1. WHY DIVE IN AFRICA?
Africa combines a plethore of underwater beauties and types of diving:
- Fringing tropical reefs (Kenya), pristine coral reefs (Sodwana Bay/ South Africa) barrier reef (Madagascar)
- Freshwater diving is available in Zambia & Malawi.
- Cave diving can be done in Zimbabwe, Cape Verde and Kenya.
- Wreck diving in the cold water of Cape Peninsula (South Africa).
Most of the large and small pelagic you can think about can be seen around Africa:
- Great Whites (Cape town).
- Sardines schools (South Africa.)
- Mantas (Mozambique).
- Whale sharks (Mozambique/Kenya/Djibouti).
- Humpback Whales (Madagascar/South Africa).
- Southern Right Whales (South Africa).
2. WHAT ARE THE BEST COUNTRIES IN AFRICA TO VISIT FOR DIVING?
Destinations Plongée AFRIQUE
Red Sea diving is amazing because the visibility is great (all year round at least 20 to 30 meters viz) and the underwater world is very colorful with excellent reef condition.<br>
- Sharm El Sheikh: The anemone city at the Ras Mohammed is particularily nice to dive.<br>
- Elphinstone dive site: is accessible from Marsa Alam and famous for its hammerhead sharks.
Photography by Paco Iglesias at Sharm El Cheik
The best diving area is in the north around Nosy Be. There depending on the periods of the year, almost all marine life can be seen!
- June to September: 10% of the world population of Humpback whales are around Madagascar. Starting end of August, you can observe the calves swimming with their mothers.
- Wreck diving around Sainte Marie island is great.
- Barracudas can be seen around the Anivorano Rocks and next to this a shallow wreck is an easy dive.
Photography by Philippe L'Homel: Anemone fish
Diving in Kenya is ok all year round with just little bit less visibility in July and August. You can dive in 5 main maritimes reserves!
- Mombassa Marine park is good for snorkeling and diving.
- Watamu Marine national Park for its turtles.
- Kisite Mpunguti Marine Reserve for its huge mantas.
Photography by Alan Duncan: Octopus
Photography by Philippe L'Homel: Dolphins
DIVE SOUTH AFRICA
South africa is the home of sharks and wrecks.
- Sodwana Bay count 25 species of sharks and rays plus turtles.
- In May & June millions of sardines can be seen in Sardine Run.
- A bull shark population lives at Protea Bank.
- The best place in the world to spot the Sand Tiger Shark is reputated to be at Aliwal Shoal. Dolphins, Mantas and much more pelagics are around as well.
- Wreck diving can be done at Aliwal Shoal (2 wrecks) and on the Atlantic coast (3 wrecks).
Photography by Paco Iglesias