Arts & Culture

Museums

Tours

  • Alan Tours
  • Mosaic Tours
  • Calabash Tours

Wild Life & Conservation

Kiddies


Adventure & Sport


Health & Beauty

  • Rock Healing Earth Retreat
  • Camelot Spa
  • Beautiful You

Shopping

  • Wezandla Gallery & Craft Village
  • Crossways Farm Village
  • Summerstrand Village
  • Walmer Park
  • Baywest Shopping Mall
  • Green Acres
  • Flea Market

Food & Feast

Take Aways
  • Steers
  • Romans Pizza
  • Fish Tales
  • Kentucky Fried
  • Debonnaires
  • Sushi Platters (Spar)

Restaurants
  • Yacht Club
  • De Kelder
  • Ginger
  • Blue Water Café
  • Spur
  • Leonardos
  • Ocean Basket
  • Coachmans
  • Royal Delhi
  • Fushin
  • Stage Door

What to do when you leave AGH

  • Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
  • Tsitsikama Blackwater Tubing
  • Knysna Elephant Park
  • Knysna Lagoon Oyster Tour
  • Monkey Land / Birds of Eden

Entertainment

  • Amphitheatre
  • Opera House
  • Cinemas
  • Boardwalk Casino

Arts & Culture

Museums

South End

The South End Museum reflects a bygone era of the suburb of South End prior to and during the implementation of the Group Areas Act in 1950, which led to the destruction of the ‘old’ South End.

Thirty years ago it was a bustling suburb, brimming with activity, and populated by a very cosmopolitan community.

Open: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 16.00, Weekends 10.00 – 15.00

Castle Hill

No 7 Castle Hill was completed in 1825 and is one of the oldest surviving Settler cottages in Port Elizabeth. Following renovations, No. 7 Castle Hill, was opened as a Museum in 1965.

The interior presents a picture of domestic life as enjoyed by an English middle class family in mid-19th Century Port Elizabeth. This picturesque family dwelling located in Castle Hill Road, Central has Yellowwood floors and beams, and a restored slate roof. The doll's house, lace displays and kitchen is particularly impressive.

No 7 Castle Hill transports children back in time, where their imagination can run wild as they explore the old furniture, kitchen equipment, collect water from the well, old toys and dolls, the fairy garden and complete a treasure hunt and make friends with the No 7 family in the display room!

Open: Monday to Thursday 10.00 – 16.30. Friday 10.00 – 16.00. Closed from 13.00 – 14.00.

St Croix Car

The St. Croix Motor Museum, Mowbray Street, Newton Park displays a private collection of vintage and classic vehicles dating back to 1901.

Visits can be arranged by contacting the curator, Mr Eben de Vos for visits at 11h00 and 15h00. Bookings can be made by faxing a request to visit the Museum to +27 (0) 86 686 0830.

Bayworld

Bayworld comprises the Main Museum, Oceanarium, Snakepark - marvel at the diversity of museum displays: from prehistoric dinosaurs to the 15m skeleton of the last southern right whale harpooned in Algoa Bay. The Reptile Park houses lizards, tortoises, snakes and crocodiles.

Open: 09.00 – 16.30 (closed on Christmas Day)

Air Force Museum

The Port Elizabeth Branch of the South African Air Force Museum, Forest Hill Drive, Southdene, is located on the southern side of the Port Elizabeth Airport. The Museum boasts a total of nine aircraft, including helicopters, a supersonic jet fighter, two of the world famous Harvard trainers amongst others, and the oldest surviving jet fighter in South Africa. There are ongoing restoration projects by a team of dedicated enthusiasts, who are members of the Friends of the S.A.A.F.Museum. There is also a display of aircraft memorabilia, together with a fine collection of models and pictures in the main exhibition hall. Interested aviation enthusiasts will be pleased to actually view the restoration work being carried out in a restored World War 2 hanger.

Open: Monday – Friday 08.00 – 15.00, Saturdays 09.00 – 13.00, Sundays from 10.00 – 16.00. Admission is by freewill donation.

Nelson Mandela Art Museum

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, formerly the King George VI Art Gallery, was opened on 22 June 1956 and renamed in December 2002. The collections are housed in two buildings framing the entrance to St George's Park.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum's collections consist of South African art (particularly that of the Eastern Cape), British art, international printmaking and Oriental art (including Indian miniatures and Chinese textiles).

