South Africa shark diving tour
£7495 including domestic flights only
Description of South Africa shark diving tour
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetIn South Africa we (as with everywhere we go) carefully choose accommodation, supplies and transportation that either minimize their effect on the environment or helps to contribute to its sustainable development. By choosing small, privately owned accommodation where possible we also look to only stay in truly eco-lodges that abide by basic and also pioneering methods of ecological sustainability. Where possible, we make sure that the lodges, camps and ranches that we use support local projects for the protection of the wildlife and local communities which rely on tourism as the principal source of income.
By bringing people here with a professional shark dive experts and a zoologist (where available) we aim to showcase the environment in full but also to allow you to learn about the problems facing the ecosystems here and highlight the ways that continued development and human exploitation are affect the species and how cutting edge research is countering the problems as well as showing you examples of success stories. We also keep a record of all the great sightings we see on each tour and record the environmental factors, this data is used by ourselves but also given to the researchers who are working on many of these species. All the information collected in invaluable as the knowledge of some of the animals that live here are little understood. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.
Throughout this trip we use as many locally produced and sourced foods as possible, by doing so we minimize waste as most of these locally produced products have less packaging that mass produced products. All waste we do create during the safari is taken back with us to the city so they can be recycled effectively. In fact nearly everything we consume along the way is locally produced in the villages that we pass through or are based on the periphery of the reserves we are visiting. Leaving next to no waste from packaging.
For water conservation we reduce the washing of bedding and towels by encouraging our clients to use the same towel for the duration of their trip, so to reduce water usage in cleaning them regularly.
As we is often the case in the eco camps and small independent accommodation we are well off the power grid and so solar power is crucial for our trips. All of the camps and guest houses we visit use solar power as their primary source of energy and water heating. Where generators are used the amount of time they are used per day is reduced to a minimum.
We only use one vehicle on this trip, we minimize the amount of driving on the trip, most of the movement on the trip is walking.
PeopleAs with any of our tours of Africa or elsewhere in the world we always employ local guides and drivers. They have a much better local knowledge and also help to bring in revenue sources to the local community. All of the camps and lodges that we stay in make sure that all our resources such as food, drink and equipment is locally sourced.
We also try and make sure that all the local guides and the boat operatores that we hire are from the local area. Southern Africa shark tourism has been doing this very well for the last decade or so and it is quite common to have local people working on the boats and now owning them outright. We think that by employing local guides we have encouraging a future generation to follow this career. Many of the accommodations that we use are involved in community based projects and schools in particular. Many of the projects that are funded by people staying here are geared towards helping children in townships get better education and enhance their career opportunities in the future. We also encourage the purchasing of local handicrafts which are all created in a sustainable way and provide great unique souvenirs.
Many of our boat operators take their role in the community very seriously and are involved in rescuing sharks and other endangered wildlife that are accidentally caught in fishing nets along the beaches and also workly closely with schools and providing work experience opportunities (both for local, national and international students).