Top attractions in Port Elizabeth
Scenic Port Elizabeth, affectionately known as the "Friendly City," may be Africa's carefree water sports capital today, but a visit to Fort Frederick shows how the garrison once provided crucial protection for British colonists against raids by French marauders from the harbor during the Napoleonic Wars.
With a history stretching through the founding of Cape Colony by the Dutch East India Company, back to early European visitors such as Bartholomew Dias and Vasco de Gama, back even further to the ancients who first inhabited the area roughly 100,000 years ago, Port Elizabeth is steeped in culture and rich heritage.
Tourists from all over the world appreciate the depth and variety of day trips beginning in Port Elizabeth, from short, half-day jaunts to multiple day tours.
One can visit the townships to get a true sense of contemporary South African life, enjoy the cuisine and get friendly with the residents and legendary folk artists as they welcome you into their homes, treating you like royalty deserving the joyful local hospitality.
Devote a full day to an excursion through world-renowned Addo Elephant Park. Along the way, you are sure to spot rhino, zebra, buffalo and antelope, too.
For an even deeper glimpse into the world of African animals like giraffe, white lion, and the mysterious leopard, be sure to book the unbeatable Pumba Private Game Reserve tour.
What people are saying about Port Elizabeth
The city tour of Port Elizabeth was just terrific. My Guide Lee has incredible knowledge of the history of the country, the city and the inhabitants themselves, his interest and knowledge of the 67 artworks of P.E. is impressive. The tour takes place partly on foot and partly in the car. It was more than a "normal" city tour. He has shown me special place of the city. The neighborhood for start-ups, a neighborhood of great restaurants, cafes and bars, the "factory" district and much more. Lee is passionate about his tours. I can highly recommend this.
We did the day trip to the Addo Park with our guide Elvis and it was awesome! Great guude who knows anything about animals even the smallest and can track them very good so we saw 4 of the Big 5 and many more animals! He took care of us and made even great pictures of the animals with our phones/cameras! The lunch was so nice and healthy with all you need on apicnic place! Would highly recommend Elvis as a guide and the trip!!
We loved our day at Addo with Elvis. Lot’s of passion, knowledge and humor. Lot’s of fun and a wonderful lunch break. Well organized. Sit back and relax he said and it was true! Spotted lot’s of awesome animals even lions!
Very nice tour, money well spent. I would have appreciated a full itinerary of what was included as requested, as the tour was very much a magical mystery tour!
Good one day trip although probably spent too much time driving around as we had seen most available animals quite quickly.