Port Elizabeth Adventures

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…

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Adventures in Port Elizabeth
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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.

Activity List

Port Elizabeth Adventures

Beach Horse Rides

Beach horse rides in Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha). 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...

Big Swing

Big Swing in Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha), South Africa. 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...

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

Canoeing Trips in Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha). 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...

Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing in Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha). 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...

Elephant Experience

Elephant Experience in Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha). 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...

Fishing

Fishing in Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha). 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...

Horse Riding

Horse riding in the Port Elizabeth area takes in beautiful nature trails or the lovely beaches of the area. This is a region rich in natural beauty with deserted beached, rugged sea cliffs and coastal dunes. Novice horse riders are warmly welcomed and can be reassured that the horses they ride are well-schooled...