March is Event Mayhem in Mandela Bay!

This year, the month of March has more than just its delightful sunny weather, wonderful beaches and a friendly holiday atmosphere to offer those who will be visiting Port Elizabeth, situated on the stunning Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape. There are so many exciting attractions to plan your stay around during March, from fun and engaging sport orientated activities such as swimming and cycling, to the more leisurely and enticing annual bridal fair and even a popular night market, famous for serving exceptional local cuisines under the stars.

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If you are visiting Port Elizabeth to attend the Lifesaving Championships or perhaps to participate in the Second CGA Citrus Summit, you can ensure that your trip is memorable and amazing by booking your stay at the stylish Lodge on Main Guesthouse and Conference Centre in Walmer, which is a mere ten minutes from the beachfront and close to a variety of shopping centre’s and a well loved golf course.

We have compiled some information for your March visit, to make sure that you don’t miss a thing on your stay:

“I DO” Bridal Expo

Whether you are in the process of planning your special Wedding day with your significant other and want to be spoilt for choice, or are simply interested in admiring the stunning displays, attending this newly launched glamorous bridal expo will a exciting and fulfilling experience.

The “I DO” Bridal expo is also a fantastic way for experts in the local bridal market to showcase their services and offerings, all coming together under one roof. As a visitor, you can expect to see a gorgeous array of wedding gowns, accessories and jewelry, decorative table settings, and even a bridal fashion show taking place on each of the two days of the event. The event is hosted by Algoa FM, so you can be sure that the hosts of the event will be entertaining – another major attraction to those attending this expo is the “I DO want to WIN A WEDDING’ competition, which will be promoted live on air through Algoa FM.

With the new layout and an enlarged spectator area, you can comfortably enjoy you days spend attending this fabulous bridal fair, and leave with a clearer idea in mind for your dream day.

When & Where: 11 & 12 March 2017, at the Boardwalk Exhibition Level, Port Elizabeth
For more information: Call 083 310 0750

18 Day Cycling Tour from the Garden Route to Cape Town

A popular activity for sport enthusiasts, this cycling tour takes place over 18 days and is ideal in March as the weather is cooler. This tour offers participants (tourists and local) a truly unique and spectacular experience to become acquainted with Cape Town’s breathtaking coastline, indigenous forests and calming mountains first hand, all while breathing in the fresh and salty ocean air and staying healthy and active.

This exciting adventure kicks off at the ADDO Elephant National Park in Port Elizabeth, and from there you will meet the most fantastic locals and get a glimpse of the interesting cultural diversity. Along the way, you will find yourself exploring Ostrich Farms, Townships and amazing caves. There will be plenty of stops for meals like Barbecue’s and picnics, and even the chance to go swimming in Natural River pools. You will also have the opportunity to hike up Table Mountain with your group, weather permitting.

When & Where: Starting at ADDO Elephant Park in Port Elizabeth
For more information: Call 021 488 3000, or email

The SASAPD National Championships

The SASAPD National Championships for the physically disabled, sponsored by Nedbank, will be held in Port Elizabeth this year and is a spectacular showcasing of what some of our countries most esteemed para-athletes are capable of.

This 2017 Championship round is an important one, as the qualifying athletes will have the opportunity to participate in the IPC Swimming World Championships held in Mexico City or the IPC Athletic World Championships which will take place in London. So we will be setting the pace in Port Elizabeth and wish all the contests good luck!

When & Where: 31st March- 4th April 2017
Download programme for various venues and more information:

The CGA Citrus Summit

This is the second annual Citrus Summit, and plays host to all the growers of the different citrus regions. The Citrus Summit offers a platform for networking, as well as an opportunity for all growers to meet with the CGA (Citrus Growers Association) and associated company personal to discuss relevant issues on a broader spectrum.

It is sure to be a fantastic conference as everything in the planning of this event has gone smoothly and proven successful, from the five star graded setting to educational top notch speakers and very interesting, noteworthy topics. Citrus Growers, Exporters and others in the industry will be sure to enjoy networking at this event.

When & Where: 8th – 9th March 2017 at the
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The Lodge on Main Guesthouse is conveniently located to offer visitors easy access to these exciting events and many of Port Elizabeth’s most alluring attractions. With stunning 4-star accommodation (either self catering or B&B style), you will find that your holiday spent here will be simply amazing.

Take advantage of our March special accommodation discounts, of 10% off standard rates for booking made from Monday to Thursday – no minimum stay requirement. Or receive 20% off standard rates when staying 2 or more nights over a weekend! (Friday and Saturday OR Saturday and Sunday). These specials are valid till 31 March 2017! For more information on our accommodation packages, visit: