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General information

Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

Gqeberha, also known by its former name Port Elizabeth and widely referred to as P.E is a major seaport and the most populous city in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is the seat of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa's second-smallest metropolitan municipality by area. It is the sixth-most populous city in South Africa and is the cultural, economic and financial centre of the Eastern Cape.

The city was founded as Port Elizabeth in 1820 by Sir Rufane Donkin, who was the governor of the Cape at the time. He named it after his late wife, Elizabeth, who had died in India. The Donkin memorial in the CBD of the city bears testament to this. It was established by the government of the Cape Colony when 4,000 British colonists settled in Algoa Bay to strengthen the border region between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa. It is nicknamed "The Friendly City" or "The Windy City". In 2019, the Eastern Cape Geographical Names Committee recommended that Port Elizabeth be renamed Gqeberha, after the Xhosa and Southern Khoe name for the Baakens River that flows through the city. The city's name change was officially gazetted on 23 February 2021, although the new name remained poorly used locally as of 2022.

Weather
Under the Köppen climate classification, the city has an oceanic climate. The area lies between the winter rainfall, Mediterranean climate zones of the Western Cape and the summer rainfall regions of eastern South Africa. Winters are cool but mild and summers are warm but considerably less humid and hot than more northerly parts of South Africa's east coast. The climate is very even throughout the year with extreme heat or moderate cold rare.

If you would like to check the weather, please visit Accu Weather at:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=gqeberha+weather

Time difference: GMT + 2 hours.

What to do in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

With business comes pleasure so take a second to view some of Eastern Cape’s best locations to kick back and unwind.

Nyosi Wildlife Reserve
Located less than half an hour away from Gqeberha’s CBD, nestled by urbanisation and set within an expansive 2 500- hectare landscape housing 5 of South Africa’s 9 indigenous biomes which host a natural sanctuary to an abundance of wildlife, plains game and birdlife. Fresh fynbos scented air, picture perfect scenery and free roaming wildlife all comes together to provide a unique indoor/outdoor experience for visitors. Adjacent to the Baviaanslook Mega-Reserve it is for sure the perfect day safari experience while giving you access to other local attractions such as:

  • Wedgewood Go lf reserve (5 mins)
  • Baywest Shopping mall (10 mins)
  • Pabala private national reserve
  • Chef Dawid Stuurman international Airport (25mins)
  • Blue flag beach (20 mins)

Nyosi (Wildlife Reserve) on site facilities include:

  • Restaurant
  • Deli and club house
  • Private vineyard
  • 18-meter swimming pool
  • Accommodation (luxury villas)

Guest experience includes:

  • day safari packages
  • guided game drives
  • 2 course set lunch
  • Gourmet picnic baskets
  • Wine and gin tasting

Book now: https://nyosireserve.com/

Pabala private nature reserve

Pabala nature reserve offers a wide variety of activities taking you on an experience of a lifetime, activities and experiences includes:

  • Guided game drives
    Enjoy a two-hour game drive in an open vehicle with our experienced guide.
    Available time slots: 07:00 OR 16:00

Revel in this beautiful landscape with wild animals roaming freely in the Fynbos covered mountains between Hankey and Loerie. Appetisers and beverages are included to make this a most enjoyable and memorable experience.  Guided Game Drives are dependent on weather.

Baviaans mega reserve 3-day 4x4 safari tour

ITINERARY:

DAY 1:
14:00 Arrival & Check-in at Pabala Private Nature Reserve
16:00 Game Drive – enjoy the splendours of Exotic Game Viewing
19:00 Dinner

DAY 2 (ENTER THE BAVIAANSKLOOF MEGA RESERVE):
07:00 Breakfast
08:10 Meet your Baviaans 4×4 Safari Guide – briefing sessions regarding the Baviaans 4×4 Trail, roads, and other important information.
08:30 Check-out and depart to the Baviaans – estimated 45min drive.
13:00 Lunch in the Baviaans
16:00 Check-in and refresh at Guesthouse
18:00 Dinner
20:00 Gather around the fireplace and discuss your day and experience.

DAY 3:
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Information Session about the Baviaans & Water Conservation
10:00 Check-out – depart for final day excursions.
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Depart to exit the Baviaans – 3hour trip to exit the Mega Reserve
20:00 Arrive back at Pabala Private Nature Reserve

Guided nature walks

Honey tasting
Honey comes in different tones, tastes, and textures! Pabala Pure Honey are all naturally raw, harvested, spined and bottled. After the tasting and education session, you will make your way to the local Restaurant for a nice lunch with selected menu choices.

  • Beehive and honey experience (pre-booking required)

HALF DAY HONEY EXPERIENCE
Join our professional beekeeper in the field and get to experience how to extract honey from the hives.

