Situated on the south-eastern tip of Africa, Nelson Mandela Bay boasts 40km of stunning golden beaches, washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The destination’s breathtaking seashore of international standard and excellent accommodation facilities lure thousands of visitors to its shores every year. As a major seaport for passing ships on their way to the East in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the bay’s waters have over 400 shipwrecks, making it a scuba diver and snorkeler’s delight. It’s a watersport paradise where kite-surfers soar while windsurfers and jet ski enthusiasts celebrate the sun and surf. Offering virtually unlimited opportunities for watersport enthusiasts, the Bay is known as Africa’s Watersports Capital.
Nelson Mandela Bay is situated in a nature-lover’s paradise. The Bay is within half an hour’s drive of many internationally acclaimed game reserves, offering an unforgettable experience of African wildlife. Most reserves are home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros).
A must see on any adventurer’s itinerary is the Red Location Museum of Struggle. This multi award-winning museum opened in November 2006 and commemorates South Africa’s turbulent apartheid history and long struggle for freedom.
Nelson Mandela Bay carries the rich legacy of an area which saw the first meetings of Khoisan, British, Dutch, German and Xhosa people. The landing of the 1820 Settlers, it boasts some of the finest architecture in South Africa. The destination’s wealth of historical attractions, museums and places of interest offers the visitor a fascinating journey of discovery.
Those seeking retail therapy will find that their every desire is met by the Bay’s array of attractive shopping malls, upmarket boutiques and tourist-friendly craft markets. And when the sun goes down in Nelson Mandela Bay, the fun continues! After dark, the city is transformed into a bejeweled sea of lights, and the nightlife sizzles, providing entertainment for every taste.
Nelson Mandela Bay is the hub of the automotive industry on the African continent, with many of the major vehicle and component manufacturers based in the area. The preferred region for the anufacturers of pharmaceuticals, flour, meat, vegetables, soft drinks, chocolates, cheese, yoghurts, ice cream, paper and leather products. Nelson Mandela Bay is also a major exporter of everything from manganese ore, wood, fresh produce, fruit juices, wool, skins and of course motor components.
Just as Nelson Mandela brought freedom to our nation, Nelson Mandela Bay gives you the freedom to choose. This exciting family holiday destination is affordable and offers world-class beaches, hotels and restaurants with a temperate climate all year round. It boasts a wide range of nature and wildlife attractions to satisfy every outdoor adventurer – with game drives and safaris right on your doorstep.
Nelson Mandela Bay’s well-equipped bustling international airport, harbour and port links it well with other national and international destinations, while the national roads allow easy access to the Western Region of the Eastern Cape, including the Sunshine Coast, Frontier Country, Sundays River Valley, Kouga / Tsitsikamma / Garden Route and Karoo Heartland Routes.
Let’s not forget that the best things in life are free - the free blue sea, a totally stress-free environment, invigorating sea breezes, and of course, free smiles from all who live in this free city. So if you want to experience the splendour, the beauty, the spirit, the freedom, the wildlife, the culture, the openness and the friendliness of the only city to be named after the world’s greatest statesman, come to Nelson Mandela Bay.
Nelson Mandela Bay – “Feel Free!”