Adventurous family fun: Discover new things at Bayworld Museum, Oceanarium and Snakepark


With the end of the year approaching and schools already closing, you have probably started looking around for family weekend activities. Why not take the entire family for a fun-filled adventure at Bayworld Museum, Oceanarium and Snakepark, situated along Marine Drive, Humewood in Port Elizabeth, where there is always something new to discover!

The last time I visited Bayworld was at the beginning of this year and since I enjoyed it so much, I thought it would be fun to take the family along and let them experience the many great things they have to offer.

We arrived just in time for the day’s second seal show. Everyone on the packed pavilion was filled with excitement and all you could see were many happy faces as we waited anxiously for the show to start. We were not disappointed!

The stars of the show were two Cape fur seals called Kelpey and Lexi, who performed many amazing tricks, including standing on their front flippers, playing dead and doing backflips. I couldn’t believe my eyes when they shot about 1.5 metres out of the water to gently pinch a piece of fish out of their trainer’s hand!

Kelpey also created awareness about pollution. When his trainer threw litter into the pool, he jumped in, picked it up, got out and threw it in a nearby bin. When the astounded crowd started cheering and applauding, Kelpey joined in and clapped his flippers before diving back into drink.

Afterwards, we were taken to another pool where we were entertained by various penguin species that were being fed. It felt like I was in the middle of a scene in Happy Feet.

A while later, we explored the Oceanarium and saw lobsters, octopi, colourful tropical fish, star fish, and many other sea creatures. We then took a tour through the museum, where I learnt so many new things about meteorites, dinosaurs, marine mammals, birds and maritime history.

The museum also has cultural costume and history halls, as well as a curiosity corner and a Xhosa Beadwork Gallery. We ended our day at the Snake Park where we indulged our fascination with snakes, lizards, crocodiles, tortoises and terrapins.

I was pleasantly surprised by what Bayworld had to offer. It was a day well-spent and the entry fee is only R35 for adults, R30 for students and pensioners and R25 for children. What a great way to entertain the whole family! To find out more, call 041 584 0650.