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Overview

The Eastern Cape of South Africa owns the picturesque city of Port Elizabeth also known as the Nelson Mandela Bay. Port Elizabeth lies down near the Indian Ocean that covers a part of Cape Town and Durban, in the Eastern Cape. The shattered rainfall in the city contributes to great tourism in Port Elisabeth and outstanding serene in and around the city. With the sandy beaches and scenic beauty, the tour of Port Elizabeth is the finest destination to cover for the complete South Africa excursion. Safari, beach tour and sightseeing are some of the things one can enjoy while travelling around the Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth even offers a tour of the historical spots of the city with a glimpse of culture and tradition being followed there. There are some eco-parks and bio-reserve that serves as the key to tourism at Port Elizabeth South Africa. The Shamwari, Amakhala, Lalibela and Kwandwe are some of the famous game reserves at Port Elizabeth that you must explore during your tour to South Africa. With the diverse vegetation, the city of Port Elizabeth Represents South Africa with the hiking trails, the historic heritage, and the array of wildlife.

Places To visit In Port Elizabeth

Donkin Reserve

The pyramid monument was put up by Sir Rufane Donkin in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth from where the city got its name, after the name of his wife. The lighthouse at Donkin Reserve is one of the best places to explore at Port Elizabeth that gives the overview of the entire city.

Alexandria Dune Fields

The Alexandria Dunefield reserve at Port Elizabeth is owned by a farming family that is the home to many of the endemic species of South Africa like a bush pig. The lush vegetation, bird species and wildlife of the place makes it the popular attraction among the travellers in Port Elizabeth.

Wezandla African Arts and Crafts Gallery

The Wezandla Gallery and Craft Gallery of Port Elizabeth bring the best art and cultural glimpse of Port Elizabeth. The centre serves the classic culture that one can explore during the tour to Port Elizabeth.

Bayworld

The Bayworld takes you to the world of the museum that displays the diverse hues of the city and show the prehistoric dinosaurs with the diverse marine life collection. The Port Elizabeth Bayworld visit blends the cultural history of South Africa in its Main Museum, the Snake Park and the Oceanarium, at Bayworld.

South Africa Air force Museum

The South Africa Airforce Museum exhibits preserve and restore the aircraft and editorial that are related to the air force of the South African military. During this Port Elizabeth historical tour, one can spot the historic planes, helicopters and aviation artefacts and all old military collection from the 1930s till today.

Cape Recife Nature Reserve

The Cape Recife Nature Reserve is a great place for hiking, with the perfect beach views and the hard rocky coastal area. The wildlife reserve, the tranquil seashores and the population of rescued penguins make it the popular attraction for tourist in Port Elizabeth.

Route 67

The Route 67 covers the historical spots the art, and culture of the city. This tour at Port Elizabeth starts at the Donkin Reserve and ends at the Campanile, passing through the lighthouse, sculptures, mosaics and the chime of 23 bells.

Kragga Kamma Game Park

The Port Elizabeth safari tour can be best experienced at the Kragga Kamma Game Park that houses the diverse wildlife with that includes the white rhino, giraffe, buffalo and zebras. The Game Park is best for a short day safari with guided tours to explore the wildlife.

Van Stadens Nature Reserve

The vibrant floral vegetation, the hiking trails and the endemic species of trees make the Van Stadens Nature Reserve the best tourist spot in Port Elizabeth for a day trip. Walking through the hiking trails and exploring the vegetation, the reserve is perfect for a day picnic.

Hobie Beach

Among the beaches in Port Elizabeth, the Hobie beach is the best attraction to explore for the day tour. The beach is perfect for a boat ride, volleyball game and water sports like surfing, swimming and basking around the beach.

Best Time To Visit Port Elizabeth

The tour to Port Elizabeth somewhere depends on the season you are visiting the city. This destination of South Africa experiences climatic changes that can make your South Africa journey best and worth depending in the season you are visiting.

March to May

The humid and moderate temperature lowers the rate of tourism at Port Elizabeth during this season. If you are planning for a budget tour with fewer crowds, then this can be the ideal time to visit Port Elizabeth.

June to August

The precipitation and high temperature of South Africa lower the tourism at Port Elizabeth. The heat does not favour sightseeing and activities during the Port Elizabeth tour. Although the accommodation rates are low for the time, this is not the best time to plan the trip.

