There are countless places you should visit in Port Elizabeth, otherwise known as Gqeberha. Port Elizabeth is a city located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa and is known for being a major port with numerous, beautiful beaches. It is rich with natural beauty and deep South African heritage and history. You don’t need to go far to witness majestic sites and have powerful animal encounters.
Addo Elephant Park
The city is surrounded by vast nature reserves and one of them, Addo Elephant Park, is the at the top of our list of places you should visit in Port Elizabeth. As the name suggests, this beautiful South African Nature Reserve is choc-o-block full of the stunning African Elephant and other members of the Big 5. The park offers guided experiences and is also open to private cars taking a slow cruise through the park. So, whether you are in for the full tour with an experienced guide or your budget is on the tighter side, Addo Elephant Park has the perfect experience for you and your family.
The park is proud to have the Big 7, which includes the Big 5 and te Southern Right Whale and the Great White Shark. It’s the only park in the entire world with this claim to fame. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including different antelope and zebra species, but don’t get too caught up with the big game because the insects are just a fascinating. The park is also home to the Addo flightless dung beetle, which you can find nowhere other than the Addo Elephant Park.
Cruise down the Sundays River
The Sundays River is yet another incredible place to visit in PE. The views are spectacular and the birdlife is out of this world. We recommend taking advantage of the relaxing river cruise and slowly making your way down the river, catching some amazing birds on camera along the way. Guests are allowed to bring their own snacks and drinks, so this is the perfect budget-friendly trip for travelers who love to picnic. You can expect the cruise to be between 1.5 and 2.5 hours.
Route 67 and the Donkin Reserve
Finally on our list of places you should visit in Port Elizabeth is the Donkin Reserve and Route 67. This route is full of history, art, and culture. There is even a guided walk that takes you through the area. Route 67 highlights 67 artworks which have been created by Eastern Cape artists and it pays homage to the 67 years that Nelson Mandela in public service.
The Donkin reserve was established in 1820 by Sir Rufane Donkin who was the founder of Port Elizabeth. There is a memorial in the shape of a beautiful pyramid which was erected in honour of Sir Donkin’s wife, Elizabeth. His wife was so special to him that he named the town after her, a real-life love story. This park is a must-visit when passing through Port Elizabeth.