Port Elizabeth is a popular tourist destination located in the Eastern Cape and one of the largest cities in South Africa together with Cape Town and Johannesburg. Port Elizabeth is known as the “Watersports Capital of Africa” and “The Friendly City”.
Port Elizabeth is one of the most visited tourist destinations in South Africa worthy of its beautiful unspoilt beaches & bays, great watersports possibilities, game parks, warm subtropical climate and clean coastline.
The most popular attraction in Port Elizabeth is the beaches. The golden sandy beaches of Port Elizabeth stretch along 40 km. of a beautiful coastline. The beaches include Kings beach, Hobie beach, Pollok beach, Humewood beach, beaches in Bluewater Bay & Sardinia Bay, Beachview, St.George’s Strand, Joorste Park and Brighten beach.
Sardinia Bay is a very nice beach to visit that is hidden away from the main beaches that can get busy at times. It is not totally secluded and sees a fair number of visitors. There are also people selling ice creams at concession stands that you can buy from. It is the perfect little hideaway to give a visit.
Marine Drive is where all the fun is. There is a great selection of restaurants along this street. My personal favourite is the Cubana in Humewood that is set against the ocean backdrop as well as a swimming pool right outside of the tent area.
Splash Waterworld is one of the most popular visitor’s destinations in PE. It is also an iconic landmark on the PE Waterfront, and no video of PE is complete without it. It is the ideal spot for the whole family to have fun. There is a variety of water activities, super tubes and slides for both adults and children. You can bring your own chairs and braai facilities are available. There is also attentive staff on hand to watch over the kids. A tip is to bring an umbrella or a gazebo as it can get quite hot and shade is limited.
There are also some nice wild retreats and popular tourist attractions that are in or close to Port Elizabeth. If you want to escape from the city and get in touch with your wild side, you can visit some of these.
Addo Elephant National Park is one of South Africa’s national parks, and the third largest after Kruger National Park and Kgalafadi Tranfrontier Park. The park was initially built as an elephant preservation sanctuary, which it achieved with much success. It is now home to over 600 elephants and a wide range of other mammals that include over 400 Cape Buffaloes, 48 Black Rhinos, and even lions.
We know South Africa from personal experience and have done ourselves most of the activities we recommend here. If you’d like more information, tips and advice, and help planning and booking your holiday in South Africa, feel free to get in touch by chat, phone, videoconference, or email. We are always here to help.
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