Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Crazy Festive Season after many years of drought

The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park has been plagued with bad management decisions since 1999. First and foremost is the ban of use of recreational beach vehicles. This was a great part of the financial support generated by the previous authorities to manage the health of the very important Marine Estuary environment. Since the government needed to get Mr Vali Moosa on UICN. Most of South Africas Coast Line has been covered in hard surface development and the rest is rocky shore line and can not be utilized for RUV's (Recreational Utility Vehicles). This impacted on the annual average tourist visits since the early years the impact was spread over the winter and summer period.

With a 100 school holidays per year it was clear the the environment has 265 days to recuperate. With hard surface developments currently planned by iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authorities behind closed doors with out public participation or with out a Integrated Management Plan that is available for public viewing no one knows what their future entails and where and what to expect. The Authorities has recently pushed down a section of Green Belt/Conservation area that belonged to the local Municipalities and build a water reservoir for their own personal needs with out Environmental Impact Studies or the approval of the local Municipality.

Recent Chaos at the Sodwana Gate has once more proven their lack of planning and management skills. It is clear that the park is being redeveloped to accommodate only very rich upmarket foreign tourists and access that was granted over the past 80 years to domestic tourism has been revoked with out consultation or prior advertisement or knowledge.  This leads to mass cancellations of accommodations and an exodus to cross boarder venues. With the imbalance of influx of South African tourist evenly spread over winter and summer holidays the people at the craft markets are worst impacted and the divide between rich and poor is getting bigger and the heritage suffer from the haddock un planned hard surface developments  popping up like mush rooms all over a pristine coastal Heritage Site.

"While hundreds of local and international tourists are soaking up the sun at St Lucia's iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal, poor rural people living around it are raking in the money this festive season." From Times Live

Manipulation of mass media from time to time always distort the true reflection of a planning phase gone wrong and cowboy tactics deployed to do crisis management from season to season. The utilization of this coastal heritage was always a well thought out plan with low human impact even with high utilization all across the seasons. The infrastructure that was taken over is poorly maintained and has deteriorated beyond economical value. The marine estuary is nothing more than a swampy mud bath and have not functioned as a marine nursery in almost 9 years. This alone is a catastrophe for the greater Marine health of the coast line between Kosi bay and Richards Bay.

If something is not done soon this ad hock cow boy style development will leave this pristine holiday destination in taters with hard surface development done by an irresponsible manager all over the place and changing the face of this pristine wilderness area all generations to come.

The public needs participation in the planning phases.
The Communities needs access to the development and management plans.
The utilization areas needs to be reinstated so a healthy spread is given over a section of area large enough to handle the impact and not all concentrated in one small area with over development and crazy out of control masses gathering to enjoy the freedom lost.

by: Petrus Viviers
081 342 7371


Monday, December 12, 2011

St Lucia Estuary - Water Update

iMfolozi River flowing into the ocean taking millions of metric tons of sediment dumping it onto the Tugela Shelve and silting up the rocks and estuary/river mouths. This is mainly due to sugar cane farming that turned low lying flats with reeds, swamps and wetlands into agricultural land. The process is aggravated in the catchment area through poor soil control. Government is claiming that they inherited a poor Government in a post Apartheid election, but they neglected job creation that maintained the roads, storm water drainages and top soil management.

The Estuary system is a low energy system that is aggravated during dry spells. High energy flash floods bringing down million metric tons of top soil with out running through various filtering systems  clogs up the lake and Estuary. The low energy drainage through rainy season and tidal interaction cannot clear the sand bar built up. Other than high seas and Cyclones only mechanical intervention can clear the sediment built up.

Poor management over the past 11 years and drought has played havoc on marine life since St Lucia Estuary is the only functional system between Kosi Bay and Richards Bay Harbour. Said Harbour has not been well maintained either in currently experiencing high pollution levels due to poor infra structure management and wind directions that prevails during dry spells. 

None of this is going to change soon with the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority deploying capital draining hard surface development that not only stops a eco system from functioning by it self, but increases pollution and hamper animal migration.
The new paved parking areas is a huge improvement of the neglected dirt parking areas, but it effectively increases storm water drainage, limits vehicles per parking area and changes the dune area and blow out zones for ever. a Blow out zone is the area where the wind will blow accumulated sand out and form the vegetated dune range. This paved development has effectively now established the dune are and the ever altering dune areas has now been fixed by man made abstractions.  This will have a push back effect on the sediment and a larger sediment built up in front of the Estuary mouth will lead to longer periods of closure.Thus leading to a decrease in spawning time and less and less fish will breed every year.

