Welcoming of the Whales Festival
Sodurba hosted its 2nd Welcoming of the Whales Festival on Saturday 30th June 2018 at Brighton Beach. With 3000 foot traffic, members of the community enjoyed many activities from Rocky Shore walks to educational talks to giveaways, not to mention the sight of our Whales breaching right in front of our event. Following through from last year we designed our 2nd Mascot ‘Destiny’ which was designed by Umcebo Design, her armature done by Fabricon and Kempster Ford South our main sponsorship
2018 gave us an opportunity to extend our Festival over 3 days. Our opening evening was hosted with a fashion show by local designer Eclectic Ella. With Cathedral Peak Wine Estates this event proved to be a huge success as a sold out evening that was enjoyed by all.
Since 2016 we have being working on developing the Old Whaling Station as a Heritage Site and Eco Tourism Hub to share with the world our great heritage. Taking tourists and guests on tours, boat/train rides, while educating and sharing our Maritime Heritage Route. The interest and excitement was overwhelmed by all and we had a personal tour with Peter Fraude and his wife, Jeanette where they both met and still married today, they shared their stories and history of our Heritage Site. Another great success this year as it was completely sold out.
You might be wondering why all the fuss? Did you know that from June to November every year we are privileged to have such beautiful humpback whales coming up our coastline, they are visible from our Isbubulungu Coast (also known as the Bluff).They migrate from the Antarctic up to the warm Mozambique waters to mate and breed. Those that are pregnant will go back to the Antarctic for the 12-month gestation period and come back next year to give birth. Those giving birth will travel back slowly, waiting for the calf to put on blubber.
2019 we are aiming to take the festival to another level by closing off Foreshore Drive and have a Street festival show casing businesses and entertainment for all.