Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay Leigh de Necker   White sharks typically visit False Bay’s Seal Island to take advantage of vulnerable young of the year Cape fur seal pups when they start entering the water to feed. This is generally between March and September, however, this season showed a number of deviations from the expected norms. We took a trip to the Island towards the end of January and before we even had any bait in the water, we had seen a shark. We were beyond excited by the chance [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Summing up the surprises of the 2016 white shark season, Seal Island, False Bay

Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay

  Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay with African Shark Eco Charters By Paul Danckwerts How do you write about a great white shark, it’s immense never ending silvery flanks catching the light as it scythes through the bubbly gloom six inches in front of your face? With difficulty. Just to see one of these behemoths is a privilege and an emotional one at that for anybody who knows anything about these misunderstood monsters of the deep. The Blue Pointer 2, a 36-foot vessel that sports two 300hp engines on the aft, [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Up Close and Almost Too Personal with the Great White Sharks of False Bay

The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter

The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter   According to South African tourism statistics, if you are reading this you are possibly doing so from North America, Europe, Australia, India, China or Namibia and that getting out to sea, one way or the other, is on your list of things to do while on vacation in Cape Town.   Locals will tell you that there is always something to do here and they’re not wrong yet despite this, visitor numbers take a hard dive in winter. It seems even the Mother City is not immune [...]

By | 2017-02-01T15:39:23+00:00 August 12th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The shark-iest reason you will want to visit Cape Town in winter

Let’s Talk About It…The dwindling number of Great White Sharks

Let’s Talk About It…The dwindling number of Great White Sharks I have taken the liberty of using Scott Dunlop’s notes to bring this incredibly sad and shocking truth to you all today, and hope you will please read it and stand together with us in improving these frightful numbers. Thank you to Scott Dunlop for this information and for bringing it to our attention, it is now our duty to take it to the world!   South Africa’s great white sharks heading for extinction Only 353 to 522 great white sharks left in South African waters   The magnificent great [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Let’s Talk About It…The dwindling number of Great White Sharks

Our Great White Shark friends are back!

We have been lucky enough to run back to back Great White Shark trips to Seal Island for the past few weeks - it's safe to say our Great White Shark friends are back! The AM trips have been a real once in a life time experience for our guests with numerous full natural predations, scavenging behavior and predations on our decoy! With a breath taking sunrise almost every morning sets for a photographers dream, giving guests the best possible lighting/background False Bay has to offer! On average we have been having 3-6 different Great White Sharks around our boat [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Interesting Articles|Comments Off on Our Great White Shark friends are back!

Are you team shark or team seal?

Great White Shark with seal decoy Are you team shark or team seal? What does that mean and what difference does it make? First one needs to understand why the division is suggested in the first place. While many sharks eat other sharks, a variety of fish and other marine life, the abundant seal pup population in areas around the world, False Bay included, have made seals the default meal. Over-fishing and fining of smaller sharks and other fish that the Great Whites prey on exacerbates the situation for the seals. Fun Fact: Did you know about 12,000 seal [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on Are you team shark or team seal?

The sharks are back in Town

With back to back morning and afternoon trips to Seal Island, it's safe to say our Great White Shark friends are back! On average we have been having 3-6 different Great White Sharks around our boat on a Dive Trip and even more number of predations in the am trips. It was great to see some return Great White Sharks from the previous seasons (which we've named individually according to distinct markings) and some new ones too. Today, Wednesday 13th July 2016 we were greeted by our biggest Great White Shark of the season, which was estimated to be around [...]

By | 2016-10-11T09:38:16+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The sharks are back in Town

The return of the Great White Sharks to False Bay

Let’s Talk About It…Their Return The return of the great white sharks to False Bay In False Bay, it’s been a very long and painful stretch; an 8 week and 6 day stretch to be exact. But now, and I say this with cautious optimism; “they are back!” Our sharks seem to have returned to our Island, bringing with them, a couple juveniles, 2 meter juveniles, that jump and hunt with inexperienced skill, and as yet a little on the cautious side, not too sure of our boats. But then there is the lovely lady; a 3.5 meter girl, with [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on The return of the Great White Sharks to False Bay

Great Whites Missing from False Bay

Great Whites Missing from False Bay? Let’s Talk About it… Ok, so as I am quite sure, you have read somewhere, if not on our Facebook page, then possibly TripAdvisor, that the False Bay Great White Sharks have been pretty much non-existent for several weeks now. This is true! It could be global warming or el nino, but the reason for this behaviour is not entirely 100% figured out yet, though it did happen last year as well, albeit a little later in the year. So we have absolutely no doubts as to whether they will return or not, our [...]

By | 2017-02-01T15:36:00+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Press|Comments Off on Great Whites Missing from False Bay

A day in the life of a bookings coordinator

A day in the life of a bookings coordinator Ever wonder what happens behinds the scenes of your shark trip? Every booking and phone call made and question asked…yes, even those random requests for restaurant recommendations are responded to and coordinated by the bookings team here at African Shark Eco-Charters. Our job is to make sure you actually experience the shark cage dive and tour. Here is what an ordinary day looks like for us… 08:45AM- Open the shop for the day Right on the harbour at the Simons Town Waterfront Centre is where we’re based. Having undergone a revamped [...]

By | 2016-12-29T15:17:45+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Tour Happening's|Comments Off on A day in the life of a bookings coordinator