Port Elizabeth, called “PE” by the local, is a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province and is South Africa’s third largest port.
It’s also known for its numerous beaches. The Donkin Heritage Trail takes in the Old Hill neighbourhood’s Victorian landmarks.
Water sports run the gamut here, from surfing, sailing, swimming, and fishing to windsurfing, kiteboarding, and SCUBA diving. Travellers who prefer to stay dry can hop aboard a harbour cruise with the chance to spot whales such as humpbacks, Southern right whales, and Bryde’s whales, depending on the time of year. But Port Elizabeth is not all about the sea. In the city’s historic hub, the art and heritage trail, Route 67, celebrates the fascinating and sometimes turbulent history of this friendly colonial city. And in the surrounding area, private game reserves and the popular Addo Elephant National Park lure wildlife lovers with affordable DIY and guided safaris.
The best picks for a swim are Wells Estate Beach with a paddling pool and water slides; well-shaded Humewood Beach; and popular Kings Beach, with kiosks, restaurants, a skate park, and other entertainment facilities close by. All these beaches earned the coveted international Blue Flag status, awarded for exemplary water quality, safety, and environmental management. Near the Boardwalk entertainment complex, Hobie Beach offers sheltered rock pools and is well suited for swimming and windsurfing. Pollock Beach is a top surfing spot, and unspoiled Sardinia Bay, in a marine reserve, is great for snorkelling and scuba diving, although fishing is off limits. Avid anglers should head to the northern beaches such as New Brighton Beach and Bluewater Bay.