Public opening hours: Weekdays 9:00 to 18:00 (closed Tuesday mornings); Saturdays, Sundays 13:00 to 17:00; Public holidays 14:00 to 17:00; First Sunday of the month 9:00 to 14:00.

Sukume

Sukume Museum and Xhosa Culture Centre aims to uplift as well as educate. We provide an interesting view of the Xhosa Culture such as what Lobola entails, as well as explanations of some of the Xhosa Beliefs.

The history of the Walmer Township as well as the current condition of the day to day life including the poverty, AIDS and education levels is outlined.

The museum also includes the apartheid era, highlighting the triumphs and struggles as well as well-known and some not so well-known Xhosa personalities.

Donkin Heritage Trail

The Donkin Heritage Trail links 51 places of historical interest in the old Hill area of central Port Elizabeth.

The 1820 Settler history and architectural delights of the historical central city can be explored at leisure on a self-guided walking tour.

Amble along the 5km Donkin Heritage Trail which links 51 places of historical interest in the old Hill area of central Port Elizabeth.

The Donkin Heritage Trail booklet is sold at Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism’s Donkin Reserve Information Office.

VW Factory Tour

The AutoPavilion - Volkswagen Group South Africa's ultra-modern Expo and Heritage Centre -have been receiving around 3 000 visitors a month since opening in March 2004.

It is situated at the factory's main entrance at 103 Algoa Road, Uitenhage, some 35 km from Port Elizabeth (P.E.) just off the Graaff-Reinet highway.

Open: Weekdays 08h30 to 16h00.

First Saturday of each month from 10h00 to 13h00 only. Closed all other week-ends and public holidays. Entrance: R10.00 for adults and R5.00 for children under 16 and pensioners.

Free guided factory tours lasting two hours starts every weekday morning at 09h00 but must be booked well in advance and can only accommodate 40 people.

No cameras are allowed in the factory and closed shoes must be worn. No children under 12 are allowed in the factory. This tour also ends in the AutoPavilion museum at no charge where children (and cameras) are welcome.

Visitors usually spend between 30 and 45 minutes in the AutoPavilion. There are also vending machines and the building is wheel chair compliant.

Route 67

The MBDA’s Route 67 consists of 67 Public Art Works symbolising Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of work dedicated to the Freedom of South Africa and includes 67 steps leading up the second largest flag in Africa. The artworks were designed by local artists from the Eastern Cape. The route is proud celebration of our cities heritage and history. This is a must see stop for the whole family to walk and to enjoy.

The MBDA’s Route 67 consists of 67 Public Art Works symbolising Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of work dedicated to the Freedom of South Africa and includes 67 steps leading up the second largest flag in Africa. The artworks were designed by local artists from the Eastern Cape. The route is proud celebration of our cities heritage and history. This is a must see stop for the whole family to walk and to enjoy. The Route 67 starts at the Campanile and climbs the staircase to Vuyisile Mini Market Square which is the centre of the City.

From the City centre the route continues through the staircase at St Mary’s Terrace, the experience of the route erupts in a celebration of colour, art and heritage that meanders up to the Donkin Reserve to the Great flag on top of the hill. Route 67 forms part the greater Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Journey which includes a number of Art Galleries and different locations such as the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum, the newly renovated Athenaeum Building, Uitenhage Market Square and the artEC Art Gallery to name a few.

Wild Life & Conservation

Schotia Safaris

The reserve is owned, managed and run 'hands on' by the owners, the Bean family, who are now in their sixth generation and have owned the original farm, Orlando, since the early 1800's. After nearly 25 years of experience in the safari business, Peter and his team have created a unique, relaxed and truly South African experience at Schotia.

Schotia has a huge open air lapa, reputedly among the largest in South Africa. It has reed and sneezewood walls and is open to the African skies, except for the outer ring where a traditionally thatched roof covers the dining tables and bar area. Inside the lapa there are several large 'Schotia' trees and a roaring log fire. Dinner is usually a mix of safari cuisine and traditional South African cooking, the exact menu depends on what is available on the day.

Just a short drive from Port Elizabeth, Schotia is a unique experience not to be missed

Addo

Addo Elephant National Park is a magnificently diverse national park and offers a wide variety of game viewing, outdoor adventure, accommodation and cultural experiences.

