7 Day Primitive Snorkeling Holiday
Our 7 Day Primitive Snorkeling Holiday is by far the most popular snorkeling holiday on offer. With a laidback approach our experienced guides take you on an adventure to 4 of the top snorkeling destinations in South Africa. We also go searching for whale sharks and dolphins on an ocean experience and visit Tembe Elephant Park to see some of the largest elephant tuskers in the world! To round the primitive adventure off, our nights are spend in tented and basic accommodation with meals prepared around the african fire..
Primitive Snorkeling Holiday Includes:
2 x Nights Camping,
4 x Nights basic accommodation,
5 x Snorkeling Adventures at 4 different locations,
1 x Ocean Experience by boat,
1 x Turtle Nesting Tour (Nov-March),
1 x Kayaking Adventure,
1 x Traditional Fish Trap Tour,
1 x Tembe Elephant Park Safari,
All entrance fees into reserves,
About the trip..
The Primitive Snorkeling Holiday has been tailor made for the guest that are looking for an adventure that will bring them back to their roots.. This is truly on the same level as any wilderness adventure, getting away from the norm and the beaten track.
Our primitive adventure focus on snorkeling at the best snorkeling destinations in Maputaland and at the same time keeping the budget down by camping and staying in basic but comfortable accommodation. Meals are basic, tasty and all made from local sustainable resources.
Our guides are incredibly knowledgable and it is their passion and humble energy that will make this trip in paradise an unforgettable or even life changing Primitive Wilderness Adventure!
We depart from St Lucia at 5am and travel 221km (3h30min) to Mabibi camp.. Arriving at Mabibi its time for a quick breakfast followed by a walk down the staircase with our snorkeling equipment in hand. This will be our first snorkeling adventure and sure to blow your mind away! Mabibi Point offer some crystal clear calm water on the low tide as the reef are exposed and block all waves from entering the snorkeling area. Depending on the moon phase, our mabibi snorkeling adventures usually last for about 2hrs..
After snorkeling we all setup our own tent and settle into the incredibly peaceful vibe of Mabibi Camp. Lunch will be served around the fire place followed by a free afternoon for some time exploring the beach or lazing around.
At sunset we gather around the fire again for a cold beer and healthy meal cooked around the glowing coals..
This morning we all get together around the fire at 6:30am for a steaming cup of coffee or tea and breakfast. Once we all had our fill we head off to Island Rock (11km) for some VITAMIN SEA! Here we will head out behind the waves on a 8meter long rubberduck inflateable boat on a Ocean Experience. We will be searching for Humpback whales(june-nov), Manta rays, Whale sharks, Turtles and Dolphins.. We will also stop for some snorkeling over some of the best shallow reefs in South Africa. This might just be your opportunity to snorkel with a whale shark or dolphins..
After our Ocean Experience we enjoy lunch on the beach and head back to Mabibi Camp for a relaxed afternoon. We ll head down to Lake Sibaya for sundowners and back to camp for another wonderful meal around the fire.
This morning we go down to the beach at sunrise to try and catch our own breakfast. Early mornings are often very productive fishing for kingfish. At 7am we are back around the fire to hopefully cook fish for our toast, otherwise breakfast cereal and fruit..
The morning is spend down at Mabibi point again snorkeling the magnificent destination on the low tide. We are hoping to show you at least 60 different species of fish..
After lunch and setting up camp we depart for our next destination, Black Rock. Our drive will be along 4x4 tracks (1h15 32km) through incredible coastal dune forest. This part of the iSimangaliso wetland park is refered to as "The Coastal Forest Reserve". We quickly go for a swim at Black Rock beach and go settle into camp. Our accommodation is in basic huts again with dinner around the fire.
We start the day with an early breakkfast and head down to Black Rock beach for a nice walk to the top of the point followed by some more mind blowing snorkeling. Black Rock often produce incredible sightings of gamefish species and turtles. After snorkeling we enjoy a lovely lunch and start heading to our next destination, Bhanga Nek.
We will drive further north allong the 4x4 tracks of the Coastal Forest Reserve (1hr15min 17km). Arriving at the camp we will settle into our basic huts and have an early dinner at sunset as we will be heading out with a comunity turtle guide on a Turtle Nesting Tour(nov-march). On the tour we will be walking on the beach in search of Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles laying their eggs in the dunes. These evenings on the beach truly is an incredible highlight on our summer trips.
This morning we all enjoy a little sleep in after our late evening Turtle tour.. We meet for breakfast at 9am and head down to Bhanga Nek beach for a snorkeling adventure in the corner of the bay. Its also lovely having a walk on this beach in the morning after an evening turtle tour, as one see all the evidence of an evening that always feel sureal..
After our snorkeling and walk we head back to camp for lunch and depart for our next destination, Kosi Bay Mouth (1h45min 46km). Arriving at our Kosi bay mouth camp we get some time to settle into our basic chalets before taking a short walk for some sundowners.
Our evening is spend around the fire with a wonderful meal and some cold beers.
This morning we meet for breakfast around the fire at 7am. After breakfast we ll take a walk down to the Tradition Fish Traps where our local guide will teach us about the traditional fishing method that has been going for 700 years in the Kosi Bay Estuary. Here we will be able to try and catch our own dinner..
After the fish trap tour we start our kayaking experience. Our guide will take us on an adventure through all the traps and past islands of mangrove trees with magnificent birdlife. The kayyaing trip will finish at the famous "Aquarium". Here our snorkeling area lie protected from waves in the estuary mouth. The area act as a very important nursery area for thousands of colourful marine fish.
After snorkeling we enjoy some lunch and start heading back up to camp for a relaxed late afternoon and sundowners. Tonight we hope to enjoy some freshly caught fish again with some ice cold beers around the fireplace.