What’s happening in Nelson Mandela Bay?

9 Dec 2016

This beautiful and historic city is a major destination for locals and tourists alike. It boasts 40km of magnificent golden beaches, warm waters, a spectacular coastline, awesome restaurants and near-perfect weather. It is surrounded by internationally-acclaimed game reserves and the beautiful landscape of the malaria-free Eastern Cape. So what are you waiting for? Head down to Nelson Mandela Bay as soon as you can…


Donkin Reserve is the place to visit if you enjoy bird watching and walking paths, exploring the local lighthouse, the opera house or visiting the memorial site. The lighthouse, which was built in 1861, also houses Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism’s official Tourist Information Centre. This centre houses all the guidance, information and suggestions of what to do in and around Nelson Mandela Bay.   

The Lighthouse is open to the public on request between 08h00 and 16h30 during weekdays Saturdays from 09h30 to 15h30. Please report to the Tourism Office for access.

The Donkin Reserve forms part of Route 67 and the Donkin Heritage Trail.


Here are some great things you can do if you find yourself in this beautiful part of the country…

Surf experience and stand up paddle / bicycle hire/ and beachfront cycle – with water this warm, and with views this breathtaking, you have no excuse but to get out there and enjoy the activities on offer. These are fun activities for the whole family, and can be done almost all-year round. 


Adrenalin Addo – this is the longest zip line in Africa, offering some of the best family-fun attractions. It is also ideal for anyone looking for sheer entertainment and adventure. Adrenaline Addo lays claim to the longest double zip line in Africa and the only giant swing of its kind in South Africa. Need we say more, adrenaline junkies…? 

Sandboarding Sundays River – get the chance to ride some of the biggest dunes in the Eastern Cape on both types of sandboards – a lie-down board and the stand-up snowboard. Remember to bring along loose fitting clothes, swimming gear, cool drinks, sunglasses and cameras.

Algoa Bay Boat Cruise – this takes you on a leisurely cruise past the beautiful beaches of Humewood and Summerstrand. It gives you a unique perspective of the area as you head along to the Cape Recife lighthouse and nature reserve. During this cruise you also have the opportunity of possible sightings of dolphins, whales, Cape Fur seals, various species of sharks, African penguins, African black oystercatchers, Cape gannets and various species of pelagic birds including terns, petrels, skuas, shearwaters and albatrosses.


Once you’ve enjoyed any of these fun activities, you’ll be hungry and thirsty…

Craft Beer Tour – Local beer manufacturing in Port Elizabeth is growing and there are various micro-breweries open to the public. So if you enjoy a pint or two, then why not visit one of these and enjoy their unique tastes. Here are a few we think you should include in your trip – Bridge Street Brewery, Dockside Brewery and Beer Yard.


Nelson Mandela Bay is full of awesome restaurants and entertainment areas that suit all types of budgets. Here are just a few we think you may enjoy visiting: Stanley Street, Cubata, Oswald Society, Ginger, Company Co. and Hussar Restaurant.

Did you know? Addo Elephant National Park is the third-largest national park in South Africa and also incorporates St. Croix and Bird Island. This beautiful part of South Africa really has it all. We hope to see you there soon!