Port Elizabeth, usually abbreviated to P.E., isn’t often the first choice on a traveller’s list. Nevertheless, P.E. does boast diverse land, which includes cultural, historical and natural destinations that you can visit. With that said, here are the most popular things to do in and around P.E.
Take a stroll in Victoria Park
Visit Victoria Park for a stroll that includes a view of a beautiful landscape, stone bridges and water-lily ponds. Enjoy the solitude of the gardens at the park or pick a shaded spot under one of its many trees. This venue is also popular for bird watching.
Visit Addo Elephant Park
If you’re looking for a destination to devote a day or more to game viewing, then the Addo Elephant Park is exactly what you need. Just 45 minutes away from Port Elizabeth, Addo is home to one of the world’s most dense elephant populations. Take full advantage of one of South Africa’s spectacular game viewing parks by spending a couple of days at the luxurious Woodall Country House & Spa. What more could you ask for after a long day in the African sun?
Visit Bird Island Lighthouse
Just seven kilometres off the coast of P.E., you’ll find the Bird Island Lighthouse standing on the largest of a group of islands. The islands is known as Bird Island, which is home to a large population of birds. Bird Island was once known for its massive sea life population, which included whales, penguins, seals, and shellfish. Due to exploitation, the island has been declared a bird sanctuary and is now a marine protected area. However, there are still a large number of birds such as Cape Gannets and penguins in the area.
Red Location Museum
It is always fascinating to learn about the history of a place. Located in New Brighton, Red Location Museum would be the ideal starting point to explore the history of the province. The name of the museum derives from the iron barrack buildings in the area that had a deep, rusted red colour. During the Apartheid era, Red Location Township was where the struggle occurred regularly. Today, it is one of the oldest black townships in the country.
Port Elizabeth is known for its numerous beaches, one of the most popular being King’s Beach. An accredited Blue Flag Beach, it’s a beautiful stretch of golden sand set alongside the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Swim, tan, and shop at the promenade, as there is something fun to do for everyone.
These are but a few of the many spectacular places one can see while visiting Port Elizabeth. Aside from its beautiful beaches and spectacular wildlife, Port Elizabeth is well known for its coastal boat tours and whale watching. With that in mind, it is highly recommended that you spend an entire weekend in the province to fully enjoy all it has to offer.