Top Tours & Activities in Port Elizabeth
Scenic Port Elizabeth, affectionately known as the "Friendly City," may be Africa's carefree water sports capital today, but a visit to Fort Frederick shows how the garrison once provided crucial protection for British colonists against raids by French marauders from the harbor during the Napoleonic Wars.
With a history stretching through the founding of Cape Colony by the Dutch East India Company, back to early European visitors such as Bartholomew Dias and Vasco de Gama, back even further to the ancients who first inhabited the area roughly 100,000 years ago, Port Elizabeth is steeped in culture and rich heritage.
Tourists from all over the world appreciate the depth and variety of day trips beginning in Port Elizabeth, from short, half-day jaunts to multiple day tours.
One can visit the townships to get a true sense of contemporary South African life, enjoy the cuisine and get friendly with the residents and legendary folk artists as they welcome you into their homes, treating you like royalty deserving the joyful local hospitality.
Devote a full day to an excursion through world-renowned Addo Elephant Park. Along the way, you are sure to spot rhino, zebra, buffalo and antelope, too.
For an even deeper glimpse into the world of African animals like giraffe, white lion, and the mysterious leopard, be sure to book the unbeatable Pumba Private Game Reserve tour.