Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park

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Motorhoming in Port Elizabeth

Photo by Conrad88 (wikimedia commons)Tsitsikamma National Park, situated on the Garden Route Photo by Conrad88 (wikimedia commons)

Port Elizabeth is at the eastern end of the Garden Route, so for visitors with a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle this is probably a starting or finishing point, and what a great place it is.  There are lots of good restaurants and bars, there are also game parks for those who prefer not to travel as far as Kruger, and there are some wonderful beaches too.  Here are just a few of the best things to se and do in the area.

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There are over 38 campsites in and around the Port Elizabeth area, so you’ll be spoilt for choice!  There are even sites located within the game reserves such as sea view game and lion reserve, where you can enjoy the sounds of the jungle from your motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle.  Theses are perfectly safe to walk around at night, but if you don’t like the idea of camping with lions, there are plenty of sites down by the beach.

Top things to see and do

Visit the Addo Elephant National Park where you can get the opportunity to see elephants, there are over 450 here, black rhino, as well as the flightless dung beetle, which is exclusive to the park.  You can also learn about the park’s successful conservation programme.

Let the train take the strain, the steam train known as the Apple Express from Port Elizabeth to Thornhill, the route has some wonderful views.  For those without a head for heights close your eyes when you travel over the narrow gauge bridge, it’s the highest in the world!

One for the girls.  Visit the wild flower reserve of Van Stadens.  The reserve is 35 kilometres from Port Elizabeth and over 500 hectares of local flora and fauna.  There are two lovely walks from the visitors' centre, the forest walk, and the river walk, lovely on a hot day.

One for the boys (or three)  There are lots of things for those who love excitement, you can dive with sharks at the oceanarium at Bayworld, if you’re a diver there are opportunities for wreck diving, or if you like cycling there are two excellent circular routes of just over 20 kilometres through the Swartkops Valley Nature Reserve.

Just for fun…After dark take a Port Elizabeth ghost tour.  The city centre, with its gothic architecture, is where you will hear tales of the unhappy policeman, visit a row of terraced houses where a people have been seen to walk through walls, and hear about the phantom hitchhiker of Target Kloof.  Bring a torch!

Port Elizabeth is a lovely city to visit.  It’s not just a stop off, or starting point for the Garden Route, it has lots of things to see and do in its own right, and for visitors with a motorhome rental or campervan hire there are some really good places to stay as well.

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