City or Township Tour Free Tour
Pass holders receive a free city tour or township tour
Follow in the footsteps of the past to explore the rich heritage of Nelson Mandela Bay or experience the fusion of urban, Xhosa and township culture, blended with the rich history and devastating past that lingers in the townships of Nelson Mandela Bay. Pass holders receive a free city tour or township tour.
Follow in the footsteps of the past to explore the rich heritage of Nelson Mandela Bay. Architectural brilliance dating back to the 1700’s adorns the streets of Port Elizabeth with influences ranging from Victorian and Edwardian to Gothic and Cape-Dutch, reflecting the culture and elegance of days gone by.
The three-hour tour will take you past the City Hall in Market Square, the Port Elizabeth Library where Queen Victoria’s statue keeps a watchful eye on the city and the Prester John Monument. The tour marches past Fort Frederick, The Cenotaph, St George’s Park, Prince Alfred’s Guard Memorial, the Horse Memorial and Settlers Park. Number 7 Castle Hill, the oldest surviving settler cottage in Port Elizabeth, dates back to 1827 and will give you a glimpse of history with its display of exquisite Victorian furniture and household items. The Donkin Reserve Pyramid and Lighthouse, possibly the most famous landmarks in Port Elizabeth, also form part of the tour together with a variety of other sites to give you a round trip of the historical roots that support the beautiful Nelson Mandela Bay.
Experience the fusion of urban, Xhosa and township culture, blended with the rich history and devastating past that lingers in the townships of Nelson Mandela Bay. Meet the ‘real’ people of the area and experience their stories. Learn about the prominent political and cultural leaders who originated from the townships and the struggles endured to mould South Africa into the country it is today. The half-day tour will take you past the Red Location Museum, the Emlotheni Memorial Park, Njoli Square and the Mendi Memorial to mention but a few fascinating stops. You can purchase an authentic South African souvenir at one of the various local craft shops and enjoy a celebration in one of the township’s shebeens, a place where people meet for good food, drinks and, of course, great company.
Pass holders receive a free city tour or township tour. Prior booking essential and subject to availability.
How to book:
Prior booking required. Contact NMBT to book your tour and request NMB Pass special. Tours will be booked with participating tour operators and are subject to availability. Minimum of two people per tour. If single person request to join a tour. Pass holders can upgrade to a combined city and township tour for an additional R200 per person
Boardwalk Visitor Information Centre: Boardwalk, Marine Drive, Port Elizabeth or
Donkin Visitors Information Centre: Belmont Terrace, Central, Port Elizabeth
Tel: 041 583 2030 / 041 585 8884
Tours per arrangement and operators vary. Tours starts at 9:00 in morning.