The second largest city in South Africa in terms of geographical area, snuggled in beautiful Algoa Bay is Port Elizabeth. This jewel in the crown of the country’s glorious, green Eastern Cape province, a place of awe, adventure and amazement.
Port Elizabeth Travel
From its beautiful golden sandy beaches and warm emerald green surf to its Unesco-rated game and wildlife reserves, to its rich and colourful cultural diversity and fascinating, sometimes dark and checkered history, a holiday in Port Elizabethis like opening a treasure trove of precious, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Port Elizabeth is also quite wild and untamed as only an African city can be. There are world class game reserves including the AddoElephant Park dedicated to the preservation of the Eastern Cape Elephant and the Cape Buffalo. And Port Elizabeth is completely Malaria free.
You can easily get to the city from most major airports in South Africa, find cheap flights to Port Elizabeth for your trip.
Things to do in Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth is known as the adventure capital of Africa and with good reason. For nowhere else on the Continent can adrenalin junkies enjoy zip-lining, Big Swing swinging, kayaking, canoeing, sand boarding, whale watching, elephant back safaris, paragliding, quad biking, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, beach horseback riding, scuba diving, snorkelling, sand sledding and sunset cruising … and more, all in one place.
- Authentic Township Tours: Broaden your intercultural understanding by joining an expert guide on a vibrant, authentic and interactive tour through the local communities of Port Elizabeth.
- Addo Elephant national park: Cape buffalo, leopard, black rhino, lions and great white shark and seasonal southern right whale in the marine reserve.
- Ecomarine Safari’s in Algoa Bay: See half of the world’s endangered African penguin population in their natural habitat, Cape Gannets, four different dolphin species, including the largest Bottlenose Dolphin populations in the world, four different whale species, and Great White sharks on a boat charter.
- Route 67: Uniting art, culture and South Africa’s heritage, the walk includes 67 public art installations symbolising Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of work dedicated to the Freedom of South Africa. The route includes 67 steps leading up to the second largest flag in Africa.
- Savour Local Gourmet: Tuck in at some of the premier dining out districts such as Richmond Hill where stylish restaurants serve gourmet cuisine and where trendy coffee shops, delis and speciality wine shops flourish.
- Micro-Breweries: The Craft Beer Industry is booming in Port Elizabeth. Go on a micro-brewery tour and enjoy carefully crafted and uniquely flavoured beers and artisanal ciders.
- Fun family escapades and adventures. Speciality activities include guided beachfront tours, indoor climbing at Valley Crag Indoor Climbing Centre, recreational trampoline activities at Gravity Indoor Trampoline Park, Indoor Go Carting at Algoa Grand Prix and the Volkswagen Auto Pavilion tour.
Port Elizabeth often called the “friendly city” or ”windy city” has a 40 kilometres long coastline with remarkable white soft sandy beaches.
Port Elizabeth Beaches
- Blue Horizon Bay: This almost secluded endless white beach is perfect for lounging on hot days.
- Beachview Bay: Known as the wild side, or the windwardside of Port Elizabeth, this rocky shore beach is perfect for family outings with the kids.
- Sardinia Beach: The perfect beach for kite surfing.
- Schoenmakerskop: A delightful beach full of picnic spots, rock pools, little coves and a few sandy bays for swimming. The Sacremento coastal hiking trail also begins here and is a pleasant eight-kilometre walk through the Schoenmakerskop-Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve.
- Pollock Beach: Also known as The Pipe to locals, this sandy corner is popular with surfers because of the reliable right and left beach break as well as a parking lot almost a few steps from the water’s edge and a decent ablution block. The swimming area is right in front of the Summerstrand Surf Life Saving Club which means regular beach patrols and lifeguards.
Port Elizabeth has an archaeological record dating back more than two thousand years of the hunter-gatherer San people and their annexation by the Xhosa peoples who gradually settled the green and verdant land from the north.
Port Elizabeth Accommodation
Looking for Port Elizabeth accommodation? The city has numerous luxury hotels such as The Beach Hotel, Garden Court Kings Beach and Van Stadens Resort that offer first class services.
The luxurious hotels and resorts can be booked securely on our website. Hotels in Port Elizabeth such as the Beach Hotel has spacious en-suite bedrooms where tourists are offered services such as spa, self-catering and breakfast in bed. There are beaches located at the beachfronts that give clients remarkable view.