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Sardine Run

When the sardine run gets going in June, Southbroom is the place to be. These billions of tiny little fish attract a delightful symphony of sea life. From the ostentatious dolphins frolicking in the waves to the ensemble of plunge-diving gannets, this spectacle is a fascinating and unforgettable experience.


Schools of up to 500 dolphins make a spectacular sight and can often be seen at play during the sardine run.  The most common dolphins found all year are Common Dolphin and Bottlenose Dolphin.

Large sharks and other game fish feed on the sardines, which may cause them to leap out of the water or strand themselves on the beach as they knife through the shoals.

The Natal Sharks Board sardine hotline (082-284-9495) provides regular news updates but, be warned, the shoals move quickly, disappearing as rapidly as they appear.

Southbroom's main beach headland is considered one of the finest vantage points from which to see the gannets raining out of the sky as they dive into the shoals.

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