Sport & Leisure Activities
Donkin Lighthouse for city views
There are awesome views of the city from the top of Donkin lighthouse, which now serves as a tourist office. Built in 1861, it’s over a 150 years old. Visit between 8am and 4:30pm weekdays and Saturdays 9:30am to 3:30pm. Belmont Terrace, Donkin Street. Call 041 582 2575.
Blue flag status belongs to the Kings and Humewood beaches, however Hobie Beach is a great spot to launch a boat, play an invigorating game of volleyball, wind surf, swim or bask in some sun. The small rock pools are also interesting to explore especially for kids. Hobie Beach, Marine Drive.
Hip Stanley Street
The undisputed king of street cool, Stanley Street is Port Elizabeth’s answer to Jozi’s Maboneng, Durban’s Rivertown Precinct and Cape Town’s Bree Street. Choose from over 15 excellent restaurants. Set in Richmond, one of Port Elizabeth’s oldest suburbs, there is a friendly atmosphere with restaurant tables spilling out on to the sidewalk and fairylights in the trees.
Free tour of the Volkswagen Auto Pavilion
Car lovers will be in heaven on a pre-booked tour at the Volkswagen Factory in Uitenhage. You’ll encounter the oldest kombi in South Africa, meet Herbie and see a car sliced in half by a laser. Tours cost R10 per adults, R5 for children under 16, R5 for pensioners and include a free tour of the Auto Pavilion, which is the only automobile discovery centre on the continent and only the fifth worldwide. Daily pre-booked factory tours includes a free tour of the Auto Pavilion, no bookings are required for the Auto Pavilion. 103 Algoa Rd, Uitenhage. Call ahead to book a fantastic free tour. Call 041 994 5941. Open weekdays between 8h30 and 16h00 and every first Saturday of the month from 10h00 to 13h00. Closed all other weekends & public holidays. The NMB pass entitles you to free entrance.
Take a Horse Ride in the Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve
Kick up some of P.E.’s golden sand and surf and go for a saunter along the beach. Heavenly Stables offers a one hour free horse ride through the Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve with your NMB pass. Bookings essential at least two days prior. The rides are weather dependent. Open 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm. Plot 431, Sardinia bay Road, Lovemore Park, Port Elizabeth. 081 890 7080.
Visit the original Vovo Telo
South Africans all over the country have fallen in love with the fresh bread and pastries at Vovo Telo. It all started in Raleigh Street, Richmond Hill with wafts of freshly baked artisan bread drawing hungry customers. Inspired by an experience in Vovo Telo, a village in Madagascar, this bakery has become a series of popular slow-food restaurants. Choose from fresh ciabatta, sour dough, coconut loaf, brioche, rustic and rye to take away or eat breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner sitting down. The coffee comes highly recommended. 16 Raleigh Street, central Port Elizabeth. Call 041 585 5606.
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