Port Elizabeth Travel Guide

2024 Update

Port Elizabeth Brief Summary:

  • Port Elizabeth is home to an infinite amount of beautiful beaches, perfect for relaxing, marine wildlife watching, or enjoying water sports and adventures.
  • The starting point of most tours to the popular Addo Elephant National Park.
  • The city is often called “PE” by the locals.

How to get to Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and can be easily accessed in many ways:

  • Flights to Port Elizabeth International Airport
  • Public bus to the cities main bus station
  • Bazbus with drop-offs directly at your hotel/hostel

Bazbus offers a safe option for making your way to Port Elizabeth with stops along the way to appreciate the real beauty of South Africa. With a variety of passes to choose from, all being led by expert, South African drivers to assist you, you will be glad to have discovered so many gems on the road to Port Elizabeth with new friends made on the bus. Best of all, Bazbus will drop you off right at your hotel/hostel’s door in Port Elizabeth.

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Must do in Port Elizabeth

Get up close to the wildlife in Addo Elephant Park
Ranked as one of the MUST-DO things when in South Africa, Addo Elephant Park is the third largest park in the country full of elephants, zebras, lions, and more! The park is located near Port Elizabeth making it easy to get to. Search for the perfect day (or 2 day) trip and head on over to the park!

Head on over to the sunny beaches
The city of Port Elizabeth is known for its coveted international Blue Flag status for its water quality, overall safety, and cleanliness, to just name a few reasons behind the award. Some of the must-visit beaches are Humewood Beach, King’s Beach, and Wells Estate beach to take a dip in and relax under the gleaming sun.

Roam the streets of the lively city center
Walk the streets of Port Elizabeth and enjoy the eye-pleasing architecture and the vast history and culture on every corner.


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Useful tips

Be ready for some wind

Port Elizabeth can get windy from time to time, so be ready and have in mind if planning on doing water sports or overall exploring of the city.

Be careful of strong currents on some of the beaches
Always make sure a lifeguard is present since currents can be strong and dangerous.

It’s a safe city, but always be cautious

It’s a generally safe place for tourists and locals, but like most big cities have a few malicious people lurking around, but if you keep your wits about you, you should be fine. Leave unnecessary valuables behind, avoid dimly lit areas at night, etc.