Any information on doing this dive would be appreciated as I am in the UK and I am trying to save up for my wife and I to Dive in a cage to see these beautiful Sharks.
So Prices of the Dive,Pick up from Cape Town, how far in advance would you book? What if you book the holiday and there is no dive spaces? or do you book the dive first then book the Holiday around this? I would have to book for the end of July/beginning of August is this a good time? How much is it to get to Cape Town from UK?
All information welcomed, I am now 52 years old and have been wanting to see a Great White shark since I was a child.
Thank you in advance
Good morning Mark and a Happy New Year to you!
I am delighted to meet another shark FINatic!
Thank you for your questions, I will do my best to give you all the relevant answers.
So allow me to start from the beginning:
July/August is the best time of year to view Great White Sharks here in South Africa - they prefer our winter months as it is the pupping season for the Cape Fur Seals.
Our water is slightly warmer in winter too, which makes the sharks a little more frisky as they have more energy to spend. Also, our school holidays finish towards the end of July, so if you come after that it is also a bit quieter.
We are located in Gansbaai, a 2 hours' drive from Cape Town. We charge R400 per person for a return transfer.
But, if I may make a suggestion, I would recommend that you perhaps consider staying in Hermanus for 2 or 3 days. Hermanus as you may know, is the best place to view Southern Right Whales, who visit our shores during our winter months.
Hermanus is only a 35 minute drive from Gansbaai, and has a plethora of activities, restaurants and accommodations to choose from.
This will also allow you to make a double booking - what I mean with this is that if you want to dive say on the 2nd of August, then I suggest that you make another booking for either the 3rd or the 4th of August too. This way, if we need to cancel a dive due to bad weather, then you still stand a chance of going again as you will already have your space booked and you are still in the area.
But, in the event of having a successful dive on the 2nd of August, then you just cancel the other booking.
It is such a catch 22: winter is the best time for the sharks, but the worst time for our weather. And too often have I seen the disappointment when we've had to cancel tours due to weather and then our clients are unable to reschedule due to their pre-planned itineraries. And I most definitely would not want you to miss out after having waited 52 years for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
If you send me your e-mail address, I can send you some more detailed info on the dive etc.
So I suggest that you book your flights first, then your accommodation and then your activities - I am happy to offer you some recommendations for all of the above in our area. I had a quick look on Emirates, their flight via Dubai is about 550 GBP. British Airways flies direct to Cape Town, but it may be more expensive.
Our shark cage diving is R1800 per person.
My only other recommendation to you would be that you don't try to schedule too much into your itinerary - allow yourselves some time to relax and to truly soak up the atmosphere, nature and the people of our country.
I hope this helps you a bit Mark - if you have any additional questions or would like more information, send me your e-mail address and I will happily assist.