6 Day Sardine Run 2019 in Cintsa PLUS Big 5 Safari

Book a 6 day accommodated, all-inclusive Sardine Run tour in Cintsa, located on the Wild Coast (Eastern Cape province) of South Africa

Experience the annual migration of sardines up the East Coast of South Africa, along with huge numbers of Cape Gannets, albatross, pods of dolphins, several shark species (such as Dusky sharks and Copper sharks) all the way up to the impressive Brydes whales. Spend five days at sea, following the incredible marine action and getting you into position to experience the sardine bait balls (from the boat or in the water), where you will witness birds, dolphins, sharks and whales all working together feeding off the bait balls. Have one rest day where you'll experience a game drive to see the Big 5 and an elephant interaction at Inkwenkwezi Game Lodge!

PRICE: ZAR 31 500
TOUR DATES: 30th June 2019 - 7th July 2019

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Arrive at East London Airport on Sunday afternoon where you will be met and transferred to Buccaneers Lodge on the first day of your trip. We have a full briefing in the evening, where we can sort out equipment and camera issues.

Five days at sea and one rest day.

Please Note: Diving on bait balls is rare. The sardine run relies on the coming together of many different variables: weather and currents, predators and of course, the sardines! Some days are going to be quiet and some days will be very busy. We will do our utmost to get you into the best position to appreciate this event, either from the boat or in the water.


  • 0630 – Breakfast overlooking the stunning Cinsta valley
  • 0700 – Kit up and walk down to Cintsa beach
  • 0730 – Launch boats just before sunrise
  • 0730 to 15:00 – We spend the day on the water searching for visible signs of sardines which includes bird action and birds diving. During the quiet periods, we’ll scuba and/or snorkel with dolphins and whales!
  • 1500 – Return to the beach at Cintsa
  • 1600 – Late afternoon and evening at leisure
  • 1900 – Delicious theme dinner

What to bring

  • Dive Certification Card
  • Towel and a dry bag for the boat
  • Warm waterproof jacket, beanie and sunhat
  • Sunblock and personal medications (such as seasickness tablets)
  • Cameras (topside and underwater)
  • Own dive equipment, other than cylinders and weight-belts

What's included

  • Airport transfers from East London
  • Shared accommodation for seven nights on a full-board basis at Buccaneer’s Lodge on the Cintsa river mouth (en-suite rooms)
  • Five days at sea, one rest day
  • We supply cylinders and weights and additional equipment rental is extra
  • Single supplementary is available on request
  • Activities on non-diving days will be arranged
  • Big 5 Game drive and Elephant interaction at Inkwenkwezi Game Lodge

What's excluded

  • Flights
  • Dive equipment other than cylinders and weight-belts (but can be rented)
  • Alcoholic drinks

PRICE: ZAR 31 500
TOUR DATES: 30th June 2019 - 7th July 2019

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Type: Sardine Run

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