Whatever the PE weather


Port Elizabeth is known as the Windy City, the Friendly City and even the Dolphin Capital of the world. It’s also know for its unpredictable weather. Four seasons in one day. Never a dull moment. From sunshine to rain to wind to heat wave – PE’s weather will bring its A Game, all the time. And if you’re doing Ironman, you’re hoping PE doesn’t bring it too strong.

We recently spotted this online and had a good laugh:


But, there’s fun in Port Elizabeth for all seasons. Outdoor beachy days at one of our blue flag beaches. A match at St Georges or a show at the Stadium. Indoor rainy days spent ice scating at Bay West. Wonderfully windy days make for delish coctails with a beach view. And when it’s cold, opt for a show at the Opera House or a warm cuppa in Walmer.

Remember, whatever the weather you’re welcome to Umoya Cottages. We’re filling up fast for March and April so book early to avoid disappointment.

The circus is coming to town (and other great February events)

MosCircusThe world famous Great Moscow Circus is coming to Port Elizabeth! If you’re visiting us between 23 and 26February, and you’re looking for some action, don’t miss this great show.

Featuring more than 65 circus super stars, the team will perform every possible circus favourite.  You can look forward to the funniest clowns, the most-daring acrobats, death-defying daredevils, aerial artists, balancers, showgirls and much more. All acts are also supported by a live circus band!

The Port Elizabeth part of their South African tour will take place at The Mighty Big Top at The Boardwalk in Summerstrand. Tickets are on sale at Computicket.

But, that’s not the only action for February. Other events for Feb to look forward to include:
The Valley Market on 04 Feb;
Chippa United vs. Baroka FC on 08 Feb;
Fedhealth XTERRA  on 10 Feb 2017 – 12 Feb;
An Evening with Evita Bezuidenhout 16 Feb – 18 Feb;
Casper De Vries – Alive & Vrolik on 23 Feb and;
Chippa United vs. Golden Arrows 24 Feb 2017.


Things to do in Port Elizabeth in 48 hours

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism recently asked local bloggers to highlight their top things to do in The Bay in 48 hours. Many Umoya guests are weekend visitors, making a 48-hour guide the perfect what-to-do guide.  We therefore created our own list of tried and tested favorites.

If you have a weekend in PE, here are some local activities to entertain you all weekend long.. and even longer:

1. Beach days beach

When PE’s weather decides to play along, heading to the beach should be the first place you head to.

Much less crowded than Durban or Cape Town beaches, it’s a wonderful way to spend the weekend.

Favorite spots include Kings Beach, Hobie Beach (at the pier), Sards Beach and if you’ve got kids, don’t miss the pools at Something Good.


2. Addo


Less than an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, you’ll find the Addo Elephant National Park.

Great for game viewing and a picnic or braai in the park.

Also look out for the newly opened Addo Wildlife center, it’s well worth a visit.


3. Adventure lovers this way

Calling adrenaline junkies! Sand-boarding, zip-lining, paragliding – you can do all right here in good old Port Elizabeth and it’s very affordable too. We recently tried our hand at paragliding and it was an awe-inspiring experience and a great adrenaline rush!
If you’re keen on  Zip-lining contact Adrenaline Addo, for Sand-boarding contact Sundays River Adventures and if you want to do some  Paragliding contact Dirty Boots.


4.  Whale Watchingraggy

Raggy Charters is the only licensed boat-based whale watching cruise operator in Port Elizabeth.

Book your whale and dolphin watching experience through and be prepared for an amazing day out at sea. Visit http://www.raggycharters.co.za/


5. Beachy strolls and cocktailsshark-rock-pier-port-elizab

Take a relaxing stroll along the boardwalk from Kings Beach to Something Good, walk down the pier and sip a cocktail while you are there.

Grab a bite to eat at one of the beachfront restaurants and enjoy the fresh ocean air.

7. Take a hikereceive

While we’re talking about walking, Port Elizabeth offers some great hikes for those outdoor enthusiasts.

