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What is the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass?

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What is the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass?

The Nelson Mandela Bay Pass, a smartcard access card, provides you with free admission to a variety of attractions and activities in Nelson Mandela Bay. This includes amongst others museums, game reserves, scuba diving, art galleries, sightseeing tours and many more. It also entitles you to some great discounts in selected stores for shopping, activities, entertainment and more. The Nelson Mandela Bay Pass offers flexibility, convenience, variety and savings.

When purchasing a NMB Pass you get a smartcard as well as a free guide to all the offers available. The card, when valid, gives you access to the offers as advertised in the guide. For those who are unable to collect a physical card we also offer an electronic / voucher card that offers the same as the physical card.

Be sure to get your Nelson Mandela Bay Pass and discover all the excitement that Nelson Mandela Bay has to offer. Simply show or transact your pass and receive the special offers available at the participating facilities. The more you see the more you save!

How to use the NMB Pass:

 Step 1: Buy your NMB Pass

Step 2: Plan your trip using the guide or see most up to date offers online

Step 3: Present your NMB Pass or  E-pass on arrival at participating operators to receive your benefits

Booking Ahead

Most of the tours and activities included with the Pass allow you, and some require you, to book ahead using the number on the front of your Pass. Each attraction’s webpage has information on how to book, terms and conditions and will indicate if prior bookings are essential. All products / offers are subject to availability and weather dependant if outdoor based. Tours and some activities may require credit card information upon booking, you will only be charged if you fail to show up for your tour or the activity. The City and Township tour offer is limited to either a City Tour or a Township Tour and pass holders can not do both with one pass.

Frequently asked questions?


How does the pass work? – The NMB Pass gives you access to all the offers at a once of fee limited to the number allowed by the type of pass you purchase. Simply present your card and you will receive the available offers. Please note some activity based offers need to be booked in advance.

Do I receive points or cash on the card? - The NMB Pass is an access card only; you do not receive points or a cash value on the card. You are not limited to a certain amount of points or cash value – thus the more you see and do – the more you save! The value of the card is based on the itinerary you do.

Can one than more persons use one card? - Unfortunately not, each person will need their own card and the transactions get tracked. Thus you cannot use two products simultaneously.

Can we get discounts for groups? - Yes you can, please contact pass@nmbt.co.za to enquire or contact our reservations department on +27 41 582 2575 during office hours.

Got more questions? – Please contact us on pass@nmbt.co.za and we will answer your questions for you.