Port Elizabeth Adventures

Port Elizabeth Adventures and Fun Things To Do.

Port Elizabeth (also known as Nelson Mandela Bay) sits with all the rich history of one of South Africa’s oldest cities on the coast of the sparkling blue Algoa Bay part of which falls under the Greater Addo Elephant Park. Known colloquially as the friendliest city in South Africa everything that an adventure seeker looks for is near at hand; warm water with rich marine life, starring that most charismatic of all sea animals, the dolphin,…

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Port Elizabeth Adventures and Fun Things To Do.

Port Elizabeth (also known as Nelson Mandela Bay) sits with all the rich history of one of South Africa’s oldest cities on the coast of the sparkling blue Algoa Bay part of which falls under the Greater Addo Elephant Park. Known colloquially as the friendliest city in South Africa everything that an adventure seeker looks for is near at hand; warm water with rich marine life, starring that most charismatic of all sea animals, the dolphin, plenty of sunshine and sweeping dune-backed beaches all offer perfect conditions for outdoor activities.

Horse riding and hiking are just some of the ways to explore the natural areas that are found close to and even, unusually, within the city. This is an area where 5 distinct biomes converge, in particular, the extremely important forest, thicket and fynbos biomes which is why Port Elizabeth has so many nature reserves including the beautiful Van Stadens Wildflower reserve just 30 minutes from the city.

The Sundays River, wide and sleepy, empties into Algoa Bay offering canoeing adventures and, if you prefer to hold a beer in your hand rather than a paddle, river cruises.

Port Elizabeth is also the gateway to some of the best and most authentic safari experiences in South Africa where all of the big-five can be observed in evocative game-abundant bushveld. If you’re all adventured out, or its too windy to for your preferred adventure activity (PE is not called The Windy City for nothing) then the city, with its buzzing 5km stretch of beach front promenade, vibrant museum and art gallery district and fast developing foodie and coffee culture heaven will keep you more than happy.

Port Elizabeth Adventures

Beach Horse Rides

There’s nothing more evocative and beautiful than a horse galloping along the silver shore in the early morning light. Here’s your chance to be part of that magic. Carefully supervised outings with horses chosen to suit your level of riding experience will soon have you riding along one...

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 South Africa’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 South Africa’s most magnificent bay cruises and best kept secrets.  The bay is home to two major harbours and St Croix and Brenton Island. ...

Canoeing

With proper equipment, canoeing is one of the best ways to introduce the whole family to an outdoor adventure because the littler ones don’t have to put in any hard effort. The Sundays River is a gentle, flat, tidal river a short drive from Port Elizabeth. A self-guided canoe trail leaves from...

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 South Africa. A Deep Sea Fishing adventure with our operators is a day in...

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 South Africa’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...

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

Only 10 minutes outside of Port Elizabeth is a training dune where paragliders learn to fly throughout the year. But if you just want to just try a flight, soaring above the dunes with views of the sea, then a tandem flight is the way to go. Port Elizabeth's coastal launch sites benefit from an...

Quad Biking

From the tranquillity of the Sundays River and through scented citrus orchards, quad biking near Port Elizabeth has so much to offer visitors. Tracks take riders to the best viewpoints from where you can see the ocean to spot dolphins and, in season, whales. Various route offerings take in historic...

Sand Sledding

Sand sleds, which are wider and longer than sand boards, are easy to ride and suitable for all ages - from young children to the young at heart. Only 40 kilometres from Port Elizabeth are the Alexandria Coastal Dunes where you can sand sled until you run out of energy. Experienced instructors offer...

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 South Africa.  There are shore entries, boat diving, wrecks...

Segway Tours

Segway Tours Port Elizabeth. View our list of our segway tour operators in Port Elizabeth - Dirty Boots

Slackpacking

Before the concept of slackpacking was conceived, multi-day hiking was the preserve of the super fit and relatively young, those who were strong enough to carry everything and the kitchen sink in massive 65litre plus packs and OK to rough it in draughty mountain cabins or flapping tents. Slackpacking...

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...

Sunset Cruises

As the sun signs out, there's no better place to be than on the water. Cruise the Sundays River at sunset to experience the estuary at the time of day when many creatures are heading home, like the waterbirds retiring to their overnight roosts, and others are emerging. Sunset cruises present a wonderful...

Teambuilding

Team building in Port Elizabeth. An array of exciting teambuilding activities are available for groups in the Port Elizabeth area. While a boat charter will unite your group in a shared experience of marine sightings, active adventures are also available. Depending on the size of your group, consider...

Zip Line

Port Elizabeth attracts intrepid adventurers from all over the world and is one of South Africa’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...