Port Elizabeth is one of the many hidden gems of South Africa. It’s a city that’s bursting with vibrant culture, exhilarating adventure activities and friendly locals who’ll make visitors feel right at home – after all, it’s not known as “the friendly city” for nothing.

When exploring South Africa’s third largest metropolitan, it’s encouraged that visitors spend more than a weekend in the city – from insightful township tours and wild African safaris to vibey city nightlife – take time off to fully immerse yourself in all that this amazing place has to offer. Here’s a guide to get you started.

Take a township tour

Looking for an authentic cultural experience? Consider booking a tour with Gugu’s Township Tours hosted by Mosaic Tourism. Established in 2011, this incredible tour group gives tourists a taste of township life, local cuisine, friendly residents and more. New Brighton, Walmer, Motherwell, Kwamagxaki and Kwazakhele are just several townships visitors can look forward to visiting.

Entertain yourself

If it’s dazzling lights, endless shopping, fine dining and exhilarating gaming that you’re after, then look no further than The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment Complex. Located in Summerstrand, the complex houses a selection of international restaurants, specialist shops, a craft workshop as well as Starz Cinema –fun for the whole family.

Safari anyone?

Just 20 minutes from Port Elizabeth, you can drive alongside rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and various antelope, at Kragga Kamma Game Park. This game park is situated in natural surroundings giving visitors that true African bush feel. It’s safe for visitors to drive through the park with their own vehicle or opt to drive In one of the park’s Land Rovers.

Go for a swim

One of Port Elizabeth’s greatest assets is its pristine beaches. Hobie Beach, King’s Beach and Wells Estate Beach are all worth a visit. Water temperatures vary between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius during summer and 14 to 19 during winter. Don’t forget to pack in a picnic, your umbrella and sunscreen!

So what you’re waiting for? There’s no time like now to take a Sho’t Left and explore the best that Port Elizabeth has to offer.

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