Fun things to do in Port Elizabeth
If you are looking to explore South Africa then make sure to visit Port Elizabeth, a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province.
Port Elizabeth is one of South Africa's largest cities and has earned itself many nicknames, such as The Bay, The Friendly City, The Windy City and The Ten-Minute City.
Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), has opened a new campus in Port Elizabeth, bringing to nine the number of IIE Rosebank College campuses in South Africa. IIE Rosebank College has campuses in Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Braamfontein, Pretoria CBD, Durban, Pretoria Sunnyside, Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Whether you are looking to live, study or work in PE, there are a variety of things to see and do.
We have listed a few for you to explore.
Known for its many beaches, PE is truly a port city. Visit Summerstrand beach to take in all the spectacular coastal views. Whether you choose to take in the sun while you sunbath on the beach sand, or partake in some exhilarating water sports, Summerstrand beach is a must visit location in the Friendly City.
The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World enjoys prime positioning along Beach Road, the motorway that separates this world-class development from the warm waters of Algoa Bay. As such, it is centrally situated and showcases gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean. There is plenty of free, secure parking and, while the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth is open-air, there are sheltered walkways that protect visitors from the rain as they pursue the many shops.
Port Elizabeth Opera House
The Port Elizabeth Opera House currently comprises four theatres. The PE Opera House was opened in 1892; as a result, many theatre literates in South Africa honour the institution with an endearment of being The Opera House. It was proclaimed a national monument in 1980. This is the longest running theatre on the continent of Africa and one of the oldest running in the southern hemisphere. When the theatre opened, it was recognised as "the finest theatre in all the world".
Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park and is one of the country's 19 national parks. It currently ranks third in size after Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Addo Elephant National Park is a great self-drive. This is an excellent way to discover the many wonders of the bush at your own pace.
If retail therapy is your thing, then make sure to visit Baywest Mall. Do lunch with friends at one of the many mouth-watering eateries, go ice-skating, watch a movie or visit the Fun Factory to choose from the various hi-tech games at the arcade or the bowling alley.
Take a township tour
If you are looking to explore Port Elizabeth and really get to know the people, then make sure to visit one of the townships to get an authentic view of life in PE. Visit Nyanga, New Brighten or Zwide and don't forget to also enjoy the food.
Written by Karabo Keepile