Join Eastern Cape Tourism on a journey as we explore places to visit in Port Elizabeth including heritage sites, 200 year old history and unending beaches of natural beauty.
Places to visit in Port Elizabeth.
From Fort Frederick to the Donkin Reserve and every nook and cranny in-between, come with us on a journey as we explore places to visit in Port Elizabeth including heritage sites, 200 year old history and beautiful beaches that the Eastern Cape’s “Windy City” has to offer. Running along South Africa’s east coast Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, also known as ï¿½The Bayï¿½ is home to a treasure trove of traveller gems waiting to be discovered. The largest southernmost city on the African continent, PE boasts a spectacular coastline, heartfelt hospitality and leisure and adventure experiences enjoyed by local visitors, business guests passing through and international travellers looking for an authentic SA costal experience.
Originally built in 1799 intentionally located on a natural vantage point along the Belmont Terrace, Fort Frederick continues to stand guard overlooking the Algoa bay Port Elizabeth. Home to a number of artefacts, weaponry and historic relics dating as far back as 200 years, it was around the fort that the original city of Port Elizabeth established itself. Steeped in history the fort is also the location of the final resting place of Captain Francis Evatt, Commandant of Fort Frederick between 1817 and 1847 where his grave is preserved in reembrace of having overseen the arrival of original settlers in 1820. With free access and open to the public form sunrise to sunset, find Fort Frederick at Port Elizabeth Central.
Forming part of Route 67 and the Donkin Heritage Trail Donkin Reserve including a pyramid and lighthouse is yet another popular place of interest in Port Elizabeth, welcoming local and international travellers to export this and scenic historic landmark. Overlooking the city of PE, the Donkin reserve features a 10 meter tall pyramid and lighthouse complete with a heartfelt inscription from Sir Rufane Donkin to his late wife Elizabeth whom the City of PE was named. Open to visitors on request at the Tourism Office find the Donkin Reserve near the Belmont Terrace on Donkin Street.
Paying homage to the 67 years that Nelson Mandela fought for social justice and freedom from the oppression of apartheid, Route 67 follows a series of 67 Public Art Exhibits including 67 steps in symbolism of steps taken towards our countryï¿½s freedom. Commissioned by local Eastern Cape artists, the route is followed by foot and is a much loved expedition exploring local heritage, South African History and art.
Easing their way along the Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth sees some of the oceans most impressive mammals passing past its shores between July and December each year. With various whale watching locations along the Port Elizabeth coastline visitors can expect to spot Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales as well as their friendly compatriots with an abundance
of pods of bottlenose dolphins. Popular locations for successful sightings include; Blue Water Bay, Humewood, Lovemore Park, Mill Park, Park Drive, Summerstrand, Walmer and Seaview.
Popular Swimming Beaches
Littered with ashy blond sand and unending coastline views, Port Elizabeth is one of the ideal family friendly beach breakaway destinations with suitable swimming and sunbathing beaches in every direction for as far as the eye can see. From Hobie Beach to King’s Beach, Blue Horizon Bay, Humewood Beach, Schoemakerskop and a number of other blue flag beaching, we love Port Elizabeth beaches because of their safe swimming, kite surfing and pet friendly locations perfect for long leisurely walks and sea-sand-and-surf fun in the sun for days!