September to November

The spring serves the favourable time with humidity, wind and precipitation. The destination is crowded increasing the tourism rates and can be considered an ideal time for your Port Elizabeth tour.

December to February

This is the perfect time to explore Port Elizabeth as the weather is warm and enjoyable. The little rain with soothing weather makes sightseeing and entertainment more enjoyable. This is the busiest season of tourism at Port Elizabeth.

Things To Do In Port Elizabeth

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Diving at Postman Reef

Diving at Postman reef with the diverse aquatic creature like sea fans, sea corals and the beautiful yellow-billed rock is the best thing you can experience at Port Elizabeth tour at South Africa. The ridge is the home to some of the amazing marine life that will leave you amazed.

Tour to the wildlife

Don’t miss out the wildlife safari tour at Port Elizabeth in the Addo Elephant Park that has an abundance of elephants exceeding over 550 in number. Gradually the wildlife and biodiversity at Addo Elephant Park is increasing with more number of flora and fauna.

Port Elizabeth beach tour

The Kings Beach, Hobie Beach and Humewood Beach are the three beaches at Port Elizabeth known for the sandy shores that are awarded blue beach status for their cleanliness. The warm and soothing water of Indian Ocean makes water activities at these beaches more pleasurable.

Visiting the Island reserve

Housing more than 50 bird species, the Island Nature Reserve offers a tour to explore the amazing hiking trails and the indigenous forest. You can hike along the famous 16 km long Bushbuck hiking trail and enjoy the picnic during the Port Elizabeth Tour.

Sandboarding at Maitland Sand Dunes

Sandboarding at the Maitland is known to be the top most attraction in Port Elizabeth for an adrenaline rush. Enjoy the trek to climb up the dunes and later sliding down exploring the picturesque beauty and the stunning landscape.

A Tour to SAMREC

The South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre rescue and preserve the marine creatures in their natural habitat. A tour to SAMREC is the most recommended trip at Port Elizabeth that will let you explore the endemic species of African penguins.

Hiking through the Bushbuck walking Trail

Hike through the Bushbuck walking trail for an exciting hiking tour at Port Elizabeth. The Bushbuck walking trail consists of a number of loops that are interlinking together an offering you a variety of trails to choose from.

Diving in the Bell Buoy Reef

Don’t miss out the amazing scuba diving at the Bell Buoy Reef that is the most amazing and adventure activity to try at the Port Elizabeth. Swim along the sea squirts, sponges, sea fans, the coral and the rocky base for an unforgettable experience.

Shop at Bay

Pick up the wooden carvings of African animals, beaded jeweler and decors that all can be purchased at a budget price. The Bay beach shopping will definitely make your trip to Port Elizabeth more exciting and colorful.

The Valley Market for delicious dishes

If you are a foodie than the Valley market is something that you must never miss during your visit to Port Elizabeth. You can grab some a gourmet burger, spicy seafood paella, dim sum, and much more for the authentic taste.

Popular Packages

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Garden Route on Self drive
(6 Nights / 7 Days)
Starting Price
USD 772/ per person

Port Elizabeth(2N) → Knysna(3N) → Oudtshoorn → Hermanus(1N)
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Garden route Adventure Tour
(9 Nights / 10 Days)
Starting Price
USD 1785/ per person

Cape Town(1N) → Hermanus(1N) → Mossel Bay(2N) → Oudtshoorn → Tsitsikamma National Park(2N) → Addo Elephant National Park(1N)

How to Reach Port Elizabeth

The Nelson Mandela Bay can be reached by the three different modes, air water and land. The City of Port Elizabeth is connected to the major cities of South Africa with a better network of land, air and water routes.

Via flight- The Port Elizabeth Airport is connected with the city of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and cities of South Africa. These cities allow international travellers to reach Port Elizabeth by boarding a connecting flight from the respective city.  

Via land- The Port Elizabeth of South Africa can be reached by land through a drive from Cape Town or Durban. Falling in the N2 national highway the city can be explored with a day trip to the Garden Route.

The harbour- There are cruises arranged from the city of Cape Town and Durban to reach Port Elizabeth. The harbour of Algoa Bay and Coega are connecting the city with the rest of South Africa. 

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