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Over recent years, South Africa has also become known as a prime shark diving destination. This exciting activity has gained popularity especially with the emerging adventure tourism market. Between the islands of Geyser Rock and Dyer Island is a narrow and shallow channel called Shark Alley; reputed to be the world's best place for Great White Shark Cage Diving.

The shark is one of the world's deadliest – and most vulnerable – species. Few creatures have been as vilified, hated, but also respected for their awesome predatory prowess and fearsome countenance. The hunter of the deep has however become the hunted – overfishing has depleted shark populations around the world and now it is the shark that needs to be protected.

The fear of sharks is in most instances irrational. Few people realise that human beings do not form part of the shark's diet and in the rare instances where a shark attack has occurred, people usually live to tell the tale. Sharks are shy, but inquisitive by nature and will come up to inspect strange objects, but rarely attack. Scientific studies have proven that increases in shark attacks correlate with population growth and more people surfing or swimming in the oceans.

Shark facts:

  • 18 shark species can be seen off the South African coast
  • More people in South Africa are hit by lightning each year than are bitten by Great White Sharks
  • Sharks will attack in only about 1% of encounters with people, usually only if there is blood in the water
  • The main diet of sharks is pelagic fish and seals
  • Sharks are attracted to the warmer waters of the South African winter
  • South Africa was the first country in the world to protect the Great White Shark
  • The most dangerous shark is probably the Bull/Zambezi shark
  • Most sharks in South Africa can be seen off the coast of Gansbaai in the Western Cape and in the east of the country in KwaZulu-Natal

Bull or Zambezi Shark

The bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas, also known as Zambezi shark or unofficially known as Zambi in Africa and Nicaragua shark in Nicaragua, is a shark common worldwide in warm, shallow waters along coasts and in rivers. The bull shark is well known for its unpredictable, often aggressive behavior.   Unlike… Read more...

Great White Shark

The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, also known as great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. The great white shark is known for its size, with the largest individuals known to have approached or… Read more...

Whale Shark

The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow-moving filter feeding shark, the largest living fish species. The largest confirmed individual was 12.65 metres (41.50 ft) in length and the heaviest weighed more than 36 tonnes (79,000 lb), but unconfirmed claims report considerably larger whale sharks. This distinctively-marked fish is the… Read more...

Tiger Shark

The tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, is a species of requiem shark and the only member of the genus Galeocerdo. Commonly known as sea tigers, tiger sharks are relatively large macropredators, capable of attaining a length of over 5 m (16 ft). It is found in many tropical and temperate waters,… Read more...

Ragged Tooth Shark

The grey nurse shark (Australia), spotted ragged-tooth shark (Africa) or sand tiger shark (US and UK), Carcharias taurus, is a large shark inhabiting coastal waters worldwide, with many different names in different countries in the world. Despite a fearsome appearance and strong swimming abilities, it is a relatively placid and… Read more...

Mako Shark

The shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus ("sharp nose"), is a large mackerel shark. Along with the closely related longfin mako (Isurus paucus) it is commonly referred to as a "mako shark". Etymology In 1809, Constantine Rafinesque first described shortfin mako and coined the name Isurus oxyrinchus (Isurus means "the same… Read more...

Hammerhead Shark

The hammerhead sharks are a group of sharks in the family Sphyrnidae, so named for the unusual and distinctive structure of their heads, which are flattened and laterally extended into a "hammer" shape called a "cephalofoil". Most hammerhead species are placed in the genus Sphyrna while the winghead shark is… Read more...

Customized Travel Options

Customized Travel Options
SharkQuests has already established itself as a premier shark diving tour operator for Southern Africa. We have built up a comprehensive network of operators, lodges and resorts and are therefore able to offer you the convenience of a one-stop, tailormaking holiday service. We will take you right up close to the ocean's most vicious predators on unforgettable diving experiences... See up to 18 different shark species off South Africa's coastline. From the stormy Atlantic Ocean - home to the Great White Shark… Enquire Now!