With a population of more than 51 million people, South Africa is a land with many differences. This is not only true for cultures, languages, and beliefs but also for its nature with mountains, forests, deserts and coastlines. When exploring the 1.2 million sq. km. land, you’ll notice that you’re not discovering a country, but virtually a whole world.
South Africa, also known as the Rainbow Nation, has a rich history, including Apartheid and Nelson Mandela. But besides history and culture, it is also a country with a legendary nature. Many claim that it belongs to the list of most beautiful places in the world. Also for Diving, South Africa has a lot to offer. Sharks are one of the top attractions here.
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South Africa attracts divers from all over the world. Sodwana Bay and Aliwal Shoal are well known and so is False Bay – one of Cape Town most famous diving sites. Even (underwater) film crews are coming here. Most diving sites and facilities can be found at Western Coast, Eastern Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, but also inland. The east coast offers warm, tropical …
Climate: when to go
Africa is mostly tropical and subtropical through the distance of the equator. South Africa is one of the few countries with more than one ocean on its shores: the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Some parts of South Africa are cooler through this phenomenon. If you want to dive in South Africa, you can do that all year round. In the …
Where to go: diving locations
We have divided South Africa into four regions: 1. West-Coast 2. East-Coast 3. KwaZulu-Natal 4. Inland The east coast offers warm, tropical water with sharks, turtles, dolphins, whales, but also coral reefs and a variety of reef fish. This is South Africa’s ‘wild’ province, with large areas of untouched beach, bush and forests. The west coast is colder but has a …
Aliwal Shoal: Dive with sharks Maputaland: swim with whale sharks KwaZulu-Natal South Coast: Protea Banks Wild Coast: Sardine Run False Bay: Kelp forests Port Elizabeth and Cape St. Francis: Chokka beds (October-November) North West Province: Wondergat Maputaland: Sodwana Bay Struisbaai: HMS Birkenhead Cape Town: Smitswinkel
Highlights when not Diving
Due the variety in nature there are a lot of things to see and to do. Whatever type of holiday you are in for, South Africa can likely offer it: Kruger National Park, in Mpumalanga, is a Big Five national park. Go on a safari, by foot or car, guided by a ranger. You can even go mountain biking. Watch …