Kosi Bay Turtle Tours offer you the opportunity to view these ancient reptiles in their natural habitat during the only time of the year that the turtles leave the water
Kosi Bay turtle tours begin in November and continue until mid-March when the turtle nesting and hatching season comes to an end. Kosi Bay is the best place in South Africa to do a turtle tour because at Kosi Bay there is the highest concentration of turtles nesting anywhere along the entire African coastline.
Sea turtles come from hundreds, and in some cases thousands of kilometers away to nest at Kosi Bay because the area offers perfect turtle nesting areas and strict protection of the sea turtlesand turtle eggs. No driving on the beaches is allowed at Kosi Bay and all the Kosi Bay Turtle Tours are by foot. There are indiscriminate turtle tour operators further south of Kosi Bay who still use vehicles on the beach during turtle nesting season and we believe that vehicle based turtle tours should come to an end....noisy 4x4 vehicles on the beach in a Turtle Sanctuary?????
In Kosi you can find the biggest mammal (whales), the largest land mammal (elephants), the largest sea turtles (leatherback turtle), the largest fish (whaleshark), the smallest antelope (suni), dolphins, a Pels fishing owl, a Palmnut vulture, the best birdwatching, the best fishing, the best diving, untouched coral reefs, untouched culture, pristine nature and the list goes on and on…
· From November to March you can see these fantastic species in Kosi Bay.
· The leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, is the largest turtle and fourth largest reptile.
· Leatherback turtles inhabit the deep waters of the world’s oceans. They migrate between cold waters and tropical seas every 1 to 3 years.
· Male leatherbacks never leave the water. Female leatherbacks come ashore to lay eggs and nest. They lay clutches of roughly 100 eggs on warm, sandy beaches but don’t nest continuously. Female leatherbacks nest once every 8 to 15 days.
· The leatherback turtle has a round, flat body and two pairs of flippers like all sea turtles. The leatherback is the only sea turtle not to have a shell. Instead of a hard bony plate, the leatherback has rubbery skin.
· Adults leatherbacks weigh 700 kg (1540 pounds) and measure 2 m (6.5 feet) in length. The largest leatherback ever recorded weighed 918 kg (2020 pounds) and measured 2.6 m (8.5 feet).
· Leatherback turtles feed on jellyfish and are a natural control for the jellyfish population.
· The leatherback is an endangered species and it is the last surviving member of the Dermochelys species.
3 night / 2 day TURTLE EXPERIENCE:
Rate R3170.00 per person
Included: 3 night's accommodation at Memela Bush camp, meals (BLD), Boat trip and snorkelling, turtle tour, Sunday activity as described
Arrival: Sundowners at Seekoeigat, Dinner & Accommodation at Memela Bush camp
Day 1: Boat trip and snorkelling on the lakes, late sunset braai on the beach and night walk to visit the turtles. (depart 19:00 on the night hike)
Day 2: Short walk and snorkelling to Black Rock, beach lunch. Dinner and Accommodation at Memela Bush camp
Depart after breakfast the next day