Port Elizabeth is known as the Windy City, the Friendly City and even the Dolphin Capital of the world. It’s also know for its unpredictable weather. Four seasons in one day. Never a dull moment. From sunshine to rain to wind to heat wave – PE’s weather will bring its A Game, all the time. And if you’re doing Ironman, you’re hoping PE doesn’t bring it too strong.
We recently spotted this online and had a good laugh:
But, there’s fun in Port Elizabeth for all seasons. Outdoor beachy days at one of our blue flag beaches. A match at St Georges or a show at the Stadium. Indoor rainy days spent ice scating at Bay West. Wonderfully windy days make for delish coctails with a beach view. And when it’s cold, opt for a show at the Opera House or a warm cuppa in Walmer.
Remember, whatever the weather you’re welcome to Umoya Cottages. We’re filling up fast for March and April so book early to avoid disappointment.
The world famous Great Moscow Circus is coming to Port Elizabeth! If you’re visiting us between 23 and 26February, and you’re looking for some action, don’t miss this great show.
Featuring more than 65 circus super stars, the team will perform every possible circus favourite. You can look forward to the funniest clowns, the most-daring acrobats, death-defying daredevils, aerial artists, balancers, showgirls and much more. All acts are also supported by a live circus band!
But, that’s not the only action for February. Other events for Feb to look forward to include:
The Valley Market on 04 Feb;
Chippa United vs. Baroka FC on 08 Feb;
Fedhealth XTERRA on 10 Feb 2017 – 12 Feb;
An Evening with Evita Bezuidenhout 16 Feb – 18 Feb;
Casper De Vries – Alive & Vrolik on 23 Feb and;
Chippa United vs. Golden Arrows 24 Feb 2017.
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism recently asked local bloggers to highlight their top things to do in The Bay in 48 hours. Many Umoya guests are weekend visitors, making a 48-hour guide the perfect what-to-do guide. We therefore created our own list of tried and tested favorites.
If you have a weekend in PE, here are some local activities to entertain you all weekend long.. and even longer:
1. Beach days
When PE’s weather decides to play along, heading to the beach should be the first place you head to.
Much less crowded than Durban or Cape Town beaches, it’s a wonderful way to spend the weekend.
Favorite spots include Kings Beach, Hobie Beach (at the pier), Sards Beach and if you’ve got kids, don’t miss the pools at Something Good.
Less than an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, you’ll find the Addo Elephant National Park.
Great for game viewing and a picnic or braai in the park.
Also look out for the newly opened Addo Wildlife center, it’s well worth a visit.
3. Adventure lovers this way
Calling adrenaline junkies! Sand-boarding, zip-lining, paragliding – you can do all right here in good old Port Elizabeth and it’s very affordable too. We recently tried our hand at paragliding and it was an awe-inspiring experience and a great adrenaline rush!
If you’re keen on Zip-lining contact Adrenaline Addo, for Sand-boarding contact Sundays River Adventures and if you want to do some Paragliding contact Dirty Boots.
4. Whale Watching
Raggy Charters is the only licensed boat-based whale watching cruise operator in Port Elizabeth.
Book your whale and dolphin watching experience through and be prepared for an amazing day out at sea. Visit http://www.raggycharters.co.za/
5. Beachy strolls and cocktails
Take a relaxing stroll along the boardwalk from Kings Beach to Something Good, walk down the pier and sip a cocktail while you are there.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the beachfront restaurants and enjoy the fresh ocean air.
7. Take a hike
While we’re talking about walking, Port Elizabeth offers some great hikes for those outdoor enthusiasts.
The Sacramento trail – a popular 8 km round trip – starts at Schoenmakerskop and is an easy walk.
You hit the 366 hectare Cape Receive Nature reserve for a refreshing walk.
6. The Valley Market
Once a month PE’s version of craft food and hipster hangouts hits the town at the old Tramways building.
If you’re looking for a morning filled with yummies, head on over to their Facebook Page for dates.
7. SAMREC Penguin release days
Every once in a while SAMREC has Penguin release days and the public is invited to watch.
For what is probably the cutest thing to see in Port Elizabeth all weekend, be sure not to miss this event if it’s on while you’re in town.
Visit their Facebook Page for release dates and times.
8. Horse riding on the beach
We recently headed over to Heavenly Stables near Sardinia Bay and had a great horse riding experience on the beach.
Although the time spent on the beach was much shorter than the actual “follow the leader” trek there, it’s a morning well spent and comes highly recommended if you want to try something other than the normal tourist attractions in PE.
Booking is essential and keep an eye on the weather before you decide to go!
9. The Donkin Reserve
For your obligatory “I am in Port Elizabeth” photo, head to the Donkin reserve in Central – located off Belmont Terrace in Central.
The reserve includes a Stone Pyramid Monument, Lighthouse and an open air art exhibition featuring works by local artists as well as a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
If you’re done posing in front of the Big Flag, with the Mandela memorial and the pyramid’s most amazing mosaic floor, take on the steep climb up the lighthouse and you will be rewarded with amazing views of the city.
10. Just the usual
A walk and ice-cream at The Boardwalk – look out for the dancing fountains at night – or lunch at Brookes on the Bay with a view of the sea.
Dinner in funky Richmond Hill (PE’s own Long Street or Melville), drinks at the Yaght Club at the harbour or a visit to the Casino are just some of the ‘every day’ things you can enjoy wile you’re here. 11. A treat for the kids
Because we’re a family friendly establishment, we’re often asked about the best activities for kids. We’re also raising a young family so we know just where to go to keep the kids busy and yourself happy.
If you’re visiting PE with your little ones, there are a number of restaurants that cater for kids and adults alike.
Primi Piatti at Brooks on The Bay has a little kiddy play area and boasts with stunning sea views for the adults. Something Good is always a joy if the weather plays along.
If you’re not in the mood for the beach, visit Coffee and Kids Co in Lorraine! If the weather is acting up, head over to Funky Frogs at Moffett On Main Lifestyle Centre.
Homeleigh Farm, has a petting zoo which keep the kids busy for a while and once a month kids can spend the morning riding mini trains at Londt Park in Sunridge Park at their delightful miniature railway.
Head over to Bay West Mall for ice-skating and look our for a trampoline park which is scheduled to open in Port Elizabeth soon.
If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll be familiar with Mastertons Coffee – Port Elizabeth’s coffee and tea specialists which is also the oldest coffee roaster in South Africa having been in operation since 1924!
And now Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism has collaborated with Mastertons and developed PE’s very own coffee blend called “The Blend of the Bay”.
“Nelson Mandela Bay is a city of rich cultural heritage… as part of our commitment to support and grow the local economy, we are proud to partner with the private sector to yield a product of such high standard.” Shared Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism,Ms Mandlakazi Skefile said.
The blend promise rich flavours and according to Mastertons it is one of their best yet.
With the holidays just around the corner, Port Elizabeth is gearing up for a super summer season. According to Nelson Mandela Bay tourism’s website, the city is ready to welcome visitors with a bumper summer season.
This year’s festivities will be kicked off with the city’s traditional “opening of the season” on 16 December at Hobie Beach. Activities will run from then until the end of January.
The programme includes the Springs Fiesta in Uitenhage, the Sizzling Session at the Tramways Building and the Cinema and Christmas Carols at Happy Valley and The Sundowner at Hobie Beach.
There is also the Ebubeleni Music Festival and New Year’s celebrations at both Hobie Beach and Wells Estate.
Umoya Cottages is just about fully booked for this season with only a handful of dates still available. We look forward to welcoming all our guests and hope you will enjoy all the Summer fun in the Bay.
For more information on this year’s festive programme visit www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za or guests can chat to us about what to do in NMB this Festive season.
If you’re visiting Port Elizabeth, you’ll probably be looking for an eat-out spot at some point during your stay. Here are just some suggestions of restaurants in Port Elizabeth to assist in your search for that hit-the-spot meal:
Angelos Cafe Summerstrand
Light meals, pasta and great breakfasts
Shark Rock Pier, Marine Drive
Phone:041 583 5862
Steaks, seafood and grills
39 Marine Drive
Phone:041 583 2750
Latino Social Caffe, eatery and cocktails
49 Beach Rd
Phone: 041 582 5282
Company Social Brasserie
Hipsters rejoice, here’s your spot.
27 Beach Rd
Phone:041 582 2148
Brookes on the bay
Here you’ll find a number of restaurants under one roof and with a sea view. La Kouzina, The Coachman and Primi are all at Brookes on the bay.
Pizza, burgers, grills. Also doubles up as local watering hole.
Shark Rock Pier, Marine Drive
041 583 4500
Great for the kids with a selection of meals like pizzas and burgers.
A variety of options on the menu with a great view of the Yacht Club
Dom Pedro Jetty, Port Elizabeth Harbour
Phone: 041 585 4058
Portuguese style cafe. Choose between chicken, ribs or prawn (that’s all yes) and bring your own drinks!
Next to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Sydenham
Phone:041 487 3737
Chingada’s Mexican Cantina
Tequila and tortillas … need we say more!
54 Main Rd, Port Elizabeth
041 581 0098
Basic food but you can try some craft beer if that’s your thing.
1 Cooper St, Port Elizabeth
Phone: 041 582 2444
Die Walskipper – JBay
Beach dining at its best. Great menu with beach views.
Dolphin Dr, Jeffreys Bay
Phone:042 292 0005
Wine and dine
123 Villiers Road, Walmer
17a Bain Street, Richmond Hill
At the Radisson Blu Hotel in Summerstrand
Stanley Street, Richmond Hill.
Contact: (041) 811-7874
The Boardwalk Hotel, Marine Drive, Summerstrand
Contact (041) 507-9452.
The Beach Hotel, Marine Drive, Summerstrand.
Contact: (041) 583-1229.
Close to Umoya
Stanley Street is about 5km away and offers an array of fantastic restaurants. Take a right in Cape Road and continue down Cape Road untill you reach Irvine Street. Left into Irvine until you reach Stanley.
For take-aways you’ll find a couple of options close to Umoya. Steers and Debonnairs in Cape Road next to the SPAR.
KFC and Nandos as well as local diner Grillers are all under a km away, also in Cape Road towards William Moffett.
Ocean basket at Fig Tree Park is a short drive away. Find it at William Moffett Expy &, Circular Dr
041 368 5525
If you want to wander into the mall, try the food court at Greenacres Shopping Centre in Cape Road. Walmer Park Shopping Centre is 5km way down William Moffett and Bay West Mall is 10km away along the N2.
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