Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WWWHALE WWWATCHING KWAZULU NATAL

Dear All

 

PLEASE don’t let the weather put you off from booking your whale trip with us as soon as possible, as the moment the weather turns good again and seas calm seats are going to be limited and demand great!

We have had magnificent sightings of HUMPBACK WHALES on each trip that we could go out.

On the 11th of July we saw the first HUMPBACK WHALE newborn calf for the season and lots of oeh’s and ah’s from the satisfied clientele onboard.

ADVANTAGE CHARTER vessels boasts enthusiastic skipper/guides Bien,Berno,Danie, Francois and Christiaan who has a treasure house full of knowledge about these awesome mammals – and you are sure to have a memory in those hours at sea that will last a lifetime.

 

In 2009 we had a Dutch couple that visited South Africa, Henk and Jorijke Koelewijn – they also did the WHALE WATCHING trip with ADVANTAGE CHARTER in ST LUCIA – as well as a visit to the Game Reserve, the HIPPO/CROC tour – the ZULU village ect - …………to make a long story short………..

 

Straight after their visit to St Lucia, they were heading back to Durban airport when they were in a very bad car accident.

This accident saw them for many weeks in Empangeni Hospital where they were treated for multiple injuries, after weeks of intensive care they returned to Holland, and after arriving back in Holland Jorijke’s health deteriorated and both her legs had to be amputated. Mentioning that they are a young couple in their twenties, this was surely an enormous shock.

 

We were extremely excited two weeks ago to see Henk and Jorijke BACK in ST LUCIA SOUTH AFRICA – bringing her parents to come and enjoy what they enjoyed two years ago before the tragic accident, and they again went WHALE WATCHING.

Jorijke is now in a wheelchair and with care we carried her onto the boat and made her sit safely onboard  - ANOTHER amazing activity that they will never forget –

HUMPBACK whales abound along this coastline this time of the year, and we see loads of dolphin – with ADVANTAGE CHARTER being a legal permit holder since 1998 you are assured to enjoy the gentle giants of the ocean from as close as 50m’s!

 

ADVANTAGE CHARTER – ST LUCIA and DURBAN – www.advantagetours.co.za

 

 

ADVANTAGE TOURS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THEY ARE ALSO NOW THE LEGAL boat-based-whale-watching PERMIT HOLDER IN DURBAN as well as in ST LUCIA - DURBAN details below

 

BEST REGARDS
Riëtte Bennett for
St.Lucia Tours & Charters t/a Advantage Cruiser CC
e-mail for St Lucia :  advantage@zululink.co.za

e-mail for Durban: whalewatchingdurban@gmail.com

 

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Box 151, St Lucia,South Africa 3936
1 McKenzie Street,  St Lucia 3936, ** corner of St Lucia Supermarket  ,the very first building and  the very first information office as you enter the town of St Lucia after crossing the bridge , at the traffic circle find parking immediately on the right (next to PEP stores) **

our GPS co-ordinates are :: S28 22. 335 E32 24. 773   ....St Lucia Village South Africa - ST LUCIA  - PLACE OF WONDER!

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CONTACT US FOR THE FOLLOWING :

 

WHALE WATCHING ( the legal permit holder currently in St Lucia and Durban ), HIPPO & CROC BOAT CRUISES ( aboard the luxurious ADVANTAGE CRUISER ), DEEPSEA BIG GAME FISHING, iMFOLOZi /HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVE TRIPS, CAPE VIDAL SNORKEL SAFARIS, TURTLE TOURS, OCEAN ADVENTURE for DOLPHINS and other MARINE MAMMALS , HORSE RIDING , KAYAKING , with experienced skipper/guides Danie, Bien and Berno and lady skipper/guides Riëtte Bennett and Natasha.

 

Aerial photo St Lucia



 
 
St. Lucia.
aerial photo
 
 Kyk na die invloei van die rivier. Hulle het dit verander deur die rivier se vloei metn bulldozer toe te stoot. Voorheen was die rivier se vloei in die meer in van lings na regs agter die sand bank. Nou vloei miljoene liters vars water van die rivier uit in die see. 
 
 The flow of the Umfolozi river was change so it cannot flow into the St. Lucia  estuary. The river was behind the sand dune before  they change the flow of the river. Now millions of liters fresh water is running into the sea. See photo.
 

Another question that came through is:
Fencing of entire park
230km / R120m = R521739.13  per/km

Where do the people come up with these figures .... ???



Alien clearing

Various articles appear about the way forward for St. Lucia Wetlands Park now called the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, but although the data is impressive it is very sketchy and no one really understands the true value of the rand. It would be nice to clarify this matter so that the visual impact of the impressive figures can have a true ring to it.

 
 
 
Rehabilitation and alien clearing.  Isimangaliso +  ( St. Lucia ? )
 
Total  R 70112249.64  Spend.
 
 
3423 Contracts = R20482. 69 Is it per one year total or for one month.  = R70112449.64?
 Or
35464 people = R19767. 00 per person employed is it  for one year total or for 
one month.  =  R70112449.64?



Sunday, July 17, 2011

The St Lucia are anxiously awaiting the mouth to open

The mouth and the ocean are almost connected. If this does happens it will bring great relief to man and beast.

for more info mail petrus@forafrica.co.za

thanks to Llewelyn from Dolphin Supermarket for the update and picture.

Happy Hippo Hunting? Injured Baby ....

Abandoned baby,injured and alone,will see today if it survives.

Many moons ago when tourism was an infant in the post Apartheid South Africa we had many wanna be green tourist flying in from all over the world doing so called "hunting" outings shooting rolls off silver based photo frames and even moving pictures. As the result the phrase "hunting" stuck with me for many years to come.

As time progress I invoked many frown with this almost slanderous statement for hunters seems to be more educated greenies that Green Peace them selves. If not for the Big Game Hunters from around the world we would not have the way paved for so much diversity of wild life in most parts of the world as in Africa ...

To be a real "Wild" enthusiast one must understand the need for humans to integrate with the planet and not get emotional about it.So many Eco Tourist fly into Africa staying in 5 Star facilities bombarding the ozone with Carbon foot prints to outlast two life times and still call the residents of the nursery of the planet, barbaric, uncivilised and poor. As If!!

On top of this their maternal instincts kick in and they feed the monkeys and various other animals and taking control over defenceless creatures natural instinct and fore ever altering their behaviour. As in the case of this baby Hippo stumbling around the Wetlands abandoned by its mother. The first reaction is "will the authorities intervene" Yes ... sometimes when public out cry becomes to loud and the wanna bees insist on controlling nature they will step in and destroy the animal before some poor idiot adopts it and changes life on earth for ever.

by Petrus Viviers
    081 342 7371

This story is my view on Nature Conservation and do not represent any Conservation Authority or Organisation what so ever. Please stop feeding the monkeys.