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 before they get back to their chicks. At this centre, learn more from volunteers and watch the penguins chilling by the pool, or having a feed at 2.45pm. There are also coastal walking trails in the area.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Port Elizabeth attractions

1. Hobie Beach

3.15 MILES

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

2. Bayworld

3.45 MILES

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…

3. Kings Beach

3.66 MILES

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

4. South End Museum

4.68 MILES

Multimedia exhibits relate the history of South End, a vibrant multicultural district destroyed by apartheid bulldozers during forced removals between…

5. Campanile

5.23 MILES

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…

6. No. 7 Castle Hill

5.25 MILES

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

7. Donkin Reserve

5.36 MILES

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…