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Into Africa: African Travel’s Shark Diving

Meet sharks up-close and personal.
Meet sharks up-close and personal.
courtesy African Travel Inc.

Reported by J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern

Since the early days, people have gone on safari to Africa to see and, in some cases to hunt, big game animals. The “Big Five” (rhino, elephant, leopard, lion and Cape buffalo) were deemed the most dangerous to hunt, and thus they were the most prized. We went to see and shoot (with camera) not only the animals, but also to meet the people and view the incredible land that in many ways is frozen in time.

Our safari was eye opening and wondrous, but it was hardly roughing it, because we went on a luxury tent safari in Zambia at Sanctuary Retreats, whose tents are more like penthouse suites. Our trip was “Adventure by day, and luxury by night.” African safari is like that. You never know what’s going to happen or what you are going to see., something we appreciate.

But our adventure was on land. How about at sea?

Great White Sharks are the world’s largest predatory fish, armed with a lethal mouthful of serrated daggers and reaching more than 20 feet in length. Are you brave enough to tempt them during a cage dive into their territory?

African Travel, Inc.’s Thrilling Adventure in Southern Africa takes participants into the Atlantic Ocean for a rare interaction with these lion of the ocean beasts. Adventurers from around the globe venture to Cape Town to test their courage during a dive into shark-infested waters, albeit safe behind a reinforced cage. In fact, divers don’t need to be certified to embark on this ultimate adventure; expert guides take care of all the arrangements and ensure divrs are prepared and protected before taking the plunge

In addition to the shark dive, participants take a land adventure to the most exciting areas of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Table Mountain becomes less of a beautiful landmark and more of a challenge as participants hike to the imperial face and rappel down the steep slope. They witness Victoria Falls, the world’s largest curtain of falling water, and canoe down the Zambezi River to experience “the smoke that thunders” from all angles. They feel the mist on their faces as they harness into a giant swing and zipline through the forest canopy 300 feet above the river.

Participants will journey on a three-day "Big Five" safari at Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve.

Thrilling Adventure in Southern Africa is 10 days, priced from $4,395 per person.

For more information and to book this safari, contact your favorite Travel Agent, or call African Travel, Inc. at (800) 421-8907 or visit

If you can’t make it to Southern Africa to go on safari, you can take a great armchair adventure through’s African Safari: Wild Life, Wild Love, a personalized adventure-romance novel set in Zambia. That’s right, it’s personalized: you and your love are the main characters in the book. We wrote it based on our luxury tent safari there, and you will really get a feel of what it’s like to go on safari by being in the book.

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International Travel Examiner J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created and, their personalized romance novel business.

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