My Port Elizabeth Wishlist

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We spent a week in Port Elizabeth and didn’t go to a fraction of the tourist spots. While driving to Jeffreysbay, we realised how much we still had to do and see! Here are a few things (there is SO much more to do there) that I would like to do the next time we go on holiday there, the plan is to go once a year or two:

Seaview Predator Park
Port Elizabeth

Seaview Predator Park is a privately owned, 120-hectare animal park, overlooking the sea in the beautiful area of Seaview, just west of Port Elizabeth.

Seaview Predator Park invites you to become ‘part of the pride’, as you come face to fur with our lions, tigers, and many other beautiful wild animals. Self-drive through the park in your own vehicle (4X4 vehicles not needed) and you’re bound to see our giraffe, zebra or buck just near your car.

Seaview Predator Park promotes conservation by rehabilitating wild animals and birds, which are housed in our sanctuary area.

Enjoy a light meal or refreshments at our hilltop restaurant or make use of our self-catering braai/ picnic area. Our lions are are fed every Sunday, at 12 noon, for public viewing.

Pearson Conservatory
Port Elizabeth

1882 Victorian Pearson Conservatory was built for the cultivation of exotic plants, water lilies and beautiful orchids. Named after Mr Henry Pearson, Mayor of P.E. on sixteen occasions, member of the Legislative Assembly, Treasurer-General of the Cape 1880-81 and Colonial Secretary in 1889. It was he who suggested the establishment of the conservatory for the cultivation of exotic plants. It was declared a national monument in 1983.

St Croix Motor Museum
Port Elizabeth

The St. Croix Motor Museum, Mowbray Street, Newton Park displays a private collection of vintage and classic vehicles dating back to 1901.

Campanile Memorial
Port Elizabeth

The Campanile was erected to commemorate the landing of the 1820 Settlers and is situated at the entrance to the railway station and docks in Strand Street, the spot were it is said the settlers landed in Port Elizabeth. The architects were Jones & McWilliams with construction starting in 1920 and it was completed in 1922.
The Campanile Memorial has a climb of 204 steps that takes one to the Observation Room, offering a magnificent view of the harbor and surroundings, more than 52m above the city.

The Campanile contains the largest carillon of bells in the country in addition to its chiming clock. When it’s song time, the tower tops ring out with a carillon of 23 bells, conjuring nostalgic cries of history.

Route 67 starts at the Campanile and there has since been new art additions added around the tower to include the history leading up to the settlers arrival and up to South Africa’s democratic dawn.

Fort Frederick
Port Elizabeth

Fort Frederick, Port Elizabeth, which is located along Belmont Terrace, Central, is a stone fort built in 1799 by the British Forces to defend the mouth of the Baakens River.
Built in 1799 on a natural citadel, Fort Frederick stands guard over a magnificent view of Algoa Bay. Named after Frederick, Duke of York and Commander of the British Army, it was built by troops sent to Algoa Bay to prevent a possible landing of French troops to assist the Graaff-Reinet rebels during the Napoleonic wars, the inception of British occupation of the colony.

The ‘landing with fresh water’, as Algoa bay was referred to, is at the mouth of the Baakens River, which stretches from just above the harbour to the western outskirts of Port Elizabeth. By the arrival of the 1820 settlers, no retributive shot had been fired from Fort Frederick, as the case is to this day.

The over-200-year-old fort contains a powder magazine and a blockhouse, which has lost its timber upper storey; and was originally defended by two 8-pounder guns and one 5.5 inch Howitzer and now contains a selection of muzzle-loaders dating from the later part of the eighteenth century.

On the north side of the fort lies the grave of Captain Francis Evatt, Commandant of Fort Frederick between 1817 and 1847. Captain Evatt is known to have overseen the arrival of the Settlers in 1820.

Fort Frederick is also one of the initial buildings of Port Elizabeth, which sprang up around the fort.

Prince Alfred’s Guide Memorial
Port Elizabeth

Commemorates the men of Port Elizabeth’s Volunteer Regiment who died in various campaigns.

Prince Alfred’s Guide Museum
Port Elizabeth

The Prince Alfred’s Guard Museum grew out of a fusion of a military museum formerly housed in the Donkin Reserve complex and the regimental museum of the Prince Alfred’s Guard Regiment.
The Prince Alfred’s Guard (PAG), is a City Regiment which was founded in 1856 as the Port Elizabeth Volunteer Rifle Corps. Its name changed by Royal assent after it provided a Royal Guard for Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria, on his visit to the City in 1860.

