Sunny Port Elizabeth delights with its long beaches, perpetually pleasant South Africa weather and Port Elizabeth accommodation options, whilst the exciting Addo Elephant National Park is located only about an hour's drive away from the city. Exploring the Eastern Cape region is a wonderful experience encompassing wildlife, beaches, hiking trails, heritage monuments, and sports activities.
Port Elizabeth is thought of as the watersport capital of Africa, whilst Addo Elephant Park is the third largest park in South Africa and a sanctuary for elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhino, and antelope; the perfect spot for an Eastern Cape safari!
Taking a Port Elizabeth tour of the older parts of the city is a great way to learn about its history. There is something terribly romantic about the old Victorian buildings with their sombre woodwork and plaster railings, many of which have been converted into top Port Elizabeth hotels. (A note for history enthusiasts: Port Elizabeth was named after the wife of one of the governors of this region when it was under British rule). Art lovers must tour the King George Art Gallery. The Donkin Heritage Trail is another notable tourist attraction.
There are many museums in Port Elizabeth as well. The St. Croix Motor Museum is very popular among lovers of vintage cars. The cars are displayed by the dozens, each representing an era of elegance and luxury. You can also hop on to a steam train for a very short ride on a narrow gauge track.
Nature lovers will love exploring the nature trails near the city. The Van Staden's Reserve is resplendent in its natural beauty - the lush green stalks and delicate blooms add to the picturesque loveliness of the land. There are plenty of Eastern Cape safaris to choose from.
Not far from Port Elizabeth lies the Addo Elephant Park, a famous South Africa game reserve. Elephants and lions are two of the chief residents of the park. You may also spot leopards and rhinos. Immerse yourself in a wildlife adventure by staying at the best Addo Elephant Park accommodation options; there are plenty of guesthouses and hotels in Addo Elephant Park to choose from. Jeep tours in Addo and elephant rides are two of the most popular ways of exploring the forest, but you can also explore by horse-back, guided walks and hiking. And of course there is the famous Eastern Cape safari!
Port Elizabeth's laidback lifestyle is in sheer contrast to its gleaming infrastructure, quality Port Elizabeth hotels and growing economy. The Windy City, as the locals call it, is easily explored. Many Port Elizabethans will proudly tell you that it takes no more than twenty minutes to cover the distance between any two points in town. You can use our Port Elizabeth and Addo map to find a hotel in Port Elizabeth and Addo based on its location.
The city's complicated and at times tumultuous past has reconciled itself well with the present, which today is a growing metropolis of Port Elizabeth accommodation and infrastructure. Much before the Apartheid regime, there were the Boer Wars and the conflict between African communities and European settlers. Today, Port Elizabeth is a much quieter and peaceful place, with only the old monuments bearing testament to how far the city has come.
If you are looking for a South Africa holiday that balances urban time with a South African safari, then a stay in Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape is the perfect choice. Divide your time between exploring the city and the Addo Elephant Park. Find your perfect Addo Elephant Park hotel and experience the majestic African animals up close and personally.
Don't hesitate to contact your local connection in the Eastern Cape. We are here to introduce you to the region!