Visiting Port Elizabeth South Africa
Donkin Heritage Trail
The Donkin Heritage Trail is five kilometers long and follows in the footsteps of the colonial settlers, linking forty seven historic sites. The Trail is located in the Old Hill area of Port Elizabeth and visitors can go on a self-guided tour stopping in at city hall, the library building, an opera house, an open air theater, and numerous churches.
Fort Frederick, which was built in 1799 and has a commanding view over Algoa Bay. Now a monument and tourist attraction, the fort was built to protect against a possible invasion by the French during the Napoleonic Wars.
The Port Elizabeth Apple Express was laid down in 1903 to bring apples from inland farms to the harbor for export. The narrow gauge line, which is one of only two still working in Southern Africa, is today used for recreational purposes. One of the highlights is the crossing of a 77 meter high bridge over a river.
Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve
The Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve is a five hundred hectare wonderland. Visitors are encouraged to explore the extraordinary diversity of proteas, fynbos, and succulents in the splendor of a preserved environment. Mountain bikers are also welcome to explore the plateau section of the reserve, as are jeeps and other four-by-fours, provided they adhere to the speed limit and stick to designated roads.
Although one of South Africa’s lesser known tourist destinations, Port Elizabeth has much to offer to those in search of a great deal and less hustle and bustle.