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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: 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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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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Sleeps: 8

On the Beach

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clansthal

4.3km South of center of Sardine Run

On the Beach at Clansthal......is on the beach at Clansthal. Clansthal beach is an unspoilt beach where May to December humpback whales can be seen from the deck.

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Sleeps: 14

The Clansthal Beach House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clansthal

4.6km South of center of Sardine Run

Located in a Nature Conservancy, this charming 12 sleeper beach house is the ideal place for small gatherings of family and friends. It’s the perfect spot for a quiet, relaxed break, away from the hustle and bustle of the city… yet a mere 40 minute drive

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Sleeps: 18
From R 3 150,00
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Aliwal Shoal Sands

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Clansthal

5.2km South of center of Sardine Run

The main house has a further 2 bathrooms, one with a bath and the other with a shower. The main house also has a large kitchen, Dinning room, Lounges, Games room, outdoor veranda with braai facilities. The front garden is large and flat and boarders..

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Sleeps: 10

Gee Wizz B & B Scottburgh

Self Catering Rooms With Communal Kitchen in Scottburgh

7.8km South of center of Sardine Run

Gee Wizz B & B Scottburgh is one of the famous and well known bed and breakfast places in Scottburgh, offering our guests the best overnight stay. All guests are welcomed by the owners and looked after during their stay with us. We are always available to

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Sleeps: 6

Daisy's Beach House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Freeland Park

8.3km South of center of Sardine Run

Daisy's Beach House offers quality holiday accommodation for a family or group of friends. The house is situated on the beach, surrounded by local wildlife.

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