South Africa has been referred to as “A world in One Country” and it’s easy to see why. Consisting of a landmass that’s approximately 472,000 square miles (making it almost twice the size of Texas) 8 different climatic zones and a population of 50 million it’s a melting pot of different cultures & experiences. The Cape Region with its mountainous terrain, tumultuous seas and long sunny days is the ultimate playground for adventure junkies.
One of the most epic adventures to be had in this region is a day trip exploring the seas and seeing the legendary Great White Sharks in their natural habitat.
The trip starts with a briefing from White Shark Diving Company, one of the most experienced operators. The skipper mentions what to expect, policies & procedures and how to behave once inside the cage. A 3 nautical mile boat ride takes visitor into the heart of Gansbaai’s shark territory. The cage is closed on the bottom and the back of the cage is tied to the boat. Despite the freezing cold water (it was 9 C / 48 F during our dive) we luckily spotted a shark once we reached the drifting cage. A total of 4 Great whites were seen during the 2-½ hour excursion of which the largest was about 4 meters / 13 feet. I was mesmerized by the sheer size and grace of these magnificent ocean creatures. Known as the ocean’s biggest predators they glide effortlessly through the water and approach the bait out of curiosity, not aggression.
If one can stand the cold (or better stay on the boat), it’s a wonder to watch these mammals move gracefully in their natural habitat.