All in all man made intervention spells the death of our planet.

by Petrus Viviers
081 342 7371

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Another Day in the life of - Deiric Walsh

St Lucia Boat Cruise
iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

Fish Eagle - (Haliaeetus vocifer)

Getting close and personal with many animals Deiric embarks on daily adventures along the Estuary aboard Fannas. The Spirit of St. Lucia. What we call fun in the sun is what he calls work. His office is the deck and he captains the vessel along the water ways past the mangroves, reeds and marsh hibiscus along the banks of The Estuary.

In this photo a Fish Eagle is feasting on a Cormorant else where in Europe they are also called a Shag.

African Fish Eagle
The African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)[2] or – to distinguish it from the true fish eagles (Ichthyophaga), the African Sea Eagle – is a large species of eagle that is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large bodies of open water occur that have an abundant food supply. As a result of its large range, it is known in many languages.[3] Examples of names include Visarend in Afrikaans and Aigle PĂȘcheur in French.[4] It is the national bird of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The African Fish Eagle is a species placed in the genus
Haliaeetus (sea eagles) which gets both its common and scientific names from the distinctive appearance of the adult's head. The African Fish Eagle's closest relative appears to be the critically endangered Madagascar Fish Eagle (H. vociferoides). Like all sea eagle species pairs, this one consists of a white-headed species (the African Fish Eagle) and a tan-headed one. These are an ancient lineage of sea eagles, and as such have dark talons, beaks, and eyes.[5] Both species have at least partially white tails even as juveniles. The scientific name is derived from Haliaeetus, New Latin for "sea eagle" (from the Ancient Greek haliaetos), and vocifer is derived from its original genus name, so named by the French naturalist Francois Levaillant, who called it 'the vociferous one'.[6]

The African Fish Eagle is a large bird, and the female, at 3.2-3.6 kg (7-8 lbs) is larger than the male, at 2-2.5 kg (4.4-5.5 lbs). This is typical of sexual dimorphism in birds of prey. Males usually have a wingspan of about 2 m (6 feet), while females have wingspans of 2.4 m (8 feet). The body length is 63–75 cm (25–30 in). The adult is very distinctive in appearance with a mostly brown body and large, powerful, black wings. The head, breast, and tail of African Fish Eagles are snow white, with the exception of the featherless face, which is yellow. The eyes are dark brown in colour. The hook-shaped beak, ideal for a carnivorous lifestyle, is yellow with a black tip. The plumage of the juvenile is brown in colour, and the eyes are paler compared to the adult. The feet have rough soles and are equipped with powerful talons in order to enable the eagle to grasp slippery aquatic prey. While this species mainly subsists on fish, it is opportunistic and may take a wider variety of prey such as waterbirds. Its distinctive cry is, for many, evocative of the spirit or essence of Africa.[7][8][9] The call, shriller when uttered by males, is a weee-ah, hyo-hyo or a heee-ah, heeah-heeah.[10]

For Bookings on Fannas:
081 342 7371

Deiric on Facebook


Ndiza Lodge & Self Catering Accommodation
You will find Ndiza Lodge & Cabanas nestled onto the verge of the Wetlands. With easy access to the restaurants, supermarkets and rest of the town yet private and quiet. This ideal location makes Ndiza your best choice for exclusive accommodation. Lovely views from our deck of the Indian Ocean and famous Lake St. Lucia. Children under 12 – half price and children under 5 yrs stay free. Secure parking on our premises. The Lodge with a lovely wooden deck offers beautiful views over the Ocean and part of Famous Lake St. Lucia. (From here Ndiza’s guests are privileged to be the first to see the whales on their way to the warm Mozambican’s waters.)
Contact: http://www.ndizalodge.co.za/
Amanda de Gaspary
083 442 1896

