GREAT WHITE SHARK DIVING ON SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA
By David Tett
Founder & President, Bushtracks Expeditions
One of Bushtracks’ greatest thrills is connecting our travelers with some of our favorite African experts who are skilled not only at spotting wildlife and interpreting their behaviors, but who are passionate advocates of the animals and their habitats, and who strive to offer our guests the most natural animal encounters.
A great example of two of our Africa experts are the team of Chris and Monique Fallows who – unlike many of our land-safari experts – spend 150 days at sea a year working with the great white sharks near Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa.
Chris Fallows is featured in the video shown below, as well as his passion and respect for sharks, South Africa’s terrestrial predators, and their conservation. So if a safari with apex predators in action both in the sea and on land inspires you, South Africa is the place that will deliver such an extraordinary experience with passionate personalities. Just call one of our expert safari planners at 800-995-8689 and they will weave a great white shark viewing experience into your own personalized “Big Six” wildlife adventure.
With perhaps as few as 2,500-3,000 individual Great Whites left in the world’s oceans today, each shark sighting in the wild is a great privilege, and the Fallows treat it as such even with over 1,300 expeditions, more than 5,500 taggings, and 16 years guiding Great White expeditions to their credit.
Relying primarily on natural predator observation, rather than enforced sightings, the Fallows’ base in False Bay is the only place on earth where you may see multiple predatory events, the most dramatic of which is a one ton shark flying out of the water in pursuit of agile Cape Fur seals. A professional wildlife photographer, Chris is able to give his guests tips on capturing these phenomenal moments. In recognition for their expertise, the Fallows have facilitated many well-known shark documentaries over the years for the Discovery Channel, the BBC, National Geographic and 60 Minutes. Observing the sharks underwater, in a cage for 2-3 divers, for 20-30 minutes per dive, is an opportunity to study the Great White in its habitat, and requires no diving experience.
EXPLORING BEYOND THE CAPE: SOUTH AFRICA'S DIVERSE MARINE WILDLIFE
Many people go to South Africa for strictly land safari sightings, but we encourage our guests to discover its abundant and diverse marine wildlife, too.
African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals, Cape Cormorants, Bank Cormorants, Common Dolphin pods, and Southern Right Whale can all be found in False Bay.
Meeting Chris and Monique Fallows, and seeing the world of the Great White Shark through their experienced eyes, is one of many reasons we recommend our guests add a visit to Cape Town to their Southern Africa safari. To learn more visit http://www.bushtracks.com/destinations-and-trips/destination/cape-town