Steeped in history and known for its incredible weather, Gqeberha provides the complete South African experience. On the fringes of Algoa Bay at the western end of the Sunshine Coast, the area is renowned for its diverse marine life, sublime beaches and top water sports.
Founded in 1820, much of the city's history is evident today in the architecture of Fort Frederick and the Campanile Bell Tower – both part of the Donkin Heritage Trail that allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of the original 1820 Settlers on their journey of discovery and settlement.
From its darker past, Gqeberha is now the place to meet people and easily lives up to its nickname, the ‘friendly city’. Most things in the centre are on tap: bars, music, art and photographic spaces – all part of constant clash of cultures. The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum at the entrance to St George’s Park has a small gallery of paintings and sculpture by contemporary South African artists, and is a real treat to view.
Nearby, the Addo Elephant Park offers the chance to encounter the rare Addo Elephant, among a variety of other game, while a safari experience at the Kariega Game Reserve takes visitors in search of the ‘Big Five’. The 54 hectare Settler's Park in the city centre is a nature lover's paradise, boasting the most beautiful flora and fauna.
Addo Elephant Park
Originally established in 1931 to provide sanctuary for the remaining 11 elephants in the area, Addo Elephant Park – the third-largest national park in South Africa – is now home to more than 350 of them, as well as Cape buffalo, black rhinos and much more.
A poignant reminder of Apartheid, Port Elizabeth’s townships play a huge part in South African life. Home to thousands of locals, these thriving areas offer an authentic insight into extreme poverty while remaining places of hope and creativity.
Cruises to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)
The Intrepid Beauty of Africa & the Indian Ocean • T2330
- Experience an adventure of a lifetime on this epic circumnavigation of Africa
- Seek out incredible flora and fauna; visit iconic historic sites; journey off the beaten track; and much more
- Get a feel for authentic Indian life; enjoy time in Jeddah; and sail the Suez Canal too