Day 1 : Tarangire National Park

Mon. 14 Jun 2021

Meet and greet at the airport  - road transfer to Tarangire Sopa lodge.

Depending on group arrival time, Lunch at Arusha Coffee lodge (for own account)

Game drive enroute to lodge

Day 2 : Tarangire National Park

Tue. 15 Jun 2021

Morning and afternoon game drive within Tarangire National park

Activities and Services

Day 3 : Ngorongoro Crater

Wed. 16 Jun 2021

After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro Crater and Lunch at Gibbs Farm.

Afternoon game drive in the crater

   

Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater

Activities and Services

Day 4 : Seronera

Thu. 17 Jun 2021

After breakfast we drive to Serengeti National Park.  You have the opportunity of visiting Olduvai Gorge and a Masai Village en route (optional extras)

This is simply Africa as you always imagined it.

Game drive enroute with packed lunches

Endless rolling bleached grasslands with scattered flat-topped acacia trees and animals everywhere. During migration season herbivore populations explode as wildebeest and zebra arrive in their hundreds of thousands. The cacophony that accompanies the plodding herds, drawn forward by the promise of life-giving rain and fresh grazing, is indescribable. Lions and other predators trail behind the herds, picking off old, weak and sick animals with consummate ease.

The migration is a spectacle on a scale that defies belief and should feature prominently on every safari wish-list.

Even outside of migration season you will still enjoy spectacular year-round wildlife viewing. The wide-open savannahs of the Serengeti are renowned as one of the best places on earth to view Africa’s big cats, especially cheetah chasing down gazelles and impala. 

Facilities at Kiota camp include:

Bar/Lounge
Dining/Communal Area
Digital safe
Electric lighting
Central charging station with universal adapter
Morning coffee and tea butler service
Cell phone network available in certain areas of the camp

    

Activities and Services

Day 5 : Seronera

Fri. 18 Jun 2021

Morning and afternoon safaris

You are free to discuss your days game viewing preference with your guide

You also have the opportunity to do a Hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti - definitely something to consider as the view is worthwhile the early morning effort!  Optional extra

 

Miracle Experience Hot Air Balloons Soaring Above Serengeti Our 16 passenger balloon The Love Balloon

Day 6 : Seronera

Sat. 19 Jun 2021

Morning and afternoon safaris

You are free to discuss your days game viewing preference with your guide

You also have the opportunity to do a Hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti - definitely something to consider as the view is worthwhile the early morning effort!  Optional extra

Day 7 : Overnight Travel

Sun. 20 Jun 2021

After breakfast depart for Seronera airstrip, small craft flight to Kilimanjaro departing 11h00 landing 13h10

Overnight flights Kilimanjaro-Johannesburg-Umtata

Road transfer the following morning to Port St Johns.

Day 8 : Port St. Johns

Mon. 21 Jun 2021

Early morning check into lodge

Spend the day at leisure - weather dependant we will take you up to the view point for sundowners.

Hand all dive gear in to the scuba center

Day 9 : Port St. Johns

Tue. 22 Jun 2021

DAILY DIVE PACKAGE - 6 DAYS

A TYPICAL DAY ON OUR SARDINE RUN OCEAN SAFARI TRIP

Daily outings last for approximately 6 – 8 hours depending on sea conditions and the amount of activity about. With the action being fast and furious in conjunction with variable sea conditions, long boat rides and the whole day out at sea , outings can prove strenuous, therefore it is recommended that clients be relatively fit.

Departure time is usually between 07h30 and 08h00 and return time depends on the action on the day.  We are usually the last boats in each day, giving our clients a full day out at sea, capitalizing on whatever Nature has to offer.

Each morning at around 07h30, our boats will head out from the Umzimvubu River, Port St John’s  and after a typical and highly exciting African surf launch, crew will start looking for all types of action, from whales, dolphins and ocean bird action to the little silver sardine type action. Our skippers will be in touch with our “eye in the sky” gyrocopter pilot for an update on sightings.  Sardine activity is usually sighted from large flocks of cape gannet sightings or by the more trusted large pods of common dolphin activity.  Our communication with our pilot and other networks is vast and we are also in communication with Natal Sharks Board members that conduct regular flights further afield. Our local knowledge of “hiding” places also comes into play here and all avenues are explored to find action for you.

Once action is located, our experienced crew will determine whether this action is fast moving, necessitating snorkel viewing, or more static, whereby we can go straight onto scuba equipment for those wishing to use scuba gear.  First hand action will be experienced by snorkellers, divers and boat based passengers, which ensures an exciting day out for everyone where no one is left out of all the excitement that nature brings with her.

   

Expert tips

OUR PERSONAL WORDS TO YOU ABOUT THE SARDINE RUN

The sardine run is one of the hardest products in the dive industry to market and to work with. The main reason being is that every outing is dependent on what nature offers us on that particular day. BUT…it is not just about sardines and baitballs…  It has been, and is still rated to be the marine equivalent of the famous Wildebeest migration that takes place on the Masai Mara and Serengeti plains of  Africa and is just as thrilling and spectacular to witness whether above surface or underwater.

Just the amount of oceanic predators and birdlife make this an enthralling experience and offers phenomenal photographic opportunities both above and below the water.

Activities and Services

Dive Package Port St Johns

Included

 

  • Packed Boat Refreshments incl lunch
  • Cylinders & Air fills, Weight belts and Weights
  • Dive permit
  • Skipper & Dive Guide
  • Full & exclusive aerial spotting support
  • Gyrocopter & Pilot (mornings only - afternoons an additional charge)

Excluded

  • Additional dive gear rental
  • Gyrocopter & pilot in the afternoons - additional charge of ZAR1500 per person per 30 minutes

   

Day 10 : Port St. Johns

Wed. 23 Jun 2021

Another day exploring the area in search for animal activity

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Day 11 : Port St. Johns

Thu. 24 Jun 2021

Another day exploring the area in search for animal activity

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Day 12 : Port St. Johns

Fri. 25 Jun 2021

Another day exploring the area in search for animal activity 

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Day 13 : Port St. Johns

Sat. 26 Jun 2021

Another day exploring the area in search for animal activity

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Day 14 : End of Itinerary

Sun. 27 Jun 2021

After breakfast depart for the airport for your flight to Johannesburg and onward for your flight back to the USA

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