South Africa 2010

Durban and Cape Town - March 24. to April 5.

Since I began diving with sharks, I wanted of course to dive with the big ones, and when "Kingfish" invited to participate in a sharksafari where they promised many big species, I defencelessly booked it. And into the bargain - the boss himself came with us as a guide.

Durban - Aliwal Shoal.

In Durban we lived at Sandy and Walter Bernardis' place, a really wonderful house and garden with a view over the Indian Ocean. A big terrace where we enjoyed grillparties.

Every morning we drove down to the rivers mouth, and from there we had to pass over the very big surges with a powerful boat.
And then Aliwal Shoal and the sharks.

Our host Walter is a formidable sharkdiver. He allways brought a bucket of sardines with him - so now playtime with the sharks.
We had both Oceanic Blacktips, Tigersharks and Bullsharks at the same dive.

Another day out on the reef we visited a cave where a little shoal of Sandtigers drifted about.

This time I was mostly videofilming, so follow these links:

Oceanic Blacktips.

Bull- and Tigersharks.


Cape Town.

In Cape Town the last week we lived less fashionable - a backpacker hostel in a blind alley. A different but interesting experience. The photo shows the Table Mountain - the top veiled in clouds - seen from The Water Front, a popular shopping mall.
Around the spur of the mountain, Signal Hill, it is much more fashionable - Camps Bay. Here it's obvious, that The Atlantic Ocean also produces surges.

Camps Bay

Early next day we drove the long way to Gans Bay on the opposite side of False Bay, where we should experience The Great White Shark.
Alas there was not many that day, but the two passes you can see on the vodeo:

The Great White Shark.

Despite the weathers uncooperativeness, Mads our guide managed to make the best of it.
And the day we went 25 miles out in The Atlantic Ocean, it was calm and sunny - Chris Fallows would show us some Mako- and Bluesharks.
It turned out to be a good choice to watch from a cage, because one Makoshark had been injured from a damned longline, so left eye was missing, deep wounds on the side and a hook in its jaw. It was desperate and bit after everything.

See the videos.



The last dives on the eastside of the Cape Peninsula were the really cold ones - 14 degrees.
First we visited a penguincolony; but the objective was diving with Furseals and Cowsharks in a kelpforest.

Furseals and Cowsharks.


From Durban we drove to Oribi Gorge where some of us made bungeejump, it was in reality a giant swing 100 m down.

Sunset in Camps Bay.

Houts Bay on the westcoast of the peninsula.

Cape Point - the southernmost tip of the peninsula.


From the very beginning of my diving career I decided never to dive in cold waters; but never say never. This offer I could'nt refuse - so I had to buy myself a 7 mm suit just for this trip. Well, it turned out to be an outstandingly good experience - I had my big sharks (:o)
Now having played with them I can return to the warm waters again.




Flatworms and Nudibranchs.

Goodbye for now!

=> Emergency Exit...hvis du er faret vild ;-)