Diving with great white sharks
is one of the best known extreme activities available in Africa.
It takes place mainly out of the village of Gansbaai
, around 100km east of Cape Town.
Guests travel out into the cold waters of the southern ocean to an area where sharks are usually present. A metal frame tank is then lowered into the water, into which guests descend, hopefully to get up close and personal with great whites.
The sharks are usually attracted by seasoning the water with chum. Since they have such a remarkable sense of smell, the presence of blood in the water can draw them in from miles around.
There is a major controversy about whether or not it is ethical to lure wild sharks in this way, when bating has been long since considered an abhorrent practise on land.
The counter argument is that the continued revenue generated by cage diving is the main motivator for introducing greater levels of protection and preventing the government from lifting the fishing ban on great whites.
The recent news that there may only be around 300 great whites remaining in South African waters and that this is a very isolated and endangered population increases the sense of urgency for conservation measures to be taken and appears to strengthen the argument for maintaining and even expanding these shark diving operations.
If you want to include this activity in your trip, then we will include appropriate accommodation in the area and then leave you to make your their own arrangements direct with the lodge owners and dive operators such as Shark Diving Unlimited