Must Do Activities in Port Elizabeth

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism recently asked local bloggers to highlight their top things to do in The Bay in 48 hours. Many Umoya Cottages 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 favourites.

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.
John Dory’s Summerstrand has a fantastic indoor kiddies 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 the kids love.

We have compiled a detailed list of Wonderful Fun Activities in Port Elizabeth for young children

Beach Days
When PE’s weather decides to play along, heading to the beach should be the first place you head to. Here is a detailed list of all the unique offerings the various beaches in Port Elizabeth have. Favorite spots include Kings Beach, Hobie Beach (at the pier), Sards Beach and if you’ve got kids, don’t miss the rock pools at Something Good.

Addo Elephant Park
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.

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 Airventures.

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 https://www.raggycharters.co.za/

Beachy Strolls and Cocktails
Take a relaxing stroll along the boardwalk from King’s Beach to Something Good, walk down the Shark Rock 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.

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 Recife Nature Reserve for a refreshing walk.

For the fit, you can enjoy the steep but fun Lady Slipper trail for an awesome sea view from the summit.

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.

SANCCOB Penguin release days
Every once in a while SANCCOB 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.

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!

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.