Shore Excursion Details

Local Townships And Arts & Crafts Center

Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), South Africa

Local Townships And Arts & Crafts Center


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Depart from the quayside and enjoy a brief orientation tour of the city center of Port Elizabeth including a stop at the Native Strangers location, before proceeding to Korsten via Livingstone Hospital to Missionvale - a very poor and undeveloped residential township. From here, continue via the Govan Mbeki Township to the middle-class areas of Kwadwesi & Kwa Magxaki.

You will then continue to the heart of the township via Veeplaas, Zwide, passing the main trading area, Njoli Square to Kwazakhele. Thereafter, drive past the hairdressers at Goniwe Hostel, on your way to Aya’s Ceramic Art Studio. Situated in the heart of New Brighton Township close to Red Location, Ayanda (Aya) Mji draws her inspiration from the African Landscape, animals, birds and even her dreams to create some of the most interesting ceramic art you will find in our beautiful country.

From here, continue to Emlotheni Memorial Park, recently built to commemorate the death of the first Umkhonto we Sizwe cadres, who were hung by the previous regime in the early ’60s. Proceed to a local school, where you will spend some time with the locals. Return to the quayside after gaining some insight into South Africa’s turbulent past.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour is mostly panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at any stops made. Tour is conducted in small coaches which cannot accommodate wheel chairs. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Only local currency (South African Rand) is accepted in the crafts building and there is no shipping. The toilet facilities are very basic. Most of the sites visited on this tour are part of an African Township, which while having extreme poverty, are busy being uplifted by the government and the local community, making them a place of hope. Participants should be prepared for this aspect of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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