About White Shark Africa
White Shark Africa was founded in 1995 and has been running successfully ever since. The company has always had a great passion and love for the sharks and has often supported and assisted shark research in the area.
Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, beautiful Mossel Bay has abundant sea life with diverse fish, seals, whales, penguins, other sea birds, dolphins, the occasional orca and, of course, a plentiful supply of Great White Sharks.
White Shark Africa staff have a proud history in white shark research, conservation and education so you can be sure that we have a passion and love for these animals and their environment.
The company is co-owned by Craig Ferreira and Christo Kruger. Craig is one of the world’s leading authorities on Great White Sharks, has conducted many research world firsts, has appeared in numerous documentaries, has published two books on the Great White Shark and speaks on this species around the world.
Craig, along with his father Theo, pioneered most of the early research work on White Sharks in South Africa. Through this important work, Theo, together with Scientist Leonard Campagno, were instrumental and the driving force behind South Africa becoming the first country in the world to secure full protection status for the Great White Shark in 1991.
Christo is a top shark handler, an avid marine conservationist, a very experienced skipper and he spearheads the operation in Mossel Bay.
No More Fear
It has always been apparent to us that most, if not all of our clients suffer a total misconception of sharks, and in particular the GREAT WHITE SHARK.
Most of our clients arrive with a 90% fear level and 10% respect and we thrive in changing this attitude. We are sure that after a day at sea with us you will find that old attitudes are reversed and you will leave us with 90% respect and 10% fear and perhaps understand that the sea is the domain of the GREAT WHITE and we have no right to harm this magnificent predator(or any other for that matter).
Our Boat, “Shark Warrior” is a modern 11.5m long and 4m wide motor cat custom built for shark cage diving. The boat has a large viewing platform on top, space on the main deck for seating and viewing and is equipped with toilet facilities in the main cabin.
Our Diving and Viewing trips are wonderfully educational, enriching both mind and soul.
As the only White Shark operation along the Garden route, we’re afforded the advantage of seals being our only competition for the shark’s attention.
Historically, we have an 84% annual average rate of successful shark viewing and diving.
Why Mossel Bay?
Mossel Bay is a very rich area with its abundant sea life of diverse fish, seals, whales, penguins, other sea birds, dolphins, the occasional orca and, of course, a plentiful supply of Great White Sharks.
Mossel Bay is a well-established town with movie houses, pharmacies, chain stores, photo shops, hospitals. etc. It is a delightful place with beautiful north-facing beaches, good surfing, sailing, windsurfing, hiking trails, dive spots, bungi jumping, three game parks, parachuting, quad bikes, nature reserves and is at the start of the world-famous Garden Route. It is well-serviced by the national road system.
If you are into diving then Mossel Bay offers some excellent dives. There are easy dives along the harbour walls, deeper dives on the many reefs and shark feeding dives near the dock. You can do a dive course right in Mossel Bay so please ask us about these activities.
Wales and Dolphins of Mossel Bay
In season, from June to November, the 65 km Whale Route along the greater Mossel Bay coastline is superbly suited to view whales. Four species are seen along this route, of which Southern Right Whales are the most commonly sighted when they come into Mossel Bay to calve. There are however also Humpback, Bryde’s and Killer Whales frequenting the route. Mossel Bay also forms part of Four species of whales frequent Mossel Bay to calve.
Schools of up to 500 dolphins make a spectacular sight and can often be seen at play in the bay and along the St Blaize hiking trail. The most common dolphins found all year are Heaviside’s Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Dusky Dolphin and Bottlenose Dolphin.