Port Elizabeth

Travel Guide
Hobie Beach which includes a sandy beach, general coastal views and a coastal town

Explore exciting game reserves, historical museums and miles of beaches in “The Friendly City”, a beach-loving city on South Africa’s Sunshine Coast.

Port Elizabeth is known for its beautiful beaches, charming downtown area and wildlife spotting opportunities. The city sits along the shores of Nelson Mandela Bay, at the western edge of the Sunshine Coast. Founded by British settlers in the early 1800s, Port Elizabeth’s history, scenery and clean surf breaks make it a haven for backpackers, surfers, families and young couples alike.

Port Elizabeth features 25 miles (40 kilometers) of pristine beaches, which stretch along Algoa Bay and Nelson Mandela Bay. Swim in the calm waters of King’s Beach and learn about the Eastern Cape’s underwater world at Bayworld. Enjoy family-friendly beach fun at Humewood Beach, one of South Africa’s oldest Blue Flag beaches. Hobie Beach is an exciting destination for surfing, windsurfing and scuba diving. Spot migrating whales from Shark Rock Pier and join local cultural festivals.

Discover Port Elizabeth’s history on the Donkin Heritage Trail, a self-guided walk past approximately 50 historical city center sights. Among these are Market Square, Donkin Reserve, No. 7 Castle Hill Museum and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Follow Route 67 to discover 67 public works of art that celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 67-year contribution to politics and anti-apartheid movements. Learn about local apartheid struggles at the South End Museum. Step onboard military aircraft at the South African Air Force Museum.

Rent a car or join an organized tour and visit the nearby wildlife centers for the chance to spot Africa’s famous “big five” animals. See buffalo, cheetahs and giraffes roaming free at Kragga Kamma Game Park. Get up close to lions at Seaview Predator Park. Find Addo Elephant Park, Amakhala Game Reserve and Shamwari Game Reserve within 90-minutes’ drive from the city.

Reach Port Elizabeth by flying to Port Elizabeth International Airport, just a 10-minute drive from the city center. Get around using public buses, low-cost taxis or a rented car. With plenty of outdoor activities, average temperatures of 63°F (17°C) and the mild water of the Indian Ocean, Port Elizabeth is a true year-round destination.

Where to stay in Port Elizabeth

The Paxton Hotel
The Paxton Hotel
4 out of 5
Carnarvon Place, Humerail, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6001
The price is £55 per night from 21 Jun to 22 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (124 reviews)
Awesome
"Overall good stay Good location Ladies at reception where exceptional as well as the other friendly staff Will definitely stay here again"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

The Paxton Hotel
The Beach Hotel
The Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6000
The price is £85 per night from 28 May to 29 May
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (272 reviews)
"Brilliant Hotel with lovely Art Deco-styled stain glass features. I enjoyed my stay there. If I ever go back to PE, I will choose the Beach Hotel Again."

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2022

The Beach Hotel
The Boardwalk Hotel
The Boardwalk Hotel
4 out of 5
Beach Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6001
The price is £123 per night from 3 Jun to 4 Jun
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 13 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (191 reviews)
nice hotel
"the hotel is nice , and we had to big window to the beautiful seaside."

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2021

The Boardwalk Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Wilmot Cottages
Wilmot Cottages
3.5 out of 5
13 Bradley Rd, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6019
The price is £45 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Hobie Beach and The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Excellent
"It was amazing , the place is clean with a high quality of privacy ."

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2020

Wilmot Cottages
Paxton Luxury Apartments
Paxton Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
1 Humewood Rd, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6001
The price is £48 per night from 3 Jun to 4 Jun
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and barbecues. Popular attractions Bayworld and Humewood Beach are located nearby. ...
3.8/5 Good! (4 reviews)
Best stay ever!
"Best accommodation we have ever stayed at. So spacious. Gorgeous views. Brand new equipment. Stand alone bath was a highlight. Staff so friendly and helpful. We will highly recommend Paxton."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2021

Paxton Luxury Apartments
Island Way Villa
Island Way Villa
4 out of 5
2 Hartley Road, Parsons Hill, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 6001
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly villa in Port Elizabeth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a business centre. Popular attractions Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium ...
3.2/5 (5 reviews)
Don’t approach.
"It is not a villa! It is an apartment and we did not have enough place to sleep..... One of us slept on a he couch. In the reservation it was written that it includes breakfast but... no breakfast. The owner didn’t want to give us any indemnity. Don’t approach!"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2018

Island Way Villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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