Africa is renowned for being one of the best safari locations in the world. However, few people seem to realise that ocean surrounding the continent harbour as much – if not more – amazing wildlife as its game reserves do. If you’re still not convinced, here’s a look at some Africa’s best diving spots.
One of the most accessible and popular diving sites found in Africa’s east coast, Benguerra Island is home to a variety of coral and fish. Oceanic giants such as manta rays and humpback whale are also known to frequent these waters.
Cape Town’s cold waters hold a surprising array of marine life. This is mainly due to the nutrient-rich currents flowing in from the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Particular note should be given to the great kelp forests found here. These are home to many different varieties of shark and curious cephalopods like the giant octopus.
Edge of Reason
With a name like this, it’s hard to ignore this amazing diving spot off the coast of Mozambique. The reefs found here are full of colourful reef dwellers like parrotfish, unicornfish as well as giants like goliath groupers. This is such a great spot for diving that most Mozambique hotels – such as the Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort – will mention it to their guests who are interested in heading out of their hotels for some adventure!
Rufiji Marine Reserve
This is the premier location for diving if you’re planning on seeing whale sharks. From November to February, herds of these giant fish arrive at the reserve in search of food. Swimming alongside these gentle giants is an experience you won’t soon forget.