Do you love Great white sharks? If yes, then this is the expedition for you. The Cape coastline has an abundance of White Sharks and the Great White Trail is an incredible opportunity to encounter these sharks across South Africa’s three premier White Shark hotspots: False Bay, Gansbaai and Mossel Bay.
Beginning in False Bay, Apex will educate you on the hunting and breaching techniques of the Great Whites at Seal Island.
The trail then moves up the coast, onto the Cape’s beautiful Garden Route to Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay offers good opportunities to cage dive with feisty juvenile Great white sharks as well as sunrise breaching trips.
Following on from this, the trail continues to Gansbaai. This small town is South Africa’s Great White Capital. Here, we take you into the world of Shark Alley with incredible cage diving opportunities.
During the trail you’ll gain insights into natural White Shark predation, complex White shark behaviour, White shark biology, and ways to identify sharks and how sharks and tourism align.
Should we experience inclement weather, and / or poor sightings in one or more locations, we will be flexible to move the trail location to the area that is experiencing the best weather and sightings. It is important to us to ensure you as our guest, gets the best experience possible.
False Bay, Simon’s Town is home to some of the most famous marine predators and has an abundance and diversity of wildlife that is seldom matched elsewhere. Chris Fallows has written a blog which will gives you a truly special insight to False Bay called Serengeti of the Sea.
The historical naval town of Simon’s Town is situated near Cape Point, a 45 minute drive south of Cape Town on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula. This quaint town is where you will be staying and offers a walk down Simon’s Town’s historical mile or a visit to the local, navy and toy museums. The many activities include whale watching (June to November), deep sea fishing, sea kayaking, kite surfing, scuba diving and sailing.
Spend your afternoons getting to know beautiful Cape Town.
The history of Gansbaai is as rich and colourful as the exquisite beauty and bounty of the environment that birthed it.
Since the Stone Age times, some 80 000 years ago, when the first ancestors of modern man haply co-existed in the abundance of nature along the rocky shores of Walker Bay, little have changed to spoil the pristine uniqueness of this “Klein Paradijs” where some people believe Adam and Eve used to live.
The abundant sea and wildlife and variety of floral and fynbos vegetation along the coast and Duynefontein Mountains never ceased to provide man and animal with ample food, shelter and freedom to experience nature to the fullest.
Several caves along the rocky coastline around Gansbaai still jealously guard the ancient secrets and sorrows of yester-year’s peoples who lived, loved and roamed this region eon ago. This area, later named De Kelders after the numerous historical caves, also boasts the only freshwater cave on the coast of Africa. It is in one of these caves, the Klipgat Cave, where archaeological evidence was found of early modern man living here some 80 000 years ago, as well as the Khoisan about 2 000 years ago. Klipgat Cave is now an important historical site in the Western Cape.
Explore these ancient lands.
It is the fascinating history of Mossel Bay which grants the town its status as the historical capital of the Garden Route and one of the most historically significant towns in South Africa. Ancient stone-age fish traps and cutting edge fuel from gas technology; Khoi-San herders and European traders – the history of Mossel Bay is a microcosm of the history of South Africa herself.
Mossel Bay has always been associated with early European explorers. Bartholomeu Dias, the Portuguese Navigator, was the first European to discover the Southern tip of Africa while searching for a spice route to the East.
Having missed the Cape during a storm his first landfall was at Vleesbaai where he was prevented from going ashore, either by hostile Khoi cattle herders or by the rough surf, so he continued around the Point and landed (in what is now Munro’s Bay) on 3 February 1488 (165 years before the first settlement in Cape Town). The Portuguese used this Bay for about 150 years until the Dutch Fleet forced them off the Indian Spice Route.
We have a variety of accommodation establishments from Airbnb, Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouses and Hotels. Our set package accommodation options are clean, spacious and within the 3 – 4 star grade
Holiday Court – Our Self- Catering Apartment
Located above Simon’s Town village with sea views of False Bay, this two-bedroomed upmarket apartment is a home away from home. The apartment boasts a King Size extra length bed, walk-in shower, fully equipped kitchen, Dstv and Wi-Fi.
Grosvenor Guest House
Located on the mountainside of Simon’s Town, the Grosvenor Guest House offers guest 4-Star accommodation with stunning views across the bay. Each guest will have their own en-suite room.
Facilities include Wi-Fi (at an extra cost), Satellite TV, a safe, laundry services and a well equipped kitchen.
The Quayside Hotel
The Quayside Hotel is set on the water’s edge of Simon’s Town and offers fantastic views over False Bay. The hotel is comfortably furnished for ultimate relaxation and all rooms have en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower. Each bedroom offers luxury, decked out in nautical décor. Apex’s launch site is a minute walk from the hotel.
White Shark Guest House
Located directly opposite the meeting point of your trip, the White Shark Guest house offers a ‘home from home’ a taste of a true South African Experience. The balance of old and new provides a warm ambiance.
This 4 star guest house is clean, comfortable and spacious and is centrally located.
Point Village Hotel
Point Village Hotel is located a few metres from the Indian Ocean, at the end of Mossel Bay’s peninsula, and 1 km from Mossel Bay harbour, town centre and the meeting point of your trips. The spacious rooms offer partial bay views.
All accommodation options include a flat-screen TV. Standard rooms have a small kitchenette, and the self-catering apartments have a fully equipped kitchen.
Aquamarine Guest House
Aquamarine Guest House is a 4 star graded guest house offering an exclusive five bedroom gem, with a fresh modern touch. It is centrally located in the main street of Mossel Bay, with secure off-street parking and remote controlled gate. The Guest House is within easy walking distance (10 minutes) to the trip meeting point.
Wildlife Sightings Cannot Be Guaranteed.
We Will However, Give You Realistic Expectations before Making A Booking.