Republic Of South Africa
The Sardine Run, Cape Town, The Kruger National Park
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01 - 16 June , 2019
16 Days
Diving, snorkeling, safari, sharks, a wine tour
Difficulty Level: Easy
from 650 EUR
What to expect from the trip?
The main goal of our trip is to experience the sardine run, a unique natural phenomenon caused by the migration of the South African sardines. Millions of fish move every year a thousand kilometers along the east coast of the RSA. Tens of thousands of predators swim there from all over the world-wide ocean to treat themselves to the sardines. Whales, dolphins, sharks and tunas attack the kilometers-long shoal from the deep; seagulls, solans and gunnets attack it from the air. Our aim is to see this feast of life and death with our own eyes. In the process we are going to snorkel and dive. The second part of our tour is about seeing the main sights of the South African Republic. We are going to the Kruger National Park in search of the Big Five game, we will take a look around exceptional Cape Town, ascend Table Mountain, go to the Cape of Good Hope, set off in the ocean towards the great white shark, and carry out a tasting right at the vineyard of the worldwide renowned Pinotage wine. There is a diversity of tour activities which will give you the full picture of the region. "A little bit of everything" is the concept of the second part of our tour. You are not going to be mere observers, when we drive you to the place, show you whatever there is to look at, and then get back on the bus, but direct participants of what is happening. Be ready to drive Jeeps on safaris, go down in a cage to the great white shark, ascend the mountains, and last but not least, take a great deal of pictures.
The Sardine Run
Every species of mammals, fish or birds in its pursuance of survival finds one way or another to protect itself form predators: some grow sharp teeth, some - hard shells, some blend into surroundings, and some rely on the tremendous abundance of their numbers, driven by the idea "You won't catch us all! All together! Hooah!" And their tactic indeed does work: gigantic shoals of fish can be seen even from space.
The Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is one of the biggest sanctuaries in the world. It's also a place with the highest concentration of wild animals. Here you can see the Big Five game animals (lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants and Cape buffaloes) and hippos and crocodiles. In the park, there is 17 species of antelopes and more than 400 species of birds. The majority of documentaries about wildlife of Africa has been shot here. We hope that we will be able to come across the majority of the African savanna's dwellers if not all of them. Our team has visited a number of national parks from Namibia to Kenya and knows how to visit such places properly, so that you'll be able to both take beautiful pictures and get adrenaline rush from the process of tracking down the animals. There's not going to be any local rangers or rutted routes! All we have at our disposal is 4x4 Jeeps, portable radio and a great amount of time.
One of the Kruger National Park's distinctive features is that, on the one hand, it's relatively easily accessible for visitors, and on the other hand, the animals there are kept in true natural conditions. It's nothing like animal nurseries, plenty of which can be found around Cape Town, and which are more like zoos. This is real wildlife. We cannot guarantee that you will see all the local species, but we can say for sure that you will experience some strong and unforgettable emotions. The success of our tour depends on your own observation skills, persistence and luck.
Cape Town and its surroundings
Cape Town is a tourist capital of the RSA and all the Africa. It is regularly included in lists of must-see places both by the experts of 'Lonely Planet' and the opinions shared by tourists, for instance, on TripAdvisor. BBC Travel awarded the title of "The most eco-friendly city" to Cape Town, and Conde Nast Publishing House called it "The best food city in the world". All these titles are truly deserved. The city is so comfy and homelike that a lot of our tourists after visiting Cape Town admit that if they didn't have to go back to work, they'd rather stay there forever. We're going to stroll through Cape Town's neighborhoods with bright buildings and houses painted in different colors, we'll go to endless beaches, ascend Table Mountain, the calling card of the South African Republic, we'll take pictures of the sunset at Lion's Head mountain. Then we are going to dedicate a whole day to a trip to the Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans meet. There are Franschhoek-Stellenbosch vineyards nearby Cape Town, we will carry out a tasting of wines at several vineyards, including Pinotage, a gastronomic symbol of the Republic of South Africa, which sommeliers call "a fruit bomb".
Day 1 (01 June)
We meet you at Port Elizabeth International Airport. Checking in a hotel, after that you will have some time to rest, and later in the evening we are going to have a little briefing. Port Elizabeth is our first tour station for the next week. This is the place where sardine run takes place in early June, and where we go out in the ocean on the daily basis. Besides just a place to sleep, the city has a lot of interesting things: museums, restaurants, parks and other places of interest. The best beaches of the RSA are located here. But we hope we simply won't have time for that.
Days 2-7 (02 - 07 June)
We spend the entire day out in the ocean looking for sardines and other animals. Usually, the Sardine Run is 30% diving and 70% snorkeling. Be ready to take your best pictures!

