Port Elizabeth Travel Information:
There's a sense of antiquity and history in Port
Elizabeth. This is 1820 British Settler country and
numerous monuments pay tribute to this English heritage.
Restored Settler houses are now beautiful homes, and the
Sir Rufane Donkin lighthouse still stands proud on a hilltop
overlooking the city - named after his wife Lady Elizabeth.
Port Elizabeth's attractions are both numerous and diverse,
with an emphasis on outdoor and nature activities. The
city's trump card is its beautiful beaches and warm sea.
With calm waters and fair breezes, this coast is perfect
for swimming and watersports - and Port Elizabeth is fast
becoming the watersport capital of Africa.
At Bayworld on the beachfront, visitors can view performing
dolphins and seals. A snake park and a museum, depicting
cultural and natural history, is also in the complex.
No 7 Castle Hill, one of the oldest surviving Settler
cottages in Port Elizabeth, is nearby, as is the perfectly
intact Fort Frederick, used as a defence stronghold.
Not far from the city limits is Addo Elephant National
Park, considered to be the most biologically-diverse park
in the world. It's home to the Big Seven, which includes
the terrestrial Big Five of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant
and buffalo as well as whales and great white sharks.
Moving offshore, Port Elizabeth offers excellent fishing
and scuba-diving possibilities and game-fishing from deep-sea
boats includes catches of tuna, dorado, yellowtail and
Shopping hotspots are Greenacres and The Bridge as well
as Walmer Park, with the liveliest nightlife found at
The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World, right on
the beachfront. This extensive complex will delight the
whole family and includes entertainment, shopping, dining
and gaming. Set around a series of manmade lakes and beautiful
gardens, at night the complex is illuminated by 40 000
In Port Elizabeth life continues at a gentle pace, tempered
by the warm Indian Ocean and surrounding natural beauty.
Here there is no need for rush hour.