Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Despatch and Colchester

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Seven reasons to visit Nelson Mandela Bay.


1. One of the most diverse marine wildlife Experiences in the world

Nelson Mandela Bay offers some of the world’s most diverse marine and terrestrial fauna and flora species on offer with a great variety of game reserves and ocean safari experiences within 40km of the city centre and the airport.

Home to 6 named islands all home to different marine life such as the Cape Gannet, the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin, Seals etc, together with the other extraordinary diverse marine animals on offer such as the great variety of whale and dolphin species found in the Bay, the cities ocean safaris have exploded in popularity. The city has also been branded the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World, named the International Hope Spot for the African Penguin and the more recent declaration as a Marine Protected Area has helped elevate the experiences even further.

2. Home of the Big 7

Together with the Marine Ocean Safari's, The world renowned Addo Elephant National Park and a multitude of private game reserves and parks are to be found within 40 Km from the harbour allowing a visitor to truly experience Africa's Big 7 in one day. The Big 7 comprises of the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Black Rhino, Lion, Great White Shark and the seasonal Southern Right Whale. Apart from game drives and the ocean safari's there is now also the option to see the Great White Shark while cage diving close to one of the islands.

3. 40Km of some of the best beaches in the World

Algoa Bay, the coastal region of Nelson Mandela Bay, boasts 40 km of magnificent golden beaches. With its perfect combination of warm water, calm sea and fair breezes, it is one of the best sailing venues in the world and a Mecca for all beach and water sport enthusiasts. Water temperatures vary between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius during summer and 14 to 19 degrees Celsius during winter. Rest assured, swimming beaches are patrolled by fully trained professional lifeguards during the summer season, which means swimmers and sunbathers can safely enjoy their beach holiday.

Port Elizabeth currently has 3 Blue Flag Beaches. South Africa is the first country outside of Europe to win Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches. The Blue Flag is an international award given only to those beaches that meet excellence in safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards.

4. Explore Port Elizabeth's Historical and Cultural Treasures along the Donkin Heritage Trail and Route 67

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. Apart from some of the cities historical rich buildings that can be viewed on the Donkin Heritage Trail, The Donkin Reserve, is home to multiple pieces of public art that form part of a collection of 67 pieces of art throughout the city. The “Route 67” arts journey celebrates the 67 years of Nelson Mandela’s political life through a visual collection of works produced by local artists. Climb up the Campanile and Donkin Lighthouse for 360 degree views of the city. Combining the two routes provides the best way to experience the colonial and political history of the city and offers exciting and scenic photographic opportunities.

5. Adventure and Family Entertainment perfect for your next holiday

The City has loads to offer the your young and adventurous – mountain biking trails, hiking, water sports and fantastic weather to enjoy it all. There is also a wildlife reserve – Kragga Kamma Game Park that is home to vast herds of African game, including White Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Nyala, Bontebok, Lechwe and many more species.

Because of the city’s close proximity to Addo and Jeffery's Bay, it makes for the perfect home base for day trips to the surrounding areas. A visit to Addo Elephant Park and perhaps a stop at Addo Adrenalin to enjoy South Africa’s highest, longest and fastest double zip line; or a trip to Sunday’s River to go Sand boarding. If you’re a surfer, you’re more than welcome to enjoy one of Port Elizabeth’s many beaches, but you may want to pay the Iconic Jeffery’s Bay a visit while you’re here.

The city's beaches and public parks are ideal for a family day out. The city also boast a multitude of indoor activities that can burn some energy and include Indoor Rock Climbing, Glow Mini Golf, Trampoline Centres, Ten Pin Bowling, Go Karting, Ice Skating, Bumper Cars, Laser Tag and Paintball.

6. Nightlife, Food and Entertainment

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 theater performances, movies, restaurants and cultural performances.

7. Get the NMB PASS

Do more for less! Get a Nelson Mandela Bay Pass Card and do more activities for less! The Nelson Mandela Bay Pass provides you with free admission and discount to over 60 attractions and activities in and around Nelson Mandela Bay!

This includes amongst others museums, game reserves, scuba diving, art galleries, sightseeing tours and many more. It also entitles you to some great discounts in selected stores for shopping, activities, entertainment and more.

Be sure to get your Nelson Mandela Bay Pass and discover all the excitement that Nelson Mandela Bay has to offer. Simply show or transact your pass and receive the special offers available at the participating facilities. The more you see the more you save!

View the pass offers here:

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