Welcome to Nelson Mandela Bay – the ‘Birthplace of Freedom’, celebrated for its unique urban, natural and cultural offerings. Nelson Mandela Bay is blessed with the name of South Africa’s late globally-revered iconic freedom fighter, hero and leader, former South African president, world icon of peace and Nobel Peace Prize winner - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. As a prime holiday destination, it characterizes his tenacious commitment to the realization of potential.
The metropole of Nelson Mandela Bay comprises the seaport city of Port Elizabeth, the inland towns of Uitenhage and Despatch, and the riverside villages of Colchester and Cannonville. It is situated on South Africa’s south-eastern coastline, in the Eastern Cape Province - birthplace of Nelson Mandela.
Forty kilometers of breathtaking sun-drenched golden beaches enhance the pristine coastline of the Bay with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lapping the shore. The destination lays claim to a marvelous moderate climate all year round, with sea temperatures ranging from 18°C to 23°C in summer and 14°C to 19°C in winter. Generally, the weather conditions are calm, except for the occasional South- Easterly winds.
Nelson Mandela Bay is acknowledged as a value-for-money, family-orientated holiday destination and, more recently, as one of the most sought-after international IRONMAN destinations, having recently been awarded the rights to host the first IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship on the African Continent in 2018. It is a place known by many names: the Friendly City, Windy City, African Water Sport Capital, Five Biome City and the Host on the Coast. Another claim to fame is the fact that Algoa Bay was awarded Hope Spot status (special conservation areas that are critical to the health of the ocean) by Mission Blue in 2014 in addition to lately being declared as the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World. All these names define its scenic beauty, wide range of sport and water sport activities, rich diversity and easy-going atmosphere. Despite its sophisticated urban ambiance and setting, it is still closely linked with contrasting landscapes including splendid nature reserves, the glorious ocean, diverse wildlife and the magnificent great outdoors.
The region offers a unique diversity with a blend of natural beauty and a rich legacy that carries the history of Khoisan, British, Dutch, German and Xhosa people, adding to the complexity of its culture and historical heritage.
Clearly, Nelson Mandela Bay, as a destination, has that winning combination of numerous relaxation and adventure experiences. A digital strategy that incorporates a #Sharethebay Citizens Campaign has yielded success in the domestic market which encourages the local traveler to experience the treasures available on their own doorstep and become a home-grown ambassador. Nelson Mandela Bay lays claim to the matchless magic of Madiba, and deservedly holds the name of 'The Friendly City'.
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