Nelson Mandela Metropole includes the cities of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch. This popular coastal region is known for its beautiful and safe beaches along the sunny coastline of the Cacadu district in the Eastern Cape province. The region has a good road infrastructure and there is an airport at Port Elizabeth.
This metropolitan area is named after former President Nelson Mandela, and the ruling administration strives to align with the aspirations and vision that this great man had for South Africa.
The area enjoys warm summers and mild winters, which are favorable for water sports enthusiasts and those interested in sea activities. Several boat trips allow visitors to experience up-close encounters with marine life, such as seals, whales, dolphins, and even jagged-tooth sharks. Despite being a primarily urban area, the Nelson Mandela Metropole is well known for its prolific birdlife.
A family-friendly landmark in Port Elizabeth is the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World, offering entertainment for the whole family, including entertainment, shopping, dining, and gaming. Other entertainment options in the Nelson Mandela Metro include several modern shopping malls, cinemas, and numerous restaurants. Port Elizabeth has a vibrant nightlife, as well as annual and seasonal festivals and events.
A popular annual event that takes place in this region is the Splash Festival. This fun-filled event takes place over the Easter weekend and combines a water sports and family festival. Live music shows, beach sports, water sports, children’s programs, fireworks, food and a craft market make this an exciting place to spend your vacation.
There are excellent accommodation facilities which make it a good base for exploring the surrounding regions, especially the game-watching opportunities which are within an hour’s drive from the Metro.
The Nelson Mandela Metro is also known for its motor vehicle manufacturing industry and the port is one of the main mineral loading facilities in southern Africa.
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