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Port Elizabeth is South Africa's fifth largest city and is located on the Indian Ocean coast half-way between Cape Town and Durban, in the Eastern Cape, about 260 km from Knysna. Also known as the friendly city and the windy city, it tends to live up to both names.

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Points of Interest in Port Elizabeth

  • Donkin Reserve. In memory of Rufane Donkin and his wife Elizabeth, after whom the city is named. The lighthouse built in 1861 is open to the public. PE tourism has their office here
  • Townships: organized tours are offered by the Tourist information. There is a safety concern regarding township tours though.
  • Alexandria Dune Fields. The largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere is located just outside PE at the villages of Colchester and Cannonville.
  • Tour Nelson Mandela Bay City, Dickens Street, Central Port Elizabeth,  +27 (0)41 373-7758. See Town Hall, Feather Market Hall, the Old Post Office, Fort Frederick, Donkin Reserve, Settlers Park, and the Horse Memorial all in one fabulous tour.
  • Wezandla African Arts and Crafts Gallery, 27 Baakens Str,  +27 (0)41 585-1185, fax: +27 (0)41 585-1186. Browse African Art

Museums, Galleries and Heritage

  • South Africa Airforce Museum +27 (0)41 505-1295, fax: +27 (0)41 505-1403. Open 8AM to 3:30PM Mon to Fri and 10AM to 6PM on Sun. Entrance is free.
  • Bayworld, Marine Drive, Humewood,  +27 (0)41 584-0650. Open 9AM to 4:30PM.. Has a museum, oceanarium and snake park. There are currently no dolphin performances.
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, 1 Park Drive, Central (St George's Park entrance),  +27 (0)41 506-2000. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa-Su 2PM-5PM. A selection of South African art, especially from the Eastern Cape.
  • No 7 Castle Hill Museum +27 (0)41 582-2515. Open 10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 5PM, Tuesday to Friday. 2PM to 5PM on Mondays and 10AM to 1PM on Saturdays. Dating back to 1827, it is the oldest Settler cottage in PE. Entrance fee is R6.
  • Red Location Museum +27 (0)41 408-8400, fax: +27 (0)41 408-8401, e-mail: nhoza@mandelametro.gov.za. 10am to 4pm Tues to Fri and 9am to 3pm Sat and Sun. The museum which bridges the past with the future Adults:R12, Pensioners, Disabled and Unemployed: Free on Wed between 12pm and 4pm, Discount for students.

Hobie Beach


Port Elizabeth City Hall

Humewood Beach

King\'s Beach

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Summerstrand Beach

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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About Port Elizabeth


A perfect complement to the Garden Route, the Friendly City is a major sea port and tourist destination set along the beautiful shores of Nelson Mandela Bay. The centre of the South African motor industry is spoiled by moderate and warm temperatures all year round with scattered rain throughout the year - climatic attributes which contribute to an outstanding quality of life. A popular and significant destination for water sports, Port Elizabeth also offers many historical attractions, such as the Historic Donkin Heritage trail, taking visitors along the footsteps of the 1820 settlers. British heritage is reflected in the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, and the Oldest Bowling Green in South Africa. Port Elizabeth’s greatest treasures, however, are malaria-free wildlife areas in its vicinity, and clean beaches washed by warm water.

Port Elizabeth was founded by British settlers in 1820 and was named after the wife of Rufane Donkin, Acting Governor of the Cape Colony at that time. The city is located on the Algoa Bay and forms together with the neighboring towns of Uitenhage and Despatch the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality.

The tourist information centres are in the Donkin Reserve in the town center, at The Boardwalk (Marine Drive) and at the Airport Arrivals hall. See [1] for more information and all other tourism related products.


PE is a wonderful jumping-off spot for game viewing. There are elephants and other birds and animals at Addo Elephant National Park and many privately owned game reserves in the area.

  • African Dawn (Wildlife Sanctuary), Thornhill,  042 2860 710. 9am-5pm. African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary offers a selection of birds and wildlife to view including Cheetahs, Servals and much more. Braai and picnic places available.
  • Beaches. Hobie, Humewood, Kings and Wells Estate Beach are the main swimming beaches. Humewood, Wells, Kings and Hobie have all been awarded Blue Flag status .
  • Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Have a meal and go sailing
  • Apple Express +27 (0)41 583-2030. A 100 km narrow gauge classic steam trip with a stop on the Van Stadens River Bridge. R130 for adults and R60 for kids under 13.
  • Boardwalk Casino +27 (0)41 507-7777, e-mail: boardwalk@sunint.co.za.
  • Kragga Kamma Game Park (Follow the M15 west from the city center for about 15 minutes),  +27 (0)41 379-4195, e-mail: cantor@worldonline.co.za. Gates are open from 8AM to 5PM. You can either sleep in the camp or take self drives during the Day. White Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra and others. Excellent value small park. R30 entrance fee.
  • Links Humewood Golf course.
  • Raggy Charters +27 (0)41 378-2528, e-mail: raggycharter@mweb.co.za. Whale Watching, Penguin Island Cruises and Fishing Charters
  • The Mountain Club of South Africa +27 (0)41 365-5543, e-mail: mcsaeas@mcsa.org.za. Climbs, walks and a rock climbing school.
  • Voetsac Hiking Club +27 (0)41 581-2109. There are a number of hiking trail, and walks in and around the city: Maitland Nature Reserve, Aloe Hiking Trail and more.
  • The Peoples Observatory, cnr Westview and Macfarlane, Newton Park,  +27 (0)41 363-9040. Meetings every first and third Wednesday of the month at 8PM. View the southern skies.
  • Roseate Tern hiking trial, Next to Pine Lodge Resort off Marine Drive, Summerstrand,  +27 (0)41 585-9711. 9 km circular trail.
  • Sandboarding +27 (0)41 586-2276, e-mail: theboardroom@axemail.co.za. The Maitland dune mountain is one of the largest in the country and perfect for sand boarding.
  • Surf. The Pipe at Pollok Beach is where you want to go for surfing.
  • Eastern Cape Wilderness Motorcycle Tour (Central Port Elizabeth, Dickens Street),  +27 (0)41 373-7785, e-mail: info@lathita.co.za. A motorcycle tour starting and ending in Port Elizabeth that takes you through the superb Eastern, Southern and Western Cape regions of South Africa.

  •    Chelsea Mashie Golf Club (Chelsea Mashie Golf) ((Follow the M15 west from the city center for about 15 minutes) Next to 'Kragga Kamma Game Park'),  +27 (0)82 774 7679.

  • Sakhume Museum & Xhosa Culture Centre, Human Dignity Centre (On the road leading from Walmer 10th Ave to Schoenmakerskop (Victoria Drive) Beyond and opposite the Walmer Country Club.),  0769786627/014-3662082. 9-15H00. The Walmer Township is one of the only areas in south Africa that avoided forced removals. The friendly community is poised to welcome you to their culture and to show you their history. Tours leave every hour on the hour Monday to Friday from the 14th June 2010. If you contact us before visiting, we will ensure a Xhosa Culture presentation. You will also be able to view a children's project and locals will be available to take you into the township to see shacks and local life first hand. R20 p.p.
  • Pumba Private Game Reserve +27466032000. Day guests can experience the Day Safaris, which are conducted all year round. Each package is tailored to the needs and wants of the individual group, but individual safari times will depend on the season. Visitors can look forward to seeing cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, hippos, lions, buffaloes, White Lions, leopards and a host of other exciting animals.

  • Soith End Museum, Cnr.Humewood & Walmer Blvd (South End),  041-5823325. 09.00 -16.00. The South End Museum offers glimpses of the lost past.From its walk-on map,to historical photographsand displays of the life and times of the people of South End,the Museum provides a living memorial to the victims forcibly removed by the infamous Group Areas Act. donation.

Scuba diving

There are a number of very good diving locations:

  • Bell Buoy - Depth 12m to 18m. Colorful soft coral and a rocky bottom.
  • Devil's Reef - Depth 7m with pinnacles up to 1m.
  • Evan's Peak - Depth 12m to 40m. Close to St. Croix island.
  • Haerlem Wreck - Depth 21m. Navy vessel sunk in 1987
  • Phillips Reef - Visibility up to 10m.
  • Riy Banks - Depth 18m to 40m. Coral and game fish.
  • Thunderbolt Reef - Depth 15m to 30m. Orange and lilac hard coral.

