Tom & Mary
Walker – Louisville, CO, USA
Dear SEAL Team,
Thanks so much for the
great trip. Mary and I really enjoyed the entire experience and would
do it over again in a heartbeat. I have talked to Jen and Jane at
Weaver’s Dive Shop and they are going to start getting in touch with
other shops that are likely to have an interest in marketing the
sardine run and safari.
Mary and I both agree,
this is the best trip/vacation we have ever had in our lives!! You may
Randy Osgerby – Texas,
"This was my second trip
to experience the Sardine Run. It did not disappoint. Fantastic whale
and dolphin activity every day. The sardines were elusive as always but
we ended the trip with a bang - 7 bait balls in one day! And the icing
on the cake - witnessing a 75- meter diameter bait ball from a
micro-light while a tornado of gannets dive-bombed it time after time.
Unforgettable! The SEAL team was top-notch as always and made sure we
had an exciting but safe experience. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Scott Henderson –
Denver, CO, USA
Howzit team! I think I
finally adjusted to reality again.
I had an absolutely
incredible trip! Each day just got better and better. From the
excitement of the launches, to being in the water with the dolphins,
whales, sharks and birds to retelling the stories of the day over a
cold one at the lodge. Then, to top it all off, an amazing mountain
bike safari in Botswana! I will have to forward the video of the
leopard. I still can't believe we were up close to him and the other
wildlife. As I was told, Africa hooked me! I will be back.
Ming Peng & Nalyn
Ang – Hawaii, USA
Aloha Bruddah Team!
Nalyn and I would like to
express our sincerest gratitude to such a memorable time during our 2
Oceans Extreme vacation back in May 2007. As our personal tour guide
for just the two of us for almost all the 14 day trip, you gave us a
rich experience into the South African culture. While we did not have
the opportunity to see the Knysna seahorse due to the inclement
weather, we were able to see all the animals on our hit list that we
don’t get here in Hawaii: great white sharks, ragged tooth sharks,
zambezi sharks, elephants, rhinos, lions, leopard, hippos, penguins. We
were able to see the tiger sharks and sea lion.
The diving and safari
were awesome; but I think we most enjoyed getting to know you and your
staff (Mark, Steve, Brad, Jackie, Megan). Please give your staff our
warmest Aloha! Relaxing over meals or coffee with just us was special.
The personal tours of the wineries, Cape Town, Durban, Oribi gorge, and
the Oribi bungie swing will never be forgotten, nor will the knowledge
of local culture. Thanks for teaching us about rugby and introducing us
to Johnny Clegg’s music.
The only difficulty was
packing and unpacking between hotels. But we realized that was a
necessary evil in order to see as much as South Africa as we did
between the Atlantic and Indian ocean coasts. While the Sardine Run is
your signature event, I think the 2 Oceans Extreme package is just as
worthwhile for seeing South Africa for the topside and diving
You and the SEAL team
went beyond our expectations. Nalyn and I are so happy to now have
people we call friends in South Africa halfway around the world from
See you in next year at
the Sardine Run!
Martin Denison –
Dear Sardine Run
I would like to thank
both Nic and the Sardine Run.net team for making this trip a very
enjoyable, memorable and unique experience.
Kind regards and happy
Roland & Rosie
Juvyns – Brussels, Belgium
If you want conventional
holidays, forget it, but if holidays are special moments to experience,
think about Sardinerun.net.
As always, your team
gives all the best to make it happen
Diane May – CO, USA
The Sardine Run was
everything I had hoped for and I'll probably be back for a second
helping one of these days.
– Berkshire, England
I would like to say a big
thank you to you for giving both Vicky & me a fantastic trip in
South Africa. You exceeded my expectations in terms of all the great
things we did and in going out of your way to make sure that everyone
had a cool time.
Take it easy my friend
Nancy Brown – Texas,
The trip was wonderful
and surpassed my expectations. The cage dive truly was unreal.
Thanks for all of the
hard work and attention to detail, it certainly made for a wonderful
introduction to South Africa.
