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Reviews for African Shark Eco-Charters

By | October 30th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

African Shark Eco-Charters are exceptionally pleased at our great reviews, and would like to share them with you. We thank everyone who takes the time to write about their cage diving experience, and we especially enjoy reading about how much our Great Whites are loved and appreciated. We hope to see you all again in the near future, and hope you carry your experience with you wherever you may go!   “Great experience that we will never forget” Reviewed 16 October 2014 My wife and I planned our whole vacation around seeing a Great White at Seal Island and our wish came true - we saw a full breach and had a 12ft shark surface right beside the boat. Wow, what an experience! We got a couple of good pictures to remember this incredible moment. The weather was great (prior 4 days had been cancelled due to bad weather) but [...]

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Seven Gill Cow Shark Diving with African Shark Eco Charters

By | September 29th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

The Cow Shark is characterized by an extra pair, or pairs of Gill Slits. There are 37 species in the family Hexanchidae, but the one being discussed here is the Spotted Cow Shark, or 7 Gill Cow Shark.  These incredibly inquisitive creatures are known as the most primitive of all Sharks; due to the fact their skeletons resemble those of ancient extinct forms, with extremely modern adaptions.   Why this Shark is so interesting is due to the seventh Gill slit that it hosts. Being ovoviviparous, the mother carries the egg cases inside her until they hatch, and they feed off large fish, other Sharks, crustaceans and carrion.   In False Bay, African Shark Eco Charters offers the unique experience of diving with these intrusive creatures, in a very controlled and relaxed environment. Usually they move around the kelp beds and over sandy channels in groups of up to 10-20, [...]

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End of my Shark Season

By | September 25th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

End of the season Far too soon it seems my season with African Shark Eco Charters has come to an end. How the months have flown by so fast I have no idea, but what a time its been! I am so lucky to have shared it with a huge number of people from around the world on a daily basis! The guests we’ve had on board have been so much fun, all incredibly varied –different cultures, languages and ages (from 8 to 80!), but almost without exception each and everyone has gone away with a new respect (or a continued one!) for these beautiful animals. For me that is the most important part, trying to change the ‘media view’ that people have - into a much more real and understanding one. I will take such a lot with me from my time in Simonstown, not least memories of the [...]

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Heading towards the end of shark season

By | September 18th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Heading towards the end of shark season Due to a bad weather front passing through False Bay, African Shark Eco Charters was unable to go to sea 3 days running, so our trip on Friday was a complete lottery. As we are heading towards the end of the season the shark behaviour becomes more and more unpredictable, so we had no idea what to expect from our morning.   Thanks to our guests arriving nice and early at the jetty, approaching Seal Island in the dawn allowed us a great start to the day with several great predation activities. I know from speaking to many guests over my 2 seasons that this is a thrilling part of the trip for them. Shouts from our crew, followed by Rob kicking the engines into life, racing over to the spot where the splashes were seen and scanning the water for any sign [...]

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Sharks we have had with African Shark Eco-charters

By | July 24th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

 Sharks with African Shark Eco-Charters So today I'm going to do a bit of a recap on the sharks we have had grace us with their majestic appearances around the boat time and time again. So far this season we have been blessed with plenty different great white sharks with quite a few players that we have had the privilege of naming. We have seen two familiar great whites who have been coming back to seal island repeatedly for a few years now. One being Deux Rossi who has been repeatedly coming back to seal island for 7 years now and the other being that famous Cuz how has been coming back for a record 10 years now which is pretty dam amazing if you ask me. There has also been plenty new great white sharks that have come to give us a show around our shark cage [...]

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Our new shark cage

By | June 25th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Our new shark cage We at African Shark Eco-Charters have been dodging a lot of bad weather recently, which in high season has been especially hard on the girls in the office. Sadly we have had to say goodbye to a fantastic employee and friend, in the form of Tamsyn who has been working at African Shark Eco-Charters for 4 years. She has an exciting time ahead as she is leaving us to go to China, but we will all be very sad to see her go. However, we wish her the best of luck and I especially thank her for all the help (and laughs!) she has given me this season!  But that does mean we have welcomed a new face into the team -Roxanne who will be on hand to help with any enquiries, bookings or information! Together in this change over period they have done a sterling [...]

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Huge thank you to African Shark Eco Charters

By | June 10th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Reviews like these make our day!   "Dear Tamsyn, Rob, Wellington, Gary… and crew,  I can't begin to express my gratitude for making an already amazing experience even more unforgettable! Your business exceeds expectations and am so happy to say that there is no other that reaches your level. I have been on 2 other boats since I found my love for being in the Whites environment and yours will always be my number one. I recommend you to all who ask as your professionalism from booking to long after launch is beyond measure!  I look forward to my next trip on the Blue Pointer, which I hope will be sooner than later.  Thank you for the entire experience. See you soon Liv"   Love Great White Sharks? Want to go on a shark cage diving or breaching trip with people who share your love for them? Then look no [...]

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The trip I almost got kissed by a great white shark.

By | June 4th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Monday 26th May. The trip I almost got kissed by a great white shark. Ok, ok that ‘might’ be a small exaggeration and sensationalised slightly... but who wouldn’t? I will remember the moment forever!!! The start of a brand new week, Monday morning and our African Shark Eco Charters trip arrives at Seal Island for the first time in over two days (bad weather). A great group of customers have joined us, all raring to go and excited to see their first ever great white shark. A few divers on board, but none have seen a great white before. All of the three shark companies that operate out of Simonstown moored up together at the Launchpad and started trying to attract sharks.  This involves using bait, decoy, splashing and generally making a lot of noise. For the first half an hour or so there were a few sharks in the [...]

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What happened at lunch time May 19th at Seal Island?

By | May 27th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

What happened at lunch time May 19th at Seal Island...?! The last week has been hugely varied in terms of shark action on the African Shark Eco charters’ trips. Today was a prime example. Our morning trip started relatively slowly, we towed our seal decoy, had a shark make a slight lunge for the decoy but then head off. So we moored up, saw one great white shark swim past and then it went very quiet for a while. The call was made to change sites, and obviously as we pulled anchor only a few metres from our boat a great white took a seal! This is a very distinctive shark, as although we have never seen it come to our boat, we do see it in the distance chasing seals and breaching. Its dorsal fin looks like it has been chopped off at the top, so instead of pointing [...]

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Winter Great White Shark Season Has Arrived

By | May 27th, 2014|Tour Happening's|

Winter Great White Shark Season has arrived. It's here! Winter has arrived and she's greeting us with strong winds, lots of rain and great viz to come. On recent shark cage diving trips to Seal Island in False Bay‎ we have noticed a large increase of Great White Sharks ranging from mostly new sharks and a few of the old faces too. One shark in particular we have seen a few times on natural predations, scavenges and he has even breached on our decoy seal once or twice. We like to call him chopper due to a large portion of his dorsal fin being chopped off. Up until a couple days ago chopper had never come to the boat but rather focused on hunting around the island instead but the other day he decided to come pay us a visit giving the cage a few passes. Chopper is a rather [...]

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