Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Our most recommended things to do in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Safari Shore Excursion

1. Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant Park Safari Shore Excursion

Discover the Addo Elephant Park on a guided shore excursion. Explore the third-largest national park in South Africa, with expansive grounds, lush vegetation, and unsurpassed views of the continent’s most iconic wildlife. Begin your tour with pickup from the cruise terminal and board an air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy a 35-minute scenic drive through the South African countryside. Upon arrival at the park, and after check-in, begin your game drive. Spot animals such as the Big 5, zebras, warthogs, and antelopes. Your local guide will stop the vehicle when animals are spotted. During the drive, stop to stretch your legs at a lookout point where you can enjoy spectacular views of the park while sipping a refreshing drink and snack. Travel in a closed vehicle, making your way through the park from south to north, trekking along gravel and sand paths as well as tarred roads in search of the best viewing sites. Get acquainted with the incredible flora and fauna of the reserve and learn more about the area’s biodiversity. After working up an appetite, you can purchase lunch at the park restaurant. Use some free time to spend at the souvenir shop to find the perfect gifts, before continuing your safari and heading back south. Thereafter, you'll exit the park to be back in time at the cruise ship.

Full-Day All Inclusive Safari with Traditional Braai Lunch

2. Full-Day All Inclusive Safari with Traditional Braai Lunch

Your experienced and enthusiastic guide will do their best to locate as much of the game available in the area and interpret their behavior for you during your drive. The first few hours of the tour are usually good to see antelope, zebra and lion. As this safari covers all time periods of the day, you should have the opportunity to see most game species. Stopping for a tea and coffee break at around 10:30 AM, you will continue on the game drive for sightings of elephants and buffalo near the watering holes. At lunchtime you can enjoy a delicious South African braai with juice, mineral water, beer and white wine. After lunch continue on the safari before being returned to your place of accommodation. Refreshments will be served throughout the drive.

Addo Elephant National Park All Inclusive Full-Day Safari

3. Addo Elephant National Park All Inclusive Full-Day Safari

Get picked up from your hotel in Port Elizabeth, Bluewater Bay, or Colchester. Spend a full day exploring the third largest National Park in South Africa with an expert local guide. The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area.  Today you can see a variety of predators, antelope, zebra species, endangered black rhino as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.  The park is also the only one in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast.  An excursion to the Addo Elephant park is a must when visiting this unique area.

Port Elizabeth: River Cruise on the Sundays River

4. Port Elizabeth: River Cruise on the Sundays River

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise along the majestic Sundays River passing the Alexandria Coastal Dune field and many local birdlife feeding in their natural habitat. The cruise also includes a stop at one of the highest sand dunes. If you climb to the top, you will be treated to spectacular views of the bay. Tours are from 1.5 to 2.5-hours and are perfect for small or larger groups, families, friends, bird watchers or birthday parties, bachelor/ achelorette parties and year-end functions.    

Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant National Park 2-Day Safari

5. Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant National Park 2-Day Safari

Spend 2 days exploring the 3rd largest national park in South Africa with a local guide and look for elephants and other animals in the wild. Learn how the park was created in 1931 when only 11 elephants remained in the area, and how the finely-tuned ecosystem is now home to one of the densest elephant populations on earth. Enjoy 2 game drives to look for some of the park's 600 resident elephants, along with lions, buffalo, and endangered black rhinos. Marvel at the landscape as you look for spotted hyenas and leopards, along with different species of antelope and zebra. Keep a close look out for the flightless dung beetle found almost exclusively in the area. The park is the only national park in the world to conserve the Big 7 – the Big 5 plus the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. This 2-day safari includes 1-night accommodation, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, a cruise on the Sundays River, and 2 game drives in the Addo Elephant National Park.