The Sacramento trail – a popular 8 km round trip – starts at Schoenmakerskop and is an easy walk.

You hit the 366 hectare Cape Receive Nature reserve for a refreshing walk.


6. The Valley Marketvalley-market

Once a month PE’s version of craft food and hipster hangouts hits the town at the old Tramways building.

If you’re looking for a morning filled with yummies, head on over to their Facebook Page for dates.

7. SAMREC Penguin release days samrec

Every once in a while SAMREC has Penguin release days and the public is invited to watch.

For what is probably the cutest thing to see in Port Elizabeth all weekend, be sure not to miss this event if it’s on while you’re in town.

Visit their Facebook Page for release dates and times.

8. Horse riding on the beach


We recently headed over to Heavenly Stables near Sardinia Bay and had a great horse riding experience on the beach.

Although the time spent on the beach was much shorter than the actual “follow the leader” trek there, it’s a morning well spent and comes highly recommended if you want to try something other than the normal tourist attractions in PE.

Booking is essential and keep an eye on the weather before you decide to go!

9. The Donkin Reserve donkin

For your obligatory “I am in Port Elizabeth” photo, head to the Donkin reserve in Central – located off Belmont Terrace in Central.

The reserve  includes a Stone Pyramid Monument, Lighthouse and an open air art exhibition featuring works by local artists as well as a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

If you’re done posing in front of the Big Flag, with the Mandela memorial and the pyramid’s most amazing mosaic floor, take on the steep climb up the lighthouse and you will be rewarded with amazing views of the city.

10. Just the usual boardwalk

A walk and ice-cream at The Boardwalk – look out for the dancing fountains at night – or lunch at Brookes on the Bay with a view of the sea.

Dinner in funky Richmond Hill (PE’s own Long Street or Melville), drinks at the Yaght Club at the harbour or a visit to the Casino are just some of the ‘every day’ things you can enjoy wile you’re here.
11. A treat for the kids 
Because we’re a family friendly establishment, we’re often asked about the best activities for kids. We’re also raising a young family so we know just where to go to keep the kids busy and yourself happy.

If you’re visiting PE with your little ones, there are a number of restaurants that cater for kids and adults alike.
Primi Piatti at Brooks on The Bay has a little kiddy play area and boasts with stunning sea views for the adults. Something Good is always a joy if the weather plays along.

If you’re not in the mood for the beach, visit Coffee and Kids Co in Lorraine! If the weather is acting up, head over to Funky Frogs at Moffett On Main Lifestyle Centre.

Homeleigh Farm, has a petting zoo which keep the kids busy for a while and once a month kids can spend the morning riding mini trains at Londt Park in Sunridge Park at their delightful miniature railway.

Head over to Bay West Mall for ice-skating and look our for a trampoline park which is scheduled to open in Port Elizabeth soon.


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Don’t miss out on Summer fun this in December


Nelson Mandela Bay is packed with fun events for the whole family this December. If you’re visiting, here’s a list of events this season:

1-17 December – Puss in Boots – The Pantomime

1-11 December – Uncle Jumbos Christmas Party

2, 9, 16, 19, 23, 30 December – Horseracing at Fairview Racecourse

2 December – Planet Ireland Irish Dance Show

2 December – Luna Paige Live at the Music Kitchen in PE

2 December – 5th Annual Drumboss Experience

3 December – Chippa United vs. Kaizer Chiefs

3 December – Valley Market

3 December – Alliance Française’s Congolese Christmas Dinner

4 December – Clubfeet Market

4 December – Ulagh & Two Tone Band

4 December – Rest a while farmstall Country Market

10 December – Shake the Bay

11 December – aQuelle Ocean Racing Series

11 December – Dolphin Challenge

11 December – Carols in the Park

12-15 December – Kings Beach Holiday Club

12-14, 19-23, 27-30 December – Holiday Art Workshops

15 December – Loyisa Gold Live

16-17 December – Craft Brew and Food Fest

16 December – Opening of the Season

17 December – ChapterThree #Krismisfeelings

17 December – The Valley Christmas Market

18 December – The Port Elizabeth Christmas Expo

18 December – Ocean Rock presents Rocking the PEtunias 6

18 December – ADAM in Port Elizabeth

18 December – Christmas Carols in PE

20 December – Jay en Die Weiveld Toer

21 December – Valiant Swart en Abel Kraamsaal

21 December – SPAR Sizzling Sessions at Tramways

22 December – Radio Raps

22 December – SPAR Outdoor Cinema and Christmas Carols by Candlelight

23 December – Baakens Food Truck Friday

23 December – 4th Annual Uitenhage Picnic – Uitenhage

24 Decemer – Weird Boy Showcase Part 1

26-30 December – Sunfoil Test Match, SA vs Sri Lanka

26 December – Bobby van Jaarsveld

27 December – The Parlotones

27 December – SPAR Springs Fiesta

29 December – SPAR Sundowner at Hobie Beach

30 December – 5th Annual Ebubeleni Music Festival

31 December – SPAR New Year’s Eve at Hobie Beach & Wells Estate

Port Elizabeth’s very own Mastertons coffee blend is here

Blend of The Bay. Photo: Nicholas Affat/Facebook
Blend of The Bay. Photo: Nicholas Affat/Facebook

If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll be familiar with Mastertons Coffee – Port Elizabeth’s coffee and tea specialists which is also the oldest coffee roaster in South Africa having been in operation since 1924!

And now Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism has collaborated with Mastertons and developed PE’s very own coffee blend called “The Blend of the Bay”.

“Nelson Mandela Bay is a city of rich cultural heritage… as part of our commitment to support and grow the local economy, we are proud to partner with the private sector to yield a product of such high standard.” Shared Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism,Ms Mandlakazi Skefile said.

The blend promise rich flavours and according to Mastertons it is one of their best yet.

Blend of The Bay is available at Masterton stores for R53.50. Click here for their website to order: www.mastertonscoffee.co.za.

Port Elizabeth is summer ready with super season line-up

With the holidays just around the corner, Port Elizabeth is gearing up for a super summer season. According to Nelson Mandela Bay tourism’s website, the city is ready to welcome visitors with a bumper summer season.

This year’s festivities will be kicked off with the city’s traditional “opening of the season” on 16 December at Hobie Beach. Activities will run from then until the end of January.

The programme includes the Springs Fiesta in Uitenhage, the Sizzling Session at the Tramways Building and the Cinema and Christmas Carols at Happy Valley and The Sundowner at Hobie Beach.

There is also the Ebubeleni Music Festival and New Year’s celebrations at both Hobie Beach and Wells Estate.

Umoya Cottages is just about fully booked for this season with only a handful of dates still available. We look forward to welcoming all our guests and hope you will enjoy all the Summer fun in the Bay.

For more information on this year’s festive programme visit www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za or guests can chat to us about what to do in NMB this Festive season.

Restaurants: Where to dine in Port Elizabeth

If you’re visiting Port Elizabeth, you’ll probably be looking for an eat-out spot at some point during your stay.  Here are just some suggestions of restaurants in Port Elizabeth to assist in your search for that hit-the-spot meal:

Seaside dining


  • Angelos Cafe Summerstrand

Light meals, pasta and great breakfasts

Shark Rock Pier, Marine Drive

Phone:041 583 5862


  • Die Kelder

Steaks, seafood and grills

39 Marine Drive

Phone:041 583 2750

  • Cubaña

Latino Social Caffe, eatery and cocktails

49 Beach Rd

Phone: 041 582 5282

  • Company Social Brasserie

Hipsters rejoice, here’s your spot.

27 Beach Rd

Phone:041 582 2148

  • Brookes on the bay

Here you’ll find a number of restaurants under one roof and with a sea view. La Kouzina, The Coachman and Primi are all at Brookes on the bay.

