Qgeberha (previously known as Port Elizabeth) Adventures and Things To Do.
Recently given the tongue-taxing name Gqeberha to reflect its pre-colonial past this laid-back city sprawls in a sun-and-sea embrace along South Africa’s Eastern Cape Coastline. Though often seen as a springboard to other more alluring places Gqeberha has its own appeal. It is one of South Africa’s most relaxed and uncrowded cities. All things related to sea and surf define it, producing a top family-friendly destination where curly-wurly ice creams on the beach, surf lifesaving competitions, and hardcore surfski races live side by side. Long summer days, a temperate climate, gorgeous soft sandy beaches mean sea and beach activities rule.
The flagship sporting event of Gqeberha is the Ironman, but there are many gentler ways to explore the stunning beaches and coastal nature reserves. With pristine, uncrowded beaches close to the city, beach horse riding is a popular activity. Perfect coastal conditions tempt travelers to take up surfing. The presence of large pods of dolphins and whales- Southern right, humpback, and Bryde - in season, draws visitors out on relaxing boat cruises. The wide meandering Sundays River offers passage for dreamy inland exploration on kayak or ferry. This is the adventurer’s way to admire a place where 5 biological biomes intersect. In the tangled thickets along the riverbank, birds add splashes of color, and fascinating flora, like the carbon-fixing wonder plant known as Spekboom, thrives. Giant sand dunes give thrill seekers a gravity-fed ride of their life.
The city's quaint historic heart and trendy art and coffee vibe provide refuge on windy days. Gqeberha delivers breezy brilliance for at least 6 months, peaking in October, and draws kite and windsurfers to its shores.
Even though it’s all sun, sea, sand, and surf action in Gqeberha you can’t separate this city from its inland jewel- the Addo Elephant National park. A park that protects a diverse and wonderful collection of landscapes and animals as well as its namesake. Gqeberha is also a well-known entry point for tourists heading to the Garden Route on a guided road trip or self-drive.
Things that are well-loved and full of character get nicknames and Gqeberha certainly has its fair share of those; PE, iBhayi, die Baai, the windy city, the friendly city, and Mandela Bay. Come and land in this welcoming, happy place and enjoy an active holiday with easy access to the soul of the sea and a wide selection of adventures.