Attention: in case of bad weather conditions, the ocean programme will be replaced with an alternate on-shore one.
Day 8 (08 June)

Here start a new stage of our trip - a safari in the Kruger National Park. We go by plane to Nelspruit, get Jeeps and prepare to the safari. Kruger Park, the first and the oldest national park of the Republic of South Africa, is located in the East of the former Transvaal Province, between the rivers Limpopo and Crocodilia. According to TripAdvisor, Kruger Park is the synonym of safari. Its length is 340 km (211 miles) from North to South. Just try to imagine what it's like, even the climate changes from one part of the park to another. According to the data from the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, the central part of the park has the highest concentration of wild animals in the world. It's a habitat for elephants, buffaloes, hippos, giraffes, rhinoceroses, lions, leopards, Nile crocodiles and 17 species of antelopes alone. In addition to that, there are more than 400 species of birds! We are going to see if not all, but the bigger possible part of the animal world, and we have everything we need for that: time, guides and suitable Jeeps. You should keep your cameras handy and bring a couple of spare batteries for them, because this is a real chance to take the best pictures ever in your life.
The WHO (the World Health Organization) reckons the Kruger National Park as a malaria-dangerous zone. The locals claim, that there has been no malaria in the park for a long time. We recommend that you consult with your doctor about taking antimalarial pills. The preventing course should be started two weeks before the trip.
Days 9-10 (09 - 10 June)
We are going to spend the whole time in Kruger Park looking for animals and taking pictures of them. It is allowed to be at the park territory from 6:00 AM till 6:00 PM, this is why we are going to wake up very early, so that we don't waste even a minute.
According to Kruger Park's administration, there are around 1 500 lions, 12 000 elephants, 2 500 buffaloes, 1 000 leopards and 5 000 rhinoceroses (both white and black) living at the territory of the park. "A rhino! A giraffe! A lion! A buffalo! A zebra! A leopard!" - in such an amusement you are going to spend these days.
Day 11 (11 June)
We make yet one more trip to Kruger Park, after which we go back to the airport of Nelspruit city, return the Jeeps and fly in the evening to Cape Town.
Welcome to the second most populated, but the most famous city of the Republic of South Africa. It was founded in 1652 and served as a way-station for the Dutch ships travelling from Europe to India. You should the epithets that are used for Cape Town: some people call it a cultural capital, others - a legislative center (the Parliament and other State institution are situated in the city), and many tourists are certain that this is the most beautiful city in the world. Soon enough you will get the opportunity to see that for yourself.
Day 12 (12 June)
We are going on a general sightseeing tour around Cape Town, and in the afternoon we climb up Table Mountain.
Table Mountain was acknowledged as one of the new Wonders of the World, it's the calling card of Cape Town. Its altitude above the sea level is 1085 meters (3 560 ft), and its silhouette is depicted in the city flag. The surface of the mountain looks as though it's absolutely flat, just like the surface of a table, hence the name Table Mountain. All the tourists that come to the RSA visit this place.
Day 13 (13 June)
We are going to the most southern point of the continent - the Cape of Good Hope. While driving down there, we'll stop by a beach to take pictures with penguins. Technically, the Cape of Good Hope isn't the most southern point of Africa, although it's a common opinion. The geographical confusion can explained by the fact that entering False Bay, ships go around this very cape. It's a marvelously picturesque place with soft white beached followed by steep cliffs. The mix of the icy water of the Atlantic ocean with the warm water of the Indian ocean created a unique coastal environment and one of the most productive maritime zones. A sanctuary inhabited with rare animals and birds is located here.
Day 14 (14 June)
This is the most exciting day of our trip when we go out into the open ocean in search for the great white shark. It is surely going to be the day to remember for a long, long time. This is a so called direct adrenaline injection. The moment when you just notice a distinctive fin above the water, your heart will start pounding heavily, bursting out of your chest. The captain will offer you to put on your wetsuit and jump in the water. Your knees will get a little shaky and the only thought is going to race through your mind - "Do i really need this?" Don't worry, nobody is going to let you dive unless you're in a special cage, so everything is perfectly safe.
Day 15 (15 June)