Email: info@ndizastlucia.co.za




Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hippo viewing with Deirick

What have you planned for this weekend. I strongly recommend for families to take a mid month break to St. Lucia and embark on a lovely Estuary Cruise with Deirick on Fannas, The Spirit of St. Lucia. Do not delay book now and we can sort accommodation for children under 12 for half price and children under the age of 5 for free. Boat trips are 2 hours and we can sort bookings for you including a game drive on the Eastern Shores or The Big5 iMfolozi Game Reserve.
081 342 7371


Ndiza Lodge and Self Catering Cabanas St. Lucia - Ndiza Self ...
www.ndizalodge.co.za/
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You will find Ndiza Lodge and Self Catering Cabanas nestled on the verge of the wetlands. Self Catering Accommodation. St. Lucia Wetlands iSimangaliso.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Deep Sea fishing going green?

The iSimangaliso Wetlands Park Authority has dealt another blow to the economy of St Lucia and surrounding areas. The fishing village turn "green" on 15 December 1999 has been struggling to survive and to feed impoverished neighbors as far as Mpokonoyni Noth of Mtubatuba. The legislation the World Heritage act brought to them has increased the power of management to side line current operations and consessionise everything. The newest legal addition in the demise of local entrepreneurs is the restriction on Charter Operations.  Four legal Charter Fishing operations has been granted the right to catch only game fish from boat based fishing operations from St. Lucia's surf launching beaches.

These legal operators are;

  • Advantage (St Lucia Tours and Charters)035 5901259

  • Maverick(Johantjie) N/a on website or google???

  • Wave Dancer(Barend) 084 628 1162

  • Asterix(Maans) 035 590 1229 / 082 463 5864

Veteran Fisherman, Johan Potgieter with Harlekyn Charters, has now relocated to Richards Bay. His number is still 082 924 7842. He now operates from the safety of Richards Bay harbor and has a bigger client base to deal with. Accommodation for Richards Bay is affordable and people can contact me, Petrus Viviers, 081 342 7371 for bookings.

The iMfolozi Mouth was opened mechanically (my personal opinion was to prevent St. Lucia Estuary mouth to open naturally) and this lead to fishing along the beaches to increase. Crocodiles are still very active in the St. Lucia mouth area and anglers that do endeavor the beach walk or cycle ride to First Rocks will enjoy great success. Even fishing spots like the slides along the St. Lucia Beach will produce some nice catches.

Weekend Weather will look like this;

Thursday 8/18/2011
Partly sunny and remaining cool with a shower in places
High Temperature17°C
RealFeel: 18°C

Friday 8/19/2011
Pleasant with plenty of sunshine; breezy in the afternoon
High Temperature22°C
RealFeel: 21°C

Saturday 8/20/2011
Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a shower in the area; breezy in the afternoon
High Temperature21°C
RealFeel: 21°C

Sunday 8/21/2011
Sunny and pleasant
High Temperature24°C
RealFeel: 23°C

With current South Easterly blowing one can not expect to fish rock and surf with out some medium tackle and six ounce grapnel sinker. From Thursday the current would have changed and fishing over the weekend would be great around iMfolozi mouth, just North in a gully almost in front of St. Lucia Estuary's closed mouth. Bait would be preferably be something alive. Wave Garick or Silver Salago. All this are caught on small rod and reel with small hook baited with sardine or squid. Since it is neap tide high and low is not really a concern so the Early bird will catch the worm so to speak. Be there before six and fish until ten. Treat your family the rest of the day and a sunset Estuary Cruise.

www.stlucia.org.za
www.ndizalodge.co.za
www.forfrica.co.za

by Petrus Viviers






Thursday, August 11, 2011

WHALE WATCHING SPECIAL FOR SEPTEMBER

Hope you’re all doing well, and all beds are full!!!

 

Throughout September we will again offer 50% OFF a morning(no sunset half price offers) HIPPO/CROC tour aboard ADVANTAGE CRUISER once the passengers have been out WHALE WATCHING onboard ADVANTAGE CHARTER –

 

Just some feedback for the season so far – we’ve had tremendous sightings – even more spectacular than last year – people enjoy the fact that we offer the money-back-guarantee if they don’t see whales.

We also have huge smiles and loads of happy clientele getting off the ADVANTAGE CHARTER boat, coming back to the office and giving very positive feedback on the knowledge and information they got from the guides and how they were treated – they also just love the trip on the truck to the beach.

 

These people will most definitely go and tell more friends and family, and we can be assured to have return visitors to our pretty town.

 

Unfortunately as you know some tours had to be cancelled due to rough seas – but yes, although the clients don’t always understand and some have wee attitudes because we cancel, we do have a safety-first attitude – that is what ADVANTAGE is renowned for – and we won’t harm our reputation – ((( I think someone must start doing whale-dances for extra money if tours are cancelled(JOKE))))

 

We will always try and accommodate our clients first IN St Lucia whilst they are HERE, but please remember in the past the closest next legal permit holder where we could refer people to if the weather was bad was in Cape Town – now at least we also have the legal permit in Durban and can refer clients that way if indeed they are travelling south and not north.

 

As for our HIPPO/CROC boat cruise trips – GOOD AS ALWAYS – and the clients particularly enjoy the ADVANTAGE CRUISER boat as our guides do the FULL 2HOUR tour – we do not dock before the time or cut the trips short – they get their monies worth aboard ADVANTAGE CRUISER– onboard they can buy tea/coffee/hot chocolate and then the bar is always fully stocked and fully licensed, and the ‘’tuck shops’’ sells all kinds of goodies onboard. They’ve got more than ample walking space onboard for the best photographic opportunities, we ourselves are keen photographers and will go out of our way to give your client good photo opportunity!

 

If you have anybody wanting to go DEEPSEA FISHING you can also phone us, we do those trips as well – R700-00p.p – they must only have their own fishing licence, we supply all bait and tackle – and they need to bring own lunch.

 

Just AGAIN – THANK Y.O.U for your support!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for understanding if we have to cancel whale trips((((we hate cancelling trips, cause obviously we lose money and you lose commission, but……..joys of the ocean))))

 

Please always keep in touch if there is any problems or issues or anything else whatsoever – we are here to assist and will gladly do so.

 

………….WHALE HUGS and DOLPHIN KISSES………..

 

Bestest Regards for now

Riëtte

 

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

 

web :    www.advantagetours.co.za - NEW UPDATED VERSION  - EXCITING - PLEASE CHECK IT OUT!!!!

SEE OUR FACEBOOK SITES - ADVANTAGE TOURS SOUTH AFRICA 

Tel   : +27 ( 035 ) 5901259

Fax  : +27 ( 035 ) 5901053

Cell for St Lucia : 083 487 2762

Cell for Durban : 082 329 9890


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!

Click here to view Advantage's New Video on YouTube!

 

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.

 

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Another day in the life of - Deiric Welsh (Tourguide, Singer and song writer)

When life trough's  you a lemon make lemonade they say. Well we cannot all do what we want but sure we can share some of the moments with people that have the opportunity to do just that.

This is one of the moments that Deiric has to get up for in the mornings. He has the opportunity to sing at gigs in pubs and venues all along the coast, but he chooses the life of a tour guide on St Lucia Estuary aboard Fanna's (also known as the spirit of St. Lucia) a shallow draft vessel that is very economical to run and fun to entertain groups and functions on.



Lazy Buffalo is not the only  wild life along the banks but surely one to mention. They are on of the five most dangerous animals to hunt in Africa and in an area long forgotten when a one shot kill was only achievable from less than fifty paces, this was a trophy that did separate the men from the boys.



Nitrous powered rifles and scope sights has increased this safe distance a little more and one only needs to be a good shot with a hefty bank account to achieve this now days. Thanks to comercial hunting we can today apretiate the profits in the forms of Game Farms or Game Reserves. A trophy Bull demands a large open space and that alone is expensive. Before eco Tourist where a viable alternative the sports hunter paid many years for the up keep of these magnificent animals.



Corcodilus Noliticus. or better known as the Nile Crocodile has adapted to salt water conditions by secreting the access salt through a gland at the bottom of their tongs. They still need fresh water and the low lying wetlands provide them just that. They migrate between the sweet water of the wetlands and the marine estuary as they feel fit.

Main food source is fish, but will take anything that comes to close to the banks or dare to swim into their hunting territory. The banks are used by breeding females but invading alien plants tend to interfere with the breeding temperature of the nests.

