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Попытка номер три. Если народ затягивать не будет, то в 2011 получится. Нет толко окончательной цены. Должны прислать на днях на 2011г. Как появится, сразу начинаем шевелиться. Дайв центры там небольшие. Поэтому основное это оплатить: дайвцентр, внутренние перелеты и забронировать отели по маршруту. В первый раз оплату начали просить в 1х числах декабря. Поэтому в этот раз определяться будем до 15 ноября. Не наберется 10 человек - маршрут снимается. Маршрут http://www.openwater.ru/?page=wuar11
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Немного инфы по новому предложению. Суть проста - не сидим в одном отеле при дайв центре. Мне кажется намного интереснее.


Mobile Sardine Run – The Greatest Shoal on Earth


Mini program: 11- 19 June 2011 (10 days) R 23 000
Maxi program: 22 June - 8 July 2011 (17 Days) R 34 000

The Sardine Run is a unique and unexplained phenomenon of millions of sardines traveling up the east coast of South Africa occurring from May to July, causing a frenzy of excitement amongst everyone and everything that comes into contact with them.
These small fish migrate from the colder waters of the Cape into the warm sub-tropical waters of the Wild Coast, direction north, finally going in shore on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. The sardines usually disperse into the big blue ocean near Durban.

The sardines shoal closely together minimising their chances of being taken by predators. Tens of thousands of birds plunging from the sky, feeding on the fish, with larger game fish and numerous species of sharks all feasting on the wealth of food that is available.
The numbers and variety of sharks is astounding: Bronze Whalers, Dusky sharks, Black tips, Zambezi sharks and many more can be seen in massive numbers. Sometimes even Great White Sharks are seen.
The dolphins also join in the excitement and employ a hunting strategy that works the shoals into what is referred to as a "baitball". By working together, like sheepdogs in a field of sheep, the dolphins herd the sardines into a tight ball and push them towards the surface. The dolphins then pounce on them, gorging themselves on the tiny fish.
Even whales are often seen feeding on the sardines.

All experienced marine observers, photographers and film makers agree on one thing - That the sardine run is the greatest ocean spectacle they have ever seen.
They also agree that it is the most difficult marine spectacle to experience.
Why is it so difficult?
There are 3 factors:
1. Ocean conditions.
2. Sardines activity
3. Location.
The normal and usual way to do the sardine run, is to go to a specific place on the Wild Coast, for example, Port St Johns or East London, and simply wait there for the sardines to arrive.
We have discussed before how difficult it is to catch good sardine action.
1. Rough weather is a very important factor to consider. June/July is the heart of the South African winter, with massive winter storms coming through from time to time.
2. The movement of the sardines are a second factor. The movement of the big shoal of fish is influenced by water temperature, so the wind and the currents are important... and this cannot be predicted accurately.
Sometimes the sardines start shoaling early in the season, sometimes later. Sometimes smaller shoals form and sometimes bigger ones, and nobody can accurately predict the movement of the shoals.
3. So the normal strategy is simply to wait at one location and hope for the best.
Getting all the logistics in place, getting the boats, airplanes, vehicles and diving compressors and other logistical things in place is a major undertaking.
The central Wild Coast is 500 km from Durban, and 300 km from East London.
The weather we cannot control, and the movement of the sardines we cannot control. The only factor that we can control is our own movement, so instead of waiting in frustration for the sardines to arrive at a specific place, we are increasing our chances to move to where the sardines are or at least where we have the biggest chance of finding sardines.

How it works:
1. The group assembles at the base camp near East London.
2. A fixed wing light aircraft flies the length of the Wild Coast trying to spot the best action, and reports to the dive base exactly what is happening where.
3. Based on this information, we move to the best area for the sardines, make a temporary base in this new location, and go out to see looking for the sardines.
4. The daily program is to launch the boats in the morning as it gets light, and then find the sardines and dive with them. The boat stays at sea for around 6 hours per day depending on sea conditions.
5. The logistical team takes care of all camp, food and support work, so that the divers can concentrate on the sardine action.
6. The fixed wing light aircraft will do a spotting flight every second or third day, and continue report on the sardines position.
7. If the action seems to be moving, the expedition will move along to the area where we expect the biggest chance of success, and set up a new dive base and camp at the new location.
8. It is possible that the expedition will move 3 or even 4 times to new locations on the Wild Coast.
9. All depends on the sardines and the best information we get from the light aircraft looking for them.

The object of the expedition is being able to move to the action.
Logistically it would be extremely expensive to book rooms and facilities in four different hotels for the same time along the coast line. It is however reasonable to book space in campsites along the way, and this is what we do.
We will be using comfortable and big tents, and expedition members will sleep on comfortable camping beds.
Two styles of tents will be used for sleeping:
Dome tents, large enough to have two camping beds and enough standing room for two adults.
Larger four man tents with enough space for 4 beds and standing room for 4 adults.
The camp support team will put up the tents and do all the work related to tents and camping.
The expedition will have a professional kitchen team, making sure that expedition members eat tasty and good food. All meals will be provided.

The camp will be as comfortable as possible.
Apart from the tents in which expedition members will be sleeping, there will also be a large communal tent where we will eat and relax.
Gas heaters will be provided for the communal tent. The communal tent will also provide a satellite TV and video equipment (DVD player) etc.
In addition there will also be the equipment tent, where tables and electricity will be provided to recharge batteries, work on cameras etc.
Another campfire area will be provided, with a nice campfire for the evening.
Beer, wine and other drinks will be available at all camp sites, and some campsites will have a few local pubs and restaurants nearby.
Expeditions will be staying in a comfortable camp, sleeping on beds, eating well, and staying warm.
It will be in the middle of the South African winter, but the Wild Coast is not really cold and temperatures are generally pleasant.
Electricity will be supplied, either by generator or from the main supplies.
Warm water and hot showers will be available at all campsites.
Bathrooms will be the campsite ablution blocks, but these will be clean and functional.

Minibus will transport expedition members around as needed.


Aerial spotting:
Two forms of aerial spotting will be done:
Fixed wing light aircraft (long distance) will fly the entire length of the Wild Coast to find the best sardine action.
It will be possible for expedition members to go along on this aircraft .

A smaller microlight will accompany the mobile expedition, to do spotting in a 20 - 30 km radius of the mobile base camp, and will guide the boats in to the action.
Expedition members can also go for short flights on the microlight aircraft.

Logistical team:
The logistical team will look after all the camping work , as well as the transport, the boats, the diving compressors, scuba cylinders and other diving equipm

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