The Victorian Drill Hall, in which the museum is housed, is one of the finest surviving examples of its type. It was opened in 1880 and has been the regiment’s headquarters ever since. The building, a National Monument, has been extensively restored and partly converted to museum use.

Old Railway Station Museum
Port Elizabeth

Built on Market Street in the year of the opening of the railway from Port Elizabeth, it is reputed to be one of the oldest railway stations in South Africa. At this quaint museum, two vintage locomotives, a variety of coaches, period furniture and equipment capture the atmosphere of the early days of steam. The building houses a residence, waiting room and tea-room in addition to the station office. Open Tue. to Thur. 10h00 to 13h00 and 14h00 to 15h30.
Built on Market Street in the year of the opening of the railway from Port Elizabeth, the Old Railway Station Museum is reputed to be one of the oldest railway stations in South Africa.

At this quaint museum, two vintage locomotives, a variety of coaches, period furniture and equipment capture the atmosphere of the early days of steam. The building houses a residence, waiting room and tea-room in addition to the station office.

Donkin Reserve Pyramid and Lighthouse
Port Elizabeth

Donkin Reserve, located off Belmont Terrace, Central, and overlooking the city, was proclaimed an open space in perpetuity by Sir Rufane Donkin.
The Donkin Reserve, Pyramid and Lighthouse includes a Stone Pyramid Monument with a touching inscription erected by Sir Rufane Donkin in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth, after whom the city was named, as well as palm-lined walkways and benches.

The Pyramid is approximately 10 meters high and the sides at the base measure about 8 meters each.

Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists Pty Ltd
Port Elizabeth

Established in Port Elizabeth in 1924, we’re the oldest coffee roastery in the Eastern Province and one of the oldest in South Africa.
Established in Port Elizabeth in 1924, we’re the oldest coffee roastery in the Eastern Province and one of the oldest in South Africa.

7 Castle Hill Historical Museum
Port Elizabeth

No 7 Castle Hill was completed in 1825 and is one of the oldest surviving Settler cottages in Port Elizabeth.
No 7 Castle Hill was completed in 1825 and is one of the oldest surviving Settler cottages in Port Elizabeth. Following renovations, No. 7 Castle Hill, was opened as a Museum in 1965.

The interior presents a picture of domestic life as enjoyed by an English middle class family in mid-19th Century Port Elizabeth. This picturesque family dwelling located in Castle Hill Road, Central has Yellowwood floors and beams, and a restored slate roof. The doll’s house, lace displays and kitchen is particularly impressive.

No 7 Castle Hill transports children back in time, where their imagination can run wild as they explore the old furniture, kitchen equipment, collect water from the well, old toys and dolls, the fairy garden and complete a treasure hunt and make friends with the No 7 family in the display room!

SAMREC SA Marine Rehabilitation Education Centre
Port Elizabeth

SAMREC is Port Elizabeth’s new marine bird rehabilitation and education centre situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. The centre’s purpose isn’t just to rescue and rehabilitate, but to also inform and educate the public through their different programs.
SAMREC is Port Elizabeth’s new marine bird rehabilitation and education centre situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. The centre’s purpose isn’t just to rescue and rehabilitate, but to also inform and educate the public through their different programs.

Tour our marine rehab and education centre and experience nature through sight, sound and touch.

Visitors can experience the hospital and see the volunteers in action helping to save our environment, in particular the endangered African Penguin.

Dive Expert Tours
Port Elizabeth

We, Silke and Rainer Schimpf, offer an unforgettable adventure in and on the Indian Ocean. We are the only one offering the Big8 (Dolphin, Whale, Shark, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard) in one package. Since 1999, we are the specialists in the: Penguin watching Dive Safaris – Trips of a lifetime Whalewatching Big8 Sardine Run Shark Diving Reef Diving Bird Watching and Expeditions on the Ocean anywere in ZAR. We take care of adventure tourists, film & photo crews and Marine Logistics in and around Port Elizabeth and along the entire South African coast.

Sundays River Ferry
Port Elizabeth

Enjoy a guided river cruise on the Sundays River Ferry and explore the beauty of the Sundays River Estuary.
Enjoy a Guided Cruise on THE SUNDAYS RIVER FERRY and explore the beauty of the Sundays River Estuary.

Memories are made whilst cruising up stream and learning about the interesting history of this area and the
Sundays River. Take the most spectacular pictures of the Mackay Bridge – now closed to vehicular traffic – see the
Hills/ “Koppies” of the Addo Elephant National Park in the distance, we are only 4km away where the NEW entrance through the Southern entrance to the Addo Elephant National Park, at Camp Matyholweni. We are a mere 35 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth on the N2, towards Grahamstown. Come and explore the majestic Alexandria Coastal Dunefields and experience the magnificent scenery from the dunes across Algoa Bay as well as the abundant bird life.

