Leaving behind bargainful Jeffreys Bay, we set off with some trepidation about visiting Port Elizabeth, because, as you know, us Capetonians don’t approve of many other cities in the world as they don’t have a mountain quite like ours. Well, after getting a little lost in some of the more scenic parts of central PE, we made it in time to North End to make our second stadium visit, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
I must say, for a moderately sized city like Port Elizabeth, the 46000 seater stadium is very impressive! Our very entertaining hostess, Buli took us all around the various parts of the arena from the stylish changing rooms to the posh VIP lounge and up to those cheap seats at the top with an amazing view. My recommendation would be to sit up there, it’s a small enough stadium for you to get a great overview of the action in enough detail while enjoying the airy and light atmosphere.
This stadium has the most incredible facade, made to resemble a sunflower it is very striking and stands out from a long way away as you enter the city. What is also quite novel about it is that that it is set on the shores of North End Lake which gives it a very open feel; it’s also only 1km from the sea.
After a long day out on the road, we made our way to our stunning little guest house in Summerstrand, Keiskama B&B, our host Charmaine has a wonderful establishment decorated with all sorts of beautiful trinkets from all over the world from all her travels (and she’s been to loads of places!). Her assistant Doris runs the establishment when she works during the day and cooks the yummiest breakfasts. This is such a chilled place to stay, when settled in, Charmaine poured us each a glass of wine, on the house, and put on any music we requested, where we could work in peace till our usual 11pm end of day, it was great to have a space like this to unwind and work quietly. Check out her website for more info!
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Next we’re off to Shamwari Private Game Reserve!