Port Elizabeth

Travel Guide
Explore exciting game reserves, historical museums and miles of beaches in “The Friendly City”, a beach-loving city on South Africa’s Sunshine Coast.

Port Elizabeth is known for its beautiful beaches, charming downtown area and wildlife spotting opportunities. The city sits along the shores of Nelson Mandela Bay, at the western edge of the Sunshine Coast. Founded by British settlers in the early 1800s, Port Elizabeth’s history, scenery and clean surf breaks make it a haven for backpackers, surfers, families and young couples alike.

Port Elizabeth features 25 miles (40 kilometers) of pristine beaches, which stretch along Algoa Bay and Nelson Mandela Bay. Swim in the calm waters of King’s Beach and learn about the Eastern Cape’s underwater world at Bayworld. Enjoy family-friendly beach fun at Humewood Beach, one of South Africa’s oldest Blue Flag beaches. Hobie Beach is an exciting destination for surfing, windsurfing and scuba diving. Spot migrating whales from Shark Rock Pier and join local cultural festivals.

Discover Port Elizabeth’s history on the Donkin Heritage Trail, a self-guided walk past approximately 50 historical city center sights. Among these are Market Square, Donkin Reserve, No. 7 Castle Hill Museum and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Follow Route 67 to discover 67 public works of art that celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 67-year contribution to politics and anti-apartheid movements. Learn about local apartheid struggles at the South End Museum. Step onboard military aircraft at the South African Air Force Museum.

Rent a car or join an organized tour and visit the nearby wildlife centers for the chance to spot Africa’s famous “big five” animals. See buffalo, cheetahs and giraffes roaming free at Kragga Kamma Game Park. Get up close to lions at Seaview Predator Park. Find Addo Elephant Park, Amakhala Game Reserve and Shamwari Game Reserve within 90-minutes’ drive from the city.

Reach Port Elizabeth by flying to Port Elizabeth International Airport, just a 10-minute drive from the city center. Get around using public buses, low-cost taxis or a rented car. With plenty of outdoor activities, average temperatures of 63°F (17°C) and the mild water of the Indian Ocean, Port Elizabeth is a true year-round destination.

Where to stay in Port Elizabeth

City Lodge Hotel Port Elizabeth
City Lodge Hotel Port Elizabeth
3 out of 5
Cnr Beach & Lodge Roads Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6013
The price is $47 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Humewood Beach and The Boardwalk ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (104 reviews)
Great place to visit
"It was great staying in City Lodge."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Courtyard Port Elizabeth
Courtyard Port Elizabeth
4 out of 5
Corner Lodge Road & Beach Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6013
Fully refundable
The price is $61 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (226 reviews)
Wonderful stay!!
"Fantastic place. Everyone is courteous and hospitable. Clean and friendly! Loved it. Would definitely stay there again!!! Highly recommended."

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

Singa Lodge - Lion Roars Hotels & Lodge
Singa Lodge - Lion Roars Hotels & Lodge
4 out of 5
Corner of 10th Ave, and, Scarborough Crescent, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6001
The price is $68 per night from Oct 14 to Oct 15
Stay at this 4-star luxury guesthouse in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (101 reviews)
Stunning Singa Stay
"Great amazing rooms. The space is to die for. The deco in the rooms , stunning. Breakfast however not a buffet, but they made pancakes when we asked even though not in menu. Great friendly staff"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

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Wilmot Cottages
Wilmot Cottages
3.5 out of 5
13 Bradley Rd, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6019
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Hobie Beach and The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Wow Amazing
"Neat,clean Friendly people."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Paxton Luxury Apartments
Paxton Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
1 Humewood Rd, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6001
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Bayworld and Humewood Beach are located ...
3.8/5 Good! (6 reviews)
Great place
"I love the pool area with the braai facilities and seating area. Great to enjoy the sea views. Also great that there is laundry facilities."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

First Group Brookes Hill Suites
First Group Brookes Hill Suites
Lower Brookes Hill Street, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6001
Stay at this aparthotel in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Bayworld and Humewood Beach are located ...
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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