Port Elizabeth is a city filled with rich arts and culture, with some of South Africa’s most unique and celebrated art pieces placed around the city.
Route 67 located just 10 minutes from our guest house in Summerstrand, is one of South Africa’s most exciting and creative inner-city developments, which honours the 67 years Nelson Mandela spent fighting for our democracy.
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Route 67 – Everything you need to know
The route combines urban design with visual arts and heritage sites creating an experience intended to bring people together.
Additionally, the route showcases talented local artists and is the embodiment of post-apartheid harmony.
Where Route 67 starts and Port Elizabeth began
Your journey begins at the historic Campanile, a building erected to commemorate the landing of the 1820 Settlers.
Following the Campanile, the route climbs the staircase to Vuyisile Mini Market Square also known as the City Centre.
Leaving the City Centre, the route continues up the staircase at St Mary's Terrace, where it lights up in a celebration of colourful art pieces, leading you to the renowned Donkin Reserve.
The Donkin Reserve
The Donkin Reserve tells a captivating story about the discovery and development of Port Elizabeth.
The Stone Pyramid Monument was erected by Sir Rufane Donkin, the founder of Port Elizabeth, in memory of his deceased wife Elizabeth, and after whom the city was named.
Port Elizabeth’s oldest lighthouse can also be found at the Donkin Reserve, the lighthouse is home to the offices of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism. Pop in between 8:00 and 16:30 on weekdays and 9:30 and 15:30 on Saturdays for a tour of the lighthouse.
An exceptional piece found on the reserve is one displaying an inspiring image of our former president Nelson Mandela in triumph (no.44). The piece displays fist-raised Nelson Mandela, leading a line of South Africans to vote at the first ever democratic vote on the 27 April 1994.
Another art piece to mention, is the Bus Station Mural (no.18), a powerful piece depicting public transport and the daily journeys the people of our city take.
Furthermore, the artEC Mural (no.54) found at the artEC Community Centre, illustrates the cultural diversity and ethnic backgrounds of the Central community and greater Port Elizabeth.
Each of the routes 67 creative elements hold their own uniqueness and importance. Download Route 67’s PDF guide here.
Ocean Bay Guesthouse Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth
Not only are we fortunate to be situated 700m from one of our many blue flagged beaches, we are also perfectly positioned for easy access to all of Port Elizabeth’s attractions.
For more information about our guesthouse or to book your stay, please contact us.