After the Sunrise trip, a light meal will be served on land before boarding the vessel for a Great White Shark Cage diving and / or surface viewing trip. (3 - 4 hours).

Evening at leisure.

 

Day 6
0630

Sunrise Great White Breaching trip ( 1 - 2 hours) Mossel Bay

Meeting is at the harbour. As this trip focuses on seeing and photographing the famous breaching great whites, either on a decoy or actively engaged in natural hunting behavior, most trips, weather permitting depart prior to sunrise and stay out for roughly 2 hrs depending on activity.

Return to guesthouse for breakfast and a shower before departing for Robberg, Plettenberg Bay. (2 hours drive)

At Robberg Peninsula, look for patrolling Great white sharks and unobtrusively observe the interactions between Great White sharks and Cape fur seals from the cliffs.

Return to Mossel Bay.

Evening at leisure.

Day 7
06:30

Either a Sunrise Breaching trip or a Great White Shark Cage diving or surface viewing trip before heading to the airport. ( Nearest airport to Mossel Bay is George airport)

Cost

R 30 000,00 ( USD 2025 APPROX.) PER PERSON SHARING.

Includes
  • Arrival airport transfers
  • Daily shark trip *Subject to weather conditions
  • All dive gear and towels
  • Light breakfast at meeting point and light lunch and snacks on board on seagoing days.
  • Accommodation 
Excludes
  • International or local flights
  • Dinner. (Breakfast and lunch on non sea days)
  • Lunch unless specified
  • Guide
  • Local transfers
  • Overland transfers
  • Land tours not specified
NOTE
  • The location for the day will be determined by the best shark activity and sea conditions and will be confirmed with you the day before your trip.

  • The times indicated are meeting times and are subject to change based on weather.

  • Itinerary is subject to change based on weather and shark activity. We will always do our best to be flexible in order to overcome both these variables to ensure you receive the best itinerary possible at the time.
  • The package is quoted as self-drive.  We can quote for overland transfers.
  • The package is quoted as self-guided. We can quote to include a guide.

5 - 10 day package

Experience Different Shark Behaviour

Seal Island & Cape Point

Seal Island & Cape Point Departing Simon's Town

Your first location is False Bay, home to some of the most famous marine predators and has an abundance and diversity of wildlife that is seldom matched elsewhere. Chris has written a blog which will gives you a truly special insight to False Bay called Serengeti of the Sea.

Simon’s Town

The historical naval town of Simon's Town is situated near Cape Point, a 45 minute drive south of Cape Town on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula. This quaint town is where you will be staying and offers visitors a walk down Simon’s Town's historical mile or a visit to the local, navy and toy museums. The many activities include whale watching (June to November), deep sea fishing, sea kayaking, kite surfing, scuba diving and sailing.

Spend your afternoons getting to know beautiful Cape Town by booking the below tours:

Cape Peninsula tour

En route to Cape Point,stop at the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, home to 3000 African Penguins. See these delightful creatures up close in their own habitat. You will also get the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of Kirstenbosch, Muizenberg and Kalk Bay. This can be a full day or half day tour. 

Stellenbosch Winelands tour

This full day tour includes a cellar tour and two tastings in Stellenbosch at Fairview, Tokara or Neethlingshof Wine Estates.  

Constantia Wine tour

This half day tour includes a cellar tour and two tastings at some of finest wine farms Constantia has to offer. 

Constantia Winelands

Table Mountain and City Highlights tour

Visit one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, Table Mountain. Tickets need to be bought in advance and are not included in the tour cost. We’d be happy to arrange this for you. The City Highlights tour will take you to places of cultural significance around the city including: The Castle, the South African Museum, the Waterfront and Bo Kaap. This can be a half day or full day tour, depending on how many sights you wish to see. 

 

Township Tour

Your half day township tour would include a visit to the District 6 Museum, a visit to a school in the area, visiting an informal dwelling and the new development, experiencing the arts and crafts of the area and general sightseeing. The townships you will visit are Langa, Gugulethu, Bonteheuwel and Athlone. 

Cheetah experience

Cheetah Outreach is an education and community-based programme created to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival. 

Day safari including / excluding transfers to Inverdoorn

Prior to setting off for a two and a half hour game drive in an open air 4x4 with a professional guide, there’ll be homemade cake and drinks. Sightings include lion, hippo, buck, giraffe and cheetah.  A buffet lunch will be under the trees will consist of 5 starters, 2 main courses and 2 desserts. Then you can relax around the swimming pool or visit the shop to buy some curios. Depart from Inverdoorn at 15H00. If you make use of the transfers you will be collected from Cape Town at approximately 08H00, and will be back by about 17H00.

Birds of Prey / Combine with Spier Wine visit

Visit the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Centre where you can view amazing birds of prey shows. There is also wine tasting and a restaurant on the same premises.This is offered as either a full day or half day tour. 