Storms River Adventures
Port Elizabeth

Stormsriver Adventures is a rurally based eco adventure company situated in the heart of the majestic Tsitsikamma Forest region aptly named The Garden of the Garden Route. The company diverse adventure adventure activities which include the world renowned Canopy Tour, Tsitsikamma Forest Tour.
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour

The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest on the Garden Route.

Woodcutters Journey:

Join us on a journey down the old Storms River pass on the Garden Route, and experience the indigenous forest from the comfort of a specially designed vehicle.

The Green House:

Self catering accommodation, Tsitsikamma, Stormsriver Take advantage of our amazing two-bedroomed self-catering house in the heart of Stormsriver Village. This is ideal for a family of four or two couples wanting a special getaway treat. Here you are surrounded by nature with many exciting outdoor adventure opportunities literally on your doorstep!

You can read all about the Monsters’ first visit to the coast holiday in Port Elizabeth here:
Part 1 ~ Our scenic trip to Port Elizabeth
Part 2 ~ Monsters’ first visit to the beach
Part 3 ~ Bayworld
Part 4 ~ Jefferysbay and shell searching day
Part 5 ~ PE SAAF Museum
Part 6 ~ Addo Elephant National Park
Part 7 ~ Homeward bound

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Monsters’ First Visit to the Coast Part 7

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Monsters' First Visit to the Coast
And so, the Monsters’ first visit to the coast holiday comes to an end. We left early on Saturday morning and headed home on the main route to Johannesburg.
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Monsters' First Visit to the Coast
The mountain passes weren’t as spectacular on the way home. I tried to get a photo, but Papa’s head was in the way, LOL.
Monsters' First Visit to the Coast
Driving through the little towns was interesting. We found this 1866 Church in Cradock. Isn’t it beautiful?
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Monsters' First Visit to the Coast
We stopped at a little road side stop to stretch our legs and realised that we had stopped next to the border of some or other predator reserve. I can’t find the name of the reserve on the map, unfortunately. We did see some buck just as we left, so we got a game drive in while we were heading home. The kids were rather thrilled.
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We hit a long stretch of awful road works about an hour out of Middleburg. What a disaster! I now know why the GPS had us going to Port Elizabeth via Queenstown.
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We were surprised at the lack at rest stops between Port Elizabeth and Colesburg. We eventually stopped to refill the car at Colesburg Engen One Stop and they washed the car and trailer for for us. What service! Unfortunately, the One Stop is under construction and there was nowhere to stop and eat, so we headed to the Shell Ultra City for lunch.
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Monsters' First Visit to the Coast
I took these photos of the Sunset between Bloemfontein and Virginia. OMGsh, I’d forgotton how beautiful the Northern Free State, where I was born and raised, sun sets can be.
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Monsters' First Visit to the Coast
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We headed home early on Sunday morning after spending the night at my Dad’s again. The kidlets couldn’t stop telling how how awesome our holiday was! We decided to stop at the Shell Ultra City for breakfast on the way home as a homage to our coastal holiday, and then headed home.
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Monsters' First Visit to the Coast
Johannesburg greeted us with, but chilly, weather.
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It was bitter sweet arriving back home and the children have asked, at least once a day, if we can move to Port Elizabeth. I don’t blame them, it really was amazing.

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Monsters’ First Visit to the Coast Part 6

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We went on our first visit to the Addo Elephant National Park on a wet, windy and chilly day. Our last day on holiday was well spent and we got to see the elephants just as I gave up hope and headed to Cattle Baron Grill & Bistro for lunch.
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Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid karoo area in the north around Darlington Dam, over the rugged Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River Valley and south to the coast between Sundays River mouth and Bushman’s river mouth, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares (444 700 acres) and includes the Bird and St Croix Island groups.

The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area. Today this finely-tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. The park can exclusively claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast.Plans are currently afoot to include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 ha (296 500 acre) Marine Protected Area which includes islands that are home to the world’s largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and second largest breeding population of African penguins.

