Sardine Run South Africa

Experience the exhilarating Sardine Run, spending time out at sea interacting with dolphins, whales, seals, penguins, sharks and birds chasing the Biggest Shoal on earth!

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The Pro Dive Advantage

Sardine Run Specialists, sought after by international film crews and underwater photographers.

Pro Dive is one of the 1st Sardine Run Operators in the area and have over 20 years of Sardine Run Experience.

Sardine Run Tour Guide and owner, Louis van Aardt, has first-hand expert knowledge of the Sardine Run.

Locally based in the Eastern Cape with unrivalled infrastructure in Port Elizabeth and Port St Johns.

The South African Sardine Run Experience

We follow the Sardine Run

The Sardine Run action starts in Port Elizabeth in April where the sardines, and their predators, migrate up the Eastern Cape coastline of South Africa. By the end of June, the sardines reach Port St. Johns which is situated in the heart of the Wild Coast, a 250km coastline which offers spectacular scenery and unique beauty to the Sardine Run experience.

A typical sardine bait ball in crystal clear conditions where dolphins, sharks, whales and sea birds are in a feeding frenzy is in fact a rare sighting. Film crews have spent weeks out at sea over the span of a couple of years in search of the perfect bait ball action to get the footage regularly seen on television. After more than 20 years experiencing the Sardine Run and our local knowledge and experience ensures the highest probability of encountering the densest displays of the Sardine Run action, where you can see penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sharks as well as the birds on the bait balls.

During the months from April to July, the cooler Benguela current moves up towards the east coast of South Africa resulting in the migration of millions of Sardines. This provides an abundant food source attracting game fish, sea birds, whales, dolphins and sharks, to name a few.

Port Elizabeth

22 – 28 March 2020

29 March – 4 April 2020

8 -14 April 2020

19 – 25 April 2020

Port St. Johns

23 June – 29 June 2020 

29 June – 5 July 2020

 5 – 11 July 2020


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