Budget-friendly Activities to do in the "Friendly City" - Port Elizabeth

With the holiday season looming and with new coastal routes from FlySfair, are you planning a seaside getaway? Port Elizabeth has many activities that do not break the bank. With the launch of the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass, visitors get to experience more for less.

To help you experience "The Friendly City" we have put together a Top 10 list of budget-friendly activities that you can experience in Port Elizabeth.

  • Route 67

    1. Walk the iconic Route 67

    This route winds past 67 public art works that symbolise the 67 years Nelson Mandela dedicated to the liberation of the country. This route meanders through the CBD, taking visitors past Port Elizabeth's oldest monuments, art galleries and parks.

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  • PE Beer Route

    2. Hop on the Beer Route

    If you enjoy craft beer, the Hop on Beer Tour takes you to three microbreweries incorporating 11 craft beers and the unique culture of the beer enthusiast. Introduce your taste buds to carefully crafted beers of unique flavours at Dockside Brewery, Beer Yard and Bridge Street Brewery.

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  • Valley Market PE

    3. Visit the Valley Market

    Hosted in The Old Tramways Building in Baakens Valley on the first Saturday of the month, visitors to The Valley Market are spoilt for choice. The market offers an assortment of musical performances, artisanal foods, boutique wines and craft beers all supplied by local exhibitors.

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  • Sundays River Cruise

    4. Sunset Cruise on the Sundays River

    Situated on the estuary of the scenic Sundays River on the southern tip of the Addo Elephant National Park. With spectacular sand dunes and breath-taking views of Port Elizabeth and Algoa Bay, the river offers the perfect setting for calm and memorable cruising.

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  • Township Tour

    5. Meet the locals on a Township Tour

    Take a drive into the townships of Port Elizabeth, interact with locals and experience authentic Xhosa hospitality. Taste the home-brewed beer, eat a traditional Xhosa meal, and visit the infamous Red Location Apartheid Museum.

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  • Addo Elephants

    6. See Elephants at the Addo Elephant National Park

    This wide-spanning reserve boasts the best elephant viewing opportunities in the country, while offering a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. This is the only national park in South Africa that offers the 'Big 7' - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, whales and great white sharks.

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  • Sacramento Trail

    7. Hike the Sacramento Trail

    This popular 8km trail traverses the Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve and features spectacular seascapes, landscapes, and, depending on the season, some remarkable displays of dune vegetation and wild flowers. The trail starts at the bronze cannon at Schoenmakerskop and travels along the coast into the Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve.

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  • Horse Riding PE

    8. Horseback Riding in Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve

    Canter along deserted beaches, meander on trails through Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve, and catch a glimpse of a bushbuck, duiker, vervet monkey and a large variety of birdlife. Catering for all levels of riders riding well-schooled horses and ponies, the experience is available 7 days a week.

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  • Karkloof MTB Trails

    9. Picnic on the Beach

    A visit to Port Elizabeth would not be complete without a stop at the beach. Pack a picnic basket and take a trip to one of the city's many beaches. Port Elizabeth has one of the best city beach fronts in South Africa, with clean beaches that are not over developed and great to explore by foot and best of all their free.

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  • Addo Double Zipline

    10. Enjoy South Africa's Longest Double Zipline

    The Adrenalin Addo double zipline is the highest, longest and fastest in South Africa. The 500m long, twin-cable zipline starts 70m above the Sundays River reaches speeds up to 80km/h. An adrenaline pumping experience!

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