Out & About
With tourism as the city’s stable money generator, the lines inevitably overlap between what can be classed as Nelson Mandela Bay business, and tourist hotspots.
The walking trail, Route 67, St George’s Park, The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, and whale watching opportunities all attract visitors in their thousands season after season, and you don’t have to travel too far outside of Port Elizabeth to find more natural splendour such as the Zuurberg mountain range and national park either.
In regards to accommodation, again the best advice would be to shoot for as spectacular a view as possible, with a whole host of hotels, lodges and guest houses lining the waterfront.
From there, the trek to your first port of call should be limited as you explore Algoa Bay in all its glory; whether it’s fishing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling or sailing you’re into.
“[Nelson Mandela Bay] is an outdoor-lover’s paradise, so don’t miss out on boat cruises, diving opportunities, a visit to the Seaview Predator Park, an excursion to Bayworld (which incorporates an oceanarium, museum and snake park), or a trip to the lush forests of the Kragga Kamma Game Park,” southgafrica.net says. “Topping the fun stakes is the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex, where shops, eateries, an amphitheatre and casino keep patrons entertained for hours.”
If history and education is more appealing then the
Red Location Museum - ‘that portrays both the horrors of institutionalised racism and the heroic efforts of the apartheid movement’ - is a humbling reminder of a history that all of South Africa remembers so vividly. The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and a large metal cutout of the great leader further compounds the hark back to former decades that Port Elizabeth rightly acknowledges.
Sport is another cultural facet deeply ingrained into the fabric of the city; its multi-tiered Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium a flagship venue and legacy from the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Above all though, arguably the most popular of all attractions are situated further out into Nelson Mandela
Bay where the chance to see the ‘Big Seven’ of the animal kingdom presents itself. Lions, rhinos, buffalo, leopards and elephants are joined by the great white shark and the southern right whale in the bay waters just off Addo Elephant National Park to offer an opportunity almost unparalleled.