Cape Peninsula with a marine biologist – Cape Town

When to Visit:
Year round
Currency:
South African Rand, US Dollar, Mozambican Metical
Language:
English, Native Languages
Time Zone:
GMT +8 to +11

Cape Peninsula with a marine biologist – Cape Town

Take a scenic helicopter flight along the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point Nature reserve.
Here you will be met by your Fynbos Expert for a guided walk through the fynbos that grows locally on the mountain in the beautiful Cape Point Nature Reserve and learn about the different Fynbos species – every season has a special flora in bloom.

About Gael Grey: Co-founder and owner of Good Hope Gardens Nursery. Gael is a wealth of indigenous plant knowledge and has done ground breaking work in introducing previously unused indigenous species into the horticultural trade. She supplies Kirstenbosch and South African National Parks with indigenous water wise plants as well as growing edible and medicinal wild herbs for the food and drink industry.

Experience the rockpools in Cape Point through the eyes of a passionate biologist, and with the assistance of Observational Equipment . Explore a hidden shoreline away from the crowds and traverse the Atlantic and Indian ocean seaboards. Justin will join you on a visit to Boulders Beach, home to the delightfully comical African penguin. Should you wish to get up close and personal, a private kayaking experience departing from Simon’s Town Waterfront and paddling past the Naval Harbour and out to Boulder’s Beach is available.

Fur seals
Duiker Island is home to a colony of between 3-5,000 Cape Fur seals, which are not found anywhere else in the world but the Southern African coast. There are always seals in the area and one of the few places without sharks due to the shallow depth of the water.
Get up close and personal with the playful and curious Cape Fur seal. They are playful and curious and a joy to interact with. This is the ultimate wildlife experience for those that want to be immersed in nature and enjoy the thrill of interacting with animals in their natural habitat.
Enjoy a short boat ride from Hout Bay Harbour from the comfort of your private, luxury, motorised yacht. Should you choose, a full wetsuit will be provided so you can into the water with these graceful and elegant marine mammals.

About Justin Blake: Justin has an MSc in Marine Biology from Rhodes University, a licensed Western Cape tourist guide as well as a Dive Master. He founded a Bull & Tiger shark tagging project in Mozambique in 2009 and has been returning for the tagging season each year since. Justin assists also with research projects for the Save our Seas Foundation on D’Arros island, Seychelles. He is passionate about the ocean and coasts and sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with aspiring marine biologists, adventurous souls, and enthusiastic rockhoppers.

After our morning on the rocks, we will head to the Veld and Sea classroom in Cape Point for a foraged feast prepared by local expert Roushanna Grey, enjoyed with a local beer and botanical cocktail. The meal will include foraged seaweeds, shellfish, wild mushrooms, fragrant aromatic wild herbs, edible flowers and weeds, medicinal plants, indigenous veg, seeds, roots and shoots – every season has something amazing on offer!

About Roushanna Gray: Roushanna works at the Good Hope Gardens Nursery in Cape Point. She is a wild foods innovator and avid forager, teaching adults and children about indigenous edible foods and caters for pop-up events. Inspired by the local edible indigenous plant availability, she has been experimenting with the exciting flavours and diversity of Fynbos and Indigenous plants for the past nine years. The wide range of delicious and nutritious culinary offerings from the beautiful inter-tidal rock pools along our coastline also play a major role in her cooking and courses.


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