Paradise found – just for you

Paradise found – just for you

Coinciding with Mango Airline’s additional flights from Johannesburg to the mystical tropical paradise of Zanzibar, announced this week, 2BWild Safaris offers you personalised travel planning and accommodation arrangements with specials being announced on a regular basis.

Just a 3 ½ hour hop from Jo’burg to Zanzibar

Working closely and directly with you, 2BWild will develop your itinerary based on our personal experience and visits to Zanzibar, selecting the most appropriate accommodation – from 5-star luxury to self-catering – to suit your needs.

This exquisite Spice Island is one-of-a-kind, with an unforgettable array of lifetime experiences to enjoy. An azure ocean within beautiful reefs, crisp white beaches, refreshing cuisine and a wonderful array of activities to enhance each and every day – dhow cruises, snorkelling, scuba-diving, tours to the Jozini Forest, spice farms, Prison Island, Stone Town markets and – not to be missed – a mouth-watering gourmet meal in the Tea House Restaurant on the rooftop of the Emerson Spice Hotel in Stone Town – and much more!

(BA captains, note that Zanzibar is a short 3 1/2 hour hop from Joburg to Zanzibar flying Mango!)

 

 

 

 

 

Surf n Turf – the ultimate travel experience

Why not do the whole nine yards: a circular trip from Johannesburg to Zanzibar, then fly on to the incredible Masai Mara National Park in Tanzania, before heading back to Johannesburg? 

Game viewing in “the Mara” is second to none at most times of the year. Yet at certain times, usually around September, you’ll be fortunate enough to witness the renowned annual migration of Wildebeest and Zebra.  We have information on where the game are at certain times of the year and so can book you into a lodge closest to where the action is!

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Komati Springs, 24 JULY 2016: Simon Thomé qualifies as Technical Diver , 50 meters

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24 JULY 2016: Simon Thomé today qualified as Technical Diver , 50 meters, with unlimited decompression. CONGRATULATIONS SIMON!
24 JULY 2016: Simon Thomé today qualifies as Technical Diver , 50 meters

Simon Thomé today qualified as Technical Diver , 50 meters, with unlimited decompression. CONGRATULATIONS SIMON!

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Simon (middle) qualifies as Technical Diver, 50m – SSI

IMG-20160725-WA0002 IMG-20160725-WA0003 IMG-20160725-WA0004 This weekend’s outing to the world renowned Komati Springs deep dive site near Barberton, was organised by Scubalicious‘ Adrian Smit.

Three divers planned to qualify for this important milestone under the watchful instruction of accomplished Scuba Schools International (SSI) Dive Instructor – Chris Serfontein: Adrian Smit; Nikita and Simon Thomé.

Friday’s preparatory dives went smoothly and according to plan. However on Saturday Nikita burst an eardrum at 30 meters following difficulty with equalising. Simon and Adrian however both qualified successfully on Sunday.

Congratulation to you both !

Komati Springs is owned and operated by Don and Andre Shirley. Don is globally respected for his depth of knowledge and experience as an extreme diver,  technical diver and cave diver. He is also author of the book “Raising the Dead”.

Diving facilities at Komati Springs are second to none in southern Africa, complete with all necessary deep-dive gases, and re-compression chamber.

The dive site is a dis-used mine with maximum depth of 55 meters in the open water section, and an explored depth of 186 meters in the adjacent labyrinth of caves and shafts.

Visibility is good and consistent throughout the year.

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Diving the Aliwal Reef

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Diving the Aliwal Reef:

Simon Thomé, “Rocking the Aliwal Shoal” — with Jason Lee Boswell, Maggie Joanna Nel and Adrian Smit at Aliwal Shoal, Umkomaas, South Africa.

In June, John’s son Simon, a PADI recreational diver and  SSI (Scuba Schools International) trained  technical diver,  visited the Aliwal Shoal – a rocky reef which is the remains of an ancient sand dune approximately five kilometres off the coast of Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

This scuba-diving trip was organised by Simon’s dive buddy and accomplished dive-instructor, Adrian Smit of Scubalicious, to experience this famous dive site.

Operating through ScubaXcursion at Cutty Sark in Scottburgh, the group undertook six dive on the Aliwal Shoal: incorporating Raggie’s Cave, Howard’s Castle, The Cathedral and Tiger Ledge.

Ragged Tooth Shark Photo: discoverlife.org

Lots of Ragged Tooth sharks were seen on four dives.. and a Dusky Shark on decent on one of the dives.

A very special deep dive of 33 meters was accomplished on the little known Mzimayi Wall, on which Whale calls were heard throughout the entire dive.

 

Dolphins were seen on the following dive. Also spotted were Eagle Rays and Honeycomb Moray Eels.

Visibility throughout the excursion was 30 meters and currents were usually strong.

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Moz diving safari and the Blue-Spotted Ribbontail Ray

Mozambique: Excellent diving this weekend at Ponta do Ouro

Moz diving safari and the Blue-Spotted Ribbontail Ray

Easter weekend 2016

Following on from the previous post for this trip:

Professional underwater photographer, journalist and photojournalist

Professional underwater photographer, journalist and photojournalist with strong interest in the multimedia realm, Jason Boswell, was one of the group accompanying Adrian Smit – Scubalicious PADI diving instructor, and Simon Thomé on their diving safari to Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique, in April 2016.

Jason has kindly shared some of his amazing photos with us.

Visit his website at: www.jasonboswell.com

We look forward to continuing our virtual and real travel with Jason in the near future, and to him sharing more of his photographic experiences with 2BWild and our clients.

A Blue-Spotted Ribbontail Ray gliding across the sand at Doodles Reef
A Blue-Spotted Ribbontail Ray gliding across the sand at Doodles Reef
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Yellow Snappers encircle a diver
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Adrian Smit, Subalicious PADI diving instructor, on his twin-set off of Steps

Mozambique: Excellent diving this weekend at Ponta do Ouro

Ponto do Ouro, Mozambique – divers’ paradise
Simon Thomé, a PADI qualified technical diver
Simon Thomé, a PADI qualified technical diver

Simon Thomé, a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) qualified technical diver (SSI extended range nitrox), reports excellent diving conditions at Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique this weekend.

Travelling with fellow PADI divers, the group spent this long weekend putting in two dives each day. Visibility was good all weekend and waters were calm – although on Saturday a 3m swell curtailed the afternoon’s diving.

On Easter Friday, Simon and the two other technical divers in the group, Adrian Smit – Scubalicious instructor, and Chris Serfontein, carried out a 25m dive, simulating accelerated decompression on the ascent.

During the weekend the group visited a number of reefs, amongst which were: Creche, Checkers, Atlantis and Pinnacles. Sightings included Honey Comb Moray Eels, Blue-Spotted Ribbontail Ray, Stingrays, Porcelain Crabs, Scorpion Fish, Potato Bass, Yellow Snappers, and the very colourful Gasflame Nudibranch.

The exquisite Gasflame Nudibranch

Water temperature throughout the weekend averaged 25C.