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Diving in South Africa

If you are planning a holiday and want to do some diving in South Africa, here you will find some good info about the country. We will provide best dive sites suggested by local diving clubs or diving centres. But before we start:

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Important to know before diving in South Africa

South Africa is located on the southern tip of the African continent and is a popular tourist destination. They have three capital cities, Pretoria, Cape Town and Bloemfontein. The largest cities in South Africa are Soweto and Johannesburg. Drivers use the left-hand side of the road in South Africa, same as in England, Australia, and Japan. Nelson Mandela was their most famous president after South Africa’s first universal elections in 1994.

Other excursions besides diving

South Africa has many good reasons to be a popular tourist destination. We will have space just to mention the scenic beauty of the Cape Peninsula that includes the Cape of Good Hope and the Table mountains. They have some cave paintings that date back to around 75000 years ago. South Africa’s Cape Winelands have around 560 wineries and Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world. Kruger National Park famous for safaris and great wildlife viewing. Durban is famous for surfing and great beaches and the KwaZulu-Natal midlands for some insights into South African history.

Capital: Pretoria, Cape Town and Bloemfontein. Language: South Africa has 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu, Southern Sotho and more. Currency: South African rand. Population: Approx. 53,000,000 Climate: South Africa has a generally temperate climate with an average of 28°C / 82°F in the summer and 16°C/ 60°F in the winter.

Information for Scuba Diving in South Africa

Cage diving in South Africa is world-famous due to the massive fur seal colony and African penguins that draw in many great white sharks south of Gansbaai. But sharks is not the only big thing to witness. Between May and July in the KwaZulu-Natal coast an immense school of sardines come to the area called the sardine run. The school can stretch for kilometres along the coast and is closely trailed by sharks, dolphin and other species.

Also there are more than 2000 shipwrecks off the South African coast, most dating back to at least 500 years ago.

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Ragged tooth sharks are the most common shark species. You have every chance of seeing Tiger and Hammerhead sharks on every dive. You might even get the chance to see the huge (and I mean huge) Brindle Bass on the wreck dives!