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Bayworld back in business
Bayworld. Photo: www.bayworld.co.za
Bayworld. Photo: www.bayworld.co.za

The Bayworld Oceanarium has reopened its doors to the public after being closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

Director of Bayworld, Luvuyo Mini, said that it had been a long and testing journey as they had to put the health and safety of their clients, employees and stakeholders first.

The popular tourist attraction also took this time to ensure that it was able to operate in compliance with COVID-19 regulations as promulgated by government.

“Bayworld offers stakeholders, locals and visitors an amazing and unique tourism and education experience with more than 100 000 learners coming through the doors annually.

“The move to (lockdown) level one means that we can welcome guests safely. We are also proud to publicise our safety COVID-19 mitigation measures such as screening, temperature checks and placement of numerous sanitiser stations throughout the facility,” Mini said.

“Given our capacity and space configuration and in line with the 50% safety rule, only visitors inside the oceanarium during animal feeds will be permitted within the parameters of clearly marked social distancing guidelines.

“We also wish to take this moment to pass our sincerest condolences to all that have lost loved ones during this pandemic. May their souls rest in peace,” he said.

Bayworld is open weekdays from 09:00 to 16:30 and the ticket office closes at 15:45.

The facility is closed on weekends.

Discounted entrance fees are as follows:

  • Adults – R40
  • Pensioners and students – R35
  • Children under the age of 3 – R30

What to expect:

Visitors can expect to experience the seal and penguin presentations at 11:00, followed by the snake park presentation at 12:00. The seal and penguin feed takes place at 15:00.

Museum collections and Exhibitions include but are not limited to:

  • Herpetology
  • Marine mammal
  • Cultural history
  • The first people of the Bay
  • The costume hall
  • The Xhosa gallery
  • Curiosity corner

On request and by appointment, behind the scenes and guided tours will be provided by curators. Only a maximum of five people will be permitted to view the collections and visitors are urged to call Bayworld on 041 584 0650 or send an e-mail to pr@bayworld.co.za to inquire and make an appointment.

Mini also mentioned that in line with the Bayworld 2020 redevelopment programme, the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) will embark on the digitisation of the Bayworld school programme in the coming weeks.

Senior project manager at the MBDA, Dorelle Sapere, said that the digitisation process was to propel Bayworld into the future, offering world class, interactive digital experiences for visitors. “The aim is to elevate the visitor experience through alternative engagement platforms whether on-site or off-site,” Sapere added.

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