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Humewood Beach in Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s oldest “Blue Flag” beach – excellent for its high cleanliness standard. The fine sand beach is located between Kings Beach and Hobie Beach, just outside the city centre, along the large beach promenade. Here, long walks or jogging are a pleasure. The beach is ideal for families because the bay is protected.
In the neighbouring “Happy Valley” there is plenty for young guests, especially during the summer season. Here there are beautiful green areas, which invite to the picnic. Rock pools loosen up the beach and numerous water sports activities such as snorkelling and deep sea fishing are possible here. Surfers from Jeffreys Bay are looking forward to good waves.
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The city offers handicapped people special wheelchairs, which they can use on the beach and also in the water. During the main season, rescue swimmers help with advice and action.
Numerous shops and restaurants are in the immediate vicinity of the beach. Also hotels and other accommodation possibilities are within walking distance.
Cape Recife Nature Reserve Cape Recife and the Lighthouse
The 366 hectare nature reserve is located about 7 kilometres south of Port Elizabeth, at the Cape Recife. An approximately 9 km long circular path leads past the lighthouse through the partial rocky thin landscape, in which an indescribably diverse bird world is at home. On a rock, near the lighthouse, lives a small penguin colony. With some luck, however, small antelope species can also be discovered.
The Happy Valley, just south of the museum complex, is located in a narrow valley of the Shark River and is a wonderful quiet park near the city. Through the valley winds small streams (also with waterfalls), there are various walks and also idyllic picnic areas.
The Horse Memorial Monument is located on the corner Russel / Rink Street (about 1 kilometer west of the Donkin Reserve) and is reminiscent of the faithful horses. In the second war, Port Elizabeth was the most important supply port, and between 1898 and 1901, almost 500,000 horses were landed alone, of which an estimated 350,000 were killed in the fighting.
Humswood Beach Impression from Humswood Beach
About 2 kilometers south of the city center of Port Elizabeth is the Humswood Beach, one of the most popular beaches at Port Elizabeth. On the bay there are some interesting places to eat and on the beach even children’s safe fresh water basins. In 2001, the beach was one of the first outer-European beaches to be awarded the coveted “Blue Flag“.
Jewish Pioneer’s Museum
In 1912, the Jewish community built its first synagogue, which became too small in the 1950s and the Jews built a new synagogue. Since 1958 the small museum has been set up in Raleigh Street (about 1 kilometer north-east of the Donkin Reserve). The private museum, of course, mainly reports on the history of the Jews in Port Elizabeth, but also offers a good interesting archive.
The King’s Beach is located about 1.5 kilometers east of the city center and for whom this short walk is too far, which can also use the train from the station the Diaz Express (a small Schmalspur steam train). Otherwise, the King’s Beach is a long drawn sandy beach, with partial roaring surf, but pleasant warm water and also very popular with surfers. Countless new modern hotels, beach bars and restaurants invite you to linger.
Port Elizabeth Museum Complex and Oceanarium
The Port Elizabeth Museum Complex is located approximately 2 kilometres southeast directly on the Indian Ocean, and consists of the actual museum, an Oceanarium, a children’s museum, a snake park and a tropical house.
The museum houses a wide range of exhibits on the history of the city, the history of the sea, the natural history (with dinosaurs, birds, etc.), archaeology, Xhosa culture and much more.
In the Oceanarium, you can admire dolphins and seals in their artefacts. The performances take place every day at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The actors are all born in captivity and are only replaced after their death. In the snake house the snakes are kept from South Africa and other countries of Africa. You must occasionally give your poison to obtain vital serum. The tropical house is also worth a visit, birds fly through the jungle landscape and crocodiles and flamingos are swimming in the small lakes.
St. George’s Park
The approximately 70 acres of nice St. George’s Park is located about one kilometre east of Donkin Reserve and is very popular because of its great leisure and cultural offer. In addition to the general green areas, a conservatory, a variety of St Georges Park Cricket Accommodation sports facilities, a swimming pool, an amphitheatre, the Art Gallery and probably much of us not discovered in the park. In 1882, the Pearson Conservatory was inaugurated, which houses the botanical garden, a wonderful Victorian greenhouse and a historic valuable plant collection.
In the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum – the former King George VI Art Gallery – you will find a remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures mainly by British artists, and in recent years the exhibition has been supplemented mainly by local artists.