The town of Port Elizabeth, which lies 466 miles east of Cape Town, marks one end of the Garden Road. Here, you can relax on the sandy shores along the Indian Ocean, Algoa Bay, or Sardina Bay beach or go surfing! You can rent a board and take a lesson from any of the surfing schools on Pollok Beach or Summerstrand.
Port Elizabeth also offers plenty of cultural activities. As you explore its fascinating and walkable historic center, you’ll find the Campanile, its red-brick tower measuring 170 feet. Stroll past the Victorian houses, the oldest of which resides at 7 Castle Hill Street. Finally, stop at Fort Frederick for a view of the bay.
North of Port Elizabeth in Sundays River Valley is Addo National Park, which is home to over 400 elephants. Set out to see these gentle giants and other the other mammals that congregate around water holes, like Cape buffaloes, lions, black rhinoceroses, leopards, antelopes, as well as a wide variety of birds, from the comfort of your car.
Shamwari Private Game Reserve is another prime safari destination. Ideal for families, this reserve is home to the Big Five, including rhinoceroses. The reserve’s ranger-guides will accompany you for a closer look.See more