You will be amazed at the variety of natural landscapes and wildlife species that can be experienced in one easily accessible destination. Whether you are looking for luxury, comfortable family accomodation, or rustic settings, you are sure to find what your heart desires in the main rest camp, in the rugged Zuurberg section of the park, or in one of the concession sites.

For more information on the areas surrounding Addo Elephant National Park and for day activities outside the park you can visit: Addo Tourism http://www.addotourism.co.za.

Seaview Lion Park

Situated just 25 kilometres from the Port Elizabeth beachfront and associated attractions, Seaview Game and Lion Park offers a unique experience. Visitors can play with tame lion cubs varying in age from four to nine months depending on the time of year.

Along with this rare interaction, guests can have a close-up viewing experience of wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, antelope, jackals and wildebeest in their natural habitat. Lynx, warthogs and meerkat live in large, individual enclosures in the sanctuary area.

Enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the restaurant taking in the panoramic views of the wildlife to the north and ocean to the south. Whales and dolphins can often be spotted from this vantage point.

From the restaurant there is an elevated boardwalk where you can view the animals at close quarters.

Open daily 08:00 – 17:00
Lion feeding time is on Sunday at 12:00

Samrec (SA Marine Rehabilitation & Education Centre)

SAMREC is Port Elizabeth's new marine bird rehabilitation and education centre situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. The centre's purpose isn't just to rescue and rehabilitate, but to also inform and educate the public through their different programs.

Tour our marine rehab and education centre and experience nature through sight, sound and touch. Visitors can experience the hospital and see the volunteers in action helping to save our environment, in particular the endangered African Penguin.

Bird Watching

Nelson Mandela Bay offers birders the wonder and magic of sunny skies shining over small forest areas, secluded kloofs, fresh and sea water pools, grassed and fynbos flats, rocky cliffs and rivers, aloe reserves and sea estuaries. The area is home to a vast diversity of birds from the smallest passerine to the large raptors and with sea birds and waders widely dispersed throughout the area.

Daniell Cheetah Project

Daniell Cheetah Breeding farm was established in May 2001 and started with just three cats. It has since grown with breeding, purchase and swapping of animals.

The aim of this project is to play a part in the conservation of Cheetah's (Acinonyx jabatus), the re-establishment of pure gene lines, as well as educating people to the importance of conserving this amazing species.

The cheetah farm offers a 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience where visitors do not only get an interesting, personalized tour, but actually get to interact with the animals. Visitors are encouraged to touch the cheetahs and have photographs with some of them. We believe this opens people's eyes to the importance of the Cheetah's conservation.

Kragga Kamma

African Safari: The game park offers game drives, self-drive game viewing and tame cheetah interactions. This owner-operated and animal friendly park means that you always get close up views and great photo opportunities.

Bayworld – Oceanarium / Snake Park

One of the leading tourist attractions in Nelson Mandela Bay, Bayworld is unique in Southern Africa, embracing a natural and cultural history Museum combined with a Snake Park and Oceanarium. It is located in the heart of the Port Elizabeth beachfront and serves up a feast of edutainment to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The main activities of the Complex are research and education aimed at stimulating a greater awareness of the need for conservation of South Africa’s natural and cultural heritage. Research and education programmes focus on marine life, reptiles, maritime and local history.

Opening times: 9:00-16:30 (Daily, except 25 December)
Seal & Penguin presentation daily at 11:00 & 15:00
Snake Interaction daily at 12:00

Raggy Charters

Welcome to Raggy Charters in combination with the Baywatch Marine Conservation Project, offering expertly guided whale watching and African penguin watching cruises in South Africa.

Funds generated from whale watching boat cruises, African penguin boat cruises and other marine eco-tours with Raggy Charters are used to fund the Baywatch Project and the Penguin Research Fund. Raggy Charters are the only licensed boat-based whale watching permit holder in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This permit allows us to approach cetaceans up to 50 metres (no one else may approach closer than 300 metres) and if the cetaceans wish to approach closer and are thus in control of the encounter we do not have to move away.

Raggy Charters undertakes regular beach clean-ups in the Port Elizabeth area and has started an initiative to offset our carbon footprint by planting one indigenous tree for every boat cruise we do.