Africa Fish Eagle is monogamous and breeding pairs need a larger hunting area. Tour Guides used to feed them in the past, but this upset the natural nesting  arrangement and the authority stepped in with some hefty fines.  It always made for nice pictures when they sweep in to get the fish, but now days these type of action shots are rare and only the lucky few will get it on camera. Others will live with the memory of being able to see it as it happens.


Giant King Fisher


Goliath Heron.

Another sunset over The Wetlands Park
St Lucia Estuary - iSimangaliso Wetlands Park


To Join Deiric on a boat cruise

Call Petrus Viviers
081 342 7371
petrus@forafrica.co.za

Thursday, August 04, 2011

St Lucia Ladies on Wellness - 08 August 2011

St Lucia ladies are not sitting back and waiting for better days to come. This community is vibrant and full of excitement. Their recent funds raising event for CANSA, St. Lucia by Night, was a huge success. To obtain more information about Wellness, A Choice for life ladies can contact: Susan Combrink on 082 940 7194. Keep is posted ladies ... it seems St. Lucia Estuary, the small village in the heart of iSimangaliso Wetlands Park is going places ...

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

 

web :    www.advantagetours.co.za - NEW UPDATED VERSION  - EXCITING - PLEASE CHECK IT OUT!!!!

SEE OUR FACEBOOK SITES - ADVANTAGE TOURS SOUTH AFRICA 

Tel   : +27 ( 035 ) 5901259

Fax  : +27 ( 035 ) 5901053

Cell for St Lucia : 083 487 2762

Cell for Durban : 082 329 9890


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!

Click here to view Advantage's New Video on YouTube!

 

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.


Tuesday, June 07, 2011

A Day in the life ... Tour Guide

St. Lucia Lake Cruises
St. Lucia Estuary
The Elephant Coast
South Africa

Cape Vidal beach area is lovely during the winter months. Summer on these beaches are extremely hot and people are warned to stay out of the sun between 11h00 and 14h00. This is the launching site where many ski boats launch from. The shark attack that was recorded in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park happened 23 km North of this popular swimming and Snorkelling beach.  



Lazy sun bathers can be seen from the launch tours in St. Lucia. These guys are basking in the winter sun, but are still on the hunt from time to time and lately some Water Buck have met there fate while crossing the bar ... ???

Some things are best left for the safety of your pool. What ever this Water Buck had planned no one will know, but Derick assure me that he safely escaped a crawling creepy submerged in the fresh water that now dominate the upper parts of the Estuary.


Flight of Th Fish Eagle ???


Tea party alla Saint Lucia style. We know that there is more ladies in this pod since the dominant male, Vincent are very protective of his "brothel" of babes.


To embark on a lazy Lake Cruise with Captain Deiric Walsh one should book through the offices of St. Lucia Safaris and asked to embark on a world famous Hippo Cruise With Deiric.


En Route to Cape Vidal

No More Demoina's ?

What ever your interest in St. Lucia, whether it is Shad Fishing or Bird Watching a Lake Cruise cannot be missed. Book now for your weekend break away. For your package deal call Petrus Viviers on 081 342 7371 or deal direct with St. Lucia Safari's

Jaenie van Aswegen
Manager


Contact
Address:
74 McKenzie Street
St Lucia
KwaZulu Natal
3936
South Africa

E-mail: safaris@stlucia.co.za
Telephone: +27 (0)35 590 1047
Fax: +27 (0)35 590 1084
Mobile Phone Number: +27 (0)83 283 1528
http://www.stluciasafaris.com/

Friday, April 01, 2011

iMfolozi River flowing strong

Summer is drawing to a close and valuable
topsoil is lured down stream to choke up valuable sensative marine nurseries.

Petrus Viviers
0813427371
www.forafrica.co.za

Monday, March 28, 2011

St. Lucia quo vadis?

Took a drive down to St Lucia with some friends to walk down memory lane. We all had our first off spring in St Lucia and the place is very dear to our heart.

Sadly over the last tow years the CEO of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park has lost his grip on infra structure and invader clearance.

As an ex resident of St Lucia and one of the people that helped before holidays to clear some of the public open space, I was also involved in the valuation of some of the property transfered to the Authority.

I was shocked to find this much deteriation in the lovely town I once called home. Public sector standing along side watching valuable tax payer investment going down the drain.

By Petrus Viviers