Port Elizabeth: Whale, Dolphin and Penguin Boat Cruise

6. Port Elizabeth: Whale, Dolphin and Penguin Boat Cruise

The tour departs from Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club (PEDSAC) at Port Elizabeth Harbor in the early morning. Board the catamaran with your guide, and then set sail onto the waters where the adventure begins. As you sail around the coastline, watch out for the vast array of marine life that lives here, as you learn about their mating and migration patterns. The best time for whale spotting begins in June when humpback whales move along the coast as they head up the east coast of Africa towards their breeding grounds. Humpback whales can be spotted in Algoa Bay between June and early January, reaching peaks in July/August, and then again in November/December when they make their return journey with newborn calves in tow. Southern right whales are also usually seen very close inshore nearby to the harbor during July to October as they enter the safety of the bay to give birth. These whales are the most frequently observed whales along the South African coast. Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins also call the bay their home and can be spotted all year round in groups from 10 to 400. These playful dolphins are mostly found in shallow waters either near the beaches or around St. Croix Island, and tend to come right up to the boat and ride along in the bow waves. Common dolphins are also a spectacular sight as they are seen in groups of 1000-2000, swimming along at great speeds. There’s also the chance to see humpback dolphins in Algoa Bay, which usually occur in much smaller groups, anywhere between 1 and 20, and are most commonly seen during the summer months. On the tour, the boat will also sail around St. Croix Island, home to over 20,000 breeding pairs of African penguins, the largest breeding colony found in Africa. Enjoy a close-up encounter with these comical birds and learn about their breeding habits on the island. As well as African penguins, both St. Croix and Brenton Island are inhabited by the endangered African black oystercatcher, white-breasted cormorants and Cape cormorants.

Port Elizabeth: Sandboarding with Short Boat Trip

7. Port Elizabeth: Sandboarding with Short Boat Trip

Travel down the picturesque Sundays River to the Alexandria Dune field; the largest and most impressive dune field in South Africa. Suited to beginners and experienced sandboarders, choose from 2 or 3-hour sandboarding tours which give you ample time to learn some new skills and have a great time while doing it. If you are not quite comfortable to stand on the board, try a sit down or belly-board ride down the dune. Otherwise the guides will show you how to master the technique of standing on the board as you surf down the dune.

Hlosi Game Lodge: Half-Day Safari with Optional Boat Cruise

8. Hlosi Game Lodge: Half-Day Safari with Optional Boat Cruise

See local wildlife in its natural habitat on a half-day safari tour. Make your way to the Amakhala Game Reserve, about an hour's drive away from Port Elizabeth. Your experienced and knowledgeable ranger will show you around the malaria-free reserve. Experience unforgettable wildlife sightings and breathtaking scenery from the back of an open safari vehicle. Choose to take an optional 1-hour boat cruise on the beautiful Bushman's River, the lifeblood of the reserve that teems with rich birdlife. Have the chance of spotting hippos in the water and the Big Five on the riverbanks.

Port Elizabeth City Walking Tour

9. Port Elizabeth City Walking Tour

Explore one of South Africa's oldest cities on a 2-hour guided walk. Start at Port Elizabeth’s Campanile Memorial, at the entrance to the railway station. Continue to Route 67 and follow a trail that combines both historical and modern-day elements of the culture of the Eastern Cape. It pays tribute to Madiba’s 67 years of service to South Africans. Visit the Donkin Reserve at Belmont Terrace and the old lighthouse. Admire old Victorian churches, newly renovated terraced cottages, and a lighthouse that once guided ships into Algoa Bay. Other attractions include Fort Frederick, City Hall, Market Square, and St. Georges Park, which is the oldest cricket ground in South Africa.

Central Wildcoast: 5 Day backpacking & Hiking Tour

10. Central Wildcoast: 5 Day backpacking & Hiking Tour

Hike along the beautiful central Wildcoast region of South Africa. Visit the iconic "Hole in The Wall" and experience rural Xhosa culture. Start from Port Elizabeth with overnight stops in Chintsa, Lubanzi, Coffee Bay, and Mdumbi. Learn the language of the locals and immerse yourself in the Xhosa culture. Visit the extraordinary formation of the "Hole in The Wall", The Mapuzi Cliffs, and the Mdumbi Beach, once voted the most beautiful beach in South Africa.

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What people are saying about Port Elizabeth

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 337 reviews

Great experience!!! We were out all day with our guide Stafford. Stafford was a great guide. He discovered an incredible number of animals and made the tour very informative and funny. He saw the animals before you actually recognized them. That was very nice for us. For lunch he made a very nice picnic. The organization of the tour also worked great. Communication was via WhatsApp and we were picked up directly at the accommodation. We wouldn't have to worry about anything. We were able to fully enjoy the ride. Overall a very nice day. We would do this tour again and again and book it the same way again. Many thanks to Stafford.

The safari was great. Steven is a great guide who is passionate about what he does. He is happy about every question and can answer almost everything. The hours flew by, which is why a full-day safari is definitely worth it - not least because of the super delicious joint braai for lunch, which rounds off the whole experience again.

It was an all-round successful day, starting with the pick-up service, coffee time, braaii, our guide Steven had organized everything very well and drove us to many great places. Elephants, zebras, antelopes, warthogs and much more - simply unforgettable

The experience was excellent the tour guide was extremely friendly and helpful. He is the most pleasant person.

Great day exploring Addo with our guide Stafford. We saw a large number of elephants and zebras