Penguin Patrol - The Real African Penguin Experience
With Port Elizabeth being home to the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world and the new Algoa Bay Hope Spot initiative launched in December 2014 by Mission Blue and the Sustainable Seas Trust, making the endemic and endangered African penguin its iconic species, it only feels right that the penguins should be Nelson Mandela Bay's main attraction!
The Penguin Patrol day tour has been put together by the team at Raggy Charters for tourists and locals alike to learn about and enjoy our resident animals. The Penguin Patrol starts at 8:15am with a boat cruise into Algoa Bay with Raggy Charters. Guests are taken to St Croix Island to see these loveable birds in the wild. On their return from the boat trip guests will get to enjoy lunch in the Port Elizabeth harbour before being taken to SAMREC. This marine rehabilitation centre is a vital resource in keeping our penguin population going and guests will get to see the good work they are doing. SAMREC has a few permanent residents which cannot go back into the wild, which help the volunteers at the centre educate the public about the penguin's plight. After a tour of the centre guests will be treated to a nice tea/coffee break with some cake at The Flying Penguin Cafe. The final stop will be at Bayworld Oceanarium and Museum. A seal and penguin presentation will give guests an idea of how these animals came to be rescued and living at the oceanarium and how important the captive breeding programme at Bayworld is for the survival of the penguin species. The Penguin Patrol costs R1650 per person which includes a boat trip with Raggy Charters, lunch at The Chartroom restaurant at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club, entrance to SAMREC and Bayworld, drinks and snacks at The Flying Penguin Cafe and transportation between the activities, provided by Blunden Shuttles. Please enquire about discounts for children under 12, and groups of 10+
The African penguins in Algoa Bay alone lost 70% of their population within 7 years, and have thankfully stabilised since. A percentage of the profits generated by the Penguin Patrol goes towards marine conservation and research in Algoa Bay. The aim is to assist with penguin and marine conservation by supporting research, initiating beach clean-ups and educating the public, especially school children, as well as other projects. Raggy Charters, Bayworld and SAMREC have been contributing towards the conservation of the African penguin for many years and the Algoa Bay Hope Spot has been launched with similar aims. Penguin Patrol will help raise funds for these organisations, as they work towards the greater good and in saving the African penguin from extinction.