• Addo National Elephant Park is only 30 minutes from Belvedere Cottages in Port Elizabeth
    Enjoy locally roasted coffee at The Rose Garden at Floradale Nurseries. Only 12 minutes from our accommodations.
  • Addo National Elephant Park is only 30 minutes from Belvedere Cottages in Port Elizabeth
    Addo National Elephant Park is only 30 minutes from our accommodations. The host offers wonderful advice about the park.
  • Jewish Pioneers Memorial Synagogue, Raleigh Street, Port Elizabeth
    Rita, outside Belvedere Cottages

The Algoa Bay Hope Spot

Posted by Travel Trip Blogger on Tue May 10, 2016 in Events in Port Elizabeth .

What are Hope Spots?

Mission Blue defines Hope Spots as special conservation areas that are critical to the health of the ocean — Earth’s blue heart. Some of these Hope Spots are already formally protected, while others still need protection.

Mission Blue defines Hope Spots as special conservation areas that are critical to the health of the ocean — Earth’s blue heart. Some of these Hope Spots are already formally protected, while others still need protection.

Algoa Bay Conservation

The St Croix Island group, including Brenton and Jahleel, is utilised by huge numbers of bird species. St Croix is home to the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world. These birds, endemic to Southern Africa, are endangered and the population in our bay lost 70% within 7 years. They went from a high of 60,000 individuals down to the current number of 22,000, roughly half of the entire world’s population. Bird Island also has a population of breeding African penguins but the main species found on this island is the Cape gannet. Numbering 250,000 birds, this island is known as the largest gannetry on the planet. The Bird Island group has a small islet named Black Rocks which has 6,000 Cape fur seals breeding on it. Both islands are seeped with rich cultural and natural history as they have been utilised for food and supplies since the first Portuguese explorers rounded the Cape in 1488.  

For more information see Algoa Bay Hope Spot