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Sodwana Bay

South Africa

DIVE AND SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA
From 1065
20th January 2019

10 days / 9 nights
10 dives at Sodwana Bay
2 different Game Parks for wildlife viewing

Sodwana Bay Deposit

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TERRIFIC PRICE FOR A FABULOUS HOLIDAY.
Minimum numbers are needed to take advantage of this trip.
Tell us your ideal time of year and we will do the rest.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Durban King Shaka International Airport M & G then Transfer to St Lucia iSamgaliso Wetlands Park approx 2.30hrs then overnight Hotel DBB.
Day 2 Estuary Cruise (Guided) Hippos, Crocs, Eagles, Cheetah Project, and much more. Then to Coral Divers, Sodwana Bay and book your dives!
Day 3 - 7 2* Dive per day DBB
Day 8 - 9 Check out of Coral Divers. Transfer to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park 2 nights DBB. Experience 3/4 Guided Game Drives including a night drive.
Day 10 Dawn Game Drive or Bush Walk. Check out and drive through to southern entrance of the Game Reserve and transfer to Durban Int. Airport Approx 2.30hrs.


All inclusive price that ensures you have the best inclusions and experiences.
Includes:-
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at all our overnights.
Ensuite accom. based on 2 people sharing. Single supp. 125
Game Park and Entrance Fees
Guided Dives
Guided Game Drives
All Transfers - Sprinter Minibus 12 seater with trailer

International Flights are extra - we find that Emirates are excellent. They fly directly into Durban from Dubai. You miss Johannesburg Airport on that route which can be a bottleneck on your arrival.

DIVING AT SODWANA BAY WITH CORAL DIVERS

Book your dives on the previous evening at 18.45. There is a choice and the further reefs have a supplement which will be added to your personal account. All items of dive gear may be hired at Coral Divers.
Further information on the reefs of Sodwana Bay and the dive sites is available at www.coraldivers.co.za.
Excellent choice of dishes at breakfast and dinner. You will definitely NOT go hungry! Have a beer or a glass of wine after diving from the bar. Evening entertainment is watching the other divers cook their dinner on the Briaas (BBQ) (mainly men). South Africans certainly enjoy their meat.
Each morning you will need to catch the Courtesy Beach Shuttle which departs the resort at 45 minutes prior to your booked dive time. It is a short 2,5km ride through the park to the main beach. Here, you will be taken to Coral Divers gazebo and equipment kitting up area where your Dive Master will show you the ropes. We use 7m long RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) that are designed for our unique style of surf launching. Each boat will take a maximum of 10 divers (excluding the DM and boat skipper). All our boat skippers are fully licensed and hold certification from the South African Dept of Transport.
Lunch is not provided but there is a cafe and toilets at the beach Optional Activities Leatherback turtle excursion (only available November January)


GAME PARK EXPERIENCE
St Lucia iSamgaliso Wetlands
Before you start your diving holiday and after a long flight we have a couple of days of chill time and wildlife viewing. The drive up to St. Lucia takes about 2.30hrs. Check in at the hotel have dinner and perhaps have a walk down the main street but 'Beware of Hippos'. Accom is Twin room ensuite.
Early Breakfast, check out and then a dawn cruise up the river - the skipper will point out the wildlife but you cannot miss the many pods of Hippos. Crocodiles too lurk in the undergrowth as well as swim in the river. Look out for the African Fish Eagles and Kingfishers. Cheetah Project next and then onto Sodwana Bay.

Endomeni Cheetah Project
Spend an hour or so for an up close and personal tour and learn more about South Africas endangered wild cat species. Be astonished by the speed and agility of the Cheetah. Get some photographs of you AND the cheetahs!

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park
2 nights Dinner Bed Breakfast
You are staying at Hilltop Camp in the northern part of the reserve. Accommodation will be in en suite chalets, twin rooms.
The pre-breakfast drives are the best - there will be 2. Chance to see the BIG 5. Good viewing from the Open Safari Vehicle and the Park Ranger is excellent at pointing out the wild life and knowing where to find it.
Afternoon Game Drive - for those who want to see more.
Night Drive - with powerful torches and to pick out the hunters and the hunted.
Choose a Guided Bush Walk instead of the second Pre-Breakfast drive and get really close to the smells and sounds of the bush.

Seasonal Comings and Goings Underwater and in the Bush to help you decide when is best for you.


Summer (December to February)
Sea Temp ranges from 24C to 28C
Rainfall common, but warm max Daytime temperatures 24C up to 33C (cooler and warmer days mixed, but heating up towards Feb)
Winds lessen after Spring
Sightings:-Turtle Nesting (Leatherback and Loggerhead) from mid-November to mid-January
Turtle Hatching (Leatherback and Loggerhead) from end January to end March
Tooth Shark dives allowed from early January to mid-February
Rays are seen in Summer
Whale Sharks are sometimes seen in Summer
Big game fish like Marlin and Sailfish are around
Bottlenose, Common & Spinner Dolphins
Eagle Rays
Moray Eels

Game Viewing:- Good, but bush is very lush and not as many numbers at the waterholes as water is plentiful. Daytime temps hotter than at the coast due to absence of sea breeze.

Autumn (March to May)
Sea Temp ranges from 26C to 24C
Rainfall seldom, but warm temperatures 24C up to 30C (cooler and warmer days mixed, but cooling down towards May)
Very little wind
Sightings:-Turtle Hatching (Leatherback and Loggerhead) from end January to mid-March
Rays are still seen
Sharks are sometimes seen
Dolphins, Eels,Stingrays

Game Viewing:- Starts to get better as bush starts to die back, making it more open and easy to see animals. Numbers at the waterholes increase. Daytime temps hotter than at the coast due to absence of sea breeze.


Winter (June to August)
Sea Temp ranges from 24C to 22C
Not much wind
Rainfall uncommon, but fairly warm temperatures 18C up to 25C (cooler and warmer days mixed)
Sightings:-Humpback Whales start migrating from end of July they are seen heading north
Manta Rays are sometimes seen up until July
Bottlenose Dolphins,,Eels, Stingrays, Painted Rock Lobsters

Game Viewing:- Excellent viewing, as more open and easy to see animals and water is scarce. Numbers at the waterholes increase even more. Daytime temps hotter than at the coast due to absence of sea breeze. Colder in the evenings though.


Spring (September to November)
Sea Temp ranges from 22C to 24C
Quite windy months as the season heads towards summer and coming rains
Rainfall common, but warm temperatures 18C up to 29C (cooler and warmer days mixed, but heating up towards Nov)
Sightings:-Humpback Whales are migrating from end of July they are seen heading north and then back south from mid-October to mid-Nov
Bottlenose Dolphins, Eels
Big game fish like Marlin and Sailfish are around
Turtle Nesting (Leatherback and Loggerhead) from mid-November to mid- January
Ragged Tooth Sharks start appearing again on 2 Mile Reef from mid-November
Stingrays

Game Viewing:- Still excellent viewing, as water is scarce and rains just starting. Numbers at the waterholes are good still. Daytime temps hotter than at the coast due to absence of sea breeze. Baby animals everywhere and the new growth means everything is full of anticipation at the coming rains


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