Welcome to Dive Expert Tours
Silke and Rainer Schimpf, offer an unforgettable adventure in and on the Indian Ocean.
Expert Tours are unique in that we offer the Big 8 (Dolphin, Whale, Shark, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard) in one package.
Established in 1999, we are specialists in:
- Big 8
- Sardine Run
- Shark Diving
- Reef Diving
- Dive Safaris – Trips of a lifetime
- Penguin watching
- Bird Watching
- Expeditions on the Ocean / Norway / Indonesia / Mauritius / Madagascar / St Helena and more.
We will dive or snorkel on our productions or dive tours strictly in accordance with local rules and regulations and with valid permits from Ocean & Coast.
We host adventure tourists, film & photo crews and Marine Logistics mainly in and around Port Elizabeth but also along the entire South African coast.
Port Elizabeth is the outdoor and water sports capital of South Africa with friendly citizens and one of the most diverse dive sites in the world!
Join us for the tremendous beauty of South Africa above and below water. We can assure you of spectacular adventure marine tours.
Contact Expert Tours here:
- Rainer: 072 1 420 420
- email: email@example.com
- Address: Walmer, Port Elizabeth
- Web Site: https://expert-tours.de/en/Offers/Sardine_Run
The South African Sardine Run occurs annually from February to August after the start of the sardine fishing season around the 15th of January each year.
The Sardine Run starts on the east coast of South Africa between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth.
First Maasbanker, sardines, mackerel and garfish gather in shoals until about June, and then with the winter storms hitting the coast, from July, the fish move north along the Eastern Cape up towards Durban. They can cover a distance of about 1000 km along the eastern coastline over a period of 6 months in South Africa, which makes it definitely the biggest marine migration in the southern hemisphere.
Sardine Run tours start from February to June (summer) in the area between Mossel Bay – Port Elizabeth or if the fish move north from June to about July (winter) along the coast between Port Elizabeth to Port St Johns.
In that period Port Elizabeth’s daylight hours are longer and the temperatures are generally warmer because it is late summer.
In the Indian Ocean around Port Elizabeth and Port Alfred maasbanker, red eyes , sardines and mackerel are present all year long. These fish form huge shoals at depths from 100 meters
to the surface (these are the schools that we seek, to dive and snorkel with).
Predators such as common dolphins, brydes whale, minky whale and orcas / killer whales follow the dolphins to also eat fish.
Our focus in Algoa Bay is on an area of approximately 100 km x 50 km, searching for schools of dolphins.
We often use support aircraft to scout for activity.
When we find pods of dolphins (between 500 to 2,000 individuals ), we follow the animals as they search for fish.
Snorkelling and diving with Baitballs is possible – depending on the speed of dolphins and sea conditions.
Our boat trips in the “semi rigid superduck” last from 4 to 7 hours as we travel up to a maximum of 100km per day within our permit area.
Our tours are personalised to ensure that our guests have an adventure of a lifetime. Full charter is possible.
Your safety comes first and we ask for valid up to date diving qualifications and medical certificates.
The Sardine Run is about 30% Diving and 70% snorkelling or freediving .
Not all days are possible for sea adventure as our trips are wetaher dependant.
If a dive/snorkelling dy is not possible we provide alternative shore excursions (depending on Tour Package with or without additional costs for the participants).
Information about South Africa:
The average air temperatures ranges from 13 to 25 degrees.
Water temperatures of 19-22 degrees (year round in Port Elizabeth).
220 volt adapter available in SA
What you need to bring:
1 waterproof jacket for if it’s cold on the boat
1 hat or cap to protect your ears
At least a 5mm wetsuit, (better is a 7mm semi-dry)
1st Stage 1 and 2 (DIN)
Snorkel and mask and fins
Photo and or video equipment including chargers and batteries
Logbook, Dive Qualification dive certification card, medical certificate DAN / Aquamed insurance and Health or Accident Insurance highly recomended
Long pants and shorts
T-shirts and shirts as well as some warm e.g. Sweaters
Beach towel / recreational boat
Sunscreen (plus 25)
Regular vaccinations as recommended in Central Europe
How many people in a group? A maximum of 10 divers per boat plus crew.
What services are included in the price? Depending on the tour package, normally all transfers in South Africa, Bed & Breakfast.
What type of accommodation? Double room / shared room in general, middle class hotels or guest houses .
Is other diving possible? Yes . On reefs and sharks and Baitball situations.
General Weather conditions during the Sardine Run? In South Africa, temperatures 12-24 degrees.
Water Visibility? From zero to 30 meters.
How do you know where the sardines are? Via satellite or aircraft and based on our years of experience.
What is the probability that you will encounter sardines? The probability is high but no guarantees are given.