In celebrating World Ocean Day this week, Durban South Tourism, Sodurba, launched its whaling history tours in association with various stakeholders, including Wildlands’ WhaleTime project which engages the public in monitoring the migration of the marine mammal along the KZN coast from June to December each year. Continue reading “Sights set on Durban becoming a Whale Heritage Site”
Winter (June – November) is peak-time for whale watching in KZN when southern right whales and humpbacks migrate from Antarctica to Mozambique to breed. Continue reading “Whale route launched”
As a hip hop enthusiast, environmental journalism is not Zamo Phungula’s first calling, but a recent visit to Port Natal Maritime Museum certainly struck a chord, inspiring her first Ocean Watch blog.
As part of our Ocean Watch training programme, Roving Reporters provides links to latest research and interesting news related to whale populations.
Chance for city to join an international whale tourism route
With the 4th World Whale Congress being hosted in Durban in June this year, whale-based tourism in KwaZulu-Natal is likely to get a giant boost. Continue reading “World Whale Congress planned for Durban”
When 27-year-old Nondumiso Chili and four colleagues from Umlazi enrolled for training as whale tourism guides, they got teased and ridiculed in the township. Continue reading “The Whale Time Girls”
Roving Reporter, Zamo Phungula, recently set out to profile five Umlazi WhaleTime guides who, until recently, had never boarded a boat. Her brief was to uncover secrets of Durban’s whaling past, and learn how this blubbery, blood-soaked industry of the past could be turned into a signature eco-tourism enterprise for KwaZulu-Natal.
One of Durban’s biggest money-spinning industries of the past – whaling – is opening new doors into ocean conservation education and potentially lucrative eco-tourism enterprises. A growing number of environmental stakeholders, associated investors, archivists and tourism operators, believe Durban’s blubbery and blood-soaked whaling past should be turned into a signature eco-tourism enterprise for KwaZulu-Natal. Continue reading “Gigantic leaps for whale-based tourism”
RECENT offshore gas and oil exploration along the KwaZulu-Natal coast adversely impacted on this year’s whale migrations, leading marine scientists – who have gathered in Durban – have warned. Continue reading “Whales face ‘seismic’ threats off KZN”