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For the very adventurous travelers, connect with a great white shark-diving outfitter, such as Shark Diving Unlimited, for a day of swimming with the dangerous predators. The majority of great white sharks off the coast of South Africa reside in a place called Gaansbai, which is a two-hour drive from Cape Town. Most tour companies provide transportation both ways, as well as hot showers, homemade soup and fresh-baked bread following the dive since the water off the coast can dip as low as 50 degrees F in the spring.
The great whites are lured to the dive site with chum in the water and a fish head on a hook. Travelers brave enough to take a deep breath and hop into the cage attached to the side of the boat can catch a glimpse of the monstrous fish within kissing distance. The number of great white sharks worldwide is diminishing year after year, with some reports estimating only 5,000 left in the world, and 1,000 of those located in southern African waters. Close encounters with several at a time underwater with some weighing two ton or more is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For those travelers prone to sea-sickness, bring Dramamine, because once the boat anchors, it’s a rocky experience.