As one of the most sought-after destinations in South Africa, Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth offers a range of activities. In the morning, the popular Boardwalk will spoil you with a variety of choices with a number of top restaurants. Thereafter, you can take time to do some shopping in the mall, and a walk along the beach in the famous Marine Drive.
As the country's second-oldest city, Nelson Mandela Bay has a wealth of historical attractions and museums. Follow the popular Donkin Heritage Walking Trail, which compasses of 47 places of historical interest. The centre square in front of the City Hall boasts the city's mail library as well as Gothic structure. You can make a detour to the surrounding townships that include Zwide, Motherwell and Magxaki, among other locations.
The city has a vibrant nightlife. The popular Gondwana Lounge along the beachfront is a popular spot for locals. Nelson Mandela Bay/ Port Elizabeth is in the Eastern Cape, the province in which Nelson Mandela was born, and the statesman's home village of Qunu is situated about 400km from Port Elizabeth. The ride there is bound to be one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life as you explore the coastal towns of Eastern Cape.
The first stop - one hour after leaving Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, preferably in the morning, is Port Alfred, which offers some breathtaking views. Proceed to East London, which is just an hour away from Port Alfred. You can enjoy a good lunch at some of the restaurants that parade the beachfront and then take a drive, about 150km, to Dutywa, the hometown of former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, and experience the rural life in South Africa as you are likely to meet locals with wonderful, unique stories to tell. In less than 30 minutes, you should be in Qunu, which is about 15 to 20 minutes from Mthatha, the closest town that offers accommodation. Qunu is an ordinary village with an extraordinary story, and is home to the Nelson Mandela Museum, only a few minutes from the home of Nelson Mandela.