Jeff Whitney – New Mexico, USA
Thx, we had a wonderful
time...lots of memories. I really appreciate the teams enthusiasm and
efforts to make it a memorable trip. Re-entry in to the routine here in
the states was actually pretty smooth. Still can't get South Africa out
of my system, it truly was a fantastic trip!
Good luck, I wish you well.
Vicky Stubbs – Berkshire, England
I just wanted to thank
your team for a fantastic time. I must admit though, I feel like I've
come back to work for the rest!
The trip was definitely
worthwhile and I'm sure that I will be visiting South Africa again in
"Even after 8 days on the water you still wanted more. My
experience was one that I will never forget and has left me wanting to
see more of Africa and return each year to the annual migration of the
Sardine Run. I wish to thank the entire Team that made my trip safe,
fun and most of all, unforgettable.
Thanks again for giving
me one of the greatest trips I have ever experienced."
Terri Huber - Peter
Hughes Diving, Miami, FL, USA
I wanted to personally
thank you for the great time I had the last few weeks both on the
Sardine Run and the Cycle Safari. The entire trip exceeded my
expectations in ways I had never imagined it could. I've already
started plans for a future trip!"
Matt Moreno - Atlanta,
Big Seal, Jones, Ant,
Odi, Crash, Alistair, Bill Murray
I want to start off by saying 'WOW'! Sharks, Whales, Mantas,
Dolphins..the activity of animals exceeded my expectations. The
knowledgeable and professional crew were awesome. The effort that is
put into 'running the show' is very evident. All working together to
achieve the same goals. You strive to be the best with personal
touches, safety always in mind, and using the best equipment. This life
changing experience and the unforgettable memories will always be in my
heart. I had the pleasure of spending 3 weeks with the Team. Wishing I
could have stayed longer, but you were out of red wine!
Thank you all for the
sharing one of the best times of my life. 'World Class' will always put
a smile on my face.
Fort Myers, Florida
This is extreme diving at
Eric Cheng - Wetpixel,
San Francisco, CA, USA
"It just does not get any
better than the sardine run!"
Jesse Cole (MD) - Butte,
Jon "keep the wifey away" Carder
I can't say enough about
one of the most amazing experiences on the planet. If you love sea life
and adventure then you must do this trip before you die, period.
Swimming with whales, playing in pods of hundreds of Dolphins, having
sharks circle you, watching whales breach 20 feet away from you, flying
in a micro light over some of the most glorious beaches in the world,
plunging through waves on a high speed boat, the list goes on and on.
All the while you are getting VIP treatment by some of the friendliest,
most professional and organized crews I've ever seen (and I do this
sort of thing all the time). You're about to have one of the greatest
adventures of your life. I personally guarantee it, come see me if
you're not happy and I'll write you a check out of my personal bank
account. These guys rock and there is just no comparison!!!
- Jon Carder - San Diego,
"I had an absolutely
fantastic experience. Where else in the world can you be in the water
with humpback whales, 2 species of dolphins, 4 species of sharks, and
dive-bombing gannets all before lunch? I didn't get the bait ball
experience I had hoped for, but there was so much else that was so
great that I will be back next year to try again".
Randy Osgerby - Texas, USA
"The Sardine Run is in
fact one of natures spectacles and was definitely a life-time
experience! …….I hope you can appreciate from my images just how simply
beautiful and amazing this natural occurrence of feeding frenzies can
be. At last count I experienced 25 things that were brand new to me."
Giles Shaxted - Grand
Cayman, Cayman Islands
"The only thing more
impressive than the wildlife above and below the water was the flawless
organization--the team thought of everything to make the trip
absolutely perfect. Stellar all around!"
Phil Sheridan & Ruta
Dubinskaite - Pan Aqua Diving, New York City, USA
This was definitely one of the top 5 experiences I have ever had and I
consider myself well traveled. My first impression of the crew was
truly first rate. They possessed all the makings of a great trip. They
were very professional, well organized, sophisticated and very
knowledgeable as well as safety conscious (which is very important to
me when researching trips of this nature).
