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.


#weekend #destination #portelizabeth

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Casino time at Port Elizabeth ????

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Gotta love our Pier

If you’ve been to Port Elizabeth you’ll probably know that The Pier at Hobie Beach is one of our favorite things.

Local Port Elizabeth Newspaper The Herald made a lovely video about the city’s Shark Rock Pier recently. Give it a view and remember not to miss a walk on the pier next time you’re in Port Elizabeth.

Ironman 2016

We found a couple beautiful shots on Instagram from this weekend’s Ironman 2016‬ event in Port Elizabeth. It was such a pleasure hosting some of this year’s triathletes at Umoya cottages too.

Well done to every single Ironman and Ironlady!!

Good morning ironman 🏊🚴🏃 #ironman #ironman2016 #portelizabeth #nofilter

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Quick photo stop…. #ironman2016 #portelizabeth #blueskies #Africa #Southafrica #fitness

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#swimmers #ironman #ironman2016 #start #sea #ocean #southafrica #vscocam #people #beach

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Eastern Cape Homemakers Delight


It is that time of the year again, when décor lovers from across the province can get inspired at the AlgoaFM Homemakers Expo.

The event will take place from 23 – 26 July at the The Boardwalk Exhibition Centre in Summerstrand and promises to leave home enthusiasts equipped for all their creative needs.

If you’re in the mood to decorate or renovate, or looking for the latest in home or lifestyle trends in the Eastern Cape, this event is for you.

Visit for more.