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 is also quite wild and untamed as only an African city can be. There are world class game reserves including the Addo Elephant Park, dedicated to the preservation of the Eastern Cape Elephant and the Cape Buffalo. And Port Elizabeth is completely Malaria free.
Port Elizabeth Travel
From its beautiful gold 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.
Places to Visit 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 safaris 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.
Things to do in Port Elizabeth
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 theVolkswagen Auto Pavilion tour.
- Savour local gourmet pleasures. Tuck in at some of the premier dining out districts such as Richmond Hill where stylish restaurants serve up gourmet cuisine and where trendy coffee shops, delis and speciality wine shops flourish.
- Scenic excursions. Venture out and explore picturesque beaches, exquisite lush countryside with country restaurants and quaint tea gardens. Enjoy a gourmet picnicand wine tasting at a small vineyard.
- Micro-breweries. The Craft Beer Industry is booming in Port Elizabeth. Go on a micro-brewery tour and enoycarefully crafted and uniquely flavoured beers and artisanal ciders.
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. Tthe ultimate beach for everything energetic. Join the many kite-surfers and make the most of Port Elizabeth’s generous gusts of wind or grab your sandboard, boogie board and spend hours rushing down the tall dunes. The kids will be screeching with delight.
- Schoenmakerskop is a delightful beach full of picnic spots, rock pools, little coves and a few sandy bays forswimming. 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 History
Named for the late wife of the Cape Colony’s acting British governor general, Sir Rufane Donkin in 1820, Port Elizabeth is home to the world’s only monument to PresterJohn. Between the 12th and 17th Centuries, the mythical Prester John was believed to be the white ruler of a Christian republic hidden somewhere amongst the pagans and the Muslims in the undiscovered lands. First believed to be in Asia, the Portuguese then ‘discovered' Prester John in Africa. A monument to this man myth stands next to the City Hall.
During the struggle to end apartheid Port Elizabeth bore witness to some of the events and personalities that would ultimately turn the tide of South Africa’s history. Black consciousness leader Steven Bantu Biko was first arrested by apartheid authorities in the city. After being tortured for several days he was moved to Pretoria where he would be murdered. The first-ever arrests in the national 1952 Defiance Campaign took place in Port Elizabeth and in the 1980s the United Democratic Front was born in the townships surrounding Port Elizabeth. Activists such as Mathew Goniweand the Cradock Four, murdered by apartheid’s secret police, are today proudly remembered by the city’s people for making the ultimate sacrifice for democracy and freedom
The first colonial settlement in the area dates back to 1820 when four thousand English arrived in the bay to populate the area between the Xhosa empire and the British Cape Colony, although a few centuries before that, Portuguese explorers Bartholomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama had already landed in the area. It was, according to them, a good place for merchants sailing the East India route to rest and stock up on fresh water.
But the history of Port Elizabeth goes back much further than that, and there is 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 often called the “friendly city” or ”windy city” is a white sandy coastline that has remarkable white beaches that give tourist an opportunity to have family beach holidays and fun-in-the-sun activities. Among the tourist attractions are the Blue Horizon Bay, Sardinia Beach, Beachview Beach, Schoemakerskop, Pollock Beach and Hobie Beach.
Hotels in Port Elizabeth
The city has numerous luxury hotels such as The Beach Hotel, Garden Court Kings Beach andVan Stadens Resort that offer first class services. The luxurious hotels and resorts can be booked securely on our website. Hotels 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.
Flights to Port Elizabeth
Tourists paying a visit to Port Elizabeth need not worry about ease of traveling since they can access cheap flights by booking online at our platform. At clients’ disposal are combined flight-hotel offers, and discounted holiday deals by reputable airlines such as Kulula, Mango, British Airways, South African Airways and Qatar Airways.