Gin tasting
Taste seasonal gins that are crafted from locally sourced fresh produce that includes Citrus from; Patensie, Strawberries from Hankey, HoneyBush harvested in the Baviaans Mega Reserve and Pabala’s very own Prickly Pear. Our tasting sessions include an educational session on our craft distilled process and all mixes and condiments.

  • Surf fishing
  • Deep sea fishing

Contact Information
Tel: + 27 (0)72 587 4987
WhatsApp: +27 (0)64 751 3219
Email: info@pabala.co.za
Cell: +27 82 508 7762 or +27 82 650 2730

Boat trips and cruise
Beachfront boat cruise (Raggy Charters)
Cost: R800 per person, discounts for groups of 10+

Raggy Charters beachfront boat trips in Port Elizabeth takes you on a leisurely boat cruise past the beautiful beaches of Humewood and Summerstrand. It gives you a unique perspective of Port Elizabeth as we head along to the Cape Recife lighthouse and nature reserve.

During this boat cruise guests also have the possibility of spotting bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, humpback dolphins, bryde’s whales, minke whales, Southern right whales, humpback whales, Cape fur seals, various species of sharks, African penguins, African black oystercatchers, Cape gannets and various species of pelagic birds including terns, petrels, skuas, shearwaters and albatrosses.

CONTACT INFO
+27 (0)73 152 2277
info@raggycharters.co.za
Nelson Mandela Bay Yacht Club
Dom Pedro Jetty
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape 6001
Opening Hours: 8am until 5pm

Port Elizabeth: River Cruise on the Sundays River
Provided by: Sundays River Adventure
Cost: R500pp

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise along the majestic Sundays River passing the Alexandria Coastal Dune field and many local birdlife feeding in their natural habitat. The cruise also includes a stop at one of the highest sand dunes. If you climb to the top, you will be treated to spectacular views of the bay. Tours are from 1.5 to 2.5-hours and are perfect for small or larger groups, families, friends, bird watchers.

Follow link to meeting point: https://maps.google.com/?q=@-33.691097259521484,25.82632827758789

CONTACT INFO
Phone 041 492 2355
Address A Taste of Africa Restaurant Corner Darling & Jetty St
Colchester
6175

Port Elizabeth: Sandboarding with Short Boat Trip

Cost: R650pp

Travel down the picturesque Sundays River to the Alexandria Dune field; the largest and most impressive dune field in South Africa. Suited to beginners and experienced sandboarders, choose from 2 or 3-hour sandboarding tours which give you ample time to learn some new skills and have a great time while doing it.

includes:

  • All sandboarding equipment, stand-up and flat boards
  • Lessons from the guide
  • A short boat trip across the river to the dunes

CONTACT INFO
Phone 041 492 2355
Address: A Taste of Africa Restaurant Corner Darling & Jetty St
Colchester
6175

Useful Telephone Numbers

 Company/Organisation

 Telephone Number

 Email Address/Website

 AA Emergency Breakdown  +27 (0) 83 843 22 or 083 THEAA  www.aa.co.za
 Aids Counselling  +27 (0) 41 453 2233  
 Aids Help Line  +27 (0) 800 012 322  
 Alcoholics Anonymous Area Service  +27 (0) 41 452 7328 or +27 (0) 861 435 722  aape@interkom.co.za
 Ambulance  10 177  
 Crimeline  SMS 32211  www.crimeline.co.za
 Disability  +27 (0) 82 290 3764 or +27 (0) 41 368 3707  toni.webb@telkomsa.net
 Fire Brigade  +27 (0) 41 585 1555  
 Garmed Ambulance  +27 (0) 41 373 6777  
 Netcare 911 Ambulance Service  +27 (0) 82 911  
 Netcare Greenacres Hospital Emergency Department  +27 (0) 41 390 7298  
 Life Line (PE)  +27 (0) 41 373 8666  
 National Sea Rescue Institute  +27 (0) 41 585 6011  
 Police Flying Squad  10 111  
 Port Elizabeth Weather Office  041 581 1476  www.weathersa.co.za
General information

The Boardwalk Hotel, Convention Centre and Spa

Located along Port Elizabeth’s Golden Mile with uninterrupted beach-facing views, the Boardwalk can host any event irrespective of the size. With its convenient location to popular Port Elizabeth attractions, the Boardwalk International Convention Centre (ICC) offers a wide selection of conference venues and meeting rooms to suit any occasion. Ideal for corporate events, business banquets, conventions, concerts, conferences, exhibitions and weddings, our venues in Port Elizabeth can be customised to meet your exact requirements.