Attractions in Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth is known for its superb weather conditions. Its beautiful seafront boasts warm water and protected beaches where many sports activities take place. The bay has been tagged as the Water sport Capital of Africa with 2 beaches being awarded Blue Flag status.
The Eastern Cape is a malaria-free game viewing area. Visitors can enjoy the Big 5 game viewing experience within a one hours drive. Several private game farms ensure that the region is well stocked with an abundance of wild game species.
Cultural experiences and different tours into townships are also available. These will include visits to places of historical and political interest, as well as visits to “Shebeens” (traditional bars) where you can enjoy the food, music and dancing.
The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex offers many fine restaurants, shops, craft market and movie theatres. This complex is within a 5 minute walk from the guesthouse. Nelson Mandela Bay offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities which cater for the needs of all our visitors.
Arts & Culture
The centrepiece of Nelson Mandela Bay’s arts and culture industry is right in the inner city after local development agency, the MBDA, has coupled a CBD infrastructure renovation with a public art campaign, giving the city-centre a facelift with an artistic twist.
Entertainment & Shopping
Nelson Mandela Bay is the ideal fun, entertainment and shopping destination; offering various kinds of entertainment to suit every age, personality and individual. Enjoyable evening entertainment include sundowner cruises, nightclubs, award winning cocktail bars, late night music spots, fine art theatre performances, movies, restaurants and cultural performances.
Nelson Mandela Bay’s rich cultural heritage guarantees history lovers a unique insight into the Bay and the Eastern Cape’s diverse and remarkable past. Historical and significant figures from Nelson Mandela Bay include, amongst others , Govan Mbeki, political activist and father of former President Thabo Mbeki; Oliver Thambo, political activist and life-long friend of Nelson Mandela; Athol Fugard, actor , director and playwright; Olive Schreiner, well-known authoress and writer of “The story of an African Farm”; and Cliff Drysdale, well-known tennis player.
Wildlife & Nature
From rocky shores to indigenous floral fynbos: from stretches of golden beaches and unspoilt sand-dunes to lush indigenous forest and untamed wilderness areas, the nature reserves within, and on the outskirts of Nelson Mandela Bay offer a wonderful range of options to the great outdoors. Located in and around the city are: Settler’s Park, Van Staden’s Wild Flower Reserve, The Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Maitlands Nature Reserve, The Island Nature Reserve, Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area and Groendal Wilderness Area.
Sporting and Adventure
Ironman has been a favourite on the European race circuit for over a decade. The day begins with a one-lap, 3.8km swim course beginning on Hobie Beach. Athletes head out parallel from the pier and turning left after 300 meters. The course then goes past Humewood Beach all the way to Kings Beach before turning and heading back towards Hobie Beach. The water temperature is usually in the mid-70’s and the seas is often calm.