Destinations & Attractions in Port Elizabeth, in Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth Destinations & Attractions

Situated in the Eastern Cape in South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole is one of six Metropolitan municipalities in South Africa. It is located on the shores of Algoa Bay, and comprises the city of Port Elizabeth, the nearby towns of Uitenhage and Despatch as well as the surrounding rural area.

Nelson Mandela Bay is the only metropolitan area that was allowed by the former president to bear his name. By adopting his name, the metro strives to support the "spirit of freedom" eminent in the life and all-time philosophy of this great man.

Port ElizabethPort Elizabeth

Being previously mainly Port Elizabeth, it was founded as a town in 1820 to house British settlers as a way of strengthening the border region between the Cape Colony and the warlike Xhosa tribe. Today, the estimated population of Nelson Mandela Metropole comprises over 1.5 million, making it South Africa's 5th largest city in terms of population and the second largest in terms of area. This bustling seaport city boasts a relaxed and almost laid-back atmosphere. Here, one will experience year-round fun and excitement. The warm, dry summers and mild winter temperatures lure water sport enthusiasts from all over the country to the Nelson Mandela Metropole throughout the year.

The Nelson Mandela Metropole flaunts a truly exquisite and undulating coastline dotted with the occasional surfers seeking the ultimate waves. The breathtaking seashore boasts a perfect combination of warm water, protected and pristine beaches as well as invigorating sea breezes. It also boasts blue flag beaches!

It is here that you will find some of the world's best sailing venues, unparalleled scuba diving with colourful coral species, beautiful reefs and shipwrecks as well as near perfect conditions for wind-surfing, angling, snorkelling, kite-surfing, fly-fishing and canoeing.

Port ElizabethPort Elizabeth

The Nelson Mandela Metropole has something for everyone. From shopping to sailing, there is plenty to do and see. In addition, there are numerous fascinating cultural and historical attractions one can explore. The active tourist can enjoy the excitement of the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World in Summerstrand; boasting a complete mix of family fun, entertainment, shopping, dining and gaming.

Other entertainment options in the metro include cinema complexes, numerous sophisticated shopping malls, gastronomic restaurants to suit all tastes, a vibrant nightlife as well as annual and seasonal festivals and events. The Nelson Mandela Metropole is also the gateway to more than a million hectares of the malaria free game reserves of the Eastern Cape.

The infrastructure and accommodation facilities in Port Elizabeth make this the perfect base from where to experience and explore what the metro, the region and the surrounds have to offer. Whether your interest is wildlife, sealife, agriculture, adventure, business or history, you will find the Nelson Mandela Metropole to be a perfect and exciting destination.

Amsterdamhoek

On the banks of the Swartkops River, near its mouth, is Amsterdamhoek. This may be a suburb in Port Elizabeth, but it exudes all of the appeal of a fishing village in its own right. The homes here are, generally, rustic and ...

Beachview

The little village of Beachview that earned its name for obvious reasons when one considers the spectacular view of the beach from the homes here, lies on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth - about 25 kilometres from the city ...

Ben Kamma

Port Elizabeth, the largest town in Nelson Mandela Bay and the tourist capital of the Eastern Cape, is fortunate to have a variety of suburbs. Some are large and urban, others smaller and more out of the way. Ben Kamma is a ...

Bethelsdorp

Just outside Port Elizabeth lies the little historical village of Bethelsdorp. Bethelsdorp is one of the first mission stations in the Eastern Cape and founded by the London missionaries Van der Kemp and Read in 1802. They built ...

Beverley Grove

Beverley Grove is a residential suburb that is flanked by the similar areas of Ben Kamma and Lorraine. It is situated on the outskirts of the commercial and retail hubs of Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, and enjoys close ...

Blue Horizon Bay

The peaceful, little village of Blue Horizon Bay lies comfortably between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay, a seaside hamlet that offers beautiful sandy beaches, and scenery to match. Blue Horizon Bay lies almost precisely ...

Bluewater Bay

Considered one of Port Elizabeth’s northern beaches, Bluewater Bay lies midway between the friendly city of Port Elizabeth and the deep water harbour development at Coega, and is renowned for its fantastic views across Algoa ...

Central Hill

Part of Port Elizabeth inner city revitalisation, Central Hill - along with its neighbours Baakens River and Richmond Hill - is busy receiving a major facelift and is perceived by investors as prime property, particularly as this ...

Charlo

Port Elizabeth’s suburb of Charlo lies surrounded by Springfield, Lorraine, Overbaakens, and Walmer. It is, as a result, close to a number of schools, as well as shops, restaurants, health and medical facilities, and more. This ...

Chelsea Conservancy

The beautiful Chelsea Conservancy, about 8 kilometres outside of Port Elizabeth as one nears the end of the Garden Route, is one of those little unexpected, not much talked about, surprises so typical of the Eastern ...

Colleen Glen

Colleen Glen may be a suburb of the metropolis of Port Elizabeth, but it is situated far on the outskirts of the city. It has a distinctively rural look and feel; showcasing some of the glorious countryside for which the Eastern ...

Cotswold

Cotswold is a small suburb of Port Elizabeth, the windy or friendly city depending on who you are talking to, at the N2/ M12 interchange. Neighbour to Fernglen and the business district of Newton Park, the neighbourhood lies due ...

Despatch

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality comprises Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and the small town of Despatch (as well as the surrounding rural areas). As such, Despatch has become an extension of the two bigger towns flanking it, but ...

Fern Glen

Fern Glen is a fairly quiet suburb that is situated along Cape Road, between the William Moffett Expressway and the area of Sunridge. This is a largely residential suburb, although there are a few shops in the vicinity, as well ...

Framesby

Framesby is one of Port Elizabeth’s well-known residential suburbs. It is flanked by Cape Road (which is part of the N2 motorway, extending from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, through Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, and all the way ...

Glendinningvale

Glendinningvale, in the heart of the city of Port Elizabeth - known contradictorily as both the windy and the friendly city (although the former is a little unfair given that Port Elizabeth has the 4th best weather in the world) ...

Greenacres

The leafy suburb of Greenacres, perfectly situated - if you consider its proximity to beaches, the main freeway system, the Kempston Road area and the airport - for those on business or holiday, is virtually synonymous with ...

Greenbushes

The leafy area of Greenbushes comprises, as its name implies, vast stretches of Eastern Cape bushveld and is part of Port Elizabeth in Nelson Mandela Bay. It is parallel to the older portion of Cape Road (extending past the Makro ...

Humerail

Close to the beaches of Port Elizabeth, and touted as the latest ‘designer suburb’, Humerail - with homes that are worth well into the double digit millions because of the incredible views they offer over Algoa Bay - lies just ...

Humewood

The beach suburb of Humewood, a stone’s throw from Kings Beach and Humewood beach (both with blue flag status), has earned its place on the map due mainly to its challenging links golf course, ranked as one of the top ten golf ...

Hunters Retreat

Hunters Retreat is a peaceful suburb that lies between Cape Road and Kragga Kamma Road in Port Elizabeth. As such, the homes here enjoy the serenity of the Eastern Cape bushveld and its abundant birdlife, despite many of them ...

Kini Bay

The pretty coastal hamlet of Kini Bay lies on the Sunshine Coast between Algoa Bay and Jeffreys Bay just 15 minutes’ drive from Port Elizabeth. Yet it has a distinct sense of isolation and charm that make it so attractive to ...

Kragga Kamma

On the outskirts of Port Elizabeth in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, is the spectacular suburb of Kragga Kamma. It is situated between Lorraine and Ben Kamma on one side, and Seaview and Colleen Glen on the other. It is green ...

Linkside

Linkside is a verdant, pretty neighbourhood in the heart of Port Elizabeth. It is characterised by the wide streets that are flanked by tall, leafy trees and broad grassy pavements. The homes here tend towards the luxurious, and ...

Lorraine

Lorraine, along with Theescombe and Sherwood, is one of the fastest growing suburbs of the city known as both the friendly and the windy city. It sits to the west of the central business district, close to neighbouring suburbs of ...

Lovemore Heights

The suburb of Lovemore Heights is virtually synonymous with the secure residential estate that dominates the neighbourhood, called Lovemore Heights Estate. Set on the outskirts of the centre of the friendly city of Port ...

Lovemore Park

On the wilder side of Port Elizabeth, where the dramatic seascapes are best enjoyed amidst the scrubby coastal terrain, lies the scenic suburb of Lovemore Park. Situated along the road to Seaview, this suburb is made up of ...

Maitlands

A mere 30 kilometres from Port Elizabeth transports you into a very different world. The Maitlands River mouth makes for a peaceful and slow existence with very little to remind one that man has stamped his footprint on almost ...

Malabar

Malabar is an old area of Port Elizabeth, situated in the northern areas of the city. As such, it is surrounded by other suburbs; such as Gelvandale, Schauderville, Linton Grange, and Morningside. This is an important area in ...

Mill Park

Known as Port Elizabeth’s garden suburb because of the leafy streets and large gardens, Mill Park lies in the heart of the city, close to Greenacres Shopping centre, the Port Elizabeth golf club and St George’s Park. ...

Miramar

Port Elizabeth, also known as the Friendly City, in the Eastern Cape is a fabulous place in which to raise children, popular amongst the newlyweds and those starting a family. Miramar is one of the suburbs in this town that is ...

Mount Croix

Flanked by Cape Road and the suburb of North End is the pretty, upmarket area of Mount Croix. This is nestled in the heart of Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, and is a popular choice amongst the up-and-coming families of the ...

Mount Pleasant

The leafy suburb of Mount Pleasant is situated in Port Elizabeth, which is the largest constituent of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province. It is on the outskirts of the city, creating the barrier ...

New Brighton

New Brighton is Port Elizabeth's oldest existing township, north of the CBD and just east of Algoa Park. It is historically relevant having come through the apartheid years, and as such, has a museum and other interesting ...

Newton Park

Lying close to Greenacres, Adcockvale, Fernglen and Perridgevale, the upper middle class suburb of Newton Park is ideally placed for easy access to beaches, St George's Park Cricket Stadium and Cape Road CBD. It's essentially ...

