South African Tourism Minister jumps in the deep end

By Matt Tewhatu

South African Tourism Minister jumps in the deep endSouth Africa’s Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom has taken time out from his busy schedule to go cage shark diving just off the coast of Gansbaai.

Swapping the business suit for the swimming suit, Hanekom and his wife were taken to the internationally-renowned Shark Alley which is located around Dyer Island off the coast. Attempting to showcase the best of the country, the minister was making the point that no-one can ever be “too old to do adventure tourism”.

Shark diving off Gansbaai still ranks as one of the most popular tourist activities to do while on their tailor-made South Africa holiday and with the minister jumping in, it shows anyone can do it.

It’s currently peak season to go shark diving in South Africa with over five Great White sharks spotted swimming around the cage in just a two hour session.

Taking selfies and a large number of photos in the cage, the minister said it was a surreal opportunity to do what should be high on every prospective tourists list.

“Seeing these great whites and getting under the water and seeing them really nearby is just an unbelievable experience”, he said.

“It’s quite unique. It’s definitely something people need to do at least once in their lifetime”.

Whilst summer is normally the peak season, winter is also a popular time of year for shark-diving as the visibility in the water is clear and the temperatures are similar to that during the summer.