Our wildlife and whale watching boat cruises possibly cover the longest distance of any ocean safari along the South African coast, lasting for 3-4 hours and covering 50km. This provides guests with a better chance of seeing the full array of marine wildlife Algoa Bay has to offer. Please note that sea sickness tablets and bottled water can be purchased as you arrive at the yacht club, but be sure to let us know on booking so we can organise this immediately on arrival for the tablets to take full effect before departure.

Port Elizabeth is a hidden gem in South Africa for whale watching, and other wildlife viewing. With seasonal visits from Southern right whales, humpback whales, and indo-pacific humpback dolphins. We have the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world right on our doorstep. As well as our other resident species including bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, bryde's whales, Cape gannets and more. All year round we at Raggy Charters can offer guests some great wildlife viewing experiences in our secret and undisturbed bay.

As far as we are aware we are also the oldest marine eco tour company combined with a conservation project in Africa – since 1992. We are owner run and managed and use the volunteer system to assist in our tours and projects. We specialise in taking tourists, photographers, corporate office party groups, TV crews and marine wildlife enthusiasts on ocean safaris to watch the whales, dolphins, penguins and other natural wonders of Algoa Bay.

Almost all boat cruises are personally led by knowledgeable conservationist, wildlife educator and marine safari specialist Lloyd Edwards, who comes highly recommended by the BBC as your tour guide around the Port Elizabeth coast.

The Safety Authority certified 28-foot and 35-foot catamaran cruisers were specially built for Eastern Cape sea conditions and are licensed to carry 10 and 20 passengers subject to a minimum of 4 passengers (if you are less we will try and fit you in with another group).

KIDDIES

Holmeleigh Farms

Holmeleigh Farmyard is an animal touch farm for children and adults, and is located off Kragga Kamma Road. It offers tractor rides, pony rides, jumping castle and lots of various play structures. It has a delightful tea garden and specializes in educational tours for schools and birthday parties, mini conference and breakfast meetings in a picturesque countryside setting.

Lighthouses Entertainment

Is a unique entertainment center providing a vibrant bar area, bowling lanes and pool tables in a comfortable and safe atmosphere. Located at The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex, we are open 7 days a week 365 days a year and is the biggest family entertainment centre under 1 roof in Port Elizabeth.

Boardwalk Entertainment Complex

Amusement Parks, Cinemas, Family Activities, Miniature Golf, Movies, Putt-Putt, Youth Entertainment, Go-carting and Theatre.

McArthur Pool and Leisure Centre

McArthur Pool and Leisure Centre, also known as McArthur Baths, offers heated and cold, fresh water outdoor swimming pools with slides at kiddies pools.

Disabled friendly. Kiosk and pool bar on site with access to two restaurants and surf shop. Season tickets available.

Full time security and lifeguards making McArthurs Pool and Leisure Centre "your place for safe family fun in the sun." access to adjoining beach.

Open from 8am to 6pm.
Closed from May to August.

Water Fun Park

Situated off the parking lot by Kings Beach – Adults and children can enjoy a day having fun in the sun on the water slides.

ADVENTURE & SPORT

Bungy Jumping

Take the plunge!

You will never forget the thrill of a bungee jump in South Africa.

Bungee jump 216 metres from the Bloukrans Bridge on the Garden Route, it's the world's highest commercial bridge bungee!

One, two, bungee! Leaping off the Bloukrans Bridge, you plunge 216 metres into the gorge below. As far as adrenalin rushes go, you don’t get much better than a Bloukrans bungee jump, which also happens to be located in one of the most scenic corners of the country.

The 216-metre Bloukrans Bridge is the highest commercial bungee jump from a bridge in the world and attracts adventure-seekers from all over the globe. The bridge is found along the scenic Garden Route and has to count as one of the most spectacular bungee jumps in South Africa, if not the world.

This slick, ultra-professional bungee operation is run by Face Adrenalin, a member of the Southern Africa Tourism Association (SATSA). These specialists in bungee in South Africa puts safety first with all equipment conforming to international standards and highly trained and experienced staff ensure that you get the jump of a lifetime.

While bungee jumping is the most popular adventure activity at the bridge, there are plenty of other rides, jumps and swings to try, including the newest addition to the Bloukrans bungee adventure menu, the 200m Flying Fox cable slide (known as a foofie slide to South Africans), a thrilling ride that is over far too soon.

