Sardine Run Expedition
(21-27 May 2017 & 11-17 June 2017)
In the late 90′s, Ryan shark diving company, Blue Wilderness pioneered diving expeditions to follow and film the Sardine Run, producing epic productions such as the Emmy award winning BBC film “The greatest shoal on Earth”. Today our team continues to annually track the Sardine Run, developing new detection technologies, perfecting our observer network and retrofitting our vessels to ensure we can again bear witness to the world’s greatest marine event.
- What you will see– The sardine run comprises massive shoals of South Africa’s bait fish, including the sardine, anchovy, massbanker, redeye amongst others. But it is the predators that are drawn to these shoals that really impress. Fellow adventurers will see common dolphins, dusky sharks, blacktip sharks, bryde’s whales, Cape gannets, Cape fur seals and much much more.
- Expert wildlife guides– Fiona Ayerst & Ryan Johnson will be guiding the expedition, and our skipper and support crew will be supplied by the ‘Blue Wilderness’ team, the company that pioneered the sardine run adventure here in South Africa.
- Accommodation– We will be staying in the wonderful eco lodge of Santa Paloma on the outskirts of East London. The lodge is situated in a small game reserve and we will wake up to grazing zebra, wilderbeest, blesbuck each morning. The lodge runs on permaculture ideology and as such- is in my opinion, perfect for those of us interested in conservation and the environment, and reducing our ‘footprint’ as much as we can.
- Food– As you will be travelling in the winter, local food will consist of plenty of hot healthy organic food supplied by Santa Paloma. On the boat, we will have light lunches and lots of snacks to get us through the long hours at sea.
- Fitness Level Requirements–This tour is for people who have experience on the ocean, or have a good level of fitness. On most days we will spend between 6 and 8 hours on the sea. This can be draining and demanding on your body. Whilst SCUBA diving qualifications are not essential, a giant stable bait ball is best viewed from SCUBA.
- Photography – Although you do not have to be a photographer to join me….photographers of all levels love doing this trip with me as they receive one-to-one instruction on an informal basis and find that helpful. If you aren’t into underwater images then here is plenty of incredible topside action to capture. For photographers who aren’t experienced in underwater photography, I suggest sticking to filming with a GoPro or similar as the sardine run is not an ideal place to start learning about dSLR photography.
- Cost For the seven day expedition, including food and accommodation; transfers and 5 full days at sea and one reserve day on safari, the cost is 2300 USD per person sharing, or 2500 USD per person single
Included in expedition
- 5 x Sardine run day trips (weather dependent)
- 1 x Wildlife game drive
- 7 x Nights accommodation
- 8 x Days full catering
- Evening casual tutoring & critique of media
- Local transport in East London
- All SCUBA or snorkel equipment