Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha) 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.