Best Things to Do in Port Elizabeth

South Africa’s windy city is a place where the locals are ultra friendly, the ocean is always close by – and best of all, there are plenty of great activities and experiences for the whole family to enjoy!

Here are the best things to do in and around Port Elizabeth:

#1 Enjoy Shamwari Private Game Reserve

As one of South Africa’s premier “safari and holiday” destinations, Shamwari needs little introduction. Chances are, if you have heard of any place close to P-E, it will be this incredible game reserve.

Although Shamwari sadly doesn’t offer day game drives, it features exciting experiences, luxurious accommodation and of course, the chance to get up close and personal with Africa’s impressive Big 5.

Activities to enjoy when staying at Shamwari include: kids’ safaris, guided walks, game drives and birding. They also offer vital conservation experiences, like the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary.

Contact: +27 42 203 1111, reservations@shamwari.com

Website: www.shamwari.com

Address: Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Paterson, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#2 Explore Kragga Kamma Game Park

At Kragga Kamma, all the wild life roams around freely, unrestricted… This means that whether you stay overnight or simply stop by for the day – you can experience these incredible animals in a truly unique way!

Aside from the mandatory game drives, there are cheetah encounters, birding opportunities, a suspension bridge and monkey (forest) walk and more to enjoy.

Visit this amazing game park for some life-changing experiences in South Africa’s wild!

Contact: +27 (041) 379 4195, info@kraggakamma.co.za

Website: www.kraggakamma.co.za

Address: Kragga Kamma Game Park, Kragga Kamma Road (M15)
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#3 Take the family to Happy Valley

Catering to both kiddies and adults, Happy Valley is a magical place to go for a family outing.

Highlights at Happy Valley include: a life-sized chess board, lovely rockeries, lily ponds and of course, beautiful surroundings (especially at night when the colourful lights are turned on).

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy some fresh air at this enchanting place!

Contact: +27 (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Happy Valley,  50 Beach Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#4 Adventure in the Donkin Reserve

Overlooking the city, Donkin Reserve offers some interesting historical monuments and landmarks. These include the Stone Pyramid monument (which bears a moving inscription from Sir Rufane Donkin, written in loving memory of his late wife, Elizabeth) and proud-looking lighthouse.

Aside from these attractions, the reserve – which forms part of the sought-after Route 67 and the Donkin Heritage Trail – is a beautiful and interesting part of the city to explore.

Contact: +27 (041) 585 8884

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: The Donkin Reserve, Belmont Terrace, Donkin Street, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#5 Explore Cape Recife Nature Reserve

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

This beautiful, 365-hectare reserve offers an escape from everyday city life. Here, one can enjoy some of the best ‘secret’ beaches and views around P-E.

What’s more, the reserve is also home to SANCCOB Port Elizabeth, a rehabilitation centre for marine animals (particularly the adorable African Penguins).

For the adventurous, there’s a delightful, 9-km circular walking trail, which allows you to experience pristine beaches, natural dune flora, interesting rocky outcrops and the lighthouse too.

All in all, the reserve is a wonderful place to explore and provides some incredible scenery.

Please note: There are weekly or annual vehicle permits, while those on foot and non-motorised transport enjoy free entry.

Contact:+27 (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#6 Head to The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World

For those craving a little added fun and excitement, the popular Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World is the place to go.

Offering restaurants and bars, spa treatments, golf, plenty of fun for the kids (including childrens’ rides, a magic company and more) and an amphitheatre, festival lawn area and a cinema to boot… it’s an all-round interesting attraction for everyone!

Contact: +27 (041) 507 7777, boardwalk.reservations@suninternational.com

Website: www.suninternational.com/boardwalk/

Address: The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World, Beach Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#7 Be entranced at Bayworld Oceanarium

Bayworld Oceanarium is a wonderful, educational experience for young and old. The oceanarium is home to several species of fish, Cape gannets, turtles, fur seals and even South Africa’s second largest captive population of African Blackfooted Penguins.

At Bayworld Oceanarium, you can meet the marine mammals who live in Algoa Bay… So bring your friends and family along and enjoy an immersive glimpse into local sea life.

Please note: For ticket prices and operating hours, please see Bayworld’s website.

Contact: +27 (041) 584 0650, pr@bayworld.co.za

Website: www.bayworld.co.za

Address: Bayworld, 23 Beach Road, Humewood, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#8 Get wet at Splash WaterWorld

Splash WaterWorld offers good, clean fun for the whole family. This epic water park offers amazing water slides, a beautiful enclosed grass area on Kings Beach and plenty of food and drink options too.

Main attractions include: the Super Tube, Lazy River Ride, Speed Slide and a dedicated Kiddies’ Slide too!

Splash WaterWorld is popular among school groups, youth groups and birthday parties… Join them for some fun in the sun – we promise you’ll get to make a splash!

Please note: For ticket prices and operating hours, please see Splash WaterWorld’s Facebook page.

Contact: +27 (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Splash WaterWorld, Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#9 Check out Route 67

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

This insightful route comprises of 67 public art works, symbolising the late Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service to South Africa. Included among these art works are 67 steps, which lead up to the largest flag in Africa.

