South Africa

Sharks, safari and stunning scenery – the magnificent KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa; Simon Coyle; Manchester Evening News

South Africa – Maloti-Drakensberg Park

Simon Coyle enjoys an action-packed week in the beautiful South African coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Looking out the cage into the deep blue sea a shark emerges from the murky depths.

The creature’s grey skin shimmers in the water with its beady white eyes seemingly fixated on me.

It gets closer and within seconds I am face-to-face with the two metre long predator.

More swim towards me and before I know it a dozen others are now circling the cage.

While my heart is racing, the initial terror soon gives way to awe as the black tip sharks majestically glide around me.

A terrifying, but absolutely exhilarating half-an-hour, it is one of the many reasons why South Africa is just simply breathaking.

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