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A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Port Elizabeth, South Africa​

General Information

Port Elizabeth is a beautiful city located on the coast in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.  Port Elizabeth, known as the "Friendly City", with other towns in this district including Uitenage and Despatch.

Forming part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Port Elizabeth has stunning beaches, historical museums and memorials, award-winning wildlife sanctuaries and super friendly people, making it a spectacular holiday destination.

The city is the fifth largest populated city in South Africa, and the second largest city in area.  Port Elizabeth is also an important South African motor industry centre, and one of the country’s major seaports.

Port Elizabeth, or PE as it is widely known as, has many attractions and activities to keep the whole family entertained.  PE is home to one of the country’s major airports making this part of South Africa easily accessible from all over the World.

Activities

Centrally located to many national parks proudly offering the Big Seven of the animal kingdom, Port Elizabeth is a popular stop-over and stay for those travelling inland.

Incorporating 40 kilometres of beaches, with protected swimming areas, PE is an excellent beach lovers paradise.  Boat-based whale watching trips are operated from the Port Elizabeth harbour, where depending on the type of year will depend on the type of whale seen!  Humpback, Southern Right and Bryde’s, are often spotted.

There are many historical and cultural representations worth seeing, from the South African Air Force Museum to the Donkin Reserve lighthouse.  St George’s Park is iconic to PE and home to the St George’s cricket oval.

You will find Route 67 here, a collection of 67 pieces of art celebrating Nelson Mandela’s years of being devoted to public life.  It is a mixture of visual arts with urban design and heritage.  Nelson Mandela’s metal figure stands tall in the Donkin Reserve, symbolically leading the voting line of South Africans to the first democratic election.

The multi-purpose, multi-tiered Nelson Mandela Stadium is an impressive legacy to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and is also well worth a visit.

With game parks, snake parks, predator parks, play parks, a casino and oceanarium - the ‘Park’ list is absolutely endless, and with 101 documented “things to do in Port Elizabeth”, visitors can never say they will tire of visiting this amazing city!

Please see the activity directory for more information on all that is on offer in Port Elizabeth.

Accommodation 

Port Elizabeth has an extension list of accommodation options available, from bed and breakfasts, guest houses, self-catering units, game lodges, luxury hotels, camping and much more!  See the accommodation directory for options.  

Restaurants in Port Elizabeth

There are many restaurants on offer to suit every visitors budget.  There is a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs to choose from!

Businesses

Port Elizabeth has a thriving business community and provides a wide range of goods and services to its residents as well as surrounding communities and visitors. See our business directory for a list of businesses in Port Elizabeth or add your own free business listing.

Port Elizabeth Tourism Office Information
Web address: http://www.nmbt.co.za/
Telephone: +27 (0)41 582 2575
Fax: +27 (0)41 582 2573
E-mail: info@nmbt.co.za

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