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Day trips from Hermanus Betty's Bay....
Home to colony of Jackass penguins at the Stony Point Reserve. The Harold Porter Botanic Gardens lie in the mountains behind the village. Walk, hike, stroll or just visit the tea garden. More......
Kleinmond lies on a small coastal belt flanked by fynbos covered mountains and the sea. Over the years the Kleinmond has been transformed from a fishing village to a popular tourist destination. Situated on the Whale Route R44, on the edge of the most bio diverse valley on the planet, South Africa's first biosphere. Come explore the heart of the fynbos kingdom. The area's popularity is largely due to it's scenic beauty - dunes and sandy beaches, mountains and hiking trails, the Palmiet river, the abundant indigenous fynbos,whales,crayfish, abalone, snoek, cape salmon, it's whale watching opportunities, penguin colony and its close proximity to Cape Town.
If you want to escape into an ECO-PARADISE and get really close to Nature, Hangklip-Kleinmond is the place for you! It begins on the Eastern edge of False Bay, just an hours scenic drive (80km) from Cape Town, at the little village of Rooi Els - and ends beyond the town of Kleinmond some 30km away.
It is along this stretch of coastal plain bordered by majestic mountains that you can take in the invigorating pleasure of the sea, the sand and the legendary South African sunshine.
You can stretch your muscles surfing, kite-surfing, fishing, diving, canoeing, rafting, hiking, cycling or mountain biking. . .
The site whereby South African Tourism markets the wonders of this beautiful country to potential overseas visitors, punting the apt description, "A world in one country". Visit their site for comprehensive information on South Africa, where to go, what to see and do, and how to go about it!
All the information about the coastal town of Mosselbay. Mossel Bay is situated in the heart of the Garden-Route,
on a sunwashed peninsula, embraced by the warm Indian Ocean with
breathtaking sunsets and scenery. This coastal town hosts from
mild to extreme entertainment to suite your needs, making it one of the
best holiday destinations in South Africa.
An unequalled experience awaits hikers who embark on the new five-day Whale Hiking Trail that has been developed by Cape Nature Conservation at the De Hoop Nature Reserve near Bredasdorp. The trail traverses one of the Western Cape's most unique and diverse nature reserves, while providing nature lovers and those who love the outdoors with unique comfortable overnight accommodation situated at spectacular locations.
The San Juan Islands are known throughout the world as one of the best places to see Orca whales in the wild. From May through September, members of J, K and L pod can frequently be seen chasing herring and salmon runs through Haro Strait on the west side of San Juan Island. The sight of one of these awesome black-and-white sea creatures breaching, or spy-hopping--raising its head from the water just enough so that it can take a look around--is one of nature's most spectacular offerings. It is matched only the sight of watching several Orcas spy-hopping at once.
Maui is known as one of the world's great whalewatch meccas. While you can see Toothed whales and dolphins off Maui's shores year-round, we are most famous for the majestic humpback whales that are found here each winter and spring.
For the Inupiat people of the North Slope of Alaska, and particularly those who have lived near Point Barrow, the Bowhead whale has for thousands of years been the mainstay of life itself. Today that is still true.
Located along the central California coast, Monterey Bay contains the largest and deepest submarine canyon in North America and it's one of the few canyons that bisects the coastline so close to shore. This allows deep water species of marine mammals and seabirds to be found relatively near shore and accessible for day whale watches. Depending on the season, whales and dolphins that are frequently observed include Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Northern Right Whale Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Killer Whales, and Dall's Porpoise.
No one knows exactly when Humpback whales first began wintering in the warm, shallow waters around the Hawaiian Islands. Narrative reports from whalers document the appearance of these majestic giants in Hawaii in the 1840s, but little evidence substantiates an earlier presence. But arrive they did, and today the waters around the main Hawaiian Islands of Kauai, Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kaho'olawe constitute one of the world's most important North Pacific humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) habitats and the only place in the U.S. where humpbacks reproduce.
The waters that swirl around the five islands within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary combine warm and cool currents to create an exceptional breeding ground for many species of plants and animals. Forests of giant kelp are home to numerous populations of fish and invertebrates. Every year over 27 species of whales and dolphins visit or inhabit the sanctuary including the rare Blue, Humpback and Sei whales.
Lime Kiln Point State Park is the place on San Juan Island to watch sunsets and hopefully spot some of the 80-plus Orcas who make the waters of Haro Strait their summer home. Half the fun of Lime Kiln is getting there. West Side Road, which leads to the park, winds along rocky coastline and cliffs and is worth the trip in itself.
The American Cetacean Society (ACS) is the oldest whale conservation group in the world. Founded in 1967, it is a non-profit, volunteer membership organization with regional U.S. chapters and members in 22 countries.
WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, is the world's most active charity (Registered No. 1014705) dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises (also known as cetaceans).
Established in 1987, WDCS is staffed by a small, dedicated team of people determined to do their best for the animals and proud of the fact that WDCS's operating costs are kept to a minimum. The money raised is spent on urgent conservation, research and education projects that really do make a difference to the daily lives and long-term security of thousands of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the world.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which was signed in Washington DC on 2 December 1946. The purpose of the Convention is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry. The main duty of the IWC is to keep under review and revise as necessary the measures laid down in the Schedule to the Convention which govern the conduct of whaling throughout the world (Click here to view the full text). These measures, among other things, provide for the complete protection of certain species; designate specified areas as whale sanctuaries; set limits on the numbers and size of whales which may be taken; prescribe open and closed seasons and areas for whaling; and prohibit the capture of suckling calves and female whales accompanied by calves.
New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy is an eco-attraction on par with such marvels as the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and the Rain Forest of Brazil. It's mighty tides are the greatest on earth. Every day, twice daily, one hundred billion tons of seawater roll in and out of the Bay. At low tide, you can literally walk on the ocean floor. At high tide, just six hours later, your footprints will be covered by the ocean. In some places, the vertical difference between high and low tide is 14 meters- roughly the same height as a four storey building!
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between Governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Because the trade in wild animals and plants crosses borders between countries, the effort to regulate it requires international cooperation to safeguard certain species from over-exploitation. CITES was conceived in the spirit of such cooperation. Today, it accords varying degrees of protection to more than 30,000 species of animals and plants, whether they are traded as live specimens, fur coats or dried herbs.
Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers more than 1 500 ha in the Kleinrivier Mountains above Hermanus. In late 1957, the Reserve was proclaimed by the Provincial Council of the Cape. It protects coastal and fynbos and a small patch of evergreen forest. Parts of the coastal area including the Cliff Path Nature Area, the Mossel River valley and the area from De Mond to Kettle Point, including the mouth of the Vogelgat River and part of the Klein River lagoon have recently been incorporated in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
The floods during March did not only bring an end to the dry season but was the birth of a white rhino calf.
This is the first female calf born at Botlierskop Game Farm and seems to be the talk of the town.
It received the name Pulani, from the guides, which is a Sotho reference to rain.
Pulaniís birth on 27th of March increases the rhino population on the
farm to six (on male, two female, two sub-adults and the calf).