Whale Watching in Port Elizabeth
AB Marine Charters (Pty) Ltd is a BEE Boat Based Whale Watching tour company servicing the Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay area.
Algoa Bay Marine’s Whale Watching permit was issued in 2017 and is valid for 10 years.
Utilising boats from Expert Tours and the expertise of award winning tour operators and photographers, Rainer and Silke Schimpf, AB Marine can boast of close to 20 years of expertise in Algoa Bay with the Sardine Run, Dolphin and Penguin watching as well as diving under the careful eye of two dive masters.
Whales like to get close to Rainer
A 49-foot Bryde’s whale nearly swallowed diver Rainer Schimpf as it was coming up to feed on sardines in a bait ball.
Underwater footage of the dramatic close encounter was captured by Schimpf while he was filming the annual sardine run — when millions of sardines travel north along the South African coastline between the months of May and July.
The biggest fish migration in the world creates a feeding frenzy as predators that include birds, sharks, fish, dolphins, and whales come to snack on the tiny silvery fish.
“I saw him [the whale] coming up and I thought that’s it for me,” Schimpf was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail. “The diameter of his mouth was big enough to swallow a car — he would have barely felt me going in.”
Fortunately, whales aren’t interested in eating people.
“At the last moment he must have realized I was there and he diverted away from me and actually missed most of the bait ball,” Schimpf said.
According to Barcroft TV, Schimpf was sent “flying as the whale breached.”
Rainer’s wife, Silke, snapped a photograph at the moment the whale came out of the water with her husband only a few feet away, according to the Mail.
Bryde’s whales weigh around 90,000 pounds and can consume up to 1,450 pounds of food per day, according to NOAA. The whales typically feed on krill, crustaceans, and small fish.
About AB MArine
Algoa Bay (AB) Marine is a Level 2 BEE Pty Ltd Company with Pumeza Schumacher as a 51% Shareholder. Expert Tours holds 49% of the company.
Training the next generation of Whale Watching Tour Guides
AB Marine is strategically aligned with Masifunde Learner Development to develop learners as Environmental Tour Guides.
Masifunde is a Non Profit Organisation based in the Walmer Township in Port Elizabeth.
Masifunde train learners to become bringers of change and active role models in their community. Youth are considered as neither victims nor as perpetrators but as a solution to social challenges.
An all embracing training process is utilised to focus on personality building, life skill training, academic support as well as extra-curricular activities.
Children and youth take part in “Learn4Life!”, a life skills training programme that is the core of Masifunde’s work. The programme imparts knowledge which is necessary in day to day life situations ranging from health, business or environmental topics to social skills and personal development.
Get the Shot
Rainer and Silke Schimpf from Expert Tours have vast experience as tour operators and both are Dive Masters. International film crews rely on Rainer and Silke to ‘get the shot’ for them.
Expert-Tours is a specalist marine tour operator in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana. Our dive tours and dive adventures as well as dive safaris will enable you to have close encounters with dolphins, whales, sharks, sardines and squid.