13-day scuba safari / guided tour
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Join us on a guided tour and visit the best dive sites South Africa has to offer. Experience the highlights of this beautiful country on a tour filled with adrenaline, culture and unforgettable experiences.
We start the tour with visiting one of the favorite dive sites of Jacques Cousteau: the famous Aliwal Shoal, where you can dive with ragged-tooth sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks, hammerheads and black tips. And where you can find the best wreck dive of South Africa: the Produce. In Sodwana Bay you can encounter in addition to the 50 km wide reef with more than 1,200 species of fish, the 360 million years old living fossil at ± 100 m depth: the Coelacanth.
We explore the local Swazi culture, go on an exciting Rhino Walk and sleep in a traditional Zulu beehive hut.
We end the tour with a breathtaking safari in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, where we will spot the Big Five and where we will set camp up around a crackling campfire in the middle of the African bush: This is the best way to experience the African wildlife and hear the sounds of roaring lions, howling hyenas and the deep rumble of communicating elephant at night.
Besides cage diving with the infamous great white shark, there are many plenty of other shark species that you can dive with, such as: tiger sharks, bull sharks, cow sharks, hammerheads, blacktips and sand tiger sharks.
Tofo is one of the best places to see whale sharks all year round. Snorkelling with these magnificent animals is an experience not to be missed.
Experience the exceptional saltwater mangroves from Flamingo Bay on a kayak tour. A must for nature lovers.
Go on an Adventure Caving tour to the Gobholo Caves in Swaziland, definitely not for the claustrophobic! You will wriggle, crawl and slide yourself through all kinds of caverns.
Hire a quad bike and experience the real Mozambique whilst driving through palm plantations and rural African villages.
Go on a walking safari accompanied by a Swazi park ranger and feel a surge of adrenaline when you are literally face-to-face with rhinos.
In Hlane we can enjoy a traditional Swazi dance to the beat of African drums, if you want you can also dance along to this energetic dance and try to kick as high as the professionals.
With a bit of luck we will be able to spot the Big 5 in the Kruger Park. Our overland truck allows you to have a better vantage point, due to it's height and large windows.
Go rafting on the Great Usutu River, it is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of granite rocks, carved by the flowing water in numerous pits.
Sodwana Bay is one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, and was a favorite of Jacques Cousteau. The 50 km wide reef complex contains more than 1,200 species of fish, and many species of sharks, manta rays and turtles.
During the tour you can make use of the WiFi on board of the truck. With this you're able to instantly share those beautiful photos & experiences with friends and family.
Wreck diving enthusiasts can enjoy themselves during this trip. Umkomaas and Cape Town has several beautiful wrecks, each with their own story.
From large whales and dolphins to the smaller macro-life, read on our blog what you can see under water.
Download the itinerary to see our special scuba dive package deals for this tour.
Explore the township of Soweto by bicycle under the guidance of a local tour guide, visit the home of Nelson Mandela, and learn about the history and daily life within the Township.
In Praia do Tofo, you can dive with manta rays. These mantas are giant animals with a wingspan of up to 7 meter and they come very close to you as they swim gracefully through the water.
After white water rafting, it is possible if you dare, to go abseiling near the Holomi waterfall in Swaziland.
Read more about the dive sites in Southern Africa: Download the itinerary or visit our blog
Would you like to go on this dive safari with your own diving club, friends or family? This is possible! As long as the group consists of at least 8 people. Please contact us for the possibilities.
It is possible to bring along 1 backpack, 1 bag for your dive equipment and 1 small carry-on daypack. During the tour there are a lot of opportunities to wash your clothes, so please don't bring too much. As a general rule, if you can not lift your own luggage, then you have too much.
For the nights that you sleep in a tent you should bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and air mattress / sleeping mat. The tents and other camping equipment will be provided by Ocean Legends.
In terms of diving equipment we recommend bringing along a 5 to 7mm wetsuit, and if you're going on the tour to Cape Town, also a hoodie + 3mm gloves.
Special safari clothes are not necessary at all to enjoy a game drive. However, it is not recommended to wear bright colors as it may scare the animals off.
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Due to the variety of adventure activities available, our tours are also perfectly suited for non-divers. There's lots to see and do with plenty of time to explore. At no time would you find yourself being bored!
For this tour it is advisable (but not required) to get vaccinated against DTP, hepatitis A, however prophylactics against malaria is highly recommended. Make an appointment with your doctor and mention if you will be diving, as not all malaria medication is suitable.
