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Sakhume Museum & Xhosa Culture Centre

The Walmer Township is one of the only areas in south Africa that avoided forced removals. The friendly community is poised to welcome you to their culture and to show you their history. Tours leave every hour on the hour Monday to Friday from the 14th June 2010. If you contact us before visiting, we will ensure a Xhosa Culture presentation. You will also be able to view a children's project and locals will be available to take you into the township to see shacks and local life first hand.

Pumba Private Game Reserve

Discover wildest Africa in true luxury at the Pumba Private Game Reserve in South Africa. This Eastern Cape safari lodge has achieved a 5-star rating for its unrivalled beauty, world-class service and the abundance of wild animals on its doorstep. In addition to the famous Big 5 (lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos and elephants), guests of the game reserve have the rare opportunity of seeing the magnificent White Lion, stalking prey and lazing under the trees in its natural environment.

OTHER   —  +27 46 603-2000 —  Map

Algoa Guest House

We are located in the beautiful upmarket seaside suburb of Summerstrand - only 200 metres from the beach and in close proximity to the airport, university, golf course, restaurants and casino. Tourists and business people alike enjoy a relaxing stay at Algoa Guest House. All suites are private and comfortable with a mini kitchenette and their own entrances and patios. Suites are serviced daily and have free internet access, TV’s and DVD facilities.

Pumba Private Game Reserve

Day guests can experience the Day Safaris, which are conducted all year round. Each package is tailored to the needs and wants of the individual group, but individual safari times will depend on the season. Visitors can look forward to seeing cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, hippos, lions, buffaloes, White Lions, leopards and a host of other exciting animals.

DO   —  +27 46 603-2000 —  Map

Barney's Tavarn

Lively pub. It overlooks Algoa Bay and is situated a stone's throw away from the water's edge. The pub has a great balcony, with good draughts and food. A local favorite, many Johannesburg travellers' first stop is at this watering hole to catch up with friends. Live music is available most weekend nights.

DRINK   —  +27 41 583-4500 —  At the Boardwalk

Alcyone Accommodation

Offers you self-catering accommodation in private en-suite units that sleep 2max, family unit sleeping 4-5, and a 1 bedroom apartment with views sleeping max 3; 500m from the beach, close to the Humewood Golf course and Hobbie Beach; self-contained, fully equipped and with complimentary Wi-Fi

Kings Beach Backpackers

Cool little backpackers with friendly staff. The staff can arrange safari trips to Addo and Schotia Safari Parks for around R1000 (be warned that this is R200 more expensive than doing it yourself, but this does include travel to and from the parks, which are approx 30 miles away.

Greenacres Shopping Centre

An excellent place to spend a Saturday at around noon. There are many, many shops and plenty of restaurants. There is a lively vibe over the weekend, and the mall can be reached easily. It is also commonly referred to as "The Bridge", because it is joined to the mall of that name.

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Soith End Museum

The South End Museum offers glimpses of the lost past.From its walk-on map,to historical photographsand displays of the life and times of the people of South End,the Museum provides a living memorial to the victims forcibly removed by the infamous Group Areas Act.

Fushin Sushi & Eastern Cuisine

Port Elizabeth's most exclusive sushi restaurant, this place is trendy, intimate and friendly. Located in the upmarket, historic area of Richmond Hill and very centrally located.

Conifer Beach House

4 Star accommodation. Saltwater swimming pool, 2 minutes walk from Kings Beach, off-street parking, laundry service, WiFi. Close to golf course, university and boardwalk casino.

Edward Protea Hotel

Located on the northern end of the Donkin Reserve. May have seen better times but still offers Edwardian style and wonderful views over the Donkin Reserve to the Ocean.

SLEEP   —  +27 41 586-2056 —  Belmont Terrace

African Dawn

African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary offers a selection of birds and wildlife to view including Cheetahs, Servals and much more. Braai and picnic places available.

DO   —  +27 42 2860-710 —  Thornhill

At Sta-Plus Guest House

Large sheltered swimming pool, BBQ facilities, off-street parking, laundry service. 150m from Pollock Beach, 5 min from golf course, university, or boardwalk casino.

Donkin Reserve

In memory of Rufane Donkin and his wife Elizabeth, after whom the city is named. The lighthouse built in 1861 is open to the public. PE tourism has their office here

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This is an excellent place for Indian food. The ambiance is nice, and the staff is extremely friendly. It is a great idea to catch a dinner at Rasoi when in PE.

The Beach Hotel

The four star hotel offers homely comfort in its 58 spacious, en-suite bedrooms with all modern amenities, a stunning pool deck and three superb restaurants.

SLEEP   —  +27 41 583-2161 —  Marine Dr

Kragga Kamma Game Park

You can either sleep in the camp or take self drives during the Day. White Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra and others. Excellent value small park.

DO   —  +27 41 379-4195 —  Map

Hacklewood Hill Country House

Unsurpassed luxury five star hotel in the classic country house tradition. Imagine a bygone era of colonial charm, good conversation and the fine dining.

Tour Nelson Mandela Bay City

See Town Hall, Feather Market Hall, the Old Post Office, Fort Frederick, Donkin Reserve, Settlers Park, and the Horse Memorial all in one fabulous tour.


Hobie, Humewood, Kings and Wells Estate Beach are the main swimming beaches. Humewood, Wells, Kings and Hobie have all been awarded Blue Flag status .

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The Admiralty Beach House

Located 100m from Summerstrands Beach, near Marine Drive. It features a wonderful garden and some rooms have sea-view. ADSL is available in all rooms

Eastern Cape Wilderness Motorcycle Tour

A motorcycle tour starting and ending in Port Elizabeth that takes you through the superb Eastern, Southern and Western Cape regions of South Africa.

