There are several things to do in Port Elizabeth, but for someone who isn’t familiar with PE and its many splendours, it may be difficult to plan your stay.
Therefore, to make it a little easier, we decided to create a list of a few fun things to in Port Elizabeth.
Photo cred - FireflyAfrica
Accommodation in Port Elizabeth
But first, where will you stay while exploring Port Elizabeth?
Our Guesthouse in Summerstrand, is a short 700m from one of our many blue flagged beaches, positions you perfectly for any activity in Port Elizabeth.
We offer 7 contemporary styled rooms, and an additional self-catering 2-bedroom apartment, which is equipped with its very own pool and braai area.
Contact us, to book your stay.
Now for the activities we promised you.
Soak up the sun on Kings, Humewood, Pollock or Hobie Beach
Although, it’s only Kings beach and Humewood beach that hold the blue flag status, Hobie Beach is a great spot to launch boats, wind surf, swim or soak up some sun.
Additionally, kids can explore the small rock pools, which are interesting and filled with sea creatures.
Furthermore, Pollock Beach, a short walking distance from our guesthouse, offers activities such as:
- rock pools for children to explore;
- and delicious milkshakes, ice creams and meal from the legendary Something Good Roadhouse.
The Wreck of the Sacramento
One of the many historic sites to visit in Port Elizabeth, the Sacramento wreck is only a 20minute drive from our guesthouse.
It offers not only an interesting story, but also several beautifully scenic coastal trails – we recommend the 8km, for those who enjoy walking.
There a few guides available for hire, if you would prefer the guided experience. Alternatively, you can purchase a copy of the “Guns of Sacramento” by David and Geoffrey Allen.
Visit the Rhinos at The Kragga Kamma Game Park
The Kragga Kamma Game Park is a quick 30-minute drive from our guesthouse, and offers a spectacular variety of animal species.
The park is a sanctuary for free-roaming White Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Nyala, Bontebok and Lechwe.
Pop by the Bayworld Museum
The museum is the third oldest of its kind in South Africa.
For dinosaur lovers, the Bayworld museum is home to the bones of the Algoasaurus.
The Algoasaurus dinosaur is unique to the Nelson Mandela Bay Area, related to the Brontosaurus, the bones of the Algoasaurus were discovered near Despatch in 1903.
They were discovered by The Port Elizabeth Brick and Tile Company, who were quarrying for brick-making materials when the brickmakers came across the bones.
Additionally, there are several interesting exhibits including a skeleton of the last Southern Right Whale harpooned in the bay, and a replica of the Dias Cross.
The museum is open Monday to Sunday from 09h00 to 16h30, and can be found on Beach Road.
Tour the Volkswagen Auto Pavilion
A great one for car enthusiasts, the pre-booked tour offers a walk-through Volkswagen history.
While touring the factory, you’ll come across the oldest kombi in South Africa, get to meet Herbie and witness a car sliced in half by a laser.
The tour costs R10 per adult, R5 for children under 16, and R5 for pensioners - and includes a free tour of the Autopavillion, which is the only automobile discovery centre on the continent and only the fifth worldwide.
Call 041 994 5941 – to book your tour.
Visit the Donkin Lighthouse
The Donkin was built in 1861, making it over 150 years old.
The Stone Pyramid Monument is engraved with a touching inscription erected by Sir Rufane Donkin in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth, after whom the city was named.
The South End Museum
The South End Museum is run by volunteers.
It commemorates the tragic destruction of the once diverse South End community, as a result of Apartheid.
The floors of the museum outline the streets as they used to be and pays homage to the lives and the ruptured community.
Summer Shakespeare in the Park
In the summer months, open-air Shakespearean productions are held at the Manville Theatre in St George’s Park, the oldest park in Port Elizabeth.
Find out about forthcoming events by calling 041 582 2575.
Additionally, the conservatory, also found at St Georges Park, was opened on September 12, 1882 and is an exquisite example of the elegance of Victorian architecture.
It has been conserved to this day despite threats of demolition, and still shelters interesting hot-house flowers and orchids when they are in season.
Phot cred - FireflyAfrica
Africa’s Longest Double Zipline
Enjoy the longest zipline experience in Africa, found at Adrenalin Addo. For the nervous ones, they have an automated stopping system, which allows you to chill out and take it all in without having to worry about slowing down.
Make sure to book ahead.
The zipline is open from 10am to 5pm every day. Contact Adrenalin Addo on 078 911 1619 to book.
Ocean Bay Bed and Breakfast Summerstrand
Port Elizabeth has something to offer for everyone.
And our team at Ocean Bay invites you to come and explore our beautiful city!
For more information about our accommodation in Summerstrand, please contact us.