Ten reasons to love Nelson Mandela Bay
#1 Friendly people
NMB has long had the nickname of “The Friendly City”, due to its good-natured citizens. Although one of South Africa’s major cities, it retains a small-town feel. Expect plenty of smiles and a helpful attitude.
#2 Venues with a view
Venues may be found in a variety of settings – from the bustling beachfront to the more secluded “Wild side” coast, and from the urban heart to quiet countryside, there’s a place to suit every requirement.
NMB has an extensive coastline, offering a range from rugged shores with tidal rockpools to expansive sandy beaches. Activities include hiking (with the most popular being the Cape Receife Nature Reserve and the Sacramento Trail), land- or boat-based whale and dolphin watching, and sandboarding or surfing.
#4 Wildlife & Culture
Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to leisure activities. A half hour drive along the N2 will take you to Addo Elephant National Park (the third largest national park in South Africa), where the Big 5 may be viewed as well as the iconic flightless dung beetle. Alternatively, there is the Kragga Kamma Game Park right on the edge of the city which offers the opportunity to see rhino, giraffe, and cheetah, among many others.
Another interesting experience is the SANCCOB Seabird Rehabilitation Centre, situated in the Cape Receife Nature Reserve, which works to rehabilitate seabirds and educate the public. They do a lot of work with the critically endangered African penguin, which is endemic to the African coast from central Namibia to the Eastern Cape.
For art lovers, there are several art galleries, plus museums and places of historical and cultural importance. A must-do activity is Route 67, a walking tour through the heart of Port Elizabeth. It passes 67 public art works, symbolising Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of working towards freedom for all South Africans.
#5 Plenty of event service providers
#6 Easy to get around
(10 min city) proximity to airport
#7 Automotive and Pharmaceutical hub
#8 Watersport Capital
(Iron Man, sailing, swimmers, scuba and snorkelling, surfing)