Welcome to the Eastern Cape!
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!
Bukela Lodge is situated on the Amakhala Private Game Reserve 80km from Port Elizabeth. The lodge is 5-star graded and offers guests exclusive game viewing experiences within a 6000 hectare Game Reserve. Various dining options are available and luxurious accommodation.[more info]
Idwala Lodge is situated on a private concession on Lalibela Private Game Reserve. This intimate 4-chalet lodge offers guests a relaxed and informal African safari experience. With rights to traverse on Lalibela, Idwala Lodge guests get to experience a Big 5 safari and fantastic accommodation on a dramatic ridge overlooking a lush green valley. The discerning guest will receive individual attention and refined comfort when they visit Idwala Lodge.[more info]
Kwandwe Private Reserve is a 22,000 hectare reserve that offers guests fantastic game viewing and luxury accommodation. Ecca Lodge at Kwandwe offers guests 6 en-suite rooms that are very modern and stylish. Guest areas overlooking the Spekboom valleys and consist of a spacious sitting room with a fireplace, a dining room and a bar area and deep verandahs with large viewing decks for fantastic views over the Eastern Cape bush. Guests are treated with delicious meals prepared by the chef in the open plan and interactive kitchen. An interpretive centre offers alternative entertainment for guests and children of all ages.[more info]
Pumba Private Game Reserve is located in the heart of the Eastern Cape, only 105 km from Port Elizabeth in the malaria-free, Big Five game viewing region and only 15 minutes from the historical Grahamstown. Pumba offers guests two options through the lovely Water Lodge and the luxurious Msenga Bush Lodge, which is set against the beautiful Eastern Cape landscapes, thorn veld, grassland, thicket and forest, Pumba, invites you to experience the essence of ultimate African luxury and style.[more info]
The Addo Tour departs from Port Elizabeth and travels to the famous Addo Elephant National Park. The Addo Park is home to hundreds of African elephants and is also home to the Big 5: lions, buffalo, rhinos, and leopards.[more info]
This 7-day tour in the Eastern Cape gives visitors a great all-round experience, as guests will visit three very different areas of the Eastern Cape and be exposed to the diversity that coexists here.[more info]
An ultimate African safari for the discerning traveller. Enjoy the luxury of the Eastern Cape and be prepared to experience an incredible safari experience. This fully-inclusive packages includes great service and fantastic wildlife sightings.[more info]
Cape Flame Guest House is a stylishly decorated guesthouse in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth. It is decorated with a modern African theme reflecting the rich vibrant culture of the continent. Cape flame exceeds the 4star rating it has and guests are made to feel at home in this luxury guesthouse. Situated close to many attractions in Port Elizabeth it is an ideal place to base yourself whether you are visiting for business or pleasure.[more info]
Quality accommodation is offered by Forest Hall Bed & Breakfast in Walmer, Port Elizabeth. Suitable for leisure travellers and business travellers alike, Forest Hall offers all the amenities and facilities needed by the guest. All rooms have private separate entrances and patios overlooking the wooden garden in the quiet suburb of Port Elizabeth.[more info]
Hacklewood Hill Country House is an elegant and stately residence situated in the peaceful suburb of Walmer, Port Elizabeth. It is a 5-star establishment furnished with an electric mix of period furniture and exquisite antiques with fine fabrics. This is an elegant retreat that offers ultimate luxury for discerning travellers. This classic country house exudes comfort and warmth.[more info]
Ibhayi Guest Lodge is centrally located in the heart of Walmer, Port Elizabeth. It is ideally situated for business and leisure travellers to be able to get to any area of Port Elizabeth without hassles. Ibhayi Guest Lodge is a great place for a short visit to the friendly city with various facilities and amenities on offer. Ibhayi Guest Lodge strives to give their guests a relaxed and enjoyable stay.[more info]
On a mountain top near the hearth of the Sundays River Valley, Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm offers guests luxurious accommodation and fantastic views of the Zuurburg mountain range. Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm is the perfect getaway for couples, honeymooners or small groups just looking for a break. Only 4 km from the main gate of the Addo National Park, visits to this famous park are accessible and easy. Guests are sure to have a memorable stay at Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm, whether you are looking for adventure, or luxury or even just a short getaway, you will enjoy your stay here. [more info]
Addo Elephant Back Safaris and Lodge is located a short distance from Port Elizabeth and is set in the pristine valleys of the Zuurberg Mountains. This conservancy borders the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. This exclusive conservancy offers the ultimate getaway opportunity to both local and international travelers and is readily accessible irrespective of your means of travel.[more info]
Within the Sundays River Valley just a stone's throw from the Addo National Park and only 40 minutes from Port Elizabeth, one will find The Elephant House. It is an exclusive thatched colonial lodge, which offers fantastic accommodation in the Addo, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Elephant House is situated on a racehorse stud farm and is surrounded by rolling lawns and indigenous trees. In-house guides offer guided game drives into the Addo National Park for guests to enjoy a true Eastern Cape safari.[more info]
Cosmos Cuisine in the Sundays River Valley, only 10 minutes away from the famous Addo National Park in the Eastern Cape, is a 4-star guesthouse that offers guests luxury accommodation and an exquisite dining experience. Qualified guides can take you on a safari experience through the Addo National Park, to a Private Reserve, historical tours and touch tours can also be enjoyed. Having been invited to be part of the BEO Moët & Chandon restaurant guide Cosmos Cuisine is well known for their cuisine.[more info]
Welcome to the Eastern Cape!
Meet Neil Lyon and his team at Lyon Tours & Safaris, your local connection in the Eastern Cape. With an extensive knowledge of Port Elizabeth & Addo and a local staff working on the ground in the Eastern Cape, we put great emphasis on preserving our beautiful country and promoting responsible tourism. Speak with us for a real Eastern Cape experience![more]
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