The Big 5, based in South Africa, specialises
in scuba diving safaris and wildlife
safaris encompassing the entire coastline
and length and breadth of Southern Africa.
"Dive" part of Dive The Big
5 concentrates on the scuba diving activities
including Great White Shark cage diving,
"free-diving" with Sand Tigers,
Tiger, Bull and Hammerhead Sharks (The
Big 5 Sharks), the annual Sardine Run,
unique to South Africa, reef diving,
wreck diving, and pure tropical, coral
reef diving along the coast of South
Africa and Mozambique, as well as "live-aboard"
diving off the islands of the Bazaruto
Archipelago and the Quirimba's which
lie off Pemba in northern Mozambique.
"Big 5" part of Dive The Big
5 concentrates on the Wildlife Safari
and touring activities. The Wildlife
side includes guided tours of all the
major game reserves in Southern Africa,
both National Parks such as The Kruger
National Park, Hluhluwe/Umfolozi and
the Kalahari/Gemsbok National Park and
a number of Private Reserves including
Londolozi, MalaMala, Sabi Sabi and others,
too numerous to mention by name. Also
included under the "Big 5"
umbrella are overland safaris through
Namibia, Botswana (Okavango Swamps)
and Zimbabwe and Zambia to the Victoria
"touring" aspect includes
all the major tourist destinations in
Southern Africa such as Cape Town and
the Cape of Good Hope and the Winelands
of the Cape, the Garden Route, KwaZulu-Natal
and the Zulu Culture and Zimbabwe/Zambias
Victoria Falls with all the adventure
activities associated with Vic Falls
such as white water rafting down the
mighty Zambezi River, elephant-back
safaris in Zimbabwe/Botswanas
National Parks, bunji jumping, canoeing
Cape Peninsula lies at the convergence
of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans.
affected by both the Agulhas and the
Benguela Currents, the difference in
sea temperature results in a fantastic
variety of sea life and scenery.
rugged coastline is littered with wrecks,
most of which met their fate during
date from the 1600s to the present day.
Cape Towns Wreck Dives are found
on both sides of the Peninsula, in two
different oceans with distinct climates,
temperatures and dive seasons.
worlds southern-most tropical
coral reefs are found in South Africa.
These reefs are even further south than
Australias Great Barrier Reef.
Africa has become world renowned as
a destination for diving with sharks.
it was only Great White cage diving
but recently South Africa has become
known for it's "Raggies" (Sand
Tiger Sharks), Zambezi's (Bull Sharks),
Hammerhead Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Copper
Sharks, Blacktip Shark, Dusky Sharks
and Spinner Sharks to name but a few.
Not forgetting the Whale Shark which
we all know is not a shark at all!!
Divers have flocked to South Africa
in their thousands in order to have
the privilege to be able to dive with
these magnificent creatures. Many have
returned home with the feeling of being
"skunked", not having seen
a single shark and the main reason for
this is due to the "season"
and location. Shark diving is most definitely
seasonal as well as regional.
you want to see sharks it's imperative
that you select the right time of year
and the right place from which to dive
with your preferred species of shark.
considering a wildlife safari to South
Africa there are a number of things
that you should be aware of. Twenty
years ago there were 8 commercial safari
lodges in Southern Africa. Today there
are in excess of 2800!!!
the 8 original safari lodges, four are
situated in the Kruger National Park
area of South Africa, those being Sabi
Sabi, Londolozi, MalaMala and Motswari.
The other 4 were situated in Botswana
are game reserves which are known as
soft reserves, meaning that
they have animals like antelope, monkeys,
giraffe etc roaming free, but none of
the Big 5. The Big 5 are
lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo,
and were given the name Big 5
by the early big game hunters as these
5 animals were, and still are, the most
dangerous animals in the African bush
Big 5 reserves are where
all of Africas wild animals roam
free. A wildlife safari in a Big
5 reserve is what most people
dream of when thinking of a wildlife
safari in Africa. Make sure you get
the safari that you expect. Free roaming
lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo,
cheetah, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra
and all the rest of the animals you
imagine when thinking Africa, all free
in their natural environment.
or Tailor-made tours
Dive The Big 5s tours, whether
they be diving, wildlife safaris or
just general sight-seeing tours can
either be "self-drive tours"
where we arrange the rental car and
all the accommodation and excursions
and you drive yourself, or they can
be "accompanied tours" where
you have a local guide to host you on
or a combination of both self-drive
and accompanied tours.
Accommodation can vary from basic dive
lodges to local B&Bs to mid-range
accommodation to 5 star lodges such
as Londolozi, MalaMala and Sabi Sabi,
although we do try and stay away from
"back-packer" (hammock and
camping) type accommodation.
For your added peace of mind, Dive the
Big 5 is a member of SATSA (Southern
African Tourism Services Association).
This means that when booking a tour
with Dive The Big 5, you are doing business
with a legal and credible member of
Southern Africa's travel trade.
our website for much more detailed
information on the adventures above
Dive The Big 5
PO Box 2209
Telephone: +27 (O13) 750 1832
Fax: +27 (O13) 750 0018