Adventures in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is a great little city built around the beautiful Algoa Bay, part of which falls under the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. The bay is gorgeous from every aspect so, with its fantastic beaches, interesting harbour and unusual offshore islands it’s a great place to do a scenic boat trip.

There are also great museums and all the usual urban pleasures but it’s the areas surrounding PE that offer the best adventures. Towards the eastern end of the bay is the mouth…

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Adventures in Port Elizabeth
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Port Elizabeth is a great little city built around the beautiful Algoa Bay, part of which falls under the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. The bay is gorgeous from every aspect so, with its fantastic beaches, interesting harbour and unusual offshore islands it’s a great place to do a scenic boat trip.

There are also great museums and all the usual urban pleasures but it’s the areas surrounding PE that offer the best adventures. Towards the eastern end of the bay is the mouth of the Sundays River and, a little way upstream where the N2 crosses the river, is the beginning of a great self-guided overnight canoe trail.

Still further inland is the central part of the Addo National Park and Addo Elephant-Back Safaris, where you can ride an elephant. To the west is the beautiful Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve that, as well as offering great hikes and wonderful flowers is an excellent paragliding launch site – one of many in this hilly and windy area.

Port Elizabeth Adventures

Big Swing

Whether you are a resident of Port Elizabeth or are beginning or ending a Garden Route holiday make the most of your time in ‘PE’ and discover the beautiful Sundays River Valley, one of Port Elizabeth’s prime adventure hubs and home to one of the country’s best Big Swings! The...

Boat Trips

Port Elizabeth boat trips in the famous Algoa Bay (Nelson Mandela Bay municipality) visited for the first time by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488 is still one of Port Elizabeth’s most magnificent bay cruises and best kept secrets.  The bay is home to two major harbours and St Croix and Brenton Island. ...

Canoeing

The Sundays River is a gentle, flat, tidal river a short drive from Port Elizabeth. A self-guided canoe trail leaves from near where the N2 crosses the river and heads upstream where you can overnight before returning the following day. It’s a scenic trip with lots of birds and pretty river banks....

Deep Sea Fishing

The marine environment is the largest habitat on Earth. Spend some time exploring the deep blue sea, home to a wide variety of oceanic pelagic fish, on a Deep Sea Fishing Adventure in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of Port Elizabeth. A Deep Sea Fishing adventure with our operators is a day in...

Elephant Back Safaris

Enjoy the surrounding bush near Port Elizabeth from your lofty seat at the back of an African elephant! Elephants are magnificent creatures. Male African elephants are the largest terrestrial animals and can reach a height of up to 4 metres and weigh 7 000 kg. Their incisors grow into tusks that serve...

Elephant Experience

Just a few hours drive north of Port Elizabeth, into the Zuurberg Mountains, you will enter the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park, one of Port Elizabeth’s amazing reserves.  More than 600 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo and a host of other wildlife roam the park. In this region you also have...

Fishing

Before you embark on a Fishing Adventure in Port Elizabeth, we need to give you fair warning – Fishing is seriously addictive. There is a good chance that you will develop a habit of whistling as you set of on early morning adventures and you may find yourself in a state of bliss as you cast your...

Fly Fishing

Teach a child to fish and you will not only eat delicious brain food, you will also embark on a lifelong passion! Fishing is a relaxing way to spend time together. It teaches patience and how to pay attention and the rewards of the first catch is something that you will not soon forget! Port Elizabeth...

Kayaking

The location of Port Elizabeth near sea and river makes this city a haven for water sports enthusiasts. The city is stretched along Algoa Bay with its many beautiful beaches and only a short drive away is the wide Sundays or Nukakamma River. This location means endless possibilities for a Kayaking Adventure....

Paragliding

There are some excellent paragliding launch sites near Port Elizabeth so it’s a good place to learn to paraglide, or just to do a tandem flight. Some of the more popular flying sites nearby include Lady’s Slipper and the Maitland River Mouth.

Power Boating

The city of Port Elizabeth stretches along an inlet that is a waterman’s haven. Algoa Bay is a fantastic playground for all types of water sports. Our operators in Port Elizabeth share this wonderful bay with you on a Power Boating Adventure where you can feel the thrill of a fast ride on a power...

Quad Biking

If you bring your own all-terrain vehicle (ATV) you can join an escorted quad bike trail in the Sundays River Valley near Port Elizabeth and the Greater Addo Elephant National Park.

Sand Sledding

For a fun all-year-around activity that it suited for everyone, try sand sledding in Port Elizabeth. On a sand sledding (or sand sleighing) adventure, you will explore the great sand dunes around the Sundays River. Bring comfortable clothes and a sense of adventure for this fun day in the sun!

Sandboarding

When you feel the need for a day of adrenaline, speed and fun in the sun, come along to the banks of the Sundays River near Port Elizabeth and try your hand at Sandboarding. A sandboard is similar to a snowboard. You stand on the board that has been adapted to glide smoothly over sand, strap your feet...

Scuba Diving

I think most of you will be extremely surprised at the quality and variety of diving available around Port Elizabeth.  Still in the Indian ocean but classified as cold water scuba diving, PE has some of the best cold water diving in Port Elizabeth.  There are shore entries, boat diving, wrecks...

Snorkeling

Algoa Bay is home to beautiful reefs, shipwrecks and a wide variety of fish and colourful soft coral species. Port Elizabeth also prides itself on the Blue Flag status of its beaches. Devil’s Reef at Humewood Beach is one of the many great Snorkeling spots in Port Elizabeth.  Here you can snorkel...

Stand up paddle Surfing (SUP)

Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP), an offshoot of surfing that originated in Hawaii, is taking the world by storm. An SUP is a versatile craft. You can take a leisurely paddle on flat water in lakes. A ‘downwinder’ is a paddle with the wind in your back. This is a fun way to explore any coastline,...

Sunset Cruises

When it comes to relaxation, it is hard to beat toasting the setting sun on a Sunset Cruise. The famed multi-hued sunsets of Algoa Bay near Port Elizabeth is the perfect setting for this adventure. As the sun dips below the sea, raise a toast to the natural beauty of this wild region and catch some...

Teambuilding

You can bring your whole team, division or company to Port Elizabeth for tailor-made corporate teambuilding, incentives or conferences. You can choose between some hectic adrenaline activities like abseiling or fire walking and some more gentle adventure activities like quad bike tours on four-wheel...

Wakeboarding

Port Elizabeth stretches for 16 kilometres along Algoa Bay. Here, forty kilometres east of the city, the Sundays River empties into the Indian Ocean. All that water opens up endless possibilities for water activities. Wakeboarding is one of the fastest water sports. It was developed from a combination...

Waterskiing

The Sundays River flows from the Compassberg Mountains, winding its way past Addo into the Sundays River Valley where it empties into the Indian Ocean at Algoa Bay, 40 kilometres east of the city of Port Elizabeth. This wide river is a perfect spot for a Waterskiing Adventure.  Waterskiing is for...

Whale Watching

Your chances of seeing bottlenose dolphins, seals and penguins are excellent on a boat-based whale watching (SABBWWA) trip from Port Elizabeth Harbour. And, yes, you are quite likely to see whales, too, especially in winter, when southern right whales frolic in the warm waters of Algoa Bay. All trips...

Zip Line

Port Elizabeth attracts intrepid adventurers from all over the world and is one of Port Elizabeth’s premier adventure hotspots. While in ‘PE’ many travellers head 45 minutes north to experience the natural beauty of the Sundays River Valley, and for a unique and exciting viewpoint of...