Nelson Mandela Bay Easter Escapes

  • 24 March 2016 | By Anje Rautenbach

Don’t throw all your chocolate eggs in one basket this Easter weekend. Grab the family, gather a few friends and go on a Nelson Mandela Bay Easter escape hunt with these fabulous five activities to do in and around Port Elizabeth.


Easter Weekend Escapes in Nelson Mandela Bay

Splash Festival

The annual Splash Festival is upon us and like every year, this festival is filled with some excellent activities to keep young and old entertained from the 25th  to 28th of March 2016. Make your way to Hobie Beach this Easter weekend; watch Jet Ski races from the shore, delight in all the delicious treats, do a bit of shopping, enjoy local performers and don’t miss out on all the sports.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the Splash Festival is an annual event that takes place in Nelson Mandela Bay over the Easter time and started off as a water festival and has since grown with a variety of entertainment offerings 


Splash Festival in Nelson Mandela Bay takes place from the 25th - 28th March 


Picnic at Thunzi Bush Lodge 

Experience the tranquility of the coastal indigenous forest at a country lodge in the African bush just 30 km from the center of Port Elizabeth. Thunzi Bush Lodge offers day visitors the opportunity to indulge in a gourmet picnic packed with a freshly baked organic loaf and picnic delights such as cold meats, cheeses, salads and scrumptious desserts. If you can tear yourself away from the serene picnic setting where the birds chirp and bushbucks roam you can also try your hand at bass fishing at Thunzi Bush Lodge.

Fun Fact: Did you know that 352 bird species can be found at Thunzi Bush Lodge?


Gourmet picnics treats available from Thunzi Bush Lodge

A Game Drive at Kragga Kamma Game Park 

Kragga Kamma Game Park is known as the ultimate wild fix and getaway for many Port Elizabethans and out-of-towners because of its close proximity to the city centre. At Kragga Kamma Game Park you can guide yourself through the well-maintained gravel roads on a self-drive expedition and enjoy a day in the roaming life of giraffes, nyalas, buffaloes, bontebok and more. Kragga Kamma Game Park also offers visitors the chance to enjoy a short forest walk as well as a moving experience on their wooden suspension bridge. 

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can also enjoy a guided drive with a knowledgably guide through Kragga Kamma Game Park?


Kragga Kamma offers an awesome wildlife experience on the cities doorstep.


I love Kas’lam Experience 

If you are looking for an event unique in Nelson Mandela Bay and the perfect way to end your Easter Weekend head over to the I love Kas’lam Experience. The I love Kas’lam Experience, a first for the Bay, will be held on the 27th of  March and will celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and talent of the people of the Bay with music, good food, sports and exhibitions at the Limba Hall and hope to promote township products and create networking opportunities.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the I love Kas’lam Experience will become a quarterly event to promote local entrepreneurs and talents?


The I love Kas’lam Experience, a first for the Bay, will be held on the 27th of  March.


Learn about our ocean’s Happy Feet at SAMREC 

SAMREC (South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre) is situated in Cape Recife Nature Reserve. A visit to SAMREC, a non-profit organisation, is insightfully unforgettable. Every SAMREC volunteer is dedicated to rehabilitate marine birds and educate the public about the plight of the African penguin via their “please touch the displays” Discovery Room, informative talks and the hard work they do with the penguins daily. Minutes can quickly become hours when you sit and watch how all the permanent penguin residents jump, swim and wiggle their way around the water. SAMREC hosts a moonlight walk on the 24th of March along the beach at Cape Recife.

Not so fun fact: Did you know that the African penguin might not be with us anymore by 2025?


SAMREC is a great place to spend time with the entire family.


You deserve a break this weekend and with so many Easter activities and opportunities you can get active, indulge in some delicious food, be one with nature and celebrate our local heroes in our all-in-one Nelson Mandela Bay.

This blog post was written by Anje Rautenbach, travel blogger at Going Somewhere Slowly.


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