Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality
With the historical and natural appeal of Port Elizabeth at its heart, the Eastern Cape’s prime asset means business on a more relaxed scale
outh Africa has an embarrassment of riches to showcase to the millions of tourists who grace their shores each year, with few as impressive and dynamic as the coastal region of
Nelson Mandela Bay.
Named after the country’s most significant and renowned leader, and containing one of the country’s largest cities in the form of Port Elizabeth, the Eastern Cape-located area is epitomised by the so-called Friendly City of PE; selling itself as an accommodating and sun-kissed stretch of urban-meetsbeach that brings holiday makers in, in their droves, and gives business travellers the perfect relaxing retreat away from the boardroom.
Also comprising areas including Despatch and Uitenhage, it is the 16 kilometre stretch of coastline that not only acts as one of the country’s main seaports along Algoa Bay, but that sets the scene for the region as a whole. Yet, away from the stunning beaches and warm seas there is plenty to see inland too.
Copious museums documenting Port Elizabeth - and indeed South Africa’s chequered history are rare walls amid a plethora of natural beauty that acts as the primary tourist attractions, and it is this walk on the wild side that the business traveller should look to take no matter how long their stay in Port Elizabeth.