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Western Cape

IIf you’re looking for safari action on the open water, then there’s no better place than the famous and fearsome Shark Alley – a hunting ground for sharks off the coast of the Western Cape. However, it’s not only sharks you’ll find stalking these waters – it’s also a hotbed for Cape Fur seals and sea birds.

Shark Alley is famous for being one of the top commercial cage-diving destinations in the world. This is not surprising, given that it is home to one of the largest populations of Great White sharks.

Lying just a few kilometres south of the small fishing village of Gansbaai, Shark Alley is actually a narrow channel of water that runs between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. It's thanks to the 50 000-odd Cape Fur seals on Dyer Island that the channel is so named, for these furry mammals are favourite food for Great White sharks. As a result, the sharks trawl the alley in numbers looking for their next meal.

Did You Know?
GGreat White sharks are declared a protected species in South African waters before anything else in the world.

CCage diving is a thrilling activity where you are lowered into the water, in a secure cage, for a face-to-face encounter. Divers don't have to be scuba qualified to cage dive, as the cage actually floats, with part of it remaining out of the water.

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