Visitor Experience of the Year

uShaka Marine World

uShaka Marine World is the largest marine theme park in Africa covering 16 hectares. It consists of a variety of offerings/ attractions known as Wet 'n Wild, Sea World, uShaka Kids World, Village Walk, Dangerous Creatures, Sea Animal Encounter Island and Chimp & Zee. * Wet 'n Wild: this outstanding park consists of water based slides and rides, and is a must for any aquatic enthusiast. Featuring exciting slides, the highest slide in Africa,a 450 metre Duzi Adventure River, as well as souvenier stores and restaurants, Wet 'n Wild is a must for any family wanting a fun day out in the sun. * Sea World: the jewel in the crown of uShaka Marine World, Sea World boasts not only the largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere, but also a 1,200 seater dolphin stadium and a 450 seater seal stadium.

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Offshore Adventures

Offshore Adventures offer free diving (snorkeling) marine safaris in Plettenberg Bay along the famous Garden Route. Swim among bundles of playful inquisitive fur seals in the majestic Robberg Nature reserve and Marine Protected Area or venture deeper into deep blue to swim with blue shark and/or mako sharks. We also offer various sardine run packages from Plettenberg Bay or Port St Johns along the wild coast! Offshore adventures are very proud to have reserved the prestigious Blue flag award from WESSA for a third consecutive year, an award that iis a voluntary eco-label, that has become an international symbol of quality for beaches, boats and marinas that meet a standard of excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management.

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Ocean Blue Adventures

Ocean Blue Adventures is in the acclaimed Plettenberg Bay and is recognised as one of the leading adventure tour operators in both the Garden Route and South Africa. The foundation of the business stems from the importance of providing not only memorable experiences but to always maintain their famous feel-good factor which permeates throughout their products and partnerships. One of the only Beach based Whale watching operators along Southern Africa offering tours throughout the year. From June to the beginning of December we concentrate on your Southern Right and your Humpback Whales and During the summer months our boats travel around the Bay in search of a wide variety of potential sightings. Views of graceful bottlenose dolphins diving in and out of the waves, Great White Sharks with visits to the large cape fur seal colony, pelagic and coastal bird’s sightings and the experience of being in the middle of group of feeding common dolphins could all be a part of your summer trip. You may have the opportunity to see the rare Humpback Dolphins or an elusive Bryde’s whale found in only certain areas of the South African coastline, and both part of important research projects in the Bay. Ocean Blue is a licensed SABBWWA permit holder, which enables us to approach whales from 50 metres instead of 300 metres and often the whales will move towards the boat allowing for superior whale watching experiences.Ocean blue Adventures recognised the importance of community and the interdependence between the three pillars of the business; environmental impact, social effect and economic need. The significance of this has cemented their reputation as a crucial part of a thriving tourist community. The Ocean Blue Group offers an impressive portfolio from Blue Flag accredited whale watching and culturally rich township tours to conservation based volunteering, educational enrichment and carbon offset programs. The culture of the business is about having a positive effect through every avenue whether it is through individual customers, charity organisations or their various conservation and research projects.

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Untouched Adventures

Discover Untouched Adventures at the awesome Storms River Mouth along South Africa’s Garden Route in Tsitsikamma. Explore this untouched playground by kayak, lilo, scuba or snorkel into the Storms River gorge.

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Shark Diving Unlimited

Shark Diving Unlimited is a shark cage diving company based in Gansbaai, South Africa. It is a family company, that takes great pride in educating the public about sharks through a positive, memorable and exhilarating marine adventure There are a few shark cage diving companies in Gansbaai, however what makes this family company stand out from the rest, is the true love for these marine animals and the time and money spent working to prevent their extinction. Owner Mike Rutzen and the SDU crew have spent many hours creating positive documentaries and conducting educational talks on the Great White Sharks to dispel the myths of them being mindless killers. They have now shifted their tactic, to changing the CITES listing of the sharks from Vulnerable to Endangered which will offer them further prevention and hopefully prevent their further destruction by culling and baited hooks. Mike is part of a team which has spent the past 7 years conducting the biggest ever study of Great White Sharks around the African coastline. What they discovered was that there is between 352 and 500 Great White Sharks left. See scientific paper here: http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v552/p241-253/ In addition to funding this shocking scientific study, the company has also funded the development of an eco friendly barrier called the Sharksafe Barrier. This barrier deters sharks from entering swimming beaches by looking like kelp (which sharks do not swim through) and using magnet technology, which has been proven to also deter sharks. The barrier is currently being tested for durability. Please find a TV show outlining the Sharksafe Barrier here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYatD9haRg8 The team has also developed a new photographic software, which allows sharks to be identified via fin images. This world first software is expected to be rolled out for international use in the coming years. It will be be made available without cost to relevant shark scientists to further the understanding of this species globally. Here is the paper on the software http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2989/1814232X.2014.892027 Please find a snapshot of news articles on the team’s latest scientific work here Field research project https://www.google.co.za/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=qUgAWfiSBeio8we066yABg#q=headed+for+extinction,+white+shark,+andreotti Software: https://www.google.com.au/#q=software,+Andreotti,+sharks Sharksafe Barrier https://www.google.com.au/#q=sharksafe+barrier

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Soweto Outdoor Adventures

Soweto Outdoor Adventures is passionate about Soweto and also about bringing adventure activities, not traditionally expected in a once-township, to this thriving community. Promoting entrepreneurship and also future leaders and business owners as we also offer motivational speaking. Not only are we developing the students but we also believe in fighting the little percentage of unemployment in our community, where we employ local guides who tell stories and tales of their own about their sheer history and groovy lifestyle in their own back yard.

