THE “GREATEST SHOAL ON EARTH”
Each year in June or July along the KwaZulu-Natal coast the word gets out and, within hours, crowds of frenzied human predators converge on the area to join sharks, gamefish, marine mammals and birds in a feeding orgy. It is a time of plenty for all as large shoals of sardines move in a band up the coast.
- THE SARDINE RUN > JUNE, JULY & AUGUST
Drawn to this mass migration is a diverse array of marine predators. These include the Common dolphin (Delphinus capensis), Cape gannet (Morus capensis), Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus), Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus), Dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus) and Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera brydei) amongst others. In addition, Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are continuously encountered on the sardine run. Whilst not attracted to the sardines per se, these leviathans pass through the sardine run on their northern migration from Antarctica to Mozambique’s summer breeding grounds.
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The South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, oozes laid-back beach charm.
The South Coast is famous for its Blue Flag Beaches and warm sub-tropical climate the south coast is a year round holiday destination.
The KZN South Coast also has much to offer for nature lovers – natural beauty, nature reserves, whale watching and the ever popular bird watching…
Besides the annual Sardine Run that brings millions of small fish – and hundreds of hungry predators – to our shores, there is also deep sea fishing on offer all year round.
The South Coast is also well know as “The Golf Coast”. Choose from one of the three “Top Ten” courses in South Africa, Selbourne Park, San Lameer and The Wild Coast Sun.
Adventure enthusiasts flock to the South Coast and Oribi Gorge which boasts the worlds highest Gorge Swing at Wild 5 Adventures & the Africa’s longest Zipline at Lake Eland.
The South Coast boasts two internationally acclaimed dive sites: Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks…