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Top 15 Things to do in Port Elizabeth during Winter.

Posted by PE Travel Blogger on Thu April 30, 2015 in Events in Port Elizabeth .

Port Elizabeth does have rather mild winters, which makes it a far more attractive option once winter’s cold sets in.

People say Port Elizabeth has more sunshine hours than any other city in South Africa.

It has access to plenty of swimming beaches and a beachfront lifestyle that is easy to access. And Port Elizabeth has many action-packed activities in the sandboarding, adrenaline junkie vein.

What’s holding you back to get yourself on one of the many low cost flights to experience the attractions of this fascinating city.
Be inspired by the list below ;

1. Walk around the Boardwalk at Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World – shopping, cinema, and restaurants around a man-made lake.

2. Set sail in the bay at sundown with the Algoa Bay Yacht Club on Wednesday evenings (but phone in advance).

3. See the penguins and other sea birds at SAMREC, near the Cape Recife Lighthouse – the nonprofit gives refuge to sick or injured sea birds and provides guided tours. Visit at feeding time – 14h30.

4. Visit Kragga Kamma Game Reserve – close by on the edge of the city where you will spot buffalo, giraffe, zebra, bontebok and a group of hand-reared cheetah.

5. Visit the Main Public Library – this beautiful, historical building is worth exploring; pick up an info pamphlet at the main desk

6. Walk the Donkin Heritage Trail – a 5 km trail, easy to do in half a day and a great way to explore the historical part of the city.

7. Drive to Uitenhage, visit the VW AutoPavillion – the most fun you’ll have surrounded by volksies and micro buses. And it’s free.

8. St Mary’s Cemetery – St Mary’s, despite being rather neglected, has graves that date back to the 1820 Settlers – lots of history here.

9. Take time at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum (NMM Art Museum) – a stunning display of exhibits that include contemporary art, close to St George’s Park. It is also home to PE’s art school.

10. Discover the Feather Market Hall – used in the past to sell ostrich feathers; today an impressive, old building. See the beautiful pipe organ still in use for concerts.

11. Climb the Donkin Lighthouse – the views from the top over the city are excellent, also the start of Route 67. Pick up a brochure at the onsite Tourism Office.

12. Hike the Sacramento Trail – a child-friendly 8 km walk close to the seaside village of Schoenmakerskop (the locals call it Schoenies) walk past the salvaged cannon and through Sardinia Bay Marine and Nature Reserve.

13. Visit a museum – the Port Elizabeth Museum on the beachfront, the South End Museum, No 7 Castle Hill Museum, or the Donkin Reserve memorial.

14. Stand Up Paddle (SUP) or  surf the waves of Noordhoek and Pollock beach.

15. Walk the beautiful  Guinea Fowl Trail – a suburban walk that follows the Baakens River, giving you access to a range of wild flowers, trees, water lillies, lizards, tortoises and water birds. Find the walk’s start in 3rd Avenue, Newton Park. You will need a car at the other end.

See our Budget Winter Rates at Belvedere or Doncaster Cottages in the centre of Port Elizabeth. Simply click here for online availability.

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