My second impression was the accommodations which were situated in one
of the most beautiful setting. The lodge was very clean, the staff very
polite and friendly and the food was prepared by a wonderful chef that
caused me to put on a few pounds.
My final impression and the reason I traveled 35 hours each way was the
diving/snorkeling experience along side the sardine run. I decided to
make this trip because I thought it would be a "once in a lifetime
experience" and it was. It was nothing I have ever experienced but now
a "must do" experiencing again. Every day was a gift from nature. I
still can't believe that on my first day in the water, two Humpback
Whales swam right up to me and gracefully passed me by within touching
distance. But that was only the first day...Over the remaining days,
thousands of dolphin swam with me for hours and then again joined in on
a high speed race to our next location. Of course there were also all
types of sharks that were amongst us waiting patiently for the bait
ball, yet wonderfully curious about us in the water, however I never
felt unsafe. I was happy these beautiful animals didn't stop coming . .
. Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, more whales, sardines and thousands of
birds.....it never seemed to end. Every day something different. It was
again one of the top 5 experiences I have ever had! I feel my heart
beating with excitement just writing about this!
Thank you for an amazing life experience!!!
Wayne Levy - San Diego, CA, USA
Just want you to know
that Henrik and I had a fantastic Sardine Run with at least 100
Humpbacks, 1 rare Southern Right Whale :o), 1000 of Dolphins and some
very close interaction with sharks :o) and of course Sardines.
The first day before lunch we have seen it All, so you have my biggest
recommendations for the Sardine Run expedition.
I have dived in the Galapagos, Palau, Sipadan, most of Thailand and
Mozambique and must say that this has been the most adrenaline and
exciting dives I have ever tried!!!!
Rasmus Nielsen -
Copenhagen , Denmark
This trip was truly one
of my favorite trips of all time. And of course I will be back!!
Evelyn Conley (MD) -
Hermosa Beach, CA, USA
I have dived all over the
world and seen many wonders of the underwater world however the Sardin
Run experience is something I will remember and treasure for the rest
of my life. Seeing mother nature at her wildest spiced with plenty of
humpback whales makes it a truly unique.
Nic, thank you for setting this up commercially so it is not alone for
IMAX guys and blue planet photographers to experience!
Henrik Gullov -
I had an AWESOME time at
the sardine run ! And would totally love to go back next year ! And
maybe stay longer. The highlight of my trip is that I FINALLY got to
see a WHALE !!!! And got photos as well, both topside and underwater !
I have been very lucky to have been in the water with whale sharks on
many an occasion, but never a whale !
Debbie Field - Pan Aqua
Diving, New York City, USA
The Sardine Run was such
a magical trip of adventure, excitement, and sheer beauty. Whether by
sea (with the whales, sharks, dolphins, and sardines) or by air (the
Wild Coast should always be seen via microlight) or by land (the
horses, the rainbows, the waterfalls, the biking, and the sundowners)
Africa is a place like no other. But what made the trip truly
unforgettable was the staff. I was so impressed by the best and
brightest who came from all over South Africa to enhance the experience
with their enthusiasm,humor, and intelligence. And the Botswana Cycling
Safari was extraordinary - I've discovered my inner mountain biker in
ways I never imagined. The entire New York group agrees that this is
one of the best experiences they've had. It was definitely a holiday
I'll remember forever. Thank you!
Heidi Connal, Pan Aqua
Diving, New York City, USA
Thanks for the memories and the friendships to last a lifetime. All the
Chris Baldwin, San Diego, CA, USA
The Portuguese Team
Thank you for the "Rock
'n Roll" - we will be back!!
Portuguese Team '06 -
It was a wonderful trip
even if the sardines didn't come en mass -- great
I'm definitely planning
on doing it again!
Carolyn Winter -
Washington DC, USA
I wanted to tell you that
we were very happy with you and your staff, I appreciate all you
kindness and professionalism for this trip.
Say hello to everybody!!!
Luis Sanchez - Mexico
We have no words to thank
you for all that you and your team have done to help us every second of
our wonderful trip to this gorgeous country. We will never forget you
Jose Guerrero (El Profe)
- Mexico City, Mexico