DO   —  +27 41 373-7785 —  Map

Ginger Restaurant

The atmosphere is friendly, airy and chic and the food a combination of the finest, fresh ingredients with an Eastern Cape influence.

EAT   —  +27415831229 —  Marine Dr

Alexandria Dune Fields

The largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere is located just outside PE at the villages of Colchester and Cannonville.

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The Oyster Catcher

Located in the harbour. The seafood is particularly tasty. Very popular - if you want to get a table you must make a reservation.

EAT   —  +27 41 582-1867 —  Map

Voetsac Hiking Club

There are a number of hiking trail, and walks in and around the city: Maitland Nature Reserve, Aloe Hiking Trail and more.

DO   —  +27 41 581-2109 —  Map

Bishops Inn

Bishops Inn offers superior rooms and 1&2-Bedroom self-catering suites opposite Kings Beach. All rooms have Wi-Fi access.

SLEEP   —  +27 41 585-6828 —  14 Killarney Rd

News Cafe

Located at the Boardwalk and is always lively and full. They serve good food, and it is a nice place to catch a drink.

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Kragga Kamma Game Park

Luxury tents, thatched chalets, log cabins and thatched lodges. Book for two nights or more and get a free game drive

SLEEP   —  +27 41 379-4195 —  Map


Tea, coffee, light meals and fantastic pastries and cakes in a great location looking out over the sea.

Ocean Divers International

One of the oldest dive schools in South Africa. PADI courses, own training center with indoor pool.


The Maitland dune mountain is one of the largest in the country and perfect for sand boarding.

DO   —  +27 41 586-2276 —  Map

Ocean Grill

Seafood restaurant with classy and elegant decor ; serves good sushi and other seafood meals.


Has a museum, oceanarium and snake park. There are currently no dolphin performances.

Apple Express

A 100 km narrow gauge classic steam trip with a stop on the Van Stadens River Bridge.

DO   —  +27 41 583-2030 —  Map

Ibhayi Brewery Tours

Tour the beer brewery and have a couple of pints at the Bay and Barrel afterwards.

DRINK   —  +27 41 404-3527 —  47 Kohler St

Old Austria

Is just off Cape Road and is one of the classier restaurants in Port Elizabeth.

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Holiday Inn

Close to King's Beach. The hotel is a short walk away from Bayworld Aquarium.


Indulge yourself in succulent prawns, calamari, fish & chips and curries.

Cubana - Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth's most exclusive nightspot - definitely not to be missed!

Lungile Backpackers

Offers private single/ double rooms as well as dorms and has a pool.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

A selection of South African art, especially from the Eastern Cape.

Primi Coastal

A very trendy pizza restaurant ideally located on the beachfront.


The Pipe at Pollok Beach is where you want to go for surfing.

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No 7 Castle Hill Museum

Dating back to 1827, it is the oldest Settler cottage in PE.

SEE   —  +27 41 582-2515 —  Map

Raggy Charters

Whale Watching, Penguin Island Cruises and Fishing Charters

DO   —  +27 41 378-2528 —  Map

The Boardwalk

Offers several shops. fast-food restaurants and a casino

Walmer Park Shopping Centre

A nice place to eat at, and there are a few nice shops.

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Beachwalk B&B

60m from the beach and 400m from the Boardwalk. 4 star


Fantastic pizza, and has a very pleasant atmosphere.

Pine Lodge Resort

3 star log cabins in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve

Blue Waters Cafe

Well priced and has an excellent view of the ocean.

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Red Location Museum

The museum which bridges the past with the future

SEE   —  +27 41 408-8400 —  Map

The Mountain Club of South Africa

Climbs, walks and a rock climbing school.

DO   —  +27 41 365-5543 —  Map

Treetops Guest House

Free transfers to and from the airport

Blackbeards Tavern

Does a splendid Seafood Extravaganza.

Algoa Bay Yacht Club

Have a meal and go sailing

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Siyalcha Dolls

Traditional Xhoza dolls

BUY   —  +27 41 454-3465 —  Map

King Cab

Credit cards accepted.

OTHER   —  +27 41 368-5559 —  Map

Hurter Cabs

Credit cards accepted.

OTHER   —  +27 41 585-5500 —  Map

Jikeleza Lodge Backpackers

6 to 8 beds per dorm.

Ekhaya Pub

For African Jazz

DRINK   —  +27 41 586-1156 —  Map

Pro Dive

DO   —  +27 41 368-7880 —  Map

About Port Elizabeth

A perfect complement to the Garden Route, the Friendly City is a major sea port and tourist destination set along the beautiful shores of Nelson Mandela Bay. The centre of the South African motor industry is spoiled by moderate and warm temperatures all year round with scattered rain throughout the year - climatic attributes which contribute to an outstanding quality of life. A popular and significant destination for water sports, Port Elizabeth also offers many historical attractions, such as the Historic Donkin Heritage trail, taking visitors along the footsteps of the 1820 settlers. British heritage is reflected in the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, and the Oldest Bowling Green in South Africa. Port Elizabeth’s greatest treasures, however, are malaria-free wildlife areas in its vicinity, and clean beaches washed by warm water.

Port Elizabeth was founded by British settlers in 1820 and was named after the wife of Rufane Donkin, Acting Governor of the Cape Colony at that time. The city is located on the Algoa Bay and forms together with the neighboring towns of Uitenhage and Despatch the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality.

The tourist information centres are in the Donkin Reserve in the town center, at The Boardwalk (Marine Drive) and at the Airport Arrivals hall. See http://www.nmbt.co.za for more information and all other tourism related products.

Source: wikivoyage