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.
History Tourist Attractions in Port Elizabeth
- More InfoThe Prince Alfred's Guard MemorialThe Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial was manufactured by the Saracen Foundry of Walter MacFarlane of Glascow in Scotland.
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- More Info7 Castle Hill MuseumNumber 7 Castle Hill, one of the oldest dwellings in Port Elizabeth, has been beautifully restored to a mid-Victorian style.
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- More InfoDonkin ReserveThe historic Donkin Reserve has long been a green lung in the heart of the city.
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