There are a few things that should be on every intrepid traveler’s itinerary while visiting Cape Town or the Garden Route, most climb Table Mountain, Bungee Jump off Gouritz River Bridge, Skydive and then there are a few that consider shark cage diving. Many people do consider Shark Cage Diving as a adrenaline activity, but once you climb into the cage and duck your head underwater, there is definitely a sense of calm and awe.

Anyone can go diving, and it is not limited to the adrenaline junkies.

Gansbaai is known as the mecca for Great White Shark cage diving, the most densely populated area for Great White Sharks in the World. Most the trips will take you just off Dyer Island, about 20 minutes from the mainland. A typical white shark diving excursion takes between 3-5 hours, depending on the weather, sea conditions and shark behaviour.

Trips depart from Kleinbaai harbour and anchor site depends on the sea conditions, weather and previous shark sightings. There is the option of surface viewing or entering the water in a secure cage. Those wishing to cage dive do not have to be scuba qualified.

by Charl Grobler

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