The Sardine Run, nature’s annual extravaganza with a cast of millions, is a spectacle that takes place every year off the Kwa Zulu Natal South Coast.
The sardine run occur when millions of sardines migrate from their spawning grounds, up the Eastern Cape coastline towards Kwa Zulu Natal. They are followed by thousands of predators including frolicking dolphins, a host of seabirds, game fish, sharks and other spectacular marine life.
South of Durban, divers flock to Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks.
Aliwal Shoal lies 5 km off the shore of the tiny town of Umkomaas. It is a fossilised sand dune, home to sponges, corals and reef fish. Protea Banks near the town of Margate offers thrill seekers an opportunity to dive with sharks. There are sharks here year around. In the winter, the raggedtooth shark arrives on the reef to mate and during the summer months the Zambezi (or bull) shark makes Protea Banks its home. If you are luckly you may spot the elusive tiger shark, but divers often report of hundreds of hammerheads overhead.