Port ElizabethSouth Africa

3.8/5

Port Elizabeth is known for its beautiful beaches, charming downtown area and wildlife spotting opportunities. The city sits along the shores of Nelson Mandela Bay, at the western edge of the Sunshine Coast. Founded by British settlers in the early 1800s, Port Elizabeth’s history, scenery and clean surf breaks make it a haven for backpackers, surfers, families and young couples alike.

Port Elizabeth features 25 miles (40 kilometers) of pristine beaches, which stretch along Algoa Bay and Nelson Mandela Bay. Swim in the calm waters of King’s Beach and learn about the Eastern Cape’s underwater world at Bayworld. Enjoy family-friendly beach fun at Humewood Beach, one of South Africa’s oldest Blue Flag beaches. Hobie Beach is an exciting destination for surfing, windsurfing and scuba diving. Spot migrating whales from Shark Rock Pier and join local cultural festivals.

Discover Port Elizabeth’s history on the Donkin Heritage Trail, a self-guided walk past approximately 50 historical city center sights. Among these are Market Square, Donkin Reserve, No. 7 Castle Hill Museum and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Follow Route 67 to discover 67 public works of art that celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 67-year contribution to politics and anti-apartheid movements. Learn about local apartheid struggles at the South End Museum. Step onboard military aircraft at the South African Air Force Museum.

Rent a car or join an organized tour and visit the nearby wildlife centers for the chance to spot Africa’s famous “big five” animals. See buffalo, cheetahs and giraffes roaming free at Kragga Kamma Game Park. Get up close to lions at Seaview Predator Park. Find Addo Elephant Park, Amakhala Game Reserve and Shamwari Game Reserve within 90-minutes’ drive from the city.

Reach Port Elizabeth by flying to Port Elizabeth International Airport, just a 10-minute drive from the city center. Get around using public buses, low-cost taxis or a rented car. With plenty of outdoor activities, average temperatures of 63°F (17°C) and the mild water of the Indian Ocean, Port Elizabeth is a true year-round destination.

Known for

Tour, Golf and Coral Reef

Top Hotels in Port Elizabeth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth
Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth
4 out of 5
Corner of Marine Drive And Ninth Avenue, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
CA $113
per night
Nov 15 - Nov 16
4.1/5Very Good! (474 reviews)

"Extremely clean and comfortable hotel. Very hospitable and friendly staff . Accomodation was warm and comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 8, 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth
The Boardwalk Hotel
The Boardwalk Hotel
5 out of 5
Beach Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
CA $163
per night
Nov 15 - Nov 16
4.4/5Wonderful! (154 reviews)

"The view that we had of the sea off our balcony was really beautiful and breath-taking. The Hotel was convenient to the Boardwalk for restaurants and etc"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 24, 2019

The Boardwalk Hotel
Road Lodge Port Elizabeth Airport
Road Lodge Port Elizabeth Airport
1 out of 5
Cnr of De Havilland and Airport West Rd, Port Elizabeth Airport, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
CA $53
per night
Oct 24 - Oct 25
3.8/5Good! (274 reviews)

"Clean, comfortable and walking distance to the terminal"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 24, 2019

Road Lodge Port Elizabeth Airport

Popular things to do in Port Elizabeth

Hobie Beach
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Hobie Beach

Swim, surf or scuba dive at this popular and family-friendly Port Elizabeth beach, known for its diverse marine life, scenic parks and entertaining festivals.

King's Beach
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King's Beach

5/5(1 review)

Play among the waves in the Indian Ocean, ride waterslides, watch surfers and visit an aquarium at this beach close to Port Elizabeth’s city center.

Bayworld
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Bayworld

Learn about South Africa’s natural and cultural history while spotting playful penguins, curious invertebrates and sharks at this family-friendly marine park. 

Market Square
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Market Square

Take a walk around this lively city center square to discover the fascinating architectural heritage and historical monuments of Port Elizabeth.

Kragga Kamma Game Park
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Kragga Kamma Game Park

Embark on superb wildlife experiences from the comfort of your own car. Enjoy guided safaris and nature walks at this owner-operated reserve. 

Donkin Reserve
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Donkin Reserve

Climb to the top of the lighthouse in this hilltop park for views over the city of Port Elizabeth and the bay.

Top activities in Port Elizabeth

Visit Cape Town - Winelands - Garden Route - Addo: 8 Days
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Visit Cape Town - Winelands - Garden Route - Addo: 8 Days

CA $1,396

The Tour begins in Port Elizabeth and ends in Cape Town. With a small change to the itinerary, the Tour may begin in Cape Town and end in Port Elizabeth. Visit Addo Elephant National Park.