This is a very relaxing and pleasant day of the tip. We are going to the best wine farms in the suburbs of Cape Town. We're going to visit several vineyards and taste the local wine at each and every one of them.
Wines of the Republic of South Africa is the goal of a great number of adventurers. This country knows the exact date of the beginning of its wine-making history. It's February 2nd, 1659, the day when Jan van Riebeeck put under pressure his first wine. This idea proved to be so good, that wine-making in the Republic of South Africa has only prospered ever since. At the moment, white grapes constitute the majority of the sorts of grapes here, the most widespread of which is Chenin Blanc, which is used to make white ordinary table wines. But there is a unique sort, a real treasure and an asset of the country, - Pinotage, which is used to make both light and heavy red wines with unsurpassed scent of meadow grass, prune and strawberry.
Day 16 (16 June)

The last day of the trip. Flying home. At this point, we've spent a week at the Sardine Run, explored Cape Town, seen sharks and dolphins, swam with seals, gone on a real safari, tasted the famous Pinotage wine. Thanks for sharing all these experiences with us! We'll see you on our next trip!

If you want to continue travelling around Africa, we can arrange going to Victoria Falls. All you have to do is just tell us about it!
The cost:
The Sardine Run - 2490 EUR
Capetown - 850 EUR
Kruger National Park - 650 EUR
Full programme - 3990 EUR

The dates:
01 - 16 June, 2019
  • Accommodation
  • All the transfers within the programme
  • Entry to all the parks, taxes and fees
  • Rent of the Jeeps for the safari
  • Six trips out into the ocean during the Sardine Run
  • Going out into the ocean for the great white shark
  • A wine tour and tasting
  • A Russian speaking guide along the entire tri
Not included:
  • An international flight to the Republic of South Africa
  • A domestic flight from Port Elizabeth to Nelspruit and Cape Town
  • Visa fees
  • Your personal gear for snorkeling and diving: a wetsuit, paddles, a scuba mask
  • A medical insurance
  • Meals which were not specified in the program
  • Do you want to live in a separate room? We can arrange that for a reasonable price. The number of single rooms is limited. Check if there are any rooms available
The Tourleaders:
Birman Veronika
She is a founder of the leading Russian diving tour operator ExoticTime and a long-time diver. Thousands of tourists have travelled along the routes developed by Nika. One of her main skills is to find a way out of unforeseen situations which may come in handy while travelling around such regions as Asia and Africa. These are not empty words, this skill has often been put to practice.

It's hard to even imagine a more organized person with such a good eye for detail as she has. Nika always has everything under control and thinks several steps ahead, but it doesn't prevent her from being the life of the party, fun and positive. Also her English is absolutely perfect.
Additional information about the country
  • The daytime air temperature is around +22 C (71.6 F) The nighttime air temperature is around +15 C (59 F)
  • The water temperature is around +15 C (59 F)
  • The currency of the RSA is the South African rand (1 ZAR = 4.81 RUB = 0.07 USD)
  • The type of plug sockets: M (link), the voltage is 220V

What kind of luggage to pack:
  • A foreign passport, printed out plane tickets
  • A sunscreen lotion
  • A hat
  • Light trekking boots (or trainers)
  • A pair of pants, a hoody (it might get chilly in the evening)
  • A mosquito repellent spray
  • Paddles, a scuba mask, a scuba tube, a 5mm wetsuit
  • A swimming suit, swimming briefs
  • Motion sickness pills
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