South Africa is the most visited part of the continent and a paradise for divers that come here to dive with huge marine animals. The country is very popular among fans of extreme diving. The southern coast is washed by the currents of two oceans, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, so the underwater flora and fauna here are very diverse. Diving in South Africa gives you an opportunity to come across coral fish, sea lions, fur seals, earless seals, as well as whole groups of dolphins, sharks and even whales. You might see the amazing Sardine Run — the annual migration of the South African pilchard, that attracts an array of predators. In addition, off the coast of South Africa you can find a couple of fascinating wreck dives to explore. You can scuba dive throughout the coastline, the depth — from 10 to 60 meters.
South Africa dive shops provide a wide range of tours to popular dive sites, as well as offer dives to witness seasonal phenomena. For example, you can observe sardine migrations or large sharks mating season. Daily diving trips are available at most of the places.
When we meet autumn, summer comes to South Africa. Beginning in September, the temperature rises, and in October it can already reach 35 °C during the day. At the same time, it can be quite cool at night.
January in South Africa is still a summer month. The average temperatures in this period vary from 18 ° C to 27 ° C. But January is also the rainiest month: 135 mm of precipitation from 1200 mm of average annual amount falls in January.
Autumn in South Africa is from mid-April to mid-May, although in some areas it is not defined as a season at all. There is little precipitation at this time, but fogs are frequent. The air temperature is about 23 °C during the day and about 12 °C at night.
Our summer is winter in South Africa, and the end of summer is the time of spring. In June and July, the air temperature is about 18 °C and it rises to 20 °C by the end of August. However, the air temperature does not exceed 10 °C at night.
Get face to face with a Great White shark in Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad). Explore the sunken Portuguese passenger liner "Lusitania" in the vicinity of the Cape Peninsula. Discover the numerous small and large inhabitants of the reefs near Aliwal Shoal. Freshwater diving fans should go to Bass Lake and explore the flooded dolomite mines at its bottom.
There is a high level of crime in South Africa and the country's cities are considered some of the most dangerous in the world. To save yourself from trouble, it is better not to leave tourist areas, and avoid using non-cash payments — credit card fraud is very common here. Be especially careful in the sun and protect your skin from sunburn. Light radiation in South Africa exceeds all indicators familiar to Europeans. Vaccination against malaria and health insurance are mandatory. Although first aid is free, follow-up care can be expensive.
South Africa’s waters beckon scuba divers to enter its wild realm and experience cage diving with sharks of different species. However, diving with predators should be organized with the necessary safety measures, so you should follow the general recommendations for diving. In the habitat of great white sharks, you can dive only in a cage.
Seafood is an important component of South African cuisine. In South Africa, you can try shark fins, sea urchin caviar, Achelata with fruit salad and kingklip or, as it is also called, pink cusk-eel. Meat dishes in the local cuisine are represented by lamb meat pilaf with dried fruits, roasted crocodile tail, Biltong dried meat, stewed with water lily buds, spicy sausages, steaks and even meat cookies.
Weak coffee with milk is very popular. As for alcoholic beverages, wines and sparkling drinks from fruit juice are common as well as beer. Almost every local village has its own brewery. Since tap water here may be unsafe to drink, it is advised to consume only bottled water.