Conservation tourism is at our very core, and the research and protection of the leatherback and loggerhead turtles is a vital and exciting project.
The project includes monitoring, tagging and conservation of all nesting females and their hatchlings and is paramount to the survival of these vulnerable species. The Machangulo Peninsula lies within the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area in southern Mozambique, and comprises the Mozambican component of Africa’s first cross-border marine reserve. It links up with the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa, a World Heritage Site. The 678km² reserve is a protected area rich in aquatic biodiversity.
Each year about 1000 female turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in nesting burrows, leaving them to incubate for around two months before hatching occurs. Both the eggs and the new hatchlings face numerous predators and poachers and hundreds do not make it to the ocean. Sadly adult turtles are at great risk from poaching for the illegal trade of meat and shells as well as the danger of entanglement in fishing gear, the increased plastic pollution poses one of the greatest threats.