Port Elizabeth Hiking Trails

  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The walk starts near the cannon at the west end of Schoenmakerskop and follows the coast to Sardinia Bay, returning via bridle-tracks and a path along the top of the vegetated dunes.
    • More InfoUpdated: 9 months ago
      This circular trail of about 7 km starts at Sappershoek which is at the eastern end of the seaside village of Schoemakerskop.
      • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
        This 8 km walk which takes 3-4 hours starts at the entrance gate to the Cape Receife Nature Reserve (where there are ablutions).
        • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
          This reserve offers two hiking trails, the one a 4 km walk through fynbos and the other a 6km walk through forest, both leading to the gorge of the Van Stadens River.
          • More InfoUpdated: 9 months ago
            A raised coastal walkway made of recycled plastic has been introduced between Pollok Beach and Flat Rocks. It is known as the Humpback Dolphin Trail. The 2,3-kilometre trail provides the hiker with magnificent seaviews and lots...
            • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
              This trail starts at the Third Avenue dip in Newton Park and follows the Baakens River down to Settlers Park and Brickmakers Kloof. It can also be done starting at the bottom and walking up or shortened by starting at Settlers...
              • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
                The reserve covers 150 ha and was established in 1975. There are three trails in the reserve which can be walked in various combinations.
                • More InfoUpdated: 9 months ago
                  The Aloe trail comprises two trails: one of 2 km, marked with yellow arrows, and a longer one of 7 km (3 hours), marked with red arrows. Both start at a gate at the top of Tippers Creek Road, between Amsterdamhoek and Bluewater...

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                  PEMBBA Area

                  The Port Elizabeth Metro Bed and Breakfast Association (PEMBBA) is not limited to the Port Elizabeth area, and also has members in :

                  The Greater Addo Elephant National Park Region which includes Addo, Colchester, 
                  Paterson, Sundays River Mouth.

                  The Storms River/Tsitsikamma and St Francis Areas Area.

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                  PEMBBA Area Climate

                  Port Elizabeth has been voted as having one of the best climates in the world, due to its pleasant conditions all year round. With an elevation of 60 metres above sea level, Port Elizabeth is located along the extensive South African coastline, and has the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lapping at its shores. As such, its climate is classified as being sub-tropical.

                  A sub-tropical climate is hot and slightly humid, but not quite as dramatically so as a tropical zone. Winters are generally cool to cold, but never present snow or frost. In Port Elizabeth, rainfall occurs all year round, but is slightly heavier and more frequent during the winter months.

                  Activities and Attractions

                  Port Elizabeth’s rich cultural heritage guarantees history lovers a unique insight into the Bay and the Eastern Cape's diverse and remarkable past.

                  Historical and significant figures from Nelson Mandela Bay include, amongst others, Govan Mbeki, political activist and father of former President Thabo Mbeki; Oliver Tambo, political activist and life-long friend of Nelson Mandela; Athol Fugard, actor, director and playwright; Olive Schreiner, well-known authoress and writer of "The story of an African Farm"; and Cliff Drysdale, well-known tennis player.

                  From rocky shores to indigenous floral fynbos: from stretches of golden beaches and unspoilt sand-dunes to lush indigenous forest and untamed wilderness areas. The nature reserves within, and on the outskirts of Nelson Mandela Bay offer a wonderful range of options to experience the great outdoors.

                  Located in and around the Metro are: Settler's Park, Van Staden's Wild Flower Reserve, The Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Maitlands Nature Reserve, The Island Nature Reserve, Addo Elephant National Park, Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area and Groendal Wilderness Area.