Port Elizabeth the starting point of the Garden Route
The city of Port Elizabeth is an important industrial city in South Africa and the beginning of some of the most beautiful car routes through the country. However, this port place is not exactly on the tourist map yet, because most people leave quickly. And that while there is plenty to do in the area.
About 750 kilometres east of Cape Town is Port Elizabeth. A bustling port city from where you can make some interesting trips. The city is a good base for both the Garden Route and Route 62. You also have the necessary wildlife parks at your fingertips.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
Port Elizabeth does not really have its famous sights. There is not much to see in the city itself either. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended to visit at least the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. One of the most famous museums in the city. Here you can admire exhibitions by South African artists during the changing exhibitions. It is a small-scale museum, so you will be outside in an hour.
Donkin Heritage Trail
The Donkin Heritage Trail is a five-kilometre walking route that runs right through Port Elizabeth. A good way to get to know the city, because if you have walked this route. You have also been able to tick off the historical highlights of the city. The walking route winds past no less than 51 attractions. Such as the market square, the town hall and a number of churches. Along the way, learn all about the origins of the city and the arrival of the British settlers. Also known as the ‘1820 Settlers’.
Beaches of Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth is by the sea and around the city you will find a lot of beautiful beaches. One of the most famous is Hobie Beach. Where you will find a wide beach and have plenty of opportunity to take a dip. In addition to Hobie Beach. You can also roll out your towel on the beaches of Humewood, Kings and Wells Estate. In terms of water sports, you’re in a good place, by the way. Pollock Beach is the perfect beach to go surfing and there are also several dive schools. They can take you to places where you can dive well.
Of course, you cannot leave South Africa without attempting to spot the Big 5. From Port Elizabeth, you’ll need to visit nearby Addo Elephant Park, about an hour and a half’s drive away. Here you can spot more than 450 African elephants, but there are also rhinos, lions and hyenas. You can follow the roads in the park with your own car and try to spot its inhabitants in the distance.
One of South Africa’s most beautiful car routes is the Garden Route. Which runs roughly between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. If you come from the east, Port Elizabeth is the perfect place to start your road trip. Here you can follow the route that winds along wild coastlines and vineyards and enjoy the many beautiful views you will encounter along the way. Another nice autoroute you can take is Route 62. This road also leads to Cape Town but goes through the inland rather than along the coast.
Shamwari Game Reserve
Just outside the Addo Elephant National is the Shamwari Game Reserve. One of the most beautiful safari parks in the world. Here you can observe the wild animals in peace and spend the night in the most beautiful lodges in nature. An overnight stay is on the pricey side here. But you will get a crazy experience in return. There are fewer people and fewer cars, making you feel at one with nature.
KraggaKamma Game Park
Located just outside the centre of Port Elizabeth. There you find Kragga Kamma Game Park is the park to visit if you are short on time. Because with 200 acres of vast grassland landscapes and plenty of wildlife to spot. Including giraffes, zebras, white rhinos and cheetahs. You’ll get the ultimate South Africa experience in a nutshell. You can get particularly close to the wild animals and can easily drive around with your own car.
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