Route 67 is a historical and cultural celebration, which honours a global icon and one of South Africa’s most influential people of all time.

Explore Route 67 from start to finish for an eye-opening and colourful introduction to P-E and South Africa alike.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Route 67, 14 St Mary’s Terrace, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

#10 Enjoy St George’s Park

As Port Elizabeth’s oldest park, St George’s Park is one of its longest standing attractions. Found within easy walking distance of the city, this delightful park is spread across 73 hectares of gorgeous, wooded parklands.

It is filled to the brim with an array of plants, trees and flowers and also encompasses the world-famous P-E cricket ground, South Africa’s oldest bowling green, a swimming pool, Prince Alfred’s Guard Memorial, the Victorian Pearson Conservatory and a great kids’ playground too.

The park is one of the city’s finest attractions, so it’s definitely worth enjoying when visiting or residing in P-E.

Note: There is also a monthly Art in the Park market, normally held on the last Sunday of the month.

Contact: +27 (041) 506 2775

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: St Georges Park, Park Drive,
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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Top 20 Port Elizabeth activities 2017.

Whether you know and love it for its beautiful beaches, friendly people or game, P-E is a worthy travel destination – particularly with the host of wonderful adventures, which lie in store in the Windy City!

Here are some of the top activities to enjoy in P-E during 2017:

#1 Stroll along Sardinia Bay Beach

This popular beach lies between Schoenmakerskop and Seaview. It offers unspoilt coastline, making it perfect for beach strolls and great picnics.

Fishing is not allowed, as the coast has been declared a marine reserve, but scuba-diving and snorkelling are extremely popular here so gear up!

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Sardinia Bay Beach, Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#2 See the ellies at Addo Elephant National Park

Forming part of SANParks, Addo is home to the Big 7, in particular African elephants, which make the park so famous.

It has become a conservation spot for a range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. It’s one of South Africa’s most wonderful game parks, so it’s definitely worth setting ample time aside for!

Contact: (012) 428 9111

Website: www.sanparks.org

Address: Addo Elephant National Park, R355, Paterson Road, Addo, Eastern Cape

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Richard Marsh via sanparks.org

#3 Shamwari Game Reserve: where the wild things are

This special place is the pride of the Eastern Cape, and is also one of South Africa’s most successful private conservation initiatives.

There are wonderful animals, including lions, elephants, leopards and more to see here, as you make memories sure to last for a lifetime…

Contact: (042) 203 1111

Website: www.shamwari.com

Address: Shamwari Game Reserve, R342, Paterson, Eastern Cape

#4 Get in touch with nature at Kragga Kamma Game farm

Kragga Kamma is home to wonderful herds of African game – among them, White Rhino, Buffalo, Nyala, Bontebok and Cheetah – making it a great, animal-friendly park for guests to explore.

You can do self-driven trip or opt for a 2-hour-long guided tour, which will provide interesting insight and information.

Contact: (041) 379 4195

Website: www.kraggakamma.co.za

Address: Kragga Kamma Road, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#5 Zip through the sky with Adrenaline Addo Adventure Centre

Offering a host of fun outdoor activities for the adrenaline junkies among us, this centre is a great place to head if you wish to feel the rush!

With the highest and fastest double zip line in SA; a giant swing; and awesome canoeing along Sundays River, it’s sure to get your blood racing.

Contact: (078) 911 1619

Website: adrenalineaddo.co.za

Address: Adrenaline Addo, Happy Lands Farm, 1 Prospect Avenue, Summerville, Eastern Cape

#6 Enjoy family fun at Holmeleigh Farmyard

If you’re after a fun day for the kiddies, then Holmeleigh Farmyard is the place to go! This little farm has a big heart, and offers wonderful kids’ activities, delicious eats and awesome farm animals.

Let your little ones play with the bunnies or have a round on the jumping castle, while you enjoy some tea or coffee and farm-fresh bakes…

Contact: (041) 379 2901

Website: holmeleighfarmyard.co.za

Address: Holmeleigh Farmyard, Grey Dawn Road, Kragga Kamma, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#7 Discover Cape Recife Nature Reserve

This 366-hectare area is undoubtedly one of Port Elizabeth’s most beautiful natural attractions.

It offers a wealth of exciting outdoor activities, amazing beauty, accommodation options and even its own charming lighthouse too – so be sure to explore!

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.caperecife.co.za

Address: Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#8 Rev up your engine at AutoPavilion

AutoPavilion is a place of cars and legends… Here, visitors can come to see past and present day technology, as AutoPavilion proudly showcases the evolution of South Africa’s Volkswagen Group. This is definitely one for the petrol heads!

Contact: (041) 994 5941

Website: www.autopavilion.co.za

Address: AutoPavilion, 103 Algoa Road, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape

#9 Stay over in super Summerstrand

If you wish to stay a while, then you might want to head to Summerstrand. It’s a stylish, upmarket suburb, which lies a stone’s throw away from the beachfront.

Not only does it provide access to golden beaches, the historic side of P-E and alluringly warm waters too, but it’s also full of wonderful attractions, like the Boardwalk Casino or Summerstrand Village Shopping Centre.