Noordhoek

The Port Elizabeth coastline is a treasure trove of nooks and crannies, hidden stretches known only to locals and adventurous explorers. Noordhoek is situated along Marine Drive, just past the ever-popular Pine Lodge, and ...

North End

Port Elizabeth has a number of older suburbs that contribute to the character and identity of the Friendly City. North End was once a completely residential area, nestled between the sea and the North End Lake. Today, these old ...

Parsons Hill

Parsons Hill is situated between the Collegiate Girls’ Schools (just behind Greenacres) and Diaz Road in North End. This is a quiet residential neighbourhood that is characterised by spacious old homes and large gardens, wide ...

Parsons Vlei

On the outskirts of the main hubs of Port Elizabeth is the suburb of Parsons Vlei. This is incorporated into the district municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay, which includes Uitenhage and Despatch in addition to Port Elizabeth in ...

Perridgevale

Perridgevale is a residential area that is centrally situated in Port Elizabeth (the largest constituent of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality). Two of its borders are CJ Langenhoven Drive and Diaz Road, which are both ...

Redhouse

The picturesque little village of Redhouse - the epitome of tranquillity - lies positioned right on the edge of the Swartkops River, about 15 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth. Life here is all about the river, its estuary and ...

Richmond Hill

Regarded as one of the more historic suburbs in central Port Elizabeth, Richmond Hill is at once peaceful and interesting. Some of the houses here still have original wooden fretwork on display on their eaves, and include ...

Sardinia Bay

Sardinia Bay is one of those delightfully elusive coves that has managed to retain a certain amount of anonymity, despite being one of Port Elizabeth’s lesser discovered gems. Whilst the locals know all about Sardinia Bay, ...

Schoenmakerskop

Schoenmakerskop is one of Port Elizabeth’s prettiest suburbs. It is a large area that begins where Summerstrand ends, and extends all the way to the ocean. Much of Schoenies, as it is affectionately known, is dedicated to dense, ...

Seaview

Virtually just up the road from the beautiful Maitland River mouth, with its incredible sand dunes, lies the quaint little village of Seaview, famed for its Seaview Game and Lion Park, just 25 kilometres west of Port Elizabeth. ...

South End

The suburb of South End, as it's name suggests, lies just to the south of the centre of Port Elizabeth overlooking the harbour. It lies between Humewood and the centre of the city, east of Settlers Park Nature Reserve, a prime ...

St Georges Park

You are probably a cricket lover if you are thinking at staying in St George's Park, the suburb of Port Elizabeth that is home to the park of the same name, and the site of the second oldest cricket club in South Africa. The ...

Summerstrand

You couldn’t be more centrally placed in Port Elizabeth, by staying in Summerstrand, if you tried. This elegant, upmarket suburb is close to the beachfront, the Boardwalk Casino complex, the Summerstrand village shopping centre, ...

Sunridge Park

Sunridge Park is an old residential suburb that has been the home of Port Elizabeth’s families for generations. It extends between Cape Road and Kragga Kamma on either side, with Framesby as its neighbour. Sunridge Park is ...

Theescombe

Lying just off the Kragga Kamma Road out of Port Elizabeth, Theescombe, neighbour to Lovemore Heights, Colleen Glen and just inland from desirable out-of-the-way beaches like Sardinia Bay, Kini Bay and Seaview, is a bit of a ...

Uitenhage

Lying on the Zwartkops River just 38 kilometres north west of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage is also known as the Garden Town for its gorgeous position in the foothills of the Winterhoek Mountains, its many rambling parks and a ...

Van Stadens

The beautiful Van Stadens River area is a particularly unspoilt and natural spot still typical of the Eastern Cape that lies between Port Elizabeth and Jeffrey’s Bay. It isn’t difficult to understand the attraction of Van ...

Walmer

Walmer, a rather posh suburb of Port Elizabeth with its wide tree lined streets, is something of an establishment - a number of the city’s oldest families live here, and businesses too are lining up for their share of the large ...

Walmer Downs

Walmer Downs is a quiet residential suburb that is tucked away between the William Moffett Expressway and the Baakens Valley in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. It has wide roads, flanked by large sidewalks and tall trees that were ...

Walmer Heights

As its name implies, Walmer Heights is a suburb that verges on the upper end of Walmer in Port Elizabeth. It lies on Buffelsfontein Road and it is neighbour to the suburb of Miramar. This suburb is home to an abundance of ...

Westering

Along Cape Road in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, past the main business areas and William Moffett Expressway, lies the suburb of Westering. It is primarily a residential suburb, with schools and some convenient stores scattered ...

Westlands

Close enough to Port Elizabeth to reach the centre and do all the touristy things, and yet far enough away from the noise and race of daily living, Westlands is a perfect base when staying Port Elizabeth. This part of a town is a ...

Woodlands

Tucked in amongst other residential suburbs like Goldwater, Weybridge Park and Lorraine, Woodlands lies just south of the N2 and minutes from the centre of Port Elizabeth despite being in the 'burbs'. Woodlands is a quiet ...
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