Affordable Adventures in the Bay this Spring

  • 08 September 2016 | By Anje Rautenbach

Spring bounced back to the Bay in full force with perfect sunny-beach-day weather lately. Gone is the need to cup your hands around a steaming mug of hot chocolate, cover yourself in layers and curl up in front of a fireplace under heaps of blankets.

It is Spring, it is almost Summer and the outdoor season is here!

If there is one thing that Nelson Mandela Bay has no shortage of, it is adrenaline activities. We honestly have it all; activities for the adrenaline junkies and the adventure seekers, activities for young, old, the fearless as well as things to do for the cautious thrill seekers.

Don’t fret or fear about the costs; besides our unspoiled blue flag beaches where dolphins frolic in the distance and other free activities to do in and around the Bay, the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism Pass will help you to experience adventures without breaking the bank.

The Nelson Mandela Tourism Pass provides you with free access to a variety of attractions and activities in and around Nelson Mandela Bay. There are two types of passes; the highly popular 5-in-1 NMB Pass which allows you to choose ANY 5 of the activities listed, and then there is also the NMB Unlimited Itinerary Pass which are valid for either 1 day, 2 days, 3 days or 7 days (depending on your purchase).

If you think this pass is only for the out-of-towners, think again. The listed activities go as far West as Monkey Land, Birds of Eden and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay and if you want to travel East, you can visit Addo Elephant National Park as well as Kuzuko Lodge.

But that's not all!

There is still a world of possibilities to experience in the Bay with access to museums, nature-based activities, tours and of course, the adrenaline activities.

Interested? Of course! Click here to see the NMB Pass prices.

What are you waiting for? You know you want to (and your whole family wants to as well).

Activate the adrenaline and take adventure to the next level with a spring in your step this season.

Affordable Adrenaline Adventures in Nelson Mandela Bay

A Matter of Heights

Buckle up and face your fear of heights! With your NMB Pass Card you get a free ziplining experience on South Africa’s longest double zipline, valued at R300.

Adrenaline Addo also offer other – more relaxed - experiences such the Giant Swing (R150) and a Canoe Trail (R100) and there is also a jungle gym, and mini zipline on site for the youngsters as well as a café overlooking the Sundays River.


Paintball is not only suitable for teambuilding but it can be great fun for families, friends and special events. With your NMB Pass Card you get a free painting outing including all gear with 100 paintballs.

Paintball Heaven has two fields – one in Walmer Port Elizabeth and one in Kruisrivier, Uitenhage – and players can enjoy on-site refreshments and braai facilities.

Game Parks

If you want to experience your adrenaline rush from the comfort of a vehicle then the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass got you covered from head to toe, safely and secured.

Head over to Kragga Kamma Game Park on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth (entrance is for free with the NMB Pass), visit Addo Elephant National Park and enjoy the vast open spaces and plethora of wildlife (you get a free day visit with the NMB Pass) or, if you want to head a bit further north-east, visit Kuzuko Lodge where you’ll get the incredible opportunity to see the famous lion, Sylvester (as well as other predators and smaller game) on a game drive with an experienced guide (the NMB Pass offers you a free game drive as well as lunch from Kuzuko Lodge’s deck menu).

Get in the Water

There there is no time like the present to get yourself ready for summer and to learn how to scuba dive or surf or even just enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Sundays River

With your NMB Pass get a free Discover Scuba or a free refresher diving course with Ocean Divers International, or if you want to ride the waves, head over to Oceanside Surf Store where passholders can choose from a few offers included free surfing lessons and bicycle rental.

If you want to head out of the city go in the direction of the Sundays River for a free 2 and a half hour Ferry trip with your NMB Pass; enjoy scenic dune fields and plethora of birdlife up stream.

Horse Riding

Trot along the beach of Sardinia Bay on a horse and enjoy the freedom of the fresh ocean air in your lungs while enjoying the coastal scenery and listening to the crash of the waves.

Heavely Stables offer a variety of activities from beach rides to trail rides and with the NMB Pass you can experience a free 1 hour trail ride or a longer, 2 and a half hour beach and trail ride.


If you like speed then strapping your feet into a sand board might be right up your alley. With Sandboarding Sunday’s River you can enjoy a 3-hour trip with lessons, adrenaline and plenty of candid moments.

You will get a free  3 hours sandboarding tour at Sundays River (includes return boat transfer) with your NMB Pass.

Adventuring in Tsitsikamma

The Tsitsikamma region is not only the place of abundant sparkling water, but it is also a place sparkling with abundant activities. If you want to sit in the sun, get on a segway, swing from ropes or traverse back to the sixties they got you covered and with the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass offering you more bang for your buck; things just got a whole lot easier.

Click here to read more about the adventure activities in Tsitsikamma.

Get your key to the Bay and unlock all the adventures with your NMB Pass today!

Written by Anje Rautenbach, travel blogger at Going Somewhere Slowly. Follow her journeys around South Africa on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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