Port St John Lodge

The Port St John’s River Lodge sits between two majestic mountains, surrounded by densely forested dunes on the Umzimvubu River in South Africa’s Wild Coast, and is ideally situated to enjoy the Sardine Run.

The lodge is a comfortable complex consisting of hotel rooms and self-catering apartments making it suitable for singles and groups. It also has a fully licensed bar, laundry service and WIFI (local charge).

This is an ideal resort for those seeking an active holiday with easy access to lots of exciting excursions, including hiking and river kayaking.

Your Accommodation Options

Standard Room

Standard Rooms are en-suite with showers, offer tea and coffee making facilities, fan, TV and overlook the garden, mountain or river. A central safe in reception is available for storing your valuables.

Some of the rooms are air-conditioned.

Self Catering Chalet

The self-catering chalets have en-suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, safe and TV, lounge area and patio area overlooking the garden, pool area and mountains.

Restaurants & Bars

The a-la carte restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and evening meals, with a variety of local and international dishes to suit all tastes. Lunch packs are provided for your days on the Sardine Run.

The lodge bar is fully licensed and has a pool table and big screen TV.


In addition to the featured activities shown on the below sample itinerary, there are many more options available to keep you occupied in Port St John’s.

Spend a day by the pool with a book from the small library, or book yourself on one of the lodges many trips. Activities on offer range from dolphin and whale watching, bird watching, an early morning game drive, fishing, kayaking on the Umngazi River, historical trips and much more.

Evenings are spent relaxing in the comfortable lounge and bar with a beer after a long day on the water.


The sardine run consists mostly of snorkelling as the bait-ball often moves quite fast and with snorkel gear it is easy to gain quick entry and exit on the boat. During this week you will scuba, snorkel and free dive, depending on the situation and the advice of your guide.

Your day begins at 8am with a weather check and a launch onto the bouncing surf through to the open ocean and the current line. Once out, you kit up and wait. Spotters scan the water for the tell-tale signs of the bait-balls forming: sea birds dropping like arrows and whales breaching.

With a packed lunch on the boat to keep your energy levels high, the day will draw to close at around 4pm when the boats head for home.

Travel Information

To join the Sardine Run you will need to fly to Durban in South Africa. We can arrange flights with a variety of airlines including South African Airways and Emirates Airlines at very competitive fares.

Port St John is a 4 and half hour transfer from the airport.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Afternoon departure from the UK for international flight to Durban.

Day 2 - 4

Morning arrival into Durban.

Transfer to the Ellingham Resort in Umkomass for 3 nights with 2 days diving.

Day 5 - 11

Depart Ellingham Resort.

Transfer to the Port St John’s River Lodge for 7 nights with 6 days on the Sardine Run.

Day 12

Depart Port St John’s River Lodge and transfer back to Durban airport to check-in for your return international flight.

Day 13

Morning Arrival to the UK.

Guide Prices

3 nights at Aliwal Shoal and 7 nights on the Sardine Run from £2890 per person plus £176 departure taxes.

Price includes international flights to South Africa from the UK.

For Aliwal Shoal it includes transfers and 3 nights’ accommodation at the Ellingham Resort staying in a twin/double Chalet, on a bed and breakfast meal plan and 2 days diving with tanks and weights.

For the Sardine Run it includes transfers and 7 nights’ accommodation at the Port St John’s River Lodge staying in a twin/double Standard Room, on a bed and breakfast meal plan and 6 days water activities.

South Africa is an ideal destination for a two centre holiday. Please ask our experienced sales team for recommendations and prices for your ideal point of departure



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