Whatever activity you might be interested in , is to be found in and around Port Elizabeth . We have beautiful beaches, golf courses, sport stadiums including Nelson
Mandela Bay Stadium and St George’s Cricket Stadium, game parks and more. A city with an interesting history, offering a wealth of treasures in the form of historical attractions, museums and places of interest, guaranteed to provide you a journey of discovery.
The Nelson Mandela Bay tourism authority published the following comprehensive list of 101 things to do in our area.
Pristine beaches with warm water and golden sand provide ideal conditions for water sports, swimming, sun bathing, and long walks.
Kings Beach which extends from the harbour wall ,has a super tube slide, paddling pools and playground for children. Hobie Beach is a popular
swimming beach located at the Shark Rock Pier. North or south of the city ,the coastline becomes more rugged with good surfing and fishing spots, hiking trails, rock pools, lagoons, and tall dunes for sand boarding. Whales and dolphins are often spotted frolicking in the waves between May
The Boardwalk Entertainment Complex, directly opposite Hobie beach, is set around a man-made lake and beautiful gardens. The complex has numerous restaurants, specialist shops and a craft workshop. It also has a hotel, conference centre, casino, amphitheatre, nu-metro cinema, an indoor games arcade, various kiddies rides, mini golf, go carts and ten pin bowling. There are many shopping centres, restaurants and pubs in Port Elizabeth. The largest shopping malls are Walmer Park, Greenacres and Baywest Mall which is the largest and is located on the outskirts of the city just off the N2 freeway direction Garden Route , and has an ice skating rink.
Suitable for younger children are the Holmeleigh Farmyard with various farm animals, the Boma Reptile World with over 40 species of reptiles, and
Bayworld with penguins and seals.
Wildlife and Nature
We are blessed with an abundance of game parks and nature reserves , some private in and around Port Elizabeth, including Kragga Kamma Game Park which has rhino, Cape buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and numerous buck. The Addo Elephant National Park, 70 kms from Port Elizabeth, is the only park in the world to be home to the big 7, including more than 500
elephants, Cape buffalo, leopard, rhino, lions, and in the marine section,
great white shark and seasonal southern right whale. All Eastern Cape Game Reserves are malaria free. SAMREC (SA Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre) is situated on the Cape Recife Reserve, and it’s primary function is the rehabilitation of penguins, seals and sea birds that are washed up on our shores. They are rescued, rehabilitated, and then released back to their natural environment.This area has an operational lighthouse, lovely beaches, and is a great for birding. Raggy Charters offer boat cruises round Algoa Bay which enables one to see Cape fur seals, sea birds, ship wrecks and sometimes even schools of dolphins and whales.
Historical, Arts & Culture Tours
The Donkin Heritage Trail and Route 67 are walking tours in the Central area of the city offering links to many places of historical interest, as well as
67 public art works along route 67. Popular museums in P.E. are Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, P.E. Museum at Bayworld , No. 7 Castle Hill Museum, South End Museum, Prince Alfred’s Guard Museum, South African Airforce Museum, and the Red Location Museum. Accredited Tour Operators offer various tours, such as Wildlife Tours, Adventure Tours and Cultural Tours, which include the popular Township Tours.