Contact: n/a

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#10 Navigate through the Island Nature Reserve

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www.nmbt.co.za

Located some 25km outside P-E, Island Nature Reserve comprises 480 hectares of indigenous Alexandria coastal forest. It is a safe haven for many diverse tree species, including the Outeniqua yellowwood and white milkwood.

The reserve also offers a plethora of fauna (including duiker, vervet monkeys and bushpigs), rich birdlife and numerous walking trails… It’s sure to delight nature enthusiasts from far and wide.

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Island Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#11 Head over to The Valley Market

This artisan food market comes to life with local exhibitions and stalls. It’s made possible by the P-E community and SPAR, as they bring the greatest creativity and quality to mind.

The market happens on the first Saturday of every month, but there’s also the Good Night Market, which takes place during the week on the third Thursday evening of the month (usually). It’s a great way to experience P-E as you shop for tasty goodies!

Contact: thevalleymarketpe@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/thevalleymarketpe

Address: Old Tramways Building, Valley Road, Port Elizabeth, Baakens Valley, Eastern Cape

#12 Circle the Coastal Fynbos Trail

This amazing, 7km circular trail, which starts at Sappershoek. It offers hikers a great opportunity to explore some unique landscape and take in wild life as they go.

While the sea hosts whales during August to October and then again between April and early December, you can also keep an eye out for Cape Grysbok and mongooses, as well as the Thysbe’s Copper butterfly.

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#13 Pop by Grass Roof Farm Stall & Restaurant

Since its opening in 2013, this restaurant on Olive Tree Farm has become a local landmark of sorts. The pitched roof is covered in grass and wild flowers.

It promotes a healthy, organic way of eating, promising heart country fare for its visitors to enjoy.

Contact: (041) 366 2379

Website: www.grassroof.co.za

Address: Corner New Seaview and Heron Road, Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

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#14 Hike the Sacremento Trail

This popular 8km round coastal walk takes hikers through Schoenmakerskop-Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve.

It provides a wealth of beautiful landscapes, sea scenery and seasonal wild flowers and vegetation.

It runs past the Sacramento monument towards the far end of Cannon Bay and then onto the Sacramento Tea Room. So take a few hours and explore this epic trail!

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#15 Visit the historic Fort Frederick

This historic stone fort, which is over two hundred years old, was built by the British forces to defend the Baakens River mouth.

It stands guard over Algoa Bay and contains real pieces of history for visitors to see with their own eyes. It is open daily from sunrise to sunset and public admission is free.

Contact: (041) 582 2575

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Fort Frederick, Port Elizabeth Central, Eastern Cape

#16 Unlock aviation history at South African Air Force Museum

Spread across three provinces, this aviation museum houses, restores and exhibits material related to the SA air force history.

For history buffs and aviation fans, this is an excellent place to visit, particularly as entry is free!

Contact: (041) 505 1295

Website: saafmuseum.org.za

Address: South African Air Force Museum, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#17 Educate yourself at SANCCOB Port Elizabeth

This excellent marine bird rehabilitation centre lies within the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. Not only do they rehabilitate their rescued birds but they also inform and educate the public through a range of different educational programmes.

Tour the marine rehab and education centre, or experience the hospital and witness the dedicated volunteers doing their best to help save and preserve our natural environment. It makes for an inspirational trip.

Contact: (041) 583 1830

Website: www.nmbt.co.za

Address: Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#18 Catch a match at St George’s Park Cricket Stadium

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www.southafrica.net

Needing little introduction, this wonderful cricket ground has been hosting international matches since 1889. It’s a historic venue, known and loved across the country and world for its superb atmosphere.

It always ensures an exciting competition (rarely any dull draws here!), either for local or international matches, and provides a true sense of the Friendly City’s vibe.

Catch a match when international squads tour or support one of the local franchises. Ticket prices vary according to the match in question.

Contact: (041) 585 1646

Website: www.southafrica.net

Address: St George’s Park Cricket Stadium, Park Drive, Port Elizabeth Central, Eastern Cape

#19 Smell the flowers at Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve

Managed by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMMM), this reserve consists of about 600 hectares of low-lying land, found between the Van Stadens mountain and the coastline.

There are various walking trails to enjoy and visitors can also head to the ‘Flower House’. Here, they can test their knowledge of flower species and names. It makes for a fun day out and it’s a great way to treat an avid gardener or passionate green finger.

Contact: friendsofvanstadens@gmail.com

Website: www.vanstadens.co.za

Address: Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

#20 Face lions at Seaview Predator Park

This 120-hectare reserve is a privately owned animal park, overlooking the sea in aptly named Seaview.

You can self-drive through the park and enjoy seeing the animals roaming about or watch a public viewing of the lions daily at 12:00pm. Become part of the pride and face up to lions, tigers and other majestic beasts.

Contact: info@seaviewpredatorpark.co.za

Website: www.seaviewpredatorpark.com

Address: Seaview Predator Park, lower Seaview Road, Seaview, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

These are just some of the wonderful experiences and awesome activities you can enjoy in South Africa’s Friendly City!