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Nelson Mandela Bay Business Travel Guide - - Front Page -

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.

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