Cape Town – There’s no need for cabin fever if you find yourself in the Friendly City of Port Elizabeth this winter.
Nelson Mandela Bay is the ideal location for a winter holiday break. Many know this Eastern Cape hub for its miles of golden beaches and summer fun in the sun activities. But if you think this is all PE has to offer, you’re in the wrong for overlooking the adventures to be done during the chillier time of the year.
Check out the Top 10 activities in PE this winter:
1. Game viewing
The numerous game reserves in and around the city offer the perfect mix of fauna and flora. These splendid, sometimes untouched areas are developing into some of South Africa’s main game viewing destinations.
Game drives in open vehicles are very popular for game viewing, but guided walks are also available.
Nelson Mandela Bay is also home to the Big 7 which comprises the elephants, cape buffalo, leopard, black rhino, lions, and great white shark and seasonal southern right whale, can be viewed at the Addo Elephant National Park.
Addo is conveniently located only 40km from Port Elizabeth, and offers the best elephant viewing in the country. Visit any day of the year on a day trip or for an affordable overnight getaway. Experience a guided tour on safari vehicle or horseback, or set your own pace on a self-drive or 4×4 tour.
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2. Horse racing
Port Elizabeth has two major horse racing racecourses, namely Arlington and Fairview, which is managed and maintained by Phumelela East Cape.
Racing takes place at either course every Friday afternoon. Spend a Day in Nelson Mandela Bay full of thrills and excitement at the track. Horse racing in South Africa is an exciting and eventful sport that will not disappoint.
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3. Time travelling
Nelson Mandela Bay’s rich cultural heritage guarantees history lovers a unique insight into the Bay and the Eastern Cape’s diverse and remarkable past.
The Donkin Heritage Trail is one of the best ways to explore the heritage and history of the area. The trail links 51 places of historical interest and boasts some of the finest architectural attractions in South Africa, including the Campanile which was erected to commemorate the landing of the 1820 Settlers, the City Hall which was built between 1858 and 1862, as well as the Donkin Reserve and Lighthouse building.
The upper part of the trail has useful pedestrian signage on the pavement to orientate tourists along the route.
A must-visit site is the Red Location Museum in New Brighton, which is also the city’s anti-apartheid and freedom institution.
Red Location Museum is one of the oldest settled Black Townships in the country. It derives its name from a series of corrugated iron barrack buildings, which are rusted a deep red colour. Building materials for these sheds come from the First South African War (1899-1902) structures – the Boer concentration camp at Uitenhage as well as the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital at De Aar.
Also visit other museums such The AutoPavilion – Volkswagen Group South Africa’s ultra-modern Expo and Heritage Centre and much more.
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4. Art in the City
The centrepiece of Nelson Mandela Bay’s arts and culture industry is right in the inner city after local development agency, the MBDA, has coupled a CBD infrastructure renovation with a public art campaign, giving the city centre a facelift with an artistic twist.
The Donkin Reserve is home to ten pieces of public art that form part of a collection of 67 pieces of art throughout the city. The “Route 67” arts journey celebrates the 67 years of Nelson Mandela’s political life through a visual collection of works produced by local artists.
The result is an incredible tourism route known as the Arts Journey – which includes exhibitions and showcases on the Route 67 and at the refurbished Athenaeum gallery, ArtEC, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, the historic Red Location museum, South End Museum and Ron Belling Gallery.
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5. Drama mama
If you’d like to enjoy an extra special theatrical treat whilst in Port Elizabeth, try and visit the Port Elizabeth Opera House, the Savoy Theatre and event centrestage at the Boardwalk for some comedy or a show with a difference.
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6. Get the adrenaline pumping
Adrenalin Addo is a family friendly attraction for anyone in pursuit of sheer fun and adventure. They proudly lay claim to the longest double-zip line in Africa and the only giant swing of its kind in South Africa.
You can also opt for an action-packed game of paintball on Paintball Heaven’s brand new fields. It’s an ideal activity for corporate team building, social get-togethers or children’s parties, and on-site refreshment and braai facilities means Paintball Heaven is the perfect venue for a family outing.
For something more sedate, hire a canoe and paddle the waters of the Sundays River or hike up to its spectacular view points and enjoy the surrounds of a citrus rich valley.
7. Penguin party
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With Alan tours, you can do a free guided tour of the Cape Recife Nature Reserve and Grysbok Nature Reserve, including a tour of the Cape Recife Lighthouse and SAMREC – where the penguins are! Apart from learning about the endangered African Penguin, you can also experience the history of one of PE’s first Lighthouses. View Springbok, the unique Zebra, Red Hartebeest, the tiny Grysbok and the rich birdlife, and learn more about the ancient history of the Khoikhoi inhabitants.
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If you’re going to be in PE for a while, why not buy a Nelson Mandela Bay Pass Card and get free and discounted entries?
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