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Sterkfontein Travel Trip #April02

Where is it…

  • It is a beautiful place at the foot of the Drakensburg.
  • The water is 16 km long and 7 km wide with lots of inlets.
  • Depth we think is 90 meters at its deepest.
  • It is a game reserve with many species including Oribi, Mountain Reedbuck and Grey Rhebuck. So you often see game at the dive sites.

What can you see…

It has clear blue water with visibility of 5 meters in winter and up to 15 in summer. There are many fish such as yellow fish, bream and some really big barbel.

There is great topography with boulders, cliff faces and walls.
We have had some really great night dives there, full of fish and really easy.

The night dive there is the best inland night dive we have done.
There are many sunken boats to dive on and we are looking for a farm house and settlement.

Using a big sea dive boat on the dam is great fun and there are so many new sites to explore.

 

April 12 2019

Details

Start: April 12 @ 6:00 pm
End: April 15 @ 6:00 am
Cost: R3000
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Venue

Sterkfontein Dam

South Africa

Schedule

  • Leave Friday after work and drive through, the drive is easy with a dual carriageway all the way to Harrismith.
  • Have a hot supper and after lots of chatting, bed.
  • Up in the morning with breakfast of eggs and toast.
  • Get into wetsuits and prepare gear for our dives
  • Dive and enjoy.
  • Either a second dive in the afternoon (for the really keen) or a cruise across the dam for a picnic.
  • As the light falls we will have a night dive (must be Advanced or greater). After the dive, a Braai will be served. Chats and bed.
  • Up in the morning, breakfast and then the next dive, back by 11 latest.
  • Now you can have another cruise or and “add on dive” or say good byes and be back home by 3.
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Sterkfontein is a new inland dive site that is being explored and developed by Divetek. There have been a few divers that have dived in the blue waters but very few and very little exploration has taken place.
The Divetek team had just three great trips there before we decided to move our 9 meter dive boat from Sodwana and base it at Sterkfontein. We liked it that much!
We are still exploring and finding new sites and this will take a year or so. Also we don’t know all the visibilities and temperatures of the various sites. So this information will be updated as we learn more.