Things to See and Do
Pollock Beach or the "Pipe", as it is known locally, is favored by surfers because of its excellent waves and surfing opportunities. The beach is reached by travelling along Marine Drive, Summerstrand and turning left immediately onto 10th Avenue. The vast lawn area is great for rigging. There’s also a parking area and a shower house with an ablution block for surfers.
Pro Dive is a 5 Star PADI Dive Centre offering internationally recognized PADI diving courses from introductory to instructor level. Their charter operation is ideally situated on the beachfront where they offer daily charters, full equipment rental and an air fill station.
Humewood Links Golf Course is situated along Marine Drive on the Algoa Bay Coast and forms part of the bustling coastal City of Port Elizabeth. Steeped in history, Humewood presents a championship Links Golf Course consistently rated amongst the top 15 courses in South Africa. A round of golf is a must for any golfer visiting the "Friendly City" of Port Elizabeth
Calabash Tours offers ground breaking tours that cover both the historical heart of the city and the vibrant energy of the black townships, pulsing with the spirit of a rich culture and a friendly people wanting to share their diversity and spirit.
The Baakens River has a total length of 23 kilometers and is situated on approximately 500 hectares of public open space which falls under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Recreation Department. The valley is unique in its situation in a major urban environment and contains many examples of indigenous vegetation. The marked mountain bike trail leaves from the car-park at Dodds Farm, which is located off 9th Avenue, Walmer and from the PEM nursery at the end of Alan Drive, Walmer Downs and ends at Abelia Crescent in Sunridge Park. The total length of the trail is 12 kilometers and most of the trail is suitable for beginners. The bike trail is well marked by concrete bollards with bicycle signs painted on them.
ShoppingBay West Mall
Shoppers will love the choices at Baywest Mall, the Eastern Cape's one and only destination centre, merging the likes of food, fashion and fun in a safe and modern environment. Endless entertainment is on offer at the Fun Factory between the Olympic sized Ice rink, movie outlets and the Games Arcade. Situated conveniently along the N2 freeway in Port Elizabeth's western suburbs, Baywest Mall is within easy reach for shoppers throughout the Bay.
Greenacres Shopping Centre
Located along Cape Road, Greenacres is one of Port Elizabeth's favorite and most patronized centres, because it’s easily accessible and has ample parking facilities for avid shoppers.
Walmer Park Shopping Centre
If you are looking for a luxurious centre to satisfy all your shopping needs, then Walmer Park is the shopping centre for you, offering in excess of 43,000-square-meters for retail floor space and over 140 retail stores and restaurants to choose from.
The Prestor John Memorial
The Prestor John Memorial, unveiled in 1986 by the then Portuguese Ambassador to South Africa, is dedicated to the mythical king-priest, Prestor John, and the Portuguese explorers who discovered South Africa. The memorial consists of a large Coptic cross with figures of Prestor John and a Portuguese navigator in the central circle. The monument stands behind the city hall in Fleming Square.
The Campanile has presided over the Port Elizabeth Harbour since 1923 as a monument to the 1820 settlers. Towering over the city and offering panoramic views, the monument was built on the mooring beach where the British Settlers landed in 1820 in commemoration of the centenary of their arrival. The tower is 51.8 meters high and has 204 steps to the top. In addition to the breathtaking views, the tower tops ring out with a carillon of 23 bells, conjuring nostalgic cries of history and reminiscing for whom the bells toll.
Perched on what is fast-becoming known as the balcony of the Bay, the Donkin Reserve has been reinvented, revived and rejuvenated, resulting in an old icon cast in a new light. The Donkin Reserve is a monument of love, reflecting both Sir Rufane Donkin’s love of his late wife Elizabeth and Madiba’s love for his country. It is the home of the city’s public art offering and the site of new artistic and cultural heritage that magically incorporates the old and new in an unbroken line of love. Centrally located just above the central business district, the Donkin is the sentinel of the Bay.
MuseumsPrince Alfred’s Guard Museum
The Prince Alfred's Guard Museum grew out of a fusion of a military museum formerly housed in the Donkin Reserve complex and the regimental museum of the Prince Alfred’s Guard Regiment. The Prince Alfred’s Guard (PAG), is a City Regiment which was founded in 1856 as the Port Elizabeth Volunteer Rifle Corps. Its name changed by Royal assent after it provided a Royal Guard for Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria, on his visit to the City in 1860.
The Victorian Drill Hall, in which the museum is housed, is one of the finest surviving examples of its type. It was opened in 1880 and has been the regiment’s headquarters ever since. As a national monument, the building has been extensively restored and partly converted to museum use.
Port Elizabeth Anthenaeum
At the corner of Castle Hill and Belmont Terrace stands the Athenaeum. The Athenaeum was founded in the 1850s to promote cultural activities, but it died out in the 1880s. In 1893, the Young Menâ Institute, the School of Art, the Naturalist Society and the Camera Club combined to reassert the right of the Athenaeum to occupy a part of the City Hall.
The Town Council offered to bear most of the cost of the present building which was opened in 1896. In the early years of the 1900s, it became mainly a social club and changed its name, but it has since again become a center for cultural as well as social activities. After the Second World War, the Port Elizabeth Musical and Dramatic Society rented and enlarged the Loubser Hall extension which is now the Little Theatre.
The building is one of the few examples of the classical style of architecture in the city and was designed by George William Smith. It was declared a national monument in 1980.
Old Post Office
The Old Post Office is situated at the top of Flemming Street. It was opened in 1900 and was designed by the Public Works Department of the Cape Colonial Government under Mr. H.S. Greaves. The building style is typical of public buildings of the late Victorian era. It later incorporated the former Magistrate's Court building, erected in 1885, and the Police Station and Barracks.
Wildlife and NatureAddo Elephant National Park
Addo’s Big Seven Offering Nelson Mandela Bay is the only city in the world that is home to the colossal big seven of the animal kingdom, which roam free just 55 kilometers away from the city in the Addo Elephant National Park. The big five, lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros, rule the five-biome land and the southern right whale and great white shark are denizens of the deep in the Bay waters. Addo Elephant National Park stretches from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman’s river mouth, Addo covers about 180,000 hectares (444,700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups. Game viewing is always on the agenda with the finely tuned ecosystem playing sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
Seaview Predator Park
Seaview Predator Park was established in 1997 by owners Janice and Rusty Gibb as an Educational Wildlife Park. The park is home to free roaming animals such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and many species of antelopes. Seaview operates a big cat breeding program and a wildlife sanctuary and nursery that all work together to promote wildlife conservation by educating the visiting public and caring for animals in need.
Kragga Kamma Game Park
The game park offers game drives as well as self-drive game viewing and tame cheetah interactions. This owner-operated and animal friendly park means that you always get close up views and great photo opportunities. Lush coastal forests and grasslands are home to vast herds of African game including the white rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, nyala, bontebok, lechwe and many more species. All the animals roam freely and unrestricted in natural surroundings. This owner-operated and animal friendly park, where no hunting or other disturbance of the game is permitted, means that you always get close up views and great photo opportunities.