Other activities:

Guides and tours can be arranged for the afternoons on weather affected days including snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals

Other exciting things to do: Two Ocean Aquarium visit and dive with Ragged Tooth Sharks (certified divers only), Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point, Penguin Colony and The Izikio Museum Shark Exhibit. We can book these additional tours on your behalf when planning your Shark package/ expedition.

Land based tours

*Minimum two guests. Full day tours are from 09H00 to 17H00. Half day tours are 09H00 – 13H00 or 13H00 to 17H00.  

 

GANSBAAI

 

The history of Gansbaai is as rich and colourful as the exquisite beauty and bounty of the environment that birthed it.

Since the Stone Age times, some 80 000 years ago, when the first ancestors of modern man haply co-existed in the abundance of nature along the rocky shores of Walker Bay, little have changed to spoil the pristine uniqueness of this "Klein Paradijs" where some people believe Adam and Eve used to live.

The abundant sea and wildlife and variety of floral and fynbos vegetation along the coast and Duynefontein Mountains never ceased to provide man and animal with ample food, shelter and freedom to experience nature to the fullest.

Several caves along the rocky coastline around Gansbaai still jealously guard the ancient secrets and sorrows of yester-year's peoples who lived, loved and roamed this region eons ago. This area, later named De Kelders after the numerous historical caves, also boasts the only freshwater cave on the coast of Africa. It is in one of these caves, the Klipgat Cave, where archeological evidence was found of early modern man living here some 80 000 years ago, as well as the Khoisan about 2 000 years ago. Klipgat Cave is now an important historical site in the Western Cape. Similar old remains have only been excavated in two other places in South Africa.

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Nature's law of giving and taking is also very evident in this land of milk and honey.

The same Khoisan peoples who freely roamed and treasured the richness of this land before so-called civilization moved in, were all wiped out during a devastating smallpox epidemic in 1713, thus taking an invaluable treasure chest of untold stories and cultural heritage with them to the grave.

Furthermore, the same treacherous seawaters around Gansbaai that provide so lavishly, also claimed its rightful share over the years. Since the first explorer ships docked here centuries ago for fresh food and water, the rocky shores between Danger Point and Cape Infanta claimed thousands of lives. Seven shipwrecks around Danger Point and 140 wrecks along this coastline are silent testimony to the perilous force of these waters. Small wonder that the Flying Dutchman was spotted here for the first time.

One of these shipwrecks, the HMS Birkenhead, became famous for being the first to apply the "women and children first" protocol in 1852. The women and children were saved, but all 445 men, mostly soldiers, perished.

Even today, the rough seas around Gansbaai, which has since become world-renowned for its abalone, Great White Sharks and Southern Right Whales, regularly claim the lives of fishermen and poachers.

The first white settlers who settled in this area in the early 1700's were mostly nomadic sheep and cattle farmers who only occasionally fished for fun. It was only in the early 1800's that the abundant sea life started attracting fishing activities.The first permanent fisherman's cottages were built in 1811 under the dense Milkwood forests in Stanford's Bay, near De Kelders.

The town of Gansbaai originates from 1881 when an adventurist, Johannes Cornelis Wessels, walked here from Stanford and discovered the fishing possibilities and freshwater fountain near the old harbour. Other families followed suit and named the place Gansgat after a colony of Egyptian geese that congregated at the fountain. It was later altered to the more respectable Gansbaai.

 

MOSSEL BAY

 

It is the fascinating history of Mossel Bay which grants the town its status as the historical capital of the Garden Route and one of the most historically significant towns in South Africa. Ancient stone-age fish traps and cutting edge fuel from gas technology; Khoi-San herders and European traders – the history of Mossel Bay is a microcosm of the history of South Africa herself.

Mossel Bay has always been associated with early European explorers. Bartholomeu Dias, the Portuguese Navigator, was the first European to discover the Southern tip of Africa while searching for a spice route to the East.

Having missed the Cape during a storm his first landfall was at Vleesbaai where he was prevented from going ashore, either by hostile Khoi cattle herders or by the rough surf, so he continued around the Point and landed (in what is now Munro's Bay) on 3 February 1488 (165 years before the first settlement in Cape Town). The Portuguese used this Bay for about 150 years until the Dutch Fleet forced them off the Indian Spice Route.

Dias named the bay AGUADA DE SAO BRAS, the Watering Place of St Blaize, as they landed here on the festival day of this Saint. The Spring is still here today but now no longer flows on the surface to the sea nearby although it was still flowing during the 1970s. Dias sailed eastwards along the coast as far as the Great Fish River where his crew refused to go any further. As was the custom he erected a padrao at his turning point before sailing Home. After years of research pieces of this padrao or Portuguese Cross were found at Kwaaihoek near the mouth of the Bushman's River and are now in safe-keeping at Wits University.


