Port Elizabeth

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Hobie Beach featuring a city, a beach and general coastal views

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

Road Lodge Port Elizabeth
Road Lodge Port Elizabeth
1 out of 5
Boardwalk Casino and, Entertainent World Marine Drive, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
The price is $46 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Situated in Port Elizabeth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Humewood Beach, The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, and King's Beach. Bayworld and ...
3.9/5Very Good! (331 reviews)
Excellent
"Amazing"

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Road Lodge Port Elizabeth
Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth
Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth
4 out of 5
Corner of Marine Drive And Ninth Avenue, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
The price is $79 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Pollok Beach, this beach hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and within 9 mi (15 km) of Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium ...
4/5Very Good! (555 reviews)
"Showers are dirty"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel, 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
The price is $60 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Humewood Beach, The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, and Bayworld. Nelson Mandela ...
4.1/5Very Good! (87 reviews)
Awesome experience
"Staff were very helpful and friendly. The food and facilities were amazing"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

City Lodge Hotel Port Elizabeth
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.
Relaxed City Living
Relaxed City Living
3.5 out of 5
18 12 th avenue, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
The price is $35 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Walmer, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Walmer Park Shopping Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. George's Cricket Ground and Port ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Best place in PE
"Feels like home. Best place in PE. Always clean and the host is going the extra mile. Safe, secure and trustworthy staff working there."

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2021

Relaxed City Living
Paxton Luxury Apartments
Paxton Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
1 Humewood Rd, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
The price is $50 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Humewood Beach, Bayworld, and King's Beach. Hobie Beach and The Boardwalk Casino ...
Paxton Luxury Apartments
Wilmot Cottages
Wilmot Cottages
3.5 out of 5
13 Bradley Rd, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
The price is $53 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Hobie Beach. The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Excellent
"It was amazing , the place is clean with a high quality of privacy ."

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

Wilmot Cottages
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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