The city is known for its abundant birdlife, and local experts from the Eastern Cape Wild Bird Society may be contackted for information.

Cape Recife Nature Reserve

A 366ha reserve featuring a 9km circular walking trail through beatiful unspoilt beaches, natural dune vegetation and rocky outcrops.

Donkin Reserve

A proclaimed open space in the city with a stone parymid monument at its centre, inaugurated by Sir Rufane Donkin in honour of his wife Elizabeth the city's eponym.


Fresh, surf and deep-sea angling opportunities are plentiful along the beautiful Algoa Bay coastline.

Holmeleigh Farmyard

A children's paradise where farm life can be experience first-hand. Pony rides, playgrounds and a delightful tea garden and tuckshop in a picturesque country setting.

Maitland Nature Reserve

A 127ha reserve comprising dense indigenous coastal forest, abundant birdlife, nature trails, an old road leading to lead mines and the famous giant Maitland sand dunes.

Nature Walks & Trails

Port Elizabeth offers pleasant walks within city limits. Well-marked trails can be self-guided or accompanied by expert trail guides.

Sacramento Trail

A 8km trail through the Schoemakers-Sardinia Nature Reserve affording wonderful scenery.

Seaview Game and Lion Park

Self-drive game viewing, night game drives and camping.

St George's Park

The city's oldest park, incorporating the Port Elizabet Cricket Club, the St George's Swimming Bath etc.

Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve

500ha of indigenous flora can be explored.

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