Port Elizabeth list of Attractions

It’s easy to see why Port Elizabeth is called The Friendly City. The city exudes a relaxed atmosphere and out-of-your-way hospitality. It must be all those hours of sunshine (apparently we get more hours of sunshine than any other South African city). So, for the historian, the bush-lover, the sport fanatic and even the adrenaline junkie, here are 10 things not to miss.

Explore the Donkin Heritage Trail

Explore the Donkin Heritage Trail

Explore the Donkin Heritage Trail

If you want to get to know Port Elizabeth on personal level, take on the five-kilometre trail that follows in the footsteps of the 1820 Settlers. It links no less than 47 national monuments and historical sites in central Port Elizabeth and is named after the acting governor of the Cape Colony at the time, Sir Rufane Donkin. Whether you like historical tours or not, this trail includes some fascinating facts about the area that will enlighten you about the city. Points of interest along the trail are signposted with information boards, making the trail very easy to self-navigate and a pretty neat way to get you walking around town.

See the ellies at Addo Elephant Park

See the ellies at Addo Elephant Park

See the ellies at Addo Elephant Park

Escape to the bush and spend hours scouring the pristine Eastern Cape landscape for wildlife at Addo Elephant Park, home to over 550 elephant. It is the third largest national park in South Africa and has expanded to conserve a wide range of wildlife and flora from the semi-desert Karoo down to the coastline of Sunday’s River Valley Mouth.

Tel 012-428-9111, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit them at www.sanparks.org

Feel the heat at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Feel the heat at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Feel the heat at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Built specifically for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the impressive Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium now plays host to a variety of sporting events including rugby’s biggest party, the IRB Sevens Rugby World Series. If you’re there on a weekend, catch the E.P. Kings in a local rugby match up. Alternatively, take a 30 minute stadium tour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 13h00 and 16h00.

Tel 041-408-8900, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Light it up at the Cape Recife Lighthouse

Light it up at the Cape Recife Lighthouse

Light it up at the Cape Recife Lighthouse

The Cape Recife Lighthouse is one of South Africa’s most iconic lighthouses, with a deep history to boot. It’s situated on the south entrance to Algoa Bay on the treacherous Thunderbolt Reef, approximately 15 kilometres from Port Elizabeth. The unmistakable black and white banded tower stands near the site where, in 1902, numerous sailors and rescuers lost their lives to a hurricane that wrecked both moored and sea-faring vessels. Ironically, the monolith that now steers vessels clear of this dangerous reef was erected on April Fools’ Day in 1851.

Chill out on a Sunday’s River Cruise

Chill out on a Sunday’s River Cruise

Chill out on a Sunday’s River Cruise

Cruising along the Sunday’s River on a ferry is a perfect way to take in the scenery along the marine section of the Addo Elephant National Park without lifting a finger … except of course to snap a picture or two. Head up to the upper viewing deck and take in the view out towards the city and Algoa Bay. Twitchers, look out for the myriad birdlife along the river banks. The 2.5 hour, 20-kilometre cruise offers both self-catering and catered trips and the captain, Les, is a bundle of fun.

Tel 041 468 0140, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit them at www.addocruises.co.za

Conquer the Maitland Sand Dunes

Conquer the Maitland Sand Dunes

Conquer the Maitland Sand Dunes

Kids love the dunes for tobogganing and sand boarding. Maitland River Beach is ideal for leisurely strolls along the waters edge where you can collect sand mussels.The 250 hectare Maitland Nature Reserve, which is accessed via the Seaview Main Road to Maitland River Mouth, comprises dense indigenous coastal forest, abundant birdlife, an old wagon road which leads to Maitland lead mines, a variety of small animals such as bushbuck, and blue duiker as well as the famous giant Maitland sand dunes.

Tel 041-584-0584, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pop in at Kragga Kamma Game Reserve

Pop in at Kragga Kamma Game Reserve

Pop in at Kragga Kamma Game Reserve

Lush coastal forest and grassland is home to vast herds of African game, including White Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Nyala, Bontebok, Lechwe and many more species. All the animals roam freely, unrestricted in natural surroundings. This owner operated animal friendly park, where no hunting or other disturbance of the game is permitted, means that you always get close up views and great photo opportunities.

Tel 041-379-5646, or visit them at www.kraggakamma.com

Chat up the birds at SAMREC

Chat up the birds at SAMREC

Chat up the birds at SAMREC

The South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre (SAMREC) is located near the Cape Recife Lighthouse and is the temporary home to many sick or injured African penguins and other sea birds, most as a result of human influence. The non-profit organisation is open from 09h30 until 17h00 every day and the volunteers that dedicate their days to the rehabilition of these birds are super friendly (of course) and more than willing to show visitors around the centre and introduce them to its special inhabitants. The best time to visit is at 14h30, when you can watch the staff feed the birds while grabbing a bite for yourself at the Flying Penguin (another smart irony) coffee shop.

Tel 041-583-1830, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit them at www.samrec.org.za

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