Dive operators

  • Ocean Divers International, 10 Albert Road, Walmer,  +27 (0)41 581-5121, e-mail: elzabe@odipe.co.za. One of the oldest dive schools in South Africa. PADI courses, own training center with indoor pool.
  • Pro Dive (At Hobie Beach),  +27 (0)41 368-7880.


Brooke's Pavilion has excellent views over the beaches and ocean. Any one of the restaurants there are a good idea for breakfast with a view.

  • Blue Waters Cafe. Well priced and has an excellent view of the ocean.
  • Fishmonger, The Broadwalk, Marine Drive, Summerstrand,  +27 (0)41 583-6895. Indulge yourself in succulent prawns, calamari, fish & chips and curries.
  • Leonardo's, The Broadwalk, Marine Drive, Summerstrand,  +27 (0)41 583-1302, fax: +27 (0)41 583-1304. Fantastic pizza, and has a very pleasant atmosphere.
  • Ocean Grill, Mercado Centre, Corner of Admiralty and Strandfontein Roads, Summerstrand. Seafood restaurant with classy and elegant decor ; serves good sushi and other seafood meals.
  • Old Austria. Is just off Cape Road and is one of the classier restaurants in Port Elizabeth.
  • The Oyster Catcher +27 (0)41 582-1867, fax: +27 (0)41 582-1869. Located in the harbour. The seafood is particularly tasty. Very popular - if you want to get a table you must make a reservation.
  • Tiffany's, Brookes Hill, Beach Road, Humewood,  +27 (0)41 584-0696. Tea, coffee, light meals and fantastic pastries and cakes in a great location looking out over the sea.
  • Ginger Restaurant, Marine Drive,  +27415831229. The atmosphere is friendly, airy and chic and the food a combination of the finest, fresh ingredients with an Eastern Cape influence.
  • Fushin Sushi & Eastern Cuisine, Shop 5, Stanley on Bain, Stanley Street, Richmond Hill. Port Elizabeth's most exclusive sushi restaurant, this place is trendy, intimate and friendly. Located in the upmarket, historic area of Richmond Hill and very centrally located.
  • Primi Coastal, Marine Drive, Humewood. A very trendy pizza restaurant ideally located on the beachfront.


  • Barney's Tavarn, At the Boardwalk,  +27 (0)41 583-4500. Lively pub. It overlooks Algoa Bay and is situated a stone's throw away from the water's edge. The pub has a great balcony, with good draughts and food. A local favorite, many Johannesburg travellers' first stop is at this watering hole to catch up with friends. Live music is available most weekend nights.
  • Ekhaya Pub +27 (0)41 586-1156. For African Jazz
  • Ibhayi Brewery Tours, 47 Kohler Street,  +27 (0)41 404-3527, e-mail: jenni.dewet@za.sabmiller.com. Tour the beer brewery and have a couple of pints at the Bay and Barrel afterwards.
  • News Cafe. Located at the Boardwalk and is always lively and full. They serve good food, and it is a nice place to catch a drink.
  • Blackbeards Tavern, Within The Chapman Hotel. Does a splendid Seafood Extravaganza.
  • Rasoi, 79 Heugh Road, Walmer,  +27-41-581-0333. This is an excellent place for Indian food. The ambiance is nice, and the staff is extremely friendly. It is a great idea to catch a dinner at Rasoi when in PE.
  • Cubana - Port Elizabeth, Marine Drive, Humewood,  +27 41 582 5258. Port Elizabeth's most exclusive nightspot - definitely not to be missed!


  • Curios can be bought along the beach. Haggle down the prices though.
  • African Hides can be purchased by appointment from Ostrich Emporium SA +27 (0)41 5812148.
  • Siyalcha Dolls +27 (0)41 454-3465. Traditional Xhoza dolls

Shopping Malls

  • The Boardwalk, Marine Drive, Summerstrand,  +27 (0)41 507-777, e-mail: boardwalk@sunint.co.za. Offers several shops. fast-food restaurants and a casino
  • Greenacres Shopping Centre. An excellent place to spend a Saturday at around noon. There are many, many shops and plenty of restaurants. There is a lively vibe over the weekend, and the mall can be reached easily. It is also commonly refered to as "The Bridge", because it is joined to the mall of that name.
  • Walmer Park Shopping Centre. A nice place to eat at, and there are a few nice shops.

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