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Calabash Tours is a small, locally focussed tour company that has been operating since 1997. We offer a range of services to both Inbound Tour operators, and to individual tourists who are interested in exploring Nelson Mandela Bay, its people, and the fantastic wildlife experiences within close proximity to the City.

Please follow the links for more details on the tours:

The Real City Tour

The Shebeen Tour

Addo Elephant Park

Addo Schotia

Untold Stories


Nelson Mandela Bay was formerly known as Port Elizabeth, and is situated on the Garden Route. Hosting excellent Blue Flag beaches, attractive architecture and interesting British as well as Xhosa heritage, it is a ‘must see’ inclusion on any visit to South Africa. Nelson Mandela Bay offers the perfect conditions to explore and understand contemporary Black culture, with 75% of its 1.4 million residents being Xhosa speaking, proud and hospitable.

Steeped in responsible tourism and pro-poor tourism thinking, our ground breaking approach allows visitors to access, understand and appreciate the social history of the people, their day to day experiences of being black South Africans during apartheid, as well as during our emergence as a democracy. Our experiences are real, authentic, and ethical.

Calabash Tours is owned and operated by a dynamic team, who share a vision of tourism being a powerful development tool, while balancing the social needs of the poor with the desire by our visitors to have fun, to learn, and to engage with the South African people in an ethical way.

“I have been in Port Elizabeth for two weeks, and have driven around quite a lot, but today instead of merely ‘observing’ things, I ‘saw and understood’ them.” Oliver from England Feb 2014

“I would like to thank Calabash Tours for giving my family the opportunity to feel the ‘real’ South-African life!” Kris C Belgium 2013