This year’s Sardine Run: Great shoals predicted….activity has already been spotted off Port St Johns

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After last year’s spectacular Sardine Run, which had the nation’s media on the edge of their seats and holidaymakers hot with sardine fever, the KZN South Coast is expecting another great run this season.

Sardine activity has been spotted further south in Waterfall Bluff in Port St John’s already, and even though the sardines take some time to move up the coast, experts are predicting great shoals moving past the KZN South Coast, which has always been best for viewing all the action as well as catching the silvery fish from the shores.

Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, advises visitors to keep their eyes on the local press and follow the KZN Sharks Board, fishing experts such as GoFish, as well as the fishing charters whose business it is to know the waters and marine life of the KZN South Coast.

As if scripted, millions of sardines make an appearance during the winter school holidays, however, this is not guaranteed, due to the Sardine Run phenomenon being a natural occurrence.

As Phelisa says, “Holidaymakers were lucky in 2018, not only did they benefit from experiencing the best Sardine Run in 14 years, but the Sardine Run lasted throughout the holiday season, giving everyone from Port Edward to Scottburgh a chance to enjoy the excitement.”

She added, “We are thrilled that we may very well have a repeat performance from the sardines this season.”

Families, fishermen, divers, surfers, predators, free meal seekers, photographers, spectators, all gather to get their thrills when the sardines come past.

It’s a festive frenzy and visual feast that have to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Beach hop along as the sardines move up the coast, catching your share of the fever… at zero entry fee, it’s the best live entertainment value available!

Always a fun destination, the KZN South Coast puts on a great events line-up during the holidays, so make sure you check the calendar of events or visit the many Visitor Information Centres along the coast and inland to get the lowdown.

If the beach is going to be your new backyard, check the fun beach events on select days at Scottburgh, Hibberdene, Margate and Port Edward beaches and bring the SPF50+, unlike elsewhere, it’s going to be hot!

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