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Sardine Run

Simon's Town

Activity Description

Each year during May, June and July, vast shoals of sardines leave their cold-water home in South Africa’s temperate seas and travel north into the sub-tropical seas of South Africa’s Wild Coast. The shoals offer a bountiful feast to a host of predators including : seabirds, game fish, marine mammals and sharks. It is one of nature’s greatest spectacles. This is the Sardine Run.

Experience marine wildlife watching at its most spectacular! It is an opportunity to be part of something that many of the world’s top marine biologists, wildlife photographers and filmmakers consider the most intense wildlife event in the world. Guests can view from the boat, snorkel on the ocean surface or do a Sardine Run dive with scuba gear.

Why Choose Apex?
We have a sophisticated land, sea and air based observer network
Communication platforms that constantly detect the movements of the sardine shoals
We have the country’s most experienced and successful sardine run skippers and guides in the industry
We have facilities aboard our vessel to cater for videographers and photographers

The location for our Sardine Run 2018 is set to be on the Wild Coast (subject to animal activity), in South Africa. A short domestic flight from Cape Town or Johannesburg, the Wild Coast offers beautiful scenery and is a perfect holiday destination. This location offers guests a less commercial experience than Port St John’s where there are many Sardine Run operators.


Duration7 hours
When26th of June up to mid-July
WhereWild Coast - Exact location will depend on the exact dates of the expedition
WeatherShould bad weather prevent us from going to sea, an excursion will be arranged at no additional cost. There are no refunds for bad weather days.
What to WearBathing suit, Good quality waterproof jacket, Cap, Beanie, Wetsuits, Warm clothing, Closed shoes, Sandals
Things to BringBe sure to bring your camera, lots of sunscreen and any personal items that you may need for the duration for your stay
Guests or SpectatorsThere is a package for non-diving guests.


Minimum Age16 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelFit
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelIntermediate

Inclusions and Exclusions


Cost includes
5 x days Sardine run expeditions
7 x nights accommodation
7 x days – breakfast, lunch including drinks and dinner
Scuba equipment
1 x Big 5 Game drive & elephant interaction
Local transfers


Cost excludes


Guests will be staying in comfortable, clean accommodation.

Breakfast consists of a selection of cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit, toast & condiments, coffee, tea and juices.
Lunch is a prepacked box of assorted rolls, fresh fruit, chocolate & nut trail mix, juice, water and cool drinks.
Dinner is a homemade organic two course meal

We cater for special dietary requirements.

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