Port Elizabeth attractions

Park in Port Elizabeth

Donkin Reserve

This pleasant hilltop park is a good place to get your bearings, particularly if you climb to the top of the lighthouse. The pyramid is a memorial to Elizabeth Donkin, wife of Sir Rufane Donkin, governor of the Cape…
Museum in Port Elizabeth

South End Museum

Multimedia exhibits relate the history of South End, a vibrant multicultural district destroyed by apartheid bulldozers during forced removals between 1965 and 1975 (under the infamous Group Areas Act). The inhabita…
Beach in Port Elizabeth

Kings Beach

Sandy central beach, popular for sunbathing and swimming in the shallows. Take extreme care when swimming; the current is very strong.
Bird Sanctuary in Port Elizabeth


Most of the world's remaining 25,000 breeding pairs of endangered African penguins are found around Algoa Bay; they are threatened by currents pushing their food far out to sea, causing them to digest much of it bef…
Tower in Port Elizabeth


This bell tower, visible from the city centre, was erected to commemorate the landing of the 1820 British settlers. Unfortunately, it’s near the entrance to the harbour and railway station, a bit of a dodgy area. If…
Gallery in Port Elizabeth

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

The museum housed in two handsome buildings at the entrance to St George’s Park has a small gallery of paintings and sculpture by contemporary South African artists, some older British and Eastern Cape works, plus t…
Historic Building in Port Elizabeth

No. 7 Castle Hill

This museum-house, occupying a picturesque cottage dating from 1827, evokes a settler family's life during the mid-Victorian period.
Beach in Port Elizabeth

Hobie Beach

The beach of choice for windsurfers, sailors and kite-surfers, and sunbathers will also love it.
Museum in Port Elizabeth


In desperate need of modernisation, this complex includes a museum, an oceanarium and a snake park. The Xhosa gallery and the First People of the Bay exhibition are probably the most interesting sections. The Dinosa…