  • Barneys Tavern

Pizza, burgers, grills. Also doubles up as local watering hole.

Shark Rock Pier, Marine Drive

041 583 4500

  • Something Good

Great for the kids with a selection of meals like pizzas and burgers.

Marine Drive

041 583 6986


  • Ocean’11 Seafood Bisto

6th Ave Walmer

  • This is eat

16 Brickmakers Kloof Rd

Phone:041 582 2161

  • Cape Town Fish Market

Shop 22, Kings Court, Buffelsfontein Road, Walmer Heights

Phone:041 368 7378

  • John Dory’s Baywest Mall

Shop No. LG01A, Baywest Mall Extension, Walker St, Baywest

Phone:087 285 8507

  • The Chapman

Brookeshill St


Phone:041 584 0678


  • Ocean Basket

Shop 2, Brookes on the bay

041 584 0059


Fig Tree Park William Moffett Expy &, Circular Dr

Phone:041 368 5525


  • Charlies pizza and pasta

8th Ave,Summerstrand

Phone:041 583 2832

  • Bocadillos Bakery and Cafe

1st Avenue Walmer

Phone:083 325 3636

  • St Elmo’s Woodfired Pizza

51, Walmer Park Shopping Centre

Phone:041 368 3536

Something different

  • Algoa Bay Yacht Club

A variety of options on the menu with a great view of the Yacht Club


Dom Pedro Jetty, Port Elizabeth Harbour

Phone: 041 585 4058

  • Cubata

Portuguese style cafe. Choose between chicken, ribs or prawn (that’s all yes) and bring your own drinks!

Next to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Sydenham

Phone:041 487 3737

  • Chingada’s Mexican Cantina

Tequila and tortillas … need we say more!

54 Main Rd, Port Elizabeth

041 581 0098

  • Beer Yard

Basic food but you can try some craft beer if that’s your thing.

1 Cooper St, Port Elizabeth

Phone: 041 582 2444

  • Die Walskipper – JBay

Beach dining at its best. Great menu with beach views.

Dolphin Dr, Jeffreys Bay

Phone:042 292 0005


Wine and dine

Il Tricolore

123 Villiers Road, Walmer

(041) 581-1414.


  • Flava

17a Bain Street, Richmond Hill


  • Tabu Grill

At the Radisson Blu Hotel in Summerstrand

(041) 509-5000

  • Fushin

Stanley Street, Richmond Hill.

Contact: (041) 811-7874

  • KipIing’s Brasserie

The Boardwalk Hotel, Marine Drive, Summerstrand

Contact (041) 507-9452.

  1. Ginger

The Beach Hotel, Marine Drive, Summerstrand.

Contact: (041) 583-1229.

Close to Umoya

Stanley Street is about 5km away and offers an array of fantastic restaurants. Take a right in Cape Road and continue down Cape Road untill you reach Irvine Street. Left into Irvine until you reach Stanley.
For take-aways you’ll find a couple of options close to Umoya. Steers and Debonnairs in Cape Road next to the SPAR.
KFC and Nandos as well as local diner Grillers are all under a km away, also in Cape Road towards William Moffett.
Ocean basket at Fig Tree Park is a short drive away. Find it at William Moffett Expy &, Circular Dr
041 368 5525
If you want to wander into the mall, try the food court at Greenacres Shopping Centre in Cape Road. Walmer Park Shopping Centre is 5km way down William Moffett and Bay West Mall is 10km away along the N2.

Are you being cheated with 3G Data?

Most mobile carriers has apps you can install on your smart devices to keep track of your mobile usage. But how do you know they are not cheating you? For all operating systems, be it Android, Apple or Windows Devices – there are easy steps to check your data usage and to set a limit. These limits help you stay away from those horrendous out-of-bundle rates. Here are a few videos and step-by step guides below that will guide you for each Operating System. If you wish to manage your data usage with even more details, you can always install a nifty 3rd party app, for example My Data Manager is especially useful for iPhone / iPad.

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