THE BIG APPLE OF P.E.
Apple Express Steam Train
This famous narrow-gauge steam train operates from Port Elizabeth on a regular basis to Thornhill Village, 53km from Port Elizabeth and offers one day excursion trips. One of the stops is the Van Stadens River Bridge, where passengers may disembark and stroll over this famous narrow gauge and admire the view before photographing the oncoming train as it slowly steams over.
Addo Elephant Park
Addo Elephant National Park is only about 70km from PE, and the new gate only 40km. It is a great Park, which borders have recently been expanded.
It is not only elephants you will find, but also lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino, many different antelope etc.
If you don't have the oppurtunity to stay overnight, do at least a daytrip to this wonderful park.
Port Elizabeth, I miss you.
One of the first things I experienced when I moved in was the variety, quantity and size of the animals...very different compared to my midwest. Ranging from common rain spiders, to poisonous snakes, guinnea fowl, lions or elephants, P.E. has it all - even the Big 5. A few game parks include Pumba, Addo, Zebra National Park (about 3 hours north).
"Project for Conflict Resolution and Development"
PCRD is an amazing organization created just as Apartheid was officially illegal. They work with communities in areas of local governance and capacity building, youth, education and health. Besides their main projects they take on a lot of leadership and conflict transformation trainings. They also network with national NGOs to increase awareness of previous and current projects and toolkits.
"Oh the Outdoors!"
P.E. is central to many outdoor activities, including Bungee Jumping, Tree Swinging, beaches, hiking, camping, open air and closed shopping - traditional markets and malls. Though its not necessarily an outdoor activity, there is a diverse range of restaurant experiences - Indian, Afrikaans, Thai, Traditional Xhosa, English, Cape Malay, organic cafes, pubs/nightclubs...to name a few.