Every June, the warm Agulhas current moves slightly more offshore, allowing a colder counter-current to push huge amounts of microscopic plankton up the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. Following these plankton are vast numbers of sardine in what is a natural migratory spectacle to rival that of the Serengeti wildebeest.
The sardines are a rich aquatic food source, and in turn attract a variety of predators. Witness the spectacular display of birds dive-bombing kilometre wide shoals of sardines. Watch dolphins, sharks and game fish herd sardines to the water's surface for a brutal feeding frenzy.
During the Sardine Run, approximately 300 Bottlenose dolphins move up the coast within spitting distance of the rocky shoreline. Sea birds attracted by the sardines include the Yellownose and Blackbrowed albatross, White-chinned petrels, Cape Gannets and even African penguins. Humpback and Orca whales, as well as the occasional fur seal are also sighted.
The Sardine Run expedition is a boat-based adventure for everyone: scuba divers, snorkelers, non-divers, photographers, bird watchers, dolphin lovers and whale enthusiasts. To be in the middle of this incredible phenomenon where predator and prey battle for existence, will leave you in awe of nature's power.