2018 Conference - PRE/POST TOURS

INTRODUCING THE NELSON MANDELA BAY SATSA PASS

We have exciting news! Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) have partnered with SATSA to provide an opportunity for all conference delegates to immerse themselves in the rich offerings available in the Eastern Cape province.

This partnership will offer a Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) SATSA Pass to all conference delegates to take advantage of free or highly discounted activities in the province both pre and post the conference.

WHAT IS THIS PASS?

The NMB SATSA Pass provides you with free admission or highly discounted rates to a variety of attractions, activities and tours. This includes museums, game reserves, scuba diving, art galleries, sightseeing tours and many more. It also entitles you to some great discounts in selected stores for shopping, activities, entertainment and more.

The pass will be provided electronically to all conference delegates. Most of the activities will only be valid on the 23rd of July 2018 but there are a few excursions that is available for longer – these will be indicated. Be sure to use this and discover all the excitement that Nelson Mandela Bay and the Province has to offer.

HOW TO USE THE PASS

Step 1: All registered conference delegates will receive an electronic pass and a link to the online guide.
Step 2: Plan your trip using the guide, the SATSA Conference Website Pre and Post-Tour page or call the NMBT Call Centre for updated information.
Step 3: Most of the tours and activities included with the Pass allow you, and some require you, to book ahead using the number as indicated on the electronic pass. All bookings can be made via info@nmbt.co.za or the NMBT call centre on 041 582 2575. All products / offers are subject to availability and weather dependant if outdoor based.

The NMB SATSA Pass will include all normal unlimited itinerary NMB Pass products (over 60 of them!) as listed on: www.nelsonmandelabaypass.co.za . If there are special booking instructions it will be indicated on the website.

Available: 23 July 2018 only
To Note: Bookings can be made via info@nmbt.co.za or the NMBT call centre on 041 582 2575.

20 SATSA delegates will receive a free Addo Adventure tour including transfer from PE and back.
Depart from the Boardwalk Hotel Reception Area to the small town of Addo. Here you will enjoy an adventure filled outing doing an adventure offering by Criss Cross Adventures, visiting the longest double zipline in Africa – Adrenalin Addo Zipline and swing, a short eco walk and bush and lunch at Addo Wildlife.

Available: 23 July 2018 only
Departure: 7:30am from The Boardwalk Reception
Duration: +- 6hrs
Included: Transfers, entrance/conservation fee, bottled water
Max Pax: 20 Pax on a first come first serve basis
To Note: Bookings should be made latest 48 hours in advance to secure your spot. Late bookings can be accommodated depending on availability


Enjoy an exciting and informative open safari vehicle game drive through the Addo Elephant National Park. The reserve is home to more than 600 Elephants, Lions, Buffalo, Zebra, Eland and Antelope amongst the many other species of animals and bird life.

Available: 23 July 2018 only
Departure: 7:30am from The Boardwalk Reception
Duration: +- 5hrs
Included: Transfers, entrance/conservation fee, bottled water
Max Pax: 20 Pax on a first come first serve basis
To Note: Bookings should be made latest 48 hours in advance to secure your spot. Late bookings can be accommodated depending on availability.

Raggy Charters is offering the first 50 SATSA delegates a complementary Ocean Safari, 25 Pax on a first come first serve basis per trip. While on these sea cruises guests are often spoilt for choice with close encounters with large pods of Dolphin, the African Penguin, Cape Fur Seal and a variety of Whale Species, including the Southern Right Whale and Humpback Whale.

Algoa Bay is an International Hope spot. Home to 50% of the African Penguin population, 70% of African Gannet Population, Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the world and whales all year round.

Travel through the protected waters of Algoa Bay with the possibility of spotting Seals, Sharks and seasonal Southern Right and Humpback Whales. Minke and Brydes whales can be seen all year round. Circumnavigate St Croix Island host to the largest breeding colony of African Penguin in the world and spot the Bottlenose dolphins of Algoa Bay, with 3 other dolphin species also in the area.

Available: 23 July 2018 and 26 July 2018
Departure: 8:00am: Meet at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club – Port Elizabeth
Duration: +- 3.5hrs
Max Pax:  25 Pax per trip
For more Info: click here
To Note: This trip is weather permitting. Bookings should be made by at your earliest convenience and not later than 48 hours before the trip. Late bookings may be accommodated depending on availability.

The Real City Township Tour is Calabash’s flagship tour – the one that made them famous. As the label says, it explores the Real City. This city tour gives a great perspective on the development of cities in South Africa and explores the history of all of the people. It covers the city centre, with its English heritage, and proceeds to the townships, where 75% of residents live. Expect to be surprised by the diversity of the townships. Yes, you will see some shack dwellings (for now) but more importantly you will see new housing development and middle class areas too. We will dispel the myths about townships being shack-lands of poverty and hopelessness. The guides are locals, love to share their life experiences and their Xhosa Culture.

Available: 23 July 2018 only
Price: R150 p.p. – normal rate R600 p.p.
Departure: 12:00 am from The Boardwalk Reception
Duration: +- 3hrs
Included: Transfers, entrance fees, bottled water
Max Pax: min 2pax, max 13pax on a first come first serve basis
To Note: Bookings should be made latest 48 hours in advance to secure your spot. Late bookings can be accommodated depending on availability

SATSA delegates will receive a massively discounted rate of R150.00 per person for the Cape Recife and Lighthouse tour hosted by Alan Tours. Travel to the southernmost tip of Algoa Bay at Cape Recife and stop at the SANCCOB for a guided tour of this marine bird and penguin rehabilitation center. Continue the tour of the reserve arriving at Cape Recife itself with its mobile sand dunes and historic, operational lighthouse one of the oldest operational Light houses in South Africa today. Leaving the lighthouse, we continue to the Grysbok Nature reserve a protected area of coastal Fynbos that surrounds the Nelson Mandela University. This is a refuge for a number of antelope, Red hartebeest, Common Duiker, Bushbuck and Zebra amongst others but is also home to the diminutive Cape Grysbok after which the reserve has been named. This area is also host to a surprising wealth of birdlife including a number of nocturnal (Owls) and diurnal raptors and ground living birds. While coursing the sandy roads of the reserve in our 4 x 4 vehicle we describe the many uses the hardy herbaceous vegetation had for the Early Khoikhoi many of whom inhabited and foraged in this area. We point out ancient shell middens or discard heaps of sea shell and other debris left as testament to the lifestyles of these hardy hunter herders who occupied this windswept shoreline thousands of years ago.

Available: 23 July 2018 only
Departure: 9:00am from your hotel
Duration: +- 3.5hrs
Included: Bottled water
Min Pax: 4 persons
Max Pax: dependent on the number of vehicles available. Absolute max. of 14
For more Info: click here
To Note: Bookings should be made latest 48 hours in advance to secure your spot. Late bookings can be accommodated depending on availability. Please book directly with the Alan Tours on 041 378 1486 or info@alantours.co.za 

Face Adrenalin is delighted to offer free bridge walks and a 50% discount on Bungy jumps to willing SATSA delegates between 21 and 27 July 2018. The view from Bloukrans Bridge, captures all the majesty and tranquillity of the Bloukrans River valley below. Bloukrans Bridge is Africa’s highest bridge and home to the World’s Highest Bungy Jump from a Bridge. Secured in a full body harness Bloukrans Bungy, utilizes pendulum bungy technology ensuring the smoothest, most comfortable bungy jump possible.

Available: 21 to 27 July 2018
Departure: Groups are taken to the bridge in hourly slots. The first group leaves at 9am and the last at 5pm. Please be here at least 1 hour prior to your booked time slot.
Duration: +- 3hrs
For more Info: click here
To Note: Bookings should be made 48 to 24 hours in advance. This can be done through the NMBT call centre (as above) or by emailing book@faceadrenalin.com or calling the Face Adrenaline Booking Office directly on 042 2811 458 extension number 2. 

Shield Tours and Aloe Drift Safaris takes pleasure in inviting SATSA delegates to a Port Elizabeth City Tour. The tour will include walking Route 67, starting at the Campanile, past Market Square and its surrounding historical buildings, up to the Donkin Reserve and ending at the Athenaeum; Fort Frederick; the Horse Memorial; a drive around St Georges Park, stopping at Settler’s Park, past the Grey Schools and through Walmer to Schoenmakerskop. They will also happily include free site visits as offered by the NMB pass, if requested by delegates joining the city tour.

Available: 23 July 2018 only
Departure: Delegates will be picked up at their place of accommodation. Tour times can be arranged with the operator directly.
Duration: To be Advised
To Note: Bookings should be made by 10 July directly with the operator by emailing igna@shieldtours.co.za

 

Start your tour of Route 67 at the newly renovated Campanile. The Campanile contains the largest carillon of bells in the country in addition to its chiming clock. When it’s song time, the tower tops ring out with a carillon of the original 23 bells, conjuring nostalgic cries of history. From there follow Route 67 which consists of 67 Public Art Works symbolizing Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of work dedicated to the Freedom of South Africa and includes 67 steps leading up the second largest flag in Africa. The artworks were designed by local artists from the Eastern Cape. The route is proud celebration of our cities heritage and history. This is a must see stop for the whole family to walk and to enjoy.

Available: 23 July 2018 only
Departure: 10:00 or 14:00 from Donkin Reserve
Duration: +- 3hrs
For more Info: click here
To Note: Bookings should be made latest 48 hours in advance to secure your spot. Late bookings can be accommodated depending on availability of guides.

Stormsriver Adventure offers SATSA Delegates discounted rates to join them on the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour and/or the Woodcutters Journey.

First if its kind in Africa!! The canopy tour involves zip-lining from one platform to another along 10 steel cables suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor. Discover the secrets of the spectacular and unique wilderness of Tsitsikamma Indigenous forest. As you enter the forest you’ll encounter Hard Pear trees, Giant Yellow Woods, beautiful Tree Ferns hundreds of years old and other interesting Forest Flora. Stand beside a colossal Outeniqua Yellowwood and feel like a dwarf against this spectacular giant.

Discover nature at its purest form on the “Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey”. Here you experience the uniqueness of this biome on a journey down the old Stormsriver Pass through the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest from the comfort of a specially-designed vehicle. Follow the elephant migratory route, passing yellowwoods and stinkwoods, while learning about the history of the area and its indigenous fauna and flora. We introduce you to a fairy world of a 450-500 year old, “Human like Tree”, our own unique “Forest Guard” who watch over the forest with human like faces. End with a delicious lunch or tea at a beautiful picnic site next to the Stormsriver, where wagons outspanned more than a century ago.

Available: 22 July 2018 to 27 July 2018
For more Info: click here
Rates: Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour R510.00 pp (Normal price R660.00 pp), Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey (Lunch Trip) R395.00 pp (Normal price R435 pp)
To Note: Terms and Conditions apply. Advanced bookings are essential and is subject to availability. Please book directly with the Stormsriver Adventures on 042 2811 836 or anneline@stormsriver.com.

Untouched Adventures is offering a 30% to all SATSA Delegates on their adventures in Tsitsikamma. You will find them on South Africa’s enchanting Garden Route at the magnificent Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma. They will take you on an unforgettable journey of exploring in this untouched playground. Choose your own adventure: kayak and lilo, scuba, snorkel and more.

Available: Late July to early August 2018
For more Info: click here
To Note: To book email bookings@untouchedadventures.com directly and reference SATSA conference or call Untouched Adventures on 084 016 5663.

Enjoy a post-conference excursion to St Francis Bay hosted by Cape St Francis Resort and St Francis Links. SATSA delegates will quickly see why “locals” wanted to keep St Francis a secret! Join us for an evening braai at Cape St Francis Resort in an environment the simply defines the word relax. Stay at the Resort and enjoy the sound of the ocean naturally.

For entertainment you can choose between golf at South Africa’s Top-10 rated Links, hosted by Master Professional, Jeff Clause and his team. Enjoy 18 holes with carts and lunch following – See what more than 12 000 visitors annually regard as one of the very best golfing experiences in SA.
Or
Join Anita Lennox and her team in exploring the Cape, the canals and the Kromme. There is nothing better than going up the river and getting lost in what our region provides – clean air, fresh water and sensational scenery.

Lunch at The Links follows both activities. Please visit click here and click here to be inspired!

Rates: Accommodation, meals and golf = R920 (that’s like staying and eating for free)
Accommodation, meals and adventure = R775
Included: Transport for the 1st 20 delegates
Available: Post Conference
To Note: For more information or to book, please contact Jeff Clause on j.clause@stfrancislinks.com or Anita Lennox on anita@capestfrancisresort.co.za.

Birds of Eden is the largest free-flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary encompasses 2.3ha of partly forested land, covered by a 3.2ha mesh and criss-crossed by a 1.2km walkway. Visitors are welcome to explore at their own pace, with the use of Birds of Eden’s specialised guidebook. The sanctuary is home to over 3,500 birds of around 200 species, including louries, parrots, turacos, parakeets, waterfowl, flamingos, starlings, robins and cranes. Also living at Birds of Eden are some of the miniature primates who are too small for its sister sanctuary Monkeyland: Cotton-top tamarins, golden-handed tamarins and bush babies. Furthermore, giant fruit bats from South East Asia, tree squirrels and blou duiker can be admired in this stunning space.

The sanctuary terrain includes a deep gorge with a waterfall and the highest point in the aviary is approximately 50m, covering all the treetops and allowing ample flying space for its winged inhabitants. Since most of the birds have spent their entire lives in captivity, this is their first chance to make adequate use of their wings and to experience natural avian behaviour. Birds of Eden has secured the future of all its birds and wildlife. The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (PBO Number 200/060 667/08), is the sole custodian of all the Birds of Eden inhabitants.

The sanctuary funds itself by means of responsible eco-tourism and we strive to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality. Birds of Eden is the only Fairtrade accredited bird sanctuary in South Africa. Birds of Eden is situated 22km East of Plettenberg Bay off the N2.

Price: SATSA Pass holders qualify for a free visit to Monkey land, Birds of Eden and Jukani.
To Note: Simply show your SATSA pass at reception. For more information contact info@monkeyland.co.za or +27 (0) 44 534 8906 

Have you ever wondered why our area is called Nelson Mandela Bay? Well, join us on as we explore the people and events that influenced Madiba’s political outlook. This tour seeks to illustrate thereason Dr Mandela gave permission to have his name given to the Metro out of thousands of cities from across the world. The stories are about people and events that helped shape Mandela and hispeers, Raymond Mhlaba and Govan Mbeki.

The Tour includes Route 67, a project fashioned after the number of years dedicated by Madiba to public life and the betterment of his people. There are various works of art that depict life in Nelson Mandela Bay, extracts from speeches by the former president and the road travelled to freedom. We also have the second tallest flag pole in Africa (at 60m), a flag that measures 150m2 and weighs 13kg. The last artwork focuses on is the Voting Line exhibition , fashioned after the first democratic elections of 1994. Then the includes few sites in New Brighton including the Emlotheni Memorial Park. We will also stop at Mati Road to mark the March of Hope led by Rev George Irvine in 1990.

This march came just after the release of Mandela. Red Location is the oldest township in New Brighton. The first Act of Defiance was led by Oom Ray (Raymond Mhlaba) in 1952 in which he led a group of 30 volunteers on a march to New Brighton Station earning him the title “vulindlela” meaning the trailblazer or one who leads the way. Nelson Mandela came to launch the M-plan in Red Location in 1952. Some of the first members of the Luthuli Detachment came from New Brighton. Umkhonto Wesizwe launched their first acts of sabotage here in Port Elizabeth with the bombing of the Bantu Administration Board Offices. All the sites we have visited so far talk to why we now call ours The Home of Freedom. Our stories are told by struggle veterans, through music and the arts.

Tour duration: 4-5 hours.
Available: 23 July 2018 only
Price: R250 p.p. – normal rate R600 p.p.
Departure: 12:00 am from The Boardwalk Reception
Included: Transfers, entrance fees, bottled water
Max Pax: min 2pax, max 13pax on a first come first serve basis
To Note: Bookings should be made latest 48 hours in advance to secure your spot. Late bookings can be accommodated depending on availability. Please book through Ezethu Tours – Sithembiso Foster on 0710316136 or info@ezethutours.co.za