With an array of museums reflecting the city’s natural and cultural history, and old, impressive collections of artifacts, a variety of beautiful spots where you can observe wildlife alongside a variety of fauna and flora, and many wonderful beaches, Port Elizabeth remains one of the precious gems of South Africa which guarantees malaria-free safaris and family fun vacations.
If you are traveling with children, Bayworld should be at the top of your itinerary. Located on the Marine drive on the beachfront at Humewood, the Bayworld museum boasts impressive displays on the cultural and natural history of South Africa. You can witness prehistoric dinosaurs, ancient and ethnic handcrafts and other historical precious tit-bits. There are also models of fish and fossils, early sailing ships, marine animals and remarkable artifacts.
No. 7 Castle Hill Museum
Located on Castle Hill Road and considered to be one of the oldest settled cottages in the whole of Port Elizabeth, this old house, built in 1827, has been recreated to present the history and flamboyant lifestyle enjoyed by the English in the old days. The museum displays remarkable Victorian furniture and household items as well as an impressive kitchen, lace displays and a lovely dollhouse.
The Garden Route
Nicknamed ‘a taste of Eden’, this area combines magical forests, charming lakes and an array of untouched beaches and winning passages. This route can be found on the N2 highway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and is worth visiting. Many kinds of flora and fauna can be found along the route, which stretches 300 kilometers along the Southern Cape coast. One of the fascinating sights is the Klein Karoo, a semi-desert with lush river valleys.
Animal-lovers can learn to care for farm animals while also learning about South African farming at this farmyard. Located off Kragga Kamma road, just outside the city, the farmyard offers hands-on experience to those who wish to feed farm animals in an exquisite countryside setting. Pony rides are also available for children. Kids can run around in the playgrounds, while adults can visit the tea garden and souvenir shop.