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Please contact us to book your ocean adventure during the months of June and July. We require a 50% deposit on confirmation of booking. The remaining balance is due 14 days before your tour date. In contrast to our other services this is a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit!


Upcoming trip dates:

Choose your dates between 11 June and 4 August, 2023.

Trip direction: Fly to Mthatha, transfer to Port St Johns and return.

Sardine Run on the Wild Coast at Port St Johns, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Shorter or extended tours available. Please contact us for more info.

Please note that a single supplement of ZAR 2,700 will be added if you prefer your own room. This will bring your total amount to ZAR 53,302

Included in trip prices:

  • Accommodation at Port St John’s River Lodge.
  • Dinner, bed & breakfast
  • All days going out on the ocean (weather permitting)
  • Cylinder / air
  • Weights / belt
  • Packed refreshments for consumption on the boat
  • Diver permit to dive within Pondoland Marine Protected Area
  • Full and exclusive aerial support for finding marine activity and communicating it with your boat
  • WIFI
  • Drying room for wetsuits
  • Hot shower rinse-off at boat jetty
  • Walking distance to convenience store and liquor store
  • Heated and unheated swimming pools on site


  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals where not specified above. Lunches are not included.
  • Transfers can be arranged at an additional charge. One way transfer from Mthatha airport to Port St Johns = R 1580 (4-seat vehicle) / R 2250 (15- seat vehicle). R 170 trailer.
  • Dive gear rental – MUST be pre booked. R 90.00 per item, per day OR R 450.00 full rental per day
  • Additional land based activities i.e. guided hikes / cultural tours / afternoon flights. Please note if weather does not allow for ocean excursions these activities are available but for your own account.
  • Diver / travel insurance
  • Air fares / taxes
  • Passports / visas
  • Gratuities for staff – at your own discretion

A typical day on the sardine run ocean safari trip

Our daily outings on the ocean last for approximately six to eight hours depending on sea conditions and the amount of activity in the water. The action can be fast and furious. In conjunction with variable sea conditions, long boat rides and the whole day out at sea, outings can prove strenuous. It is recommended that clients be relatively fit.

Departure time is usually between 7:00 and 8:00 and return time depends on the action on the day. Our boats are usually the last return each day, giving our clients a full day out at sea, capitalizing on whatever nature has to offer.

Our boats head out from the Umzimvubu River, and after a highly exciting African surf launch, our crew will start looking for the action. From whales, dolphins and ocean birds to the little silver sardines and bait balls. Our skippers will be in touch with our “eye in the sky” gyrocopter pilot for an update on sightings. Sardine activity is usually pinpointed by the sighting of flocks of cape gannets or large pods of common dolphin activity. Our communication with other networks is vast and includes the Natal Sharks Board members that conduct regular flights further afield. Our local knowledge of “hiding” places also comes into play and all avenues are explored to find you the best action.

Once action is located, our experienced crew will determine whether this action is fast moving, necessitating snorkel viewing, or more static, whereby we can go straight onto scuba equipment for those wishing to use scuba. Snorkelers, divers and boat passengers will experience the action first hand. This ensures an exciting day out for everyone, on board or in the water, with the extraordinary spectacular nature brings with her.

Boat Trips Enjoy a sunset booze cruise on the mighty Umzimvubu river. 

Whale Watching Get close and personal and experience these gentle ocean giants during the sardine run.

Guided Walks and Hikes There are beautiful walks and hikes you can explore. River mouths, mountain trails, romantic walks on white sand beaches… the list goes on.

Traditional Village Tours Experience a way of life far removed from yours by roaming the hills with a guide. He’ll introduce you to his home village where you can also sample the local food. This is a great way to learn more about one of the 11 different cultures that make up South Africa’s rainbow nation.

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