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Scuba Diving in South Africa

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The tourism industry in South Africa has boomed since 1994. This increasingly popular holiday destination prides itself in having a  wealth of tradition, a multitude of scenic a routes and unique wildlife experiences. South Africa has world class hotels, casinos and various other venues. Some of  the exciting adventures to embark on being deep sea diving, bungee jumping, white water rafting, hiking and shark cage diving. One can also go mountain climbing, abseiling, fishing, surfing, hand gliding, hot air ballooning and whale watching. When going to South Africa make sure not to miss out on the big 5 safaris and canopy tours. It is a fact that you will never be bored  when choosing this as your next holiday destination.

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You will find South Africa to be a very friendly and surprisingly modern country. All across South Africa you will find golden nuggets of their past. There are many monuments and heritage sites to visit. South Africa has 9 provinces, eleven official languages and is situated in the middle of two distinct oceans. South Africa boasts with an impressive 3000 km coastline and has a huge variety of diving on offer. Here are some the most popular destinations:

Cape Town – This is the home of World heritage site Table Mountain; the locals say it’s made out of Rose Quartz and that’s why they call it the City of love. You will find dives with Cape Fur Seals, the broadnose sevengill sharks and various cold water pelagic species. There are numerous wrecks and reefs to explore while diving here.

Moving East on the coastline you will find Gansbaai; This area is world-famous for its shark whisperers and cage diving encounters with Great White Sharks.

Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay and Port Elizabeth are further east; this region offers diving suitable for divers of all levels. You can go shore boat diving and explore wrecks and reefs that will awe you. This is also home to the mysterious, unidentified wreck at Gunner’s Rock that makes for a very challenging deep dive.

Durban and Umkomaas – This is the Home of Shaka Zulu and the Zulu nation. Here, you will find limestone reefs and sandstone caves. Shark encounters will include Bulls (locally known as Zambezis) some Sand Tigers called Raggies by the locals and Tigers. You will also find the fossilized sand dune of Aliwal Shoal. This area is roughly three kilometres in length and approximately one kilometre wide at its widest point and here, wrecks and reef fish are the order of the day.

Sodwana Bay – The reefs at Sodwana are over 4000 years old and contain endless caves, overhangs and pinnacles, they are also the southern-most coral reefs in the world. They are covered with soft and hard corals and allow for fantastic scuba diving all year round.

Wondergat, North West

The deepest natural hole in the interior of South Africa used for advanced scuba diving and as a training ground for instructors and technical divers. 1440 metres above sea level, Wondergat is an unbelievable natural dolomite sinkhole

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