Adventures in Port Elizabeth
Did you know?
Port Elizabeth's Oceanarium features daily seal shows at 11am and 3pm.
Many of the adventure activities to be enjoyed in Port Elizabeth have an association with the ocean that marks the eastern border of this coastal city, located in South Africa's Eastern Cape province.
With 40km of unspoiled coastline, golden sandy beaches and rocky shores, angling is a much-favoured pastime, while a more challenging option is to join a deep-sea fishing charter and head out into the Indian Ocean to try your luck.
Spend a morning learning about the fish found in Algoa Bay by visiting the Oceanarium at Bayworld, or discover many species that inhabit offshore wrecks off the Port Elizabeth coastline by going diving.
A popular scuba diving site is St Croix Island, 20km from the Port Elizabeth harbour, where fishing is prohibited and the result is large populations of penguins and cormorants. The best time for diving is during the winter months, when visibility is between 8 and 15 metres.
Port Elizabeth also boasts superb beaches such as Kings Beach, Hobie Beach for watersports and beach festivals, Pollock Beach for surfing, Blue Status Humewood Beach and Bluewater Bay, with its choice of long walks.
If you're a keen cyclist, there are a number of mountain biking trails, the most popular being the 23km Baakens River trail and the 22km circular route along the Swartkops Valley Nature Reserve.
Port Elizabeth also features 4x4 trail territory to suit varying skill levels, and 4x4 sojourns into the Valley of Desolation are a big hit with adventure-seekers. In the area there are also opportunities to enjoy quad biking, dune biking and horse rides along the beach or in wildlife reserves.
For extreme adventurers there is sea kayaking and canoeing, and the natural crags near the city provide a landscape suited to rock climbing, gorge gliding, abseiling and paragliding.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Donkin Reserve, Lighthouse Building
Central Port Elizabeth
Tel: +27 (0)41 585 8884
Fax: +27 (0)41 585 2564
How to get here
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth is easily accessible by aircraft, car or bus.
Around the area
Storms River Bridge – home to the world’s highest commercial bungee jump – is not far away.
Tours to do
A trip to the Valley of Desolation is a must for adventure-seekers.
Hiring a car will be useful.
Length of stay
Spend a week or two in the Eastern Cape, exploring the various adventure options.
Where to stay
There are good-quality hotels and bed-and-breakfasts in Port Elizabeth.
What to eat
The seafood is excellent.