Most nationalities don’t require a tourist visa for South Africa or Swaziland, and are allowed to remain for up to 90 days without a visa.
To check if you require a visa, visit CIBT Visas
(Nordic nationalities can check visum.com). If you don’t have time to go to the relevant embassies, CIBT Visas can also assist you in obtaining your visas, they do charge a broker fee for this.
Important: All necessary travel documents are your responsibility to be obtained before departure and to be in your possession during the tour. Please apply for the necessary visas at least 4 weeks before departure. You need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after departure from Southern Africa, with a minimum of 3 empty visa pages.
If you have any questions, please contact us. We’re happy to help!
Transfers to and from the airport
Accommodation in a shared 2-person room or tent according to the itinerary
All transportation with our Overland Truck
The chef will prepare the following meals: 12x breakfast, 11x lunch en 11x dinner. Incl. coffee, tea and lemonade. This is paid from the food-kittyfood-kitty of This amount has to be paid in cash to your tour guide at the beginning of the tour, and is used to buy fresh produce daily for all meals.
200mb free Wi-Fi internet per person at the start of the journey. You can buy more top-up vouchers from your tour guide.
Use of camping and cooking equipment (except sleeping bag, pillow and mattress, which you will have to bring yourself)
Experienced English speaking tour guide and driver
Entrance fees to all nature- and game parks
Dive packages and PADI courses can be booked in the tour configurator at the bottom of this page, this amount you pay locally, in cash, at the start of the tour to the tour guide. Why?Local paymentsThis gets paid in cash because in the event that a dive gets canceled during the tour due weather conditions or sickness, we can instantly refund you in full for that specific dive. You can safely withdraw the cash on arrival at the airport.
Visas. Please note that these are your responsibility, to see if you require a visa, visit CIBT visas
Food-kittyFood-kitty of This amount has to be paid in cash to your tour guide at the beginning of the tour, and is used to buy fresh produce daily for all meals. payable to the tourguide on the first day of the trip ()
Travel and/or medical insurance, including special sports coverage for scuba diving (DAN, Aquamed, etc.)
Vaccinations. InfoVaccinationsFor this tour it is advisable (but not required) to get vaccinated against DTP, however prophylactics against malaria is highly recommended. Make an appointment with your doctor and mention if you will be diving, as not all malaria medication is suitable.
All items of a personal nature such as drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips
Any additional optional activities
Guaranteed departure from 4 peopleGuaranteed departure from 4 peopleWhen the selected tour date does not yet have a guaranteed departure, we will inform you immediately once the minimum number of 4 participants has been reached, and has a guaranteed departure date (we’ll inform you of this no later than 6 weeks before departure). If the minimum amount of 4 participants is not achieved, we will give you a full refund, or if you wish, you can join a different tour or date.Guaranteed departure from 4 peopleWhen the selected tour date does not yet have a guaranteed departure, we will inform you immediately once the minimum number of 4 participants has been reached, and has a guaranteed departure date (we’ll inform you of this no later than 6 weeks before departure). If the minimum amount of 4 participants is not achieved, we will give you a full refund, or if you wish, you can join a different tour or date.
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Age limit 18-55 yearsAge limit 18-55 yearsThe minimum age for this tour is 18 years and the maximum age is 55 years. Exceptions may be made for people over the age of 55 who are healthy and young at heart. Private tours have a minimum age of 10 years. Please contact us for more information.Age limit 18-55 yearsThe minimum age for this tour is 18 years and the maximum age is 55 years. Exceptions may be made for people over the age of 55 who are healthy and young at heart. Private tours have a minimum age of 10 years. Please contact us for more information.
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The prices for the PADI Open Water Referral below are excluding the theory and pool training, these you’ll do at your local diving school of your choice. For the PADI Advanced course, the theory is included in the price. You'll receive more information once we have received your request or booking. Specialty courses are only available on request. Do you have any questions? Please feel free to contact us.
Select a scuba dive package at a discounted price, or choose to pay for your dives on location per single dive; 1 dive costs between € 35 and € 53. Full diving equipment (excluding scuba tank and weights) is required to qualify for the reduced rate. If canceled due to bad weather the amount per dive will be fully reimbursed.
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A deposit of 25% must be paid within 7 days. The remainder is due no later than 6 weeks before departure
These amounts are payable in cash to the tour guide at the start of the tour.
TOTAL to be payed locally