Things to do in Port Elizabeth in 48 hours

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 beach

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.


2. Addo


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 Watchingraggy

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


5. Beachy strolls and cocktailsshark-rock-pier-port-elizab

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 hikereceive

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 Marketvalley-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 samrec

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 donkin

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 boardwalk

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.


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