Cricket - St Georges Park

Port Elizabeth is home to the Eastern Province Cricket Board and boasts the internationally recognized St George's Park Cricket Oval. The recently-built Duckpond in St George's Park, which was a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Institute of South African Architects, has a seating capacity of 22 000 spectators. Contact the Eastern Province Cricket Board for information pertaining to Cricket fixtures.

PE Bicycle Tours and Rentals

Guided scenic bicycle tours along the Port Elizabeth Beach Front. Enjoy a comfortable easy ride and explore our city and pristine coast, visit surf hotspots, golden beaches and help to save the penguins. Enjoy Cake and Coffee. Take beautiful pictures of the 188 year old lighthouse. You can also rent mountain bikes and beach cruisers from us for the day and visit all that Port Elizabeth has to offer.

Feel like fish and chips at the harbour or maybe visit the historical sights. Rent a Mountain bike or a Beach Cruiser and explore our City. We also provide Maps and advice on best routes

Sandboarding

Get taken across the Sundays River to the sand dunes and be taught to sandboard for 3 hours. Water sports follow the same principal which takes place in the river at an additional higher cost. Clients are taught to wakeboard and water-ski on the Sundays River.

Diving

Ocean Divers International has been firmly established in Port Elizabeth and has a 22-year flawless safety record. ODI is one of the biggest and oldest dive schools in South Africa.

Ocean Divers International (ODI) teaches Scuba Schools International (SSI) diving courses at all levels. Our lecture facilities are equipped with audio visual equipment to meeet the most professional standards as well as a purpose built, indoor, heated swimming pool.

We have 2 dedicated 320l/minute clean air stations with Nitrox facilities. Our custom designed equipment room will take your breath away. ALL of our equipment is replaced every 6 months. You are therefore assured that you are trained in state of the art and up to date technology as far as dive equipment, environment and technology is concerned.

Our retail shop is conveniently situated at the ODI Training centre stocked with the most reputable brands of dive gear. In order to futher improve our service to you, we also transport our happy and satisfied customers to and from the dives in our 22 seater Safari Truck and our Safari Bakkie to add to the adventure!

On site Internet facilities and hot coffee keeps you relaxed, wanting nothing more than to do the next breathtaking dive in Nelson Mandela Bay with its' reefs exploding with colours and expansive topography! Our 8m Superduck is licensed for 17 people is ready and on call to take you to your next exciting dive. Charter Boat Dives, Fishing Charters, Dive Travel as well as Equipment Sales and Hire are additional services offered to add value to our important clientele.

Servicing your diving equipment is our pleasure in our newly fitted laboratory styled workshop. Snorkel safaris for children and families alike makes ODI the preferred supplier to professionals and families.

Addrenalin Addo – Zip Lining

Newly open in Addo, Adrenalin Addo is a family friendly attraction for anyone in pursuit of sheer fun and adventure.

We are proud to lay claim to the longest double zip line in Africa and the only giant swing of its kind in South Africa. If exhilaration and an adrenalin rush are what you are after, neither activity can fail to disappoint!

For something more sedate, hire a canoe and paddle the waters of the Sundays River or hike up to our view points and enjoy the surrounds of a citrus rich valley.

We have a café overlooking the river, offering light refreshments, and a jungle gym and mini zip line on site to keep all family members entertained.

Adrenalin Addo is open every day of the week from 10am to 5pm and bookings in advance are strongly recommended.

Elephant Back Safaris

A once in a lifetime safari adventure - at one with nature, following in the footsteps of the ancients...

We offer you the exhilarating experience of riding these magnificent animals. Revel in the natural beauty of the environs and its wildlife from your lofty seat as these gentle giants amble through the African bush.

After the ride, walk with them through the diverse valley bushveld, ravine and forest habitat. At the conclusion of the walk enjoy rewarding the elephants with their favorite treats.

We highly recommend that guests make use of either our air or road transfer option to reach the Lodge

Our in-house air and road transfer service is fully compliant and offers road and air transfers to and from the lodge, an ideal opportunity to sit back, relax and take in the spectacular scenery the Eastern Cape has on offer. We offer transfers from our Addo airfield, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay and Cape Town

Golf

Humewood Golf Club

Situated along Marine Drive on the Algoa Bay Coast and forming part of the bustling coastal City of Port Elizabeth, the Humewood Golf Club presents a championship Links Golf Course rated as one of the Top Ten courses in South Africa.