Things To See in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth Things To See

No matter what you’re into be that visiting art galleries, catching the best waves or taking a million pictures of elephants, you’ll find something do here in PE. A seaside city, it’s rightly renowned for its beautiful beaches and aquatic activities, however, there’s plenty more on offer here too.

Some of the beaches to check out include Hobie Beach, King’s Beach and the beautiful white sand beaches out in Sardinia Bay, a short drive from the city centre. Here you can sunbathe or go for a swim. Other activities like surfing, fishing, snorkelling and kite surfing are also popular.

To learn a bit more about the area, head to the PE Museum. Your ticket here will also give you access to Bayworld, but really the main attraction in the complex is definitely the museum. Filled with interesting finds from Algoa Bay, you’ll see canons and more here, along with other exhibits covering PE’s history. Other popular museums in the city include the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, the South End Museum and the No. 7 Castle Hill Museum.

Those more interested in shopping will find plenty of places to check out too. The Boardwalk is a great spot to pick up interesting gift items, curios and more, while these can also be found at the King’s Beach Flea Market which takes place each Sunday. Shopping centres including Greenacres provide numerous stores for you to wander around and sell everything from clothing to electronics.

Attractions in Port Elizabeth

  • Port Elizabeth Museum

    Beach Road, Humewood, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Full of fascinating finds including a 15m skeleton of a Southern right whale, the PE Museum is well-worth a look. Along with its natural history exhibits, the museums also features artefacts recovered from the waters off PE, old guns, clothing, beadwork and plenty more.

    Open daily, 9am-4.30pm; admission R40 includes snake park and aquarium.

  • Addo Elephant National Park

    off the R342, Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Home to over 450 elephants, Addo provides visitors with some spectacular sightings of these powerful pachyderms. From little to large, you see them feeding, bathing, playing and getting on with the day to day of elephant life. Other animals also call Addo home including the fascinating dung beetle.

    Main entrance open daily 6am-6.30pm, main game area gate times vary with season; self-drive admission R130.

  • King’s Beach

    Humewood, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    A great spot for swimming, sunbathing and surfing, King’s Beach is well-loved by both locals and visitors. Stretching along for almost 2km, this golden beach also sports a number of facilities including changing rooms and ample parking.

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

    1 Park Drive, Central, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Housed in two buildings, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum features both permanent and temporary exhibits of African and international works of art. One of the most interesting pieces here is the lobster coffin from Ghana, while the gallery also boasts a Picasso.

    Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm, 1st Sun of month 9am-2pm; admission free.

  • Zulu Beads

    The Craft Workshop, The Boardwalk, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    One of the 20 or so excellent stalls in the Craft Workshop, Zulu Beads is especially captivating thanks to its range of colourful and meaningful jewellery. Speak to the lady at the stall who makes all these amazing pieces and she’ll tell your their traditional meanings such as their part of weddings and so on.

    Open Sun-Thurs 10am-7am, Fri 10am-10pm.

  • Kings Beach Flea Market

    Kings Beach Promenade, Humewood, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Stalls aplenty line the promenade at Kings Beach each and every Sunday. They offer a wide range of items to tempt the money from your wallet from bags to books and curios to clothes. There’s no shortage of choice here and the prices are right, which is why it’s such a well-attended event.

    Open Sundays 7am-4.30pm/5pm.

  • Walmer Park

    Cnr 16th & 17th Avenues, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    This sprawling shopping centre is home to more than 100 stores. From funky clothes to great-value gifts, you’ll find all you need here. There are a couple of large department stores here too, as well as electronics stores, bookshops and more besides.

    Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-2pm.

  • Surf Centre

    Shop B1 Dolphins Leap, Beach Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Surfers, from beginners to more experienced wave riders, will find all the equipment they need here at the Surf Centre. Part of a successful chain of stores, this shop offers wetsuits, surf boards and plenty more. Surf lessons are also available to purchase.

    Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 8.30am-5pm, Sun 9am-3pm.

  • Greenacres Shopping Centre

    Ring Road, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    A short drive from the town centre, Greenacres is the largest shopping centre in PE. Spead out over a couple of floors, it features clothing stores like Legit and Truworths, department stores like Ackermans and Clicks, a selection of first-rate jewellery stores and many, many more.

    Open Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 8.30am-5pm, Sun 9am-2pm.

  • Hobie Beach

    , Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Awarded a Blue Flag, Hobie Beach is one of the city’s most-visited sandy stretches and is frequented by both locals and visitors. Swimmers enjoy the waters under the watchful eye of lifeguards, while sunbathers top up their tans on the golden sand.

  • Donkin memorial

    , Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Part of the historically important Donkin Reserve, this pyramid-shaped memorial was built to honour Elizabeth, the late wife of Sir Rufane Donkin who was a governor of the Cape Province. There’s a touching plaque inscribed on the memorial, and once you’ve had a look don’t forget to check out the cool views of the bay you get from this part of the Reserve.

  • Sardinia Bay Beach

    , Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    The slog up the golden sand dunes is totally worth it when you get to the top and see Sardinia Bay’s stunning beach stretched out beneath you. While you’re here you’re bound to see a good smattering of locals walking their dogs, enjoying the waves or even horse riding along the strand.

  • St. George’s Park

    , Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    This is a beautiful expanse of green spaces, colourful flowerbeds and plenty more. It’s the city’s oldest park and today includes cricket grounds and swimming baths. On warm and sunny days the park is especially busy with people turning out for a walk or to sit under the trees and savour the shade.

    Open daily Sept-Mar 6am-7pm, Apr-Aug 7am-5pm.

  • Shark Rock Pier

    , Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Built in the late 90s to stop beach erosion, Shark Rock Pier is a great place for a stroll, especially at night when you can watch the sunset over the city and turn the sky a series of striking colours. If you’re lucky or if it’s the right season, you might be able to spot dolphins or even whales from the end of the pier.

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