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One of the best places I have been for ocean life is the south coast of Africa. This area stretching from Hermanus up to Knysna is rich in ocean life and a great destination for whale watchers and the more adventurous shark cage diving.

For whale watching the Garden Route area is sublime. Whales can be seen frequently between April to November and a wide range of accommodation exists, ranging from $50 per night for the entry-level rooms, up to $1, 000 per night if you want five star luxury.  

These trips work nicely if you combine them with shark cage diving – or just watching if getting up close and personal is not for you. The best area in South Africa for this is Gaans Bay. I recommend staying at the lovely Grootbos lodge just a few minutes drive away.


Gaans Bay is abuzz with shark activity, from research teams to holidaymakers, the sharks draw a wide variety of visitors. I took a short fly over in a small aircraft and counted twenty-six sharks lurking just beyond the backline waves, this did put me off my surfing aspirations but for shark livers it’s a mecca.  

To arrange this ocean lover’s trip I used the services of African Safari Home. They provide a full range of accommodation and super friendly services, all at guaranteed low prices. You can of course include safari trips to popular destinations like the Kruger National Park and Serengeti to get an all-encompassing African experience.

Remember when visiting South Africa to pack season appropriate clothing, as the climate in the Cape is vastly different to the climate up north in the Kruger. Your friendly travel consultant will be able to provide more information.

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3 thoughts on “Whale Watching and Shark Diving

  1. South Africa is great place to visit and explore the nature and old cities. Shark Diving is amazing experience, truly unforgettable!

  2. We’re now in Africa and having so much fun! I agree that it’s one of the best places for ocean life..

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