Bay fun December 2017

The Festive Season for  2017 is just about here and The Bay has loads on offer to entertain locals and visitors alike. Here’s a list of fun activities in and around Nelson Mandela Bay this Festive season.


Christmas Night Market

13 December

Old Grey Sports Club Old Grey Sports Club


Live Thoroughbred Horseracing

15 December

Fairview Racecourse


The Herald Christmas on the Farm

16 December

Holmeleigh Farmyard


Opening of the season

16 December

Hobie Beach


The Valley market

16 December

Donkin Village


Slipperfields Gin, Beer & Spirits Festival

18 December – 19 December



Seekoeirivier Wine Festival

23 December

Paradise Beach


SA vs Zimbabwe Cricket

26 December

St George’s Stadium


Sizzling seasons

27 December

Tramways Building


Ebubeleni music festival 

30 December

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium


New Year’s Eve celebrations

31 December

Hobie Beach


DinosAlive Dino exhibition

8 November 2017–7 January 2018

Baywest Mall



Then there’s also the regular PE experiences to be enjoyed daily.

  • Read about the A to Z of Bay activities here;
  • Things to do in Nelson Mandela Bay in 48 Hours;
  • Beach days at one of PE’s Blue Flag beaches;
  • A day trip to Addo Elephant Park or the Seaview Lion Park;
  • Some hikes in and around the city includes the Sacramento Trial at Schoenmakerskop, Lady Slipper, Cape Receive or in the Baakens Valley;
  • Long lunches or late dinners in Richmond Hill’s vibey Stanley Street or at one of the restaurants near Kings Beach and Hobie Beach;
  • Book a Whale Watching experience with Raggy Charters or go Paragliding;
  • See our list of Port Elizabeth Restaurants here;
  • Valley Crag indoor climbing climbing;
  • Segway beachfront tours;
  • Jumping for joy at Gravity Trampoline Park.

We’re fully booked till mid January. See you in 2018!

The A – Z of Port Elizabeth activities

From Addo to Ironman. From Richmond Hill to the Yacht Club. Many of our visitors ask about activities in and around Port Elizabeth. Local blogger Shefetsweonsafari recently started to pin down the A to Z of local activities but never completed the list so we decided to add to it and make our own.

Here you go, have fun!

A is for Addo and there is also the Airforce Museum

B could not be for anything other than The Boardwalk, but there’s also beaches, Bridgestreet and Baywest

C is for Cricket and the Campanile

D is for the Donkin reserve … of course

E is for Emlotheni Memorial Park

F is for the Feather Market Center but lately there’s also Food Truck Friday for a flipping good night out.

G is for Golf – and Umoya is close to a couple of local golf courses.

H is for Happy Valley and Holmeleigh Farmyard – both fun for the whole family

I is for Ironman but if you’re not an Ironfan there’s also the Island Nature Reserve

J is for the Jewish Pioneer Memorial Museum

K is for Kragga Kamma Game Park

L is for all our Lighthouses – Cape Recife, Bird Island and more

M is for many things – Museums, Memorials, MacArthur Baths, Masterton’s Coffee and more

N is naturally for Nature -but also the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass

O is for the Opera House

P is for Penguins – St. Croix Island, Bird Island and Samrec. There’s also Paintball.

Q is for Queen Victoria and some history lessons in our cultural and historically rich town.

R is for Richmond Hill – stroll, eat, drink and be merry.

S is for Sand Boarding and Sards and Sacramento and our Stadium.

T is for Trains. On the first Sunday of every month the mini trains at Londt Park are fired up for a unique Sunday funday.

U is for University. Because NMMU guys! But also Uitenhage.

V is for Valley Market. Foodies and hipsters delight at our own monthly artisanal food fest. It’s fun for kids and adults alike.

W is for Walmer. Various cafes, restaurants and shops in the Walmer area will make sure you’re a happy, and fed, shopper.

X is for Xhosa Culture Centre – you’ll find it as the Sukume Museum and Xhosa Culture Centre.

Y is for the Yacht Club in the Port Elizabeth Harbour which also has a lovely restaurant.

Z is for Mountain Zebra National Park, it’s a stretch but it’s still in our province.

For details and descriptions of all these activities, visit Shefetsweonsafari ‘s blog and the NMB tourism page.

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Festivities in Port Elizabeth this Easter

Easter is just around the corner and this year Nelson Mandela Bay promises loads of fun for everyone.  Here are some events lined up for this year:

14 – 17 April

The focus of this year’s annual Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival is family and fun. The programme includes volleyball, angling championships and a jet-ski competition for sport lovers, live entertainment with both a gospel and Afrikaans-orientated concerts and more than 150 stalls.

For details click here.

15 April: 10:00–15:00

Head to the Walmer Downs Park for some Easter egg fun. The park is filled with Easter eggs and children can join the hunt and fill a basket. The event includes a picnic area, crafts and games.

For details click here. 

17 Apr 2017

Celebrate Easter at Mount Pleasant Park with a bring-and-braai, egg hunt for the kids and other entertainment.

For details click here.

20 Apr 2017

The Goodnight Market is a wonderful evening of food and drink and music that should not be missed.  PE’s top artisanal food vendors gather from 5pm-10pm at the Tramways building.  Entrance is R20 and all proceeds go to charity.

For details click here.

Fiery Autumn in the Bay

It’s March, and just like that, autumn is here. Our days might be a tad shorter and some mornings just a bit more chilly, but Autumn always brings magnificent sunsets and sunrises in The Bay.

Today we celebrate our African sun with some of our favourite photos from Port Elizabeth sunrises and sunsets this week … just to show you what you’ve been missing.

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Port Elizabeth: February Favourites

It’s been a stormy week here in Port Elizabeth with more rain predicted for this weekend but that doesn’t mean our city isn’t looking as lovely as usual. And because we’re used to four seasons in one day, there’s always plenty of shine between the storm.

Here are our favourite photos from Port Elizabeth this week.


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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


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: