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Activities in Port Elizabeth
The area surrounding the CBD has a number of historic attractions, many of which are linked by the Donkin Heritage Trail. These include the Campanile (clock tower), built in 1923 to commemorate the arrival of the 1820 Settlers and offers a great viewpoint over the city, the city hall (1862) and the Donkin Reserve Park and Monument.
RED LOCATION MUSEUM
Recently opened as the countrys fourth township museum, Red Location is situated in an area that was once was the site of intense political and racial conflict. Created to challenge conventional museum design, it draws on the work of Andreas Huyssen who has written extensively on the concept of memory and history. Visitors are not treated as mere spectators but active participants. The past is represented by a set of memories bound together by themes and focuses on the issues of institutionalized racism, the anti-apartheid movement and the liberation struggle.
The building also houses an art gallery featuring the works of East Cape artists, library, creative arts and adult literacy centres and conference facilities.
PORT ELIZABETH APPLE EXPRESS
Enduringly popular with steam train enthusiasts and holidaymakers, the Apple Express is one of only two narrow gauge steam trains in the country. Opened in 1903, the railway runs through beautiful scenery and over the 77 metre high Van Stadens River Bridge.
No7 CASTLE HILL MUSEUM
One of the oldest surviving British settler dwellings in Port Elizabeth, this carefully restored 1827 cottage was renovated in the 1960s and opened as museum in 1965. It represents English middle class life in the city as it was in the mid-19th century and features interesting exhibits such as a dollhouse, lace displays and a 19th century kitchen.
WILDLIFE AND NATURE
Port Elizabeth is the gateway to some of South Africas finest game reserves and wildlife parks. Many of them, such as Addo Elephant Park, are within an hours drive of the city centre and offer game drives to day visitors. There are excellent whale and dolphin watching opportunities at Cape Recife and Woody Cape Nature Reserves and several nature and birdwatching trails.
THE COAST AND BEACHES
Algoa Bay, the coastal region of Nelson Mandela Metropole, offers 40 km of magnificent beaches. With a perfect combination of warm water, calm seas and fair breezes, it is one of the best sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, angling, scuba diving and snorkeling venues in the world. Most beaches are patrolled by professional lifeguards during the summer season.
The area boasts some of South Africas finest golf courses. In addition to the famous Humewood and Walmer clubs, there are excellent courses at Port Elizabeth, Wedgewood Park and Shark River.