Port Elizabeth townships
Nelson Mandela Bay has world-class beaches, 5-star game-viewing and is packed with family-orientated entertainment complexes, monuments, buzzing night-life and museums; but for the best vibe visit the Port Elizabeth townships of Kwazakhele, Zwide, New Brighton and Red Location.
Besides their fascinating political and social resistance history, it’s these townships’ in-your-face attitude that you’ll admire. Shebeens (taverns) are an essential part of township life, so join the locals for jazz and gossip at Jeya’z, Kwe Kwes tavern, or Patidos Pub and Grub.
Inside Port Elizabeth’s urban heart, Saturday nights mean hot fashion and fast cars, and a Sunday braai (barbeque) is an all day affair with kwaito and gansta-rap music turned up loud. Travel to the areas outlying the Nelson Mandela Metropole, to gain insight into rural village life as it’s been in the Eastern Cape for centuries.
The rich traditions and community life of the Xhosa nation is fascinating and fulfilling, making a trip to this part of the country a must-do for any open-minded, socially responsible traveller in search of authentic South African vibe.