Booking a car rental at Port Elizabeth Airport is a good idea if you want to see the Eastern Cape at its best. The city is lovely and known as the water sport capital of South Africa due to its great weather and kilometres of golden beaches.
Travelling in “PE” and its surrounds by car is the safest and most affordable way to see what’s on offer. Getting your car rental at the airport is thus your best bet for convenient, independent transport in the Eastern Cape.
Eastern Cape Attractions
Known as both “the friendly city” and “the windy city”, it’s reputed to have one of the best coastal city climates in the world. PE has an impressive 40km stretch of beaches that are used for swimming, sailing, surfing, water sports, beach sports, walking and lazing on the warm sands. The sea temperature of the Indian Ocean is warm all year round, so you can even swim in winter!
Port Elizabeth is part of the Sunshine Coast, a coastal area extending from East London to the Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape. Beaches in this province are one of the main attractions and draw people to their shores throughout the year.
If you love the beach, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. Choose from local tempting options; take a drive up the coast to Port Alfred and Kenton or down to Jeffrey’s Bay and St. Francis. These towns are perfect for a “beachy” holiday and there’s plenty of accommodation for you to choose from, making for an enjoyable stay.
Addo Elephant Park
If you’re keen to see and learn more about the majestic African elephant, Addo Elephant Park is the place to go. Addo is an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth and a sanctuary for 350 elephants. Other game in the park includes the black rhino, Cape buffalo and a variety of buck such as kudu, springbok and eland. There are a number of activities on offer for visitors including:
- Guided game drives
- Self-drive game drives
- Horse trails
- Hiking trails
- 4x4 trails
Self-drive game viewing is far cheaper than guided game tours and one of the plus sides of renting a car.
The Tsitsikamma is one of South Africa’s treasures and a must-visit locale situated along on the Garden Route. The name means “place of abundant or sparkling water”. This stunning area is renowned for its mountains, ancient forests and incredible watercourses.
The Tsitsikamma Forest is home to trees including yellowwood, stinkwood, ironwood, kamassi and hard pear as well as abundant animal and bird life. Local borders extend to the Tsitsikamma Mountains, the Bloukrans River (you can do the highest commercial bungee jump in the world here) and the Indian Ocean. If you enjoy walking, hiking or just taking in magnificent scenery, you’ll definitely want to make a stop here.
Shamwari Game Reserve
Shamwari Game Reserve is a 45 minute drive from PE and is one of South Africa’s most famous, luxurious private game reserves. The region is free of malaria and known for creating custom safari packages for individual guests. Shamwari practises responsible tourism and regularly wins awards for its conservation efforts.
- It’s one of the biggest private game reserves in the Eastern Cape
- Five of SA’s seven biomes are found on Shamwari
- The Big 5 are present on the reserve
- There’s a selection of 5 star game lodges
- There are 4 luxury spas including a bush spa
PE is a fantastic city to visit and surrounded by enticing attractions easily accessible by car. Research our car rental prices before booking your car rental at Port Elizabeth Airport for an unforgettable holiday in the Eastern Cape!