Sardine Run and Shark Safari in South Africa


Sardine Run

The migration of the sardines is a phenomenon of nature and is not under any circumstance a guaranteed event. As a participant on this trip you are not entitled to any form of refund or reduction in price in case the sardines do not appear during our stay.

Game Reserve

The Game Reserves normally get booked up a long time in advance, and we might have to change dates and/or Game Reserve depending on availability at the time of final booking. You are not entitled to any form of refund or reduction in price in case we have to choose another Game Reserve or a substitute activity.

Diving experience

Please bring a valid diving certificate to prove your qualification. Required diving experience is stated here ››

Accommodation / Room arrangements

We will be based in KwaMnandi lodge in Umkomaas which was renovated in 2003. All rooms are on a sharing basis (2-4 persons), and you must be prepared to share room with someone of the opposite sex if needed.

Our 2 nights in the Game Reserve will be in comfortable thatched chalets (2-4 persons sharing).

Weather conditions

Weather conditions are always subject to surprises, and are almost impossible to forecast a long time in advance. The air temperature in June/July is normally 16-22°C in this area, but might be lower. Make sure you bring appropriate clothing for all conditions.

Water visibility might change drastically, from over 40 meters to just a few, depending on strength and direction of the wind. From time to time the visibility around Aliwal Shoal is exacerbated by industrial effluent from the nearby pulp-processing plant.

Water temperatures at this time of year are normally 14-18°C, but might drop depending on the currents.

Changes to the itinerary

The itinerary is the plan of expected activities for the trip, but weather conditions and other unpredictable factors might force us to make changes at short notice. We will always do our best to keep you informed about changes that have to be made.


You need to be 18 years old at the time of departure to participate in the trip. If you are under 18 at the time of booking, you will need written approval from your parents or guardian.

Limited number of participants

This trip is limited to 12 team members only. To be able to fulfil the itinerary we need a minimum of 8 participants.


A copy of a valid Insurance Certificate that covers the requirements outlined in the Terms and Conditions (section 12), must be sent to XO holidays no later then 60 days prior to departure. XO holidays have the right to cancel the booking if this requirement is not met, and the deposit paid will not be refundable.

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2 Jul - 16 Jul


£2,390 (all-inclusive)

What is included?

Deposit £239

Trip specific Terms and Conditions


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Tips, hints and what to bring

Air temp: 16-22°C
Water temp: 14-18°C
Diving depth: 10-40 metres
Visibility: 5-40 metres

Required diving experience


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