The temperatures are dropping and the aloes are in full bloom alongside the KZN South Coast which implies one factor – the annual Sardine Run is on its method! Anglers, seine netters, divers, and spectators are already heading to the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom in preparation for one of many planet’s greatest biomass migrations and the Biggest Shoal on Earth.
“Not solely does the KZN South Coast get pleasure from a number of the nation’s finest winter climate, we’re additionally lucky sufficient to supply front-row seats to the annual Sardine Run – an unbelievable spectacle to behold and certainly one of our best pure phenomena,” defined Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of South Coast Tourism & Funding Enterprise (SCTIE). “The previous few years we’ve skilled a number of the finest Sardine Runs, with numerous shoal exercise near shore. We’re optimistic that the 2023 Sardine Run will probably be simply as spectacular for all our guests and anglers.”
The Sardine Run is a calendar spotlight for native fishermen who haul in large catches to promote on to the general public, to fisheries, and eating places. Demetre Stamatis – one native seine, netter commented on the significance of this migration for native anglers, Stamatis mentioned: “On a business aspect, there are a selection of netting licence holders that depend on the Sardine Run to complement their earnings, and numerous the consumers who want the supplementary earnings generated by the catch as a result of, this time of 12 months, they will’t depend on contemporary greens and fish. There are additionally those that course of the sardines on the market later within the 12 months which could be a low cost and viable useful resource.”
How you can expertise the Sardine Run
From the golden shores to the ocean depths and even from the blue skies, there are such a lot of methods to soak up the #greatestshoalonearth alongside the KZN South Coast. The area is house to 58 unbelievable seashores and boasts the best variety of Blue Flag Seashores within the province – in addition to the best variety of tidal swimming pools. Guests can get pleasure from this ocean spectacle from the shores, or take a hike to one of many many whale-viewing websites which supply nice sightings of the Sardine Run and migrating humpback whales.
There are a number of tourism operators able to take guests on a close-up expertise of the Sardine Run. Constitution boats will head out to the motion the place guests can take within the spectacle from the boat, and even get pleasure from some snorkelling among the many sardines, dolphins, and sport fish.
The #greatestshoalonearth can be thought-about a bucket listing expertise for scuba divers and free divers who can expertise the Sardine Run from world-renowned dive websites, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks – each Marine Protected Areas. Protea Banks is right for shark sightings whereas Aliwal Shoal is right for all ranges of diving expertise with a collection of caves, crevasses, and ridges house to an enormous number of marine life.
These websites additionally entice worldwide movie crews seeking to seize this distinctive ocean expertise for a worldwide viewers. At present, Roland Mauz of African Dive Adventures – primarily based at Shelly Seaside – mentioned he’s working with a movie crew from the Discovery Channel that’s taking pictures for its annual Shark Week section.
Guests may also get pleasure from an aerial view of the KZN South Coast with a flip in a microlight, helicopter, or mild plane. World of Wings in Umkomaas provides microlight flips for views of Aliwal Shoal, Scottburgh and the decrease South Coast; whereas the Margate-based Uvongo Airtrack Aviation provides scenic helicopter and aeroplane flights for an incredible view of the shoreline.
Don’t miss out on the Sardine Run motion
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