Port Elizabeth has made great efforts over recent years to upgrade its entertainment, cultural, and natural sites. The Donkin Reserve in the city centre is one such example. Both open park space overlooking the harbour and fascinating cultural site, visitors can climb up the lighthouse for a 360-degree view, or pop into the tourism office for information on the self-guided city walking tours. The Boardwalk entertainment complex houses a casino, restaurants, bowling alley, miniature golf course, and various shopping outlets for a fun day or night out, or simply a quick break. It's located just across the road from the beach, so you're never far from the sun and sand. Speaking of the beach, there's no shortage of them in Port Elizabeth. Everyone's covered, from keen divers and snorkelers at Shark Rock Pier, swimmers at Kings and Hobie beaches, surfers at the Pipe, and picnickers at Sardinia Bay. If you rent a car in Port Elizabeth, you can explore all of these great beaches however way you like.
There's plenty to get you up and out of your accommodation in Port Elizabeth throughout the year. Support local artists and learn more about South African art at venues like Gallery Noko, the Athenaeum, and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. These locations put on various exhibitions and special events year-round. If you're looking to get outdoors, take a drive to the Lady’s Slipper Nature Reserve. The mountain here has a moderately challenging hike with fantastic panoramic views of the coastline at the peak. The Addo Elephant National Park is another short drive out of the city, and one of the best options for a safari near Port Elizabeth. If you’re up for some live sports, then catch a cricket match at St. George’s Park, the second-oldest cricket grounds in South Africa. Those who prefer football or rugby might get lucky and catch a game at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, one of the venues built specially for the 2010 football World Cup hosted by South Africa.
Nicknamed 'The Windy City' as well as 'The Friendly City’, Port Elizabeth is a calm and pleasant place to spend a few days. Daily flights to Port Elizabeth Airport are available through most South African domestic carriers. Port Elizabeth and the larger Nelson Mandela Bay municipality (formerly Algoa Bay) is known for many things. The backdrop to many of the country’s most vital anti-apartheid movements, it's also home to three blue-flag beaches with relatively warm Indian Ocean currents. Port Elizabeth is also a key stop before or after travellers hit the famed Garden Route along South Africa’s south coast.
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Driving in Port Elizabeth and its surrounds is overall a calm and pleasant experience, with little traffic on most days. Drivers travel on the left side of the road, and cars are right-hand drive. Be prepared for the odd steep slope, particularly around the old central areas, but many of these lead to fantastic vistas over the city, ocean, and surrounding nature reserves. There may also be one-way streets in the old central district and some residential areas, but these are always clearly marked with road signs. If you’re lucky you’ll spot dolphins on their daily commute up and down the coastline as you drive along the seafront!