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Safari and Diving

Discussion in 'Africa' started by boulderjohn, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My wife (snorkeler only), another couple (both divers) and I have gone on several fairly big diving trips together in recent years. On the most recent, we met diver from the Netherlands who said he had done a combination photography safari and dive trip in Africa. It sounded great--we had all wanted to do a photography safari, and we had no idea that the diving in that area was as good as he said. He talked specifically about Mozambique and Zanzibar.

    I did a quick search of this forum, and I frankly did not find a lot of useful information.

    Can anyone make some suggestions about this sort of thing--anything at all?
     
  2. runsongas

    runsongas Loggerhead Turtle

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  3. Dan

    Dan Great White

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    I have done Safari in Tanzania & diving in Zanzibar (Mnemba Island) in 2013. Safari was great, but diving is meh. It’s better than Caribbean, but nothing like Palau or Indonesia. They pretty much fished out the area. If you do still want to check it out, I recommend Spanish Dancer Divers at Nungwi, Diving Zanzibar (Nungwi) | Spanish Dancer Divers - PADI 5 Star

    Also I went back there again on 2014 to hike up Kilimanjaro & diving in the next island Pemba. The hiking was fantastic, but the diving was the same deal, fished out.
     
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  4. runsongas

    runsongas Loggerhead Turtle

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    did you do a safari in the crater dan?
     
  5. Dan

    Dan Great White

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    Yep. Amazing!

    Besides the usual suspects, we saw 2 black rhinoceros in Ngorongoro Crater. The weather was nice & cool. These were some of the animals we saw & took with my cheap camera. I recommend anyone to get a good camera that can zoom in well from a distance.

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  6. Dan

    Dan Great White

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    I saw these fish & critter there that you won't see in Caribbean though.

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  7. runsongas

    runsongas Loggerhead Turtle

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    i saw one of those croc fish outside chandelier cave, didnt crawl around very fast
     
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  8. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

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    I've heard lots of good things about mozambique diving.

    My friend did her DM there in June last year, during her 800m swim in the sea, concentrating on making the time, a calf whale decided to play - everyone on the boat saw it breech - she just felt the waves wash over her.

    From her, the Summer months (northern hemisphere) are great for Manta's and whales). We were going to do it and safari ourselves this year, but life got in the way.
     
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  9. Christian

    Christian Manta Ray

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    I’ve done both Kruger/Tofu and Tanzania/Zanzibar/Pemba. Both are great but different. Kruger is not as spectacular as safaris in Tanzania. Tofu is great for mantas and whalesharks, but lacks a little in diversity and the coral isn’t very developed. I found Pemba very nice with lots of fish, crystal clear water and big areas of unspoilt reef that seemingly escaped the 1998 El Nino (it was in 2006). Some dynamite fishing in the past.
     
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  10. SanibelDiver

    SanibelDiver Angel Fish

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    My son and I just returned from South Africa. We did a safari in Kruger National Park and then headed down to Durban to dive with Agulhas House. We saw congregation of ragged-tooth sharks, oceanic black tip sharks, dolphins, giant eels, among others. The staff at Agulhas is top-notch, the diving is exciting (launch off the beach in zodiacs...hang on!) and they feed you three meals a day. Brett is the hands-on owner at Aguhlas and at this time of year you can head down the coast to do the Sardine Run! He can also book a safari for you, although we booked ours separately. Enjoy!
     
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