Sardine Run

Umkomaas - South Coast, KwaZulu Natal

Sardine Run

The annual sardine run brings the Kwazulu Natal South Coast into a frenzy of excitement each year as the tiny silvery fish migrate northwards. This phenomenon has been named "the Greatest Shoal On Earth" due to the sheer volumes of the small fish, which can be seen from space. The sardine run occurs every year between the months of May and July. Shoals as big as 15 km long, 3 km wide, and up to 30 m in depth can be seen covering an approximate distance of a 1000 km.

This awesome marine spectacle brings with it a huge variety of predatory fish and birds which pursue them with hopes of an easy meal. It has been previously estimated that about 20,000 common dolphins follow the sardines up the coast each year, accompanied by a variety of sharks, whales and seabirds. Sharks and dolphins often work in synchronised harmony forcing the sardines in to tight groups or "bait balls" so they can easily be caught.

This annual spectacular event attracts scuba divers from all across the globe to view the phenomenon, and also makes for excellent photographic opportunities. The beaches of KwaZulu Natal fill up in almost the same way as they do over the festive season, with fishermen collecting the sardines for bait, children scooping them out with whatever they can find, and folks who just stop by to catch a glimpse of it all.

For the latest information on the Sardine Run check Earth-Touch.com for their Tweets at http://twitter.com/whalesharkdiver.

Nearby Listings

Graded:
Sleeps: 24 in 8 units/rooms
From R 470,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Ocean Park Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Umkomaas

1.0km South of center of Sardine Run

Welcome to Ocean Park Guest House. Luxury accommodation in Umkomaas ("River of Whales"), a coastal town in Kwa-Zulu Natal. This colonial style house was built in 1890 and recently refurbished to its current glory...

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Sleeps: 19 in 6 units/rooms

Umkomaas Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Umkomaas

1.3km South of center of Sardine Run

Sea facing, with six en suite bedrooms, five are sea facing and one with a sea view, all of which are designed for maximum comfort, and include silent running fridges, fans, hairdryer, TV, video, etc. Safe parking. All airconditioned end January 2007

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Sleeps: 17

Buddy's Place

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Umkomaas

1.5km South of center of Sardine Run

Buddy's Place consists of 7 bedrooms, ideal for large groups. Each room offers coffee and tea facilities and communal bathrooms. After a fun-filled dive on the Aliwal Shoal, you can enjoy a relaxing sun downer in the swimming pool.

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Sleeps: 12

House On The Beach

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Umkomaas

1.7km South of center of Sardine Run

The House on the Beach has a distinct Cape Cod feel when you enter. The wooden ceilings and floors have been white washed, the kitchen is all cream and white. There is a ball and claw stand alone bath for the ladies to relax.

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Sleeps: 12

Highrocks

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Widenham

1.8km South of center of Sardine Run

Highrocks is an easy drive down the south coast from Durban of approximately 40 minutes. As you enter the property you see the vast ocean before you, the lounge is double volume and the 80 year old eaves are exposed. From there you walk onto the deck and

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Ocean Breeze Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Widenham

1.8km South of center of Sardine Run

Enjoy a beautiful holiday by the sea. Upmarket lodge situated on the beach in Widenham.

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Sleeps: 8
From R 2 500,00
Per unit, per night.

Umkomazi Beach House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Widenham

1.9km South of center of Sardine Run

"Barefoot Luxury" best describes Umkomazi Rocks Beach House. Kick off those shoes, put your feet up and escape the noise of the world, here the ocean rules all your senses, the sounds and smells of the surf breaking below you, the amazing sunrises ...

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Sleeps: 14
From R 1 500,00
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Hathorn's Beach Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clansthal

3.3km South of center of Sardine Run

Hathorn's Beach Cottage is a rustic family beach cottage situated on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal overlooking the world-famous diving site, Aliwal Shoal.

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Carisford Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clansthal

3.9km South of center of Sardine Run

Carisford Lodge is a luxury self-catering resort in Clansthal situated within short walking distance from a private beach, ideal for fishing surfing and snorkeling.

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Sleeps: 18 in 2 units/rooms
From R 1 100,00
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The Beach House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clansthal

4.3km South of center of Sardine Run

The Beach House is a large house with a large colonial veranda and breath-taking breaker views. Set in tranquil surroundings which are private and secure.

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