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Port Elizabeth’s long stretches of white beach and its historical significance have resulted in the city experiencing a revival of sorts. PE, as it is fondly known, is a vibrant city, with shopping, flea markets, great restaurants and other entertainment on offer. It has always been a family destination, so there are activities for both young and old.
PE is worth visiting for its surrounding attractions too – you can arrange day trips to game lodges, to the Addo Elephant National Park, to the cultural hub of Grahamstown and to Jeffrey’s Bay, famous for its impressive scenery and surfing.
Life generally revolves around the ocean, even during the cooler winter months. PE’s Humewood beach has achieved Blue Flag status as a world-class beach venue. The city is a nature lover’s paradise, so don’t miss the boat cruises, diving opportunities, a visit to Seaview Game & Lion Park and an excursion to Bayworld, which incorporates an oceanarium, museum and snake park.
Algoa Bay, the coastal strip of Nelson Mandela Bay, has 40 km of beaches with protected areas for swimming, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing. There is something magical about this coastal terrain. Closer to Port Elizabeth is the Seaview Game & Lion Park and the Kragga Kamma Game Park.
Another popular activity is the Apple Express steam train trip from Port Elizabeth to Thornhill, where you can take in scenic views from the highest narrow-gauge bridge in the world.
You’re in the right place if you’re an adrenalin junkie. In Port Elizabeth, you can dive with sharks at the oceanarium at Bayworld. There are other dive sites too, including fascinating wreck dives. If you’re a keen cyclist, there are 2 mountain biking trails: the 23 km Baakens River trail and the 22 km circular route along the Swartkops Valley Nature Reserve.