Port Elizabeth’s rich cultural heritage guarantees history lovers a unique insight into the Bay and the Eastern Cape's diverse and remarkable past.

Historical and significant figures from Nelson Mandela Bay include, amongst others, Govan Mbeki, political activist and father of former President Thabo Mbeki; Oliver Tambo, political activist and life-long friend of Nelson Mandela; Athol Fugard, actor, director and playwright; Olive Schreiner, well-known authoress and writer of "The story of an African Farm"; and Cliff Drysdale, well-known tennis player.

From rocky shores to indigenous floral fynbos: from stretches of golden beaches and unspoilt sand-dunes to lush indigenous forest and untamed wilderness areas. The nature reserves within, and on the outskirts of Nelson Mandela Bay offer a wonderful range of options to experience the great outdoors.

Located in and around the Metro are: Settler's Park, Van Staden's Wild Flower Reserve, The Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Maitlands Nature Reserve, The Island Nature Reserve, Addo Elephant National Park, Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area and Groendal Wilderness Area.

Tourist Attractions in Port Elizabeth

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    Reptiles tend to inspire either fear or fascination. The Bayworld Snake Park, which has been in existence since 1919, houses various reptiles, many of which are indigenous to the Bay area.
    • Wildlife & Nature
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2016
    This impressive conservatory with its Victorian characteristics was designed and erected by Boyd and Son of Paisley, Scotland, dismantled into sections and transported to Port Elizabeth where it was re-erected under the...
    • Sightseeing
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    A group of Orcas (Killer Whales) was sighted off Port Elizabeth and photographed while exhibiting a variety of forms of behaviour. Read more about Orcas off the South African coast and look at brilliant photos.
    • Wildlife & Nature
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    The Port Elizabeth Museum, which blends cultural with natural history, is the third oldest in South Africa and is the parent unit of Bayworld. The museum consists of a Dinosaur, Marine, Bird, Maritime History, Costume and Local...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2016
    Shark Rock Pier
    • Port Elizabeth
    The most prominent feature on Port Elizabeth's shoreline besides the harbours, Shark Rock Pier is the only pier in the city.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2016
    The Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial
    • Central Port Elizabeth
    The Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial was manufactured by the Saracen Foundry of Walter MacFarlane of Glascow in Scotland.
    • Sightseeing
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2015
    7 Castle Hill Museum
    • Port Elizabeth
    Number 7 Castle Hill, one of the oldest dwellings in Port Elizabeth, has been beautifully restored to a mid-Victorian style.
    • History
    • Museums
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    Centrally located on Port Elizabeth's beachfront, the Boardwalk not only offers the chance of a flutter in the casino, but a wide range of entertainment and places to shop and eat as well.
    • Sightseeing
    • Casino
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2016
    The Horse Memorial
    • Central Port Elizabeth
    The Horse Memorial consists of life-sized bronze figures of a horse about to quench its thirst from a bucket held by a kneeling soldier, together with the inscribed granite plinth on which it stands and the base of which...
    • Sightseeing
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    Donkin Reserve
    • Port Elizabeth
    The historic Donkin Reserve has long been a green lung in the heart of the city.
    • History
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    Come and meet some of the many marine mammals that live in Algoa Bay. The Bayworld Oceanarium is home to several species of fish, turtles, fur seals, cape gannets, and South Africa’s second largest captive population of African...
    • Wildlife & Nature
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2016
    Port Elizabeth City Hall
    • Central Port Elizabeth
    The City Hall was built between 1858 and 1862. The attractive clock tower was only added in 1883. City Hall was proclaimed a national monument in 1973. It burnt down in 1977 and was rebuilt.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: November 2016
    This large park in the heart of the city with its wide lawns and shady plantations is an old favorite among residents and visitors alike.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2015
    Samrec
    • Port Elizabeth
    The centre offers visitors a unique and interesting insight into the world of the marine life of Algoa Bay and the challenges it faces. Today the centre rescues all marine animals but concentrates primarily on marine birds,...
    • Wildlife & Nature

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