Boasting one of the largest dolphin pools on earth, the oldest snake park on the continent and the third oldest museum in South Africa, Bayworld in Port Elizabeth is a non-negotiable port of call when visiting Nelson Mandela Bay.
Towering over one of PE’s idyllic Blue Flag beaches adjacent to your Beachfront Lodge accommodation, Bayworld offers entertainment with the emphasis on conservation.
Here the Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphins Domino and Dumisa daily steal the show and hearts of more than 250 000 annual visitors. During the twice daily dolphin shows, visitors get a unique glimpse into the life of these intelligent, gentle sea creatures.
Discover the weird and wonderful of the deep blue by viewing large fish, sharks and turtles in the giant indoor tank. Another recreates the perfect conditions for a wide variety of tropical fish and sea turtles endemic to the east coast.
A seal pool enclosure houses a charming colony of Cape fur seals and a Sub-Antarctic seal, while penguins and other sea birds can be admired in their custom made enclosure, complete with a swimming hole and waterfall.
A stirring journey through time waits at the PE Museum at Bayworld. A notice in the Eastern Province Herald on September 2, 1856, called for the first contributions.
Tourists will be mesmerised by a life-sized prehistoric dinosaur, known as the Algoasaurus, ethnic beadwork and a variety of historical treasures. Visitors are also dwarfed by the 15-metre skeleton of the last southern right whale harpooned in Algoa Bay.
The newest display is entitled “First People of the Bay”, which depicts the traditional San heritage of the Madiba Bay region.
The snake park houses an impressive assortment of reptiles, including tortoises, crocodiles and snakes like the endangered Madagascar ground boa. Thrilling daily demonstrations will get your adrenalin pumping.
Travel back in time at No 7 Castle Hill – an offsite extension of Bayworld – that is regarded as one of the oldest Settler cottages in Port Elizabeth. Completed in 1830, the interior depicts a typical mid-nineteenth century middleclass family home.
For more information, visit www.bayworld.co.za.
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