The annual Sardine Run is part of South Africa’s seasonal calendar and provides tourists, photographers and most importantly the local fishing community and the poor and unemployed individuals along SA’s east coast a bountiful boost each winter.
Dubbed 'the greatest shoal on earth', the Sardine Run, according to Wikipedia:
"...occurs between May and July when millions of sardines - or more specifically the Southern African pilchard Sardinops sagax - spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa.
Their sheer numbers create a feeding frenzy along the coastline. The run, containing millions of individual sardines, occurs when a current of cold water heads north from the Agulhas Bank up to Mozambique where it then leaves the coast line and goes further East into the Indian Ocean."
This video was taken in 2010 along the Transkei coastline but KZN is arguably the prime destination for most travellers wanting to experience this phenomenon.
(Image: sheraca - creative commons license)
Stay in KwaZulu Natal and experience the sardine run
The Sardine Run attracts visitors from all over South Africa, as well as international visitors, to the coast of KwaZulu Natal each year.
Portfolio Collection offers a wide range of benchmarked accommodation in the region - check out the following links on our website for KZN B&Bs, self catering accommodation, Guest Houses, Safari Lodges and Country Homes.