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Port Elizabeth Holidays

As well as being on the Garden Route, Port Elizabeth is in a prime, doorstep location for many of South Africa's other attractions, including the coastal region's top game parks and Indian Ocean beaches.

Make time to explore the culture of this stylishly rejuvenated town; pack up a picnic and meander through Van Staden's 500 hectare wild flower reserve – a wonderland dedicated to the preservation of indigenous flora, such as proteas, succulents, ericas, leucadendrons and fynbos; and relax on the beaches that frame the bay, while observing dolphins and whales at Algoa Bay. 

Port Elizabeth has a subtropical climate with plenty of sunshine. April's Splash Festival offers music, water sports and fireworks on Hobie Beach and you'll find religious celebrations and cultural festivals throughout the year. 

Destination Highlights
  • Take the Donkin Heritage Trail, a five kilometre self-guided walk
  • Relax, swim and sunbathe at popular Hobie Beach or Kings Beach
  • Take a drive through Kragga Kamma Game Park and see free-roaming rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, nyala and more
  • Explore Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
  • Visit St Croix Island Marine Reserve to see penguins, Cape fur seals, sharks and dolphins
  • Shebeens

    This historic trail links 47 sites in central Port Elizabeth. Walk the central city market square, past the Donkin Houses, the King George VI art gallery, and Pembridge House. If you are feeling particularly energetic, climb the 204 steps of the Campanile for spectacular views across Algoa Bay. One of the better stops on the trail is the Donkin Reserve. Located near the beach, the Donkin Reserve is a green haven in the commercial hub of the city with park benches, walking paths, the Opera House, and a lighthouse.

  • Kragga Kamma Game Park

    During apartheid, shebeens (bars and taverns) served as meeting places for political dissidents. Now, however, they are where you go to relax and socialise, feeling the spirit of the community. Modern shebeens are suffused with history apparent in the photographs and decorations on the walls. They often have live music, big screen TVs, and digital jukeboxes. Shebeens have integrated into the South African experience and visiting these laid back establishments will give you a great insight into the local South African experience.

  • Hobie Beach

    Explore the lush coastal bush and grasslands of Kragga Kamma Game Park in your own vehicle or in a two-hour guided tour in an open Land Rover with a professional guide. You will see cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, white rhinos, and many indigenous species on your drive through this game park.

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