On his way back Dias discovered the Cape and named it Cabo de Boa Esperanza, Cape of Good Hope, and not Cape of Storms as is believed. Nine years later, in 1497, Vasco da Gama landed in the Bay. He traded a red cap and some bangles for an ox with “the little brown men on the beach”, possibly the first barter commercial transaction on the Sub-continent.

In 1500, Pedro d’Ataide sought shelter here after losing much of his fleet in a storm. He left an account of the disaster in an old shoe which he suspended from a milkwood tree near Da Gama’s spring. Incredibly, the report was found by another explorer, Joao da Nova in 1501 – and the tree, now a national monument, has served as a kind of a postal clearing house ever since.

A Portuguese Captain, Joao Da Nova, was presumably responsible for the famous Mossel Bay Stone, which has the inscription 1500 or 1501. The Stone itself is housed in the SA Museum in Cape Town but a cast can be seen in the Cultural History Museum in Mossel Bay.

But Mossel Bay’s history goes back many thousands of years which explains the presence of our many archaeological sites. The early seafarers found 3 tribes here, the Gouriqwas, the Outeniqua or Attaqwa, and the San. The Khoi and San are both believed to be descendants of early man in Africa. The San were hunter gatherers, while the Khoi, also called Strandlopers, were herdsmen and fishermen. They kept cattle for pack animals and for riding on. The Khoi possessed a good knowledge of healing herbs and were often called upon to help sick sailors left in their care.

5 - 10 day package

Experience Different Shark Behaviour

Where you'll stay

SIMON'S TOWN

Holiday Court - Our Self- Catering Apartment

Located above Simon's Town village with sea views of False Bay, this two-bedroomed upmarket apartment is a home away from home. The apartment boasts a King Size extra length bed, walk-in shower, fully equipped kitchen, Dstv and WiFi.

Grosvenor Guest House – 4 Star Guest House

Located on the mountainside of Simon's Town, the Grosvenor Guest House offers guest 4-Star accommodation with stunning views across the bay. Each guest will have their own en-suite room.

Facilities include Wi-Fi (at an extra cost), Satellite TV, a safe, laundry services and a well equipped kitchen.

A short 12 minute walk down to the Main Road of Simon's Town will bring you to a myriad of interesting little clothing, jewellery, furniture, curio and bric-a-brac stores, coffee shops and restaurants.

For more information visit: www.thegrosvenor.co.za

The Quayside Hotel – 4 Star Hotel

The Quayside Hotel is set on the water’s edge of Simon’s Town and offers fantastic views over False Bay. The hotel is comfortably furnished for ultimate relaxation and all rooms have en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower. Each bedroom offers luxury, decked out in nautical décor.Our launch site is a minute walk from the hotel. http://quaysidehotel.co.za

 

GANSBAAI

 

White Shark Guest House

Located directly opposite the meeting point of your trip , the White Shark Guest house offers a ‘home from home’ a taste of a true South African Experience. The balance of old and new provides a warm ambiance.

This 4 star guest house is clean, comfortbale and spacious and is centrally located. Visit White Shark Guest house for more info.

 

 

MOSSEL BAY 

 

Point Village Hotel

Point Village Hotel is located a few metres from the Indian Ocean, at the end of Mossel Bay’s peninsula, and 1 km from Mossel Bay harbour, town centre and the meeting point of your trips. The spacious rooms offer partial bay views.

All accommodation options include a flat-screen TV. Standard rooms have a small kitchenette, and the self-catering apartments have a fully equipped kitchen. Please visit Point Village Hotel for more info.

 

 

Aquamarine Guest House

Aquamarine Guest House is a 4 star graded guest house offering an exclusive five bedroom gem, with a fresh modern touch. It is centrally located in the main street of Mossel Bay, with secure off-street parking and remote controlled gate.

The Guest House is within easy walking distance (10 minutes) to the trip meeting point. Please vist Aquamarine Guest House for more info.

 

NOTE: All accommodation is subject to availability. If there is no availability we will endeavour to book a similar type guest house where possible.

Shark Sightings Cape Town - Between 3- 5 Sevengill Sharks per trip. Maximum 12 guests. Book a transfer and get a 10 minute COMPLIMENTARY visit to the African Penguins at Boulders.

LATEST SHARK SIGHTINGS 20 January - GANSBAAI Cancelled Prior to this 15 - 18 Copper sharks, 1 meter water clarity & a water temp of 12.5 C - weather unsettled for next few days III CAPE TOWN No trip today nor tomorrow. Prior to this 4 Copper shark, Great water clarity at 5 meters with a balmy water temp of 19.9 C III MOSSEL BAY - No sharks. |