Five main attractions/things to experience:

Lion (found mostly in the southern section of the park)
Herds of elephant at Hapoor dam
The Interpretive Centre at main camp
The picturesque Zuurberg Mountain
The rolling sand dunes of the Woody Cape section

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We were a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see any of the wild cats, but we got to see some animals and a lot of bird life.
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As I write this, Uncle Brian lies in ICU after being hit by a drunk driver while on his early morning cycle. He will be going into surgery tonight. Please keep him, Aunty Nan and their daughters, Heather and Liz in your thoughts and prayers.
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Monsters’ First Visit to the Coast Part 5

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We love going to military museums, so we couldn’t pass up the change to go to the SAAF Museum next to Port Elizabeth International Airport. It was really interesting and Papa was in heaven.
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I’m not interested in the planes, helicopters or weapons used during wars, but the stories of the men and women who were sent to the front lines have always fascinated me.
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I spent hours reading transcripts and descriptions of the airforcemen and what they went through and everything they experienced while fighting the second world war. It was devastating and tragic, but extremely interesting and eye opening at the same time.
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I did not know that we had “War books” in South Africa. I spent quite a bit of time here, at this table.
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The kids were done about 2 hours in and were starting to climb the walls. I decided that is was probably a good idea to get them out of the building and outside where they could eat a snack and run some of that energy off. They discovered this adorable aeroplane jungle gym outside and spent a good 2 hours playing on it while Papa went into the workshop where they are refurbishing and rebuilding some of the historic planes. He may have been geeking out there. I love doing things that bring him so much joy. It really is the little things that make us the happiest at any given time.
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While we were there, Aunty Nan messaged me saying that there were dolphins just off the coast of Pollock Beach, so we hurried Papa up and got the heck out of Dodge to go see the dolphins.
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This was amazing, the dolphins weren’t super close to the beach, but close enough for Papa to zoom in and get some really great photos of the dolphins jumping up. It was the highlight of our holiday. Who can say they saw dolphins in the ocean, out in the wild??? WE CAN!!! Thanks again for the heads up, Aunty Nan!
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Pop in tomorrow to see our adventure at Addo Elephant National Park with Aunty Nan and Uncle Brian.

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Freebie Friday Linkup: In the Night Garden Resources

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In the Night Garden Resources

In the Night Garden Preschool Pack from Monsters Ed Homeschooling Academy
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The following is included in this printable:
Lets Count the Haahoos (1-5)
Lets Colour with Upsy Daisy booklet
Lets Count the Wottingers booklet
Tombliboo Patterning Cards
Size Sequencing with Makka Pakka
1-10 Sequencing Puzzle
Prewriting Skills with Upsy Daisy
A-Z cards
a-z cards
1-20 cards
Shapes with teh Pontipines
“My name is” concertina booklet
Lets meet everyone who lives In the Night Garden booklet

In the night garden coloring pages from Coloring-book
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23 In the night garden pictures to print and color

In the Night Garden Activities from CBeebies
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Videos, Games and Activities to print and colour.

Official Site from In the Night Garden
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This is the official page for In the Night Garden.

Colouring Pages from Kids ABC
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Here are many colouring in pages.

Activity Time from Treehouse EV
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In the Night Garden is designed to be shared; it originates from a shared moment. Explore these pages to discover fun activities for you to share with your child.

We’ve separated them into activities more appropriate for sleep or quiet time and other more interactive activities for when your child is awake and keen to spend more time with the friends they have made in the Night Garden.

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Monsters’ First Visit to the Coast Part 4

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Monsters' First Visit to the Coast
As part of our Port Elizabeth holiday, we decided to make it a holiday of firsts, and take the kids to their first visit to Jefferysbay. We had been told that Jeffreysbay is the best place to go shell searching and since we hadn’t found many shells on the beaches in Port Elizabeth, what better excuse to go to Jeffreys bay.
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We spent the morning searching for shells. We decided to stop at the first beach sign we saw. This was the perfect stop. The beach was covered in shells, so much so that I thought it was dirty with pollution!
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This beach’s sand was coarse and unpleasant to walk on without shoes on. It wasn’t fine beach sand at all. I was amazed at all the pieces of shells I could distinguish.
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Turns out, Papa is quite the pro at finding the most beautiful shells. He found the most shells that day and put the rest of us to shame.
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The kids loved playing on the rocks and in the rock pools while Papa was searching for shells. I eventually found a spot to sit and relax while he enjoyed himself.
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My legs were covered in salt from the spray of the waves breaking on the rocks. I’ve never seen that.
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We decided to have lunch at a little beach front restaurant called Jbay Beach Break Restaurant. They food really was amazing!
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I had bought belly boards for Koko and Fifi the day before for them to use in the ocean and this trip to Jeffreysbay was perfect for that. Jeffreysbay is rated one of the top surfing destinations in the world. I didn’t get any pictures of the children on their belly boards, since we were all in the ocean together and taking photos wasn’t something we even thought of. This really was the best day we had together on this holiday.
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The kids slept all the way back to Port Elizabeth. They were exhausted and all played out.

Don’t forget to pop in tomorrow to