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Dr Sylvia Earle and supporters of the Algoa Bay Hope Spot initiative at Hobie Beach. Photo courtesy of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

Dr Sylvia Earle and supporters of the Algoa Bay Hope Spot initiative at Hobie Beach. Photo
courtesy of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

 

Renowned marine conservationist Dr Sylvia Earle is leading the Mission Blue Expedition though

South Africa to launch the country’s first six Hope Spots, including ours at Algoa Bay. She

launched it on 11 December 2014 with local Dr Lorien Pichegru, Algoa Bay Hope Spot committee

chairman.

Hope Spots are special locations deemed critical to the health of the ocean and deserving of our

protection. Although 12% of land around the world is protected, less than 3% of our oceans are.

Mission Blue is committed to changing this status by establishing Hope Spots at critical marine

locations around the world.

The Algoa Bay Hope Spot is one of six initial Hope Spots identified along the coastline of South

Africa. The others are: Aliwal Shoal, Cape Whale Coast, False Bay, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

These Hope Spots will join others scattered around the globe to create a network of global

marine protected areas in an aim to save and restore the earth’s oceans – the “blue heart” of our

planet.

Algoa Bay was chosen for its rich marine biodiversity. Situated at the conjuncture of two major

oceanic systems, the warm Agulhas current and the upwelling current of the cold Benguela, the

bay provides the ideal conditions for supporting two different ecosystems.

The islands in the bay are home to large numbers of marine birds, including more than half the global

population of endangered African penguins, the largest breeding colony of Cape gannets on the

planet and the rare winter-breeding roseate tern.

Endangered African penguins. Photo courtesy of Selbe B

Endangered African penguins. Photo courtesy of Selbe B

Algoa Bay is also part of the Addo Elephant National Park, the only place in the world that’s home

to the Big 7 – great white shark, southern right whale, lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros.

The bay itself is a refuge for endangered great white sharks, hammerheads and ragged-tooth sharks.

Southern right whales use the protected bay to calve, while dolphin pods and gannets make the

most of the annual migration of millions of sardines. Other shark species found here include pyjama

and leopard sharks.

The rationale behind the creation of South Africa’s Hope Spots is to involve the public, especially

children, clubs, societies and NGOs, to collaborate with authorities to make their spots places of fun,

hope, education, conservation, tourism and sustainable angling.

The Hope Spot Initiative South Africa – Ikhaya lethemba (the home of hope) – aims to harness the

power of people by involving them.

Nelson Mandela Bay is way ahead of the curve in this regard. Due to its large penguin numbers, the

South Africa Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre (SAMREC) was founded in 2000 to care for

sick or injured penguins (and other seabirds).

 

Bayworld staff members have also been involved in caring for a breeding population of African

penguins and assisting in vital research to help save the species.

Due to an alarming drop in penguin numbers, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and Raggy Charters will

be launching the Penguin Patrol as a means of introducing tourists and locals to penguins, and

informing them about the need for protecting the birds and their habitat.

The patrol includes a morning boat cruise to St Croix Island with Raggy Charters, followed by a tour

of SAMREC and a seal and penguin presentation at

Money generated from the Penguin Patrol will help fund penguin research and rehabilitation projects,

which dovetails perfectly with the aims of the newly created Algoa Bay Hope Spot.

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Addo River Safari

Addo River Safari

Addo River Safari on the Sundays River

The Sundays River Ferryoperates on the Sundays River that flows through and borders the new Southern section of the Addo Elephant National Park. This estuary and as well as the surrounding area is malaria free and a mere 4/5 kilometers from the new Southern Gate entrance.

The Sundays River Ferry cruiser boasts a number of features such as a flushing toilet onboard, an upper viewing deck and easy on and off access via a retractable gangplank.

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Addo Teambuilding

Addo Teambuilding

Teambuilding River Safari on the Sundays River

Looking for a Teambuilding Activitiy for you Company? Join Sundays River Ferry for an unforgettable River Safari next to the Addo National Park.  During the cruise you will see some of the tallest dunes at 50 meters in height above sea level that dramatically plunge and disappear in the river.

These dunes are one of the largest coastal dune systems in the world with the entire dune field covering an area of approximately 238 sqare kilometers. Once we reach the dunes the boat will stop at the base of the dunes so passengers can leave the boat and climb the dunes, take wonderful pictures or even have a swim. Climb to the top of the dunes to take in the stunning views of the waters and Islands of Algoa Bay, the southern section of the Addo Elephant National Park, as well as the splendour of the dune fields. The distant St Croix Island in the bay boasts the largest African Penquin colony.

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