Often overlooked by travelers in search of glitz and glamour, Port Elizabeth is probably South Africa’s best-kept secret. This all-round, value for money, holiday destination has so much to offer. With its unspoiled beaches, rolling sand dunes and warm Indian Ocean, Port Elizabeth is heaven on earth for nature lovers. Here are 4 things you have to do when you visit South Africa’s friendliest city.
As one of the most vibrant and happening streets in Port Elizabeth, Stanley Street is a must-visit in the Friendly City and makes for a memorable eat out. Stanley Street is Port Elizabeth’s answer to Joburg’s Maboneng, Durban’s Rivertown Precinct and Cape Town’s Bree Street. Set in Richmond, one of Port Elizabeth’s oldest suburbs, there is a friendly atmosphere with restaurant tables spilling out onto the sidewalk and fairy lights in the trees.
Addo Zipline Tour
This is the longest dual zipline experience in South Africa and one of the most fun things to do in Port Elizabeth! For safety purposes, they have an automated stopping system so that you can chill out and take it all in without worrying about slowing down. Make the most of your time in Port Elizabeth with an adventurous, side-by-side twin ziplines at speeds up to 37 mph (60 kph), then climb aboard a giant swing that drops from 59 feet (18 meters).
Horse-riding at Sardinia Bay
Kick up some of Port Elizabeth’s golden sand and surf and go for a leisurely stroll along the beach. The exquisite expanses of the Sardinia Bay Beach are the backdrop and adventure hotspot for those making use of Heavenly Stables. Horses are chosen according to the riders’ capabilities and confidence. All riding levels are catered to, to ensure the safety and comfort of both the rider and the animal.
Addo Elephant National Park
Port Elizabeth is the only city in South Africa with a “Big 5” national park only 30 minutes away. In fact, Addo Elephant National Park is the only national park to boast the “Big 7” (Big 5 plus Great White Sharks and Southern Right Whales). Don’t get carried away with focusing on all the big things – Addo Elephant National Park is also brimming with thousands of little creatures which guarantee an unforgettable day out.
There are so many interesting things to do in Port Elizabeth. Make sure you visit these four places to make your visit to PE a bit more special. If you’re looking for awesome job opportunities in South Africa, make sure you click through to our job section.