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Route 22 Elephant Coast

About 220km of unspoilt beaches from Mapelane on the south to Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique. Warm waters of the Indian Ocean guarantee unlimited swimming in St Lucia; Cape Vidal; Sodwana Bay and all the way to Kosi Bay. Sodwana Bay renowned as a prime diving site in the world, it is home to the southern most tropical coral reefs on the planet. In mid-June and November you are guaranteed to see giant Humpback whales at a close range; this is complemented by dolphin and turtle tours during the season. The area is a fisherman's paradise for Deep Sea Fishing. Estuary Boat Cruises add value to your trip.

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Raggy Charters

Raggy Charters has won 5 major Tourism/Environmental Awards during the last year. It is the only licensed boat-based whale and dolphin watching company in Port Elizabeth. We offer clients a personalised ocean experience where they have the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, penguins and other seabirds in Algoa Bay. We are dedicated to providing an educational and personal experience with the marine life found in our bay, showing guests as much wildlife as possible during our cruises, whilst educating them on the marine environment and its vital need for conservation. Our Visitor Experience superiority is confirmed by the fact that we have been rated # 1 on Trip Advisor for the last 4 years of the 19 tours to do in the Metro. Raggy Charters was established in 1997 in order to fund the Baywatch Marine Conservation Project which was founded in 1992. The project is dedicated to marine conservation and research in Algoa Bay. During cruises we take guests to St Croix Island, which is home to the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world. These endangered birds have rapidly declined, losing 70% of their numbers in 8 years. Raggy Charters has assisted our resident scientist on a weekly basis in researching the reasons for this decline. Due to the results achieved, the whole eastern portion of Algoa Bay is about to be declared a Marine Protected Area. This is the best option available in order to best preserve the remaining penguin population. We recently won the BirdlifeSA Owl Award for “outstanding contribution to the conservation of birds and their habitats”. It is along the St Croix Island route that we have the best chance of finding all the other exciting marine creatures that frequent our bay. Between June and December we find the ‘gentle giants’, both humpback and Southern right whales. They travel thousands of kilometres to use the safe and warm shores of Africa as their breeding grounds. Humpback whales are well known for their acrobatic breaches and they never fail to amaze here in Algoa Bay, as we see thousands of them passing by. Southern right whales prefer the shallower waters and seem to really enjoy getting close up and personal with our guests as they lazily roll and dive around the boat. We are lucky to boast some of the best bottlenose dolphin sightings in the world as 28 500 individuals use our bay every year. Their numbers are ever increasing, as we constantly see calves amongst the often 600-strong pods. We recently launched Algoa Bay as the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World and last year we achieved 76 sightings of these magnificent creatures in a row! The launch was attended by 350 people, including the Minister of Tourism, the CEO of Eastern Cape Parks and the CEO of Nelson Mandela Tourism who jointly hosted the event. Between February and June each year we get to witness the incredible Southern sardine run. Guests sit spellbound watching the feeding frenzies with thousands of common dolphins launching through the waves trying to herd the fish in to a ball, with Cape gannets and other seabirds dive-bombing the shoal. Penguins, seals, sharks and game fish help themselves to the feast and then bryde’s & minke whales wait until the end to finish the school off, as they lunge through the water, mouths open wide, engulfing anything in their path. This year Raggy Charters hosted our 6th BBC film crew who are including this phenomenon in their latest documentary. Our bay is also home to 250,000 Cape gannets breeding on Bird Island, and 6000 Cape fur seals at Black Rocks. We see humpback dolphins mostly in the summer months. It is during this time that the surface is covered with the tiny fins of baby hammerhead sharks. During the winter months, apart from the migratory whales, we also find albatrosses, petrels, terns and other pelagic bird species! We have recently launched a full day cruise to Bird Island in order to view the largest colony of gannets on the planet. This tour is gaining popularity by the month. There really is something for everyone in Algoa Bay!

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KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Exce

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) is mandated to be a global leader in bather protection against shark while minimizing environmental impact, thus promoting tourism. The KZN Sharks Board maintains shark safety gear at 37 localities from Richards Bay to Port Edward and is the only institute of its kind in the world. The KZNSB also conducts research into the biology of sharks.The public, tourist and scholars are educated with dynamic audio-visual shows and shark dissections.In-depth research, that has already produced vital insight,i conducted into shark behavior,feeding and breeding.The public can enjoy early boat trips out to sea to observe staff at work,where one will witness the checking of shark safety gear as well as stand an excellent chance of spotting a variety of marine life. KZNSB is a vital and strategic role player in the success of tourism in our province and our mandate of the protection of our beaches and bathers throughout the KZN coastline has resulted in the ever-increasing number of tourists that grace our shores.In the fulfillment of our vision,we are luring the tourists'influx into the province of KZN.

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