About Nelson Mandela Bay

Nelson Mandela Bay, referred to as the friendly city, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) and surrounding towns, is an excellent value-for-money-family-fun-in-the-sun-holiday destination, named after Nelson Mandela - humanitarian, freedom fighter and world icon of peace – it is located 763 km east of Cape Town, and is regarded as the "official" gateway to the scenic Eastern Cape Province and the world renowned Garden Route. Nelson Mandela Bay is also known as the "water sport capital of Africa" with events such as the International Iron Man being hosted annually on their blue flag beaches. Nelson Mandela Bay is also recognised as both the Mohair and Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World and is home to the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin. Nelson Mandela Bay has got everything an international visitor expects to find on a South African holiday. The only city that boasts the Big 7 (Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Southern right whale and Great White Shark) within its municipal boundaries, Gqeberha is known for its over 40 km coast that boast a multitude of Blue Flag Beaches and hours of sunshine to enjoy them in. Entertainment for after work activities are plenty while enjoying an ocean view.


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The City/ Area

Situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean, overlooking Algoa Bay, this bustling seaport city flaunts an atmosphere of relaxed year-round fun and excitement. Warm, dry summers and mild winter temperatures entice water sport lovers to Algoa Bay throughout the year. The breath-taking seashore boasts a perfect combination of warm water, protected beaches and invigorating sea breezes. Here you will find some of the world's best sailing venues, first-rate scuba diving with colourful coral species, beautiful reefs and shipwrecks, near perfect conditions for wind-surfing, angling, snorkelling, kite-surfing, fly-fishing and canoeing. In addition, the city and environs offer a wide selection of attractions; the sheer diversity of which will excite and delight. These include a rich historical heritage as well as nature-based eco-offerings, activities and experiences. The area supports the most diverse array of vegetation types in South Africa; six of the country's seven terrestrial biomes (bio geographic areas) are represented in the Eastern Cape! As gateway to the Western Region of the Eastern Cape, the metro is the perfect complement to the many scenic tourist routes that emanate from it. These include the Sunshine Coast, Frontier Country, Sundays River Valley, Kouga / Tsitsikamma / Garden Route as well as the Karoo Heartland Routes and Route 62. Nelson Mandela Bay is also the gateway to more than a million hectares of the malaria free game reserves of the Eastern Cape. This includes the Addo Elephant National Park as well as numerous private and upmarket reserves offering the 'big five" experience. The region also boasts the Big 7 (Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Humpback Whale and Great White Shark), all within an hour of the city. There are also smaller game parks available in the city for those rushed for time where you can explore the African wildlife on offer. To find out more about what Nelson Mandela Bay has to offer, please click on the link: https://www.nmbt.co.za/nelson_mandela_bay.html



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The weather

Nelson Mandela Bay has a sunny, temperate champagne-type weather nearly 365 days per year, although mornings and evenings can be rather chilly in winter, at the time of the meeting! The possibility of rain should always be kept in mind throughout the year. The weather complements the breath-taking beaches where in summer the water temperature ranges from 18 to 21 degrees Celsius and in winter between 14 to 19 degrees Celsius, allowing ideal opportunities for snorkelling, diving or surfing. The sea conditions are generally calm in the Bay, except when the South-easterly wind is blowing. Wide expanses of golden sands are ideal for safe and sheltered swimming and other water sport and beach activities. Most beaches are patrolled by fully-trained professional lifeguards during the summer season. The city has three Blue Flag status beaches: Humewood, King’s Beach and Wells Estate. The Blue Flag is an international award given only to those beaches that meet excellence in safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. South Africa is the first country outside of Europe to win Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches.


The Venue


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The Boardwalk International Convention Centre

With its convenient location to popular Gqeberha attractions, the Sun International Boardwalk International Convention Centre (ICC) offers a wide selection of conference venues and meeting rooms to suit any occasion right on the beachfront. The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World offers Premier Luxury hotel accommodation only a few minutes away from the Blue Flag awarded Hobie Beach. Not only popular for its Premier Luxury hotel, the Boardwalk is also a unique entertainment, dining and conference venue. With tempting sidewalk restaurants and bars, the Boardwalk is home to some of the most popular restaurants in Gqeberha. It is surrounded by many local attractions located within short walking distance. The beautiful views from the Hotel makes any event hosted a pleasure to attend.

Nearest COVID Testing Site

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2022 International Congress on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control
54th Annual Meeting of the Society of Invertebrate Pathology Hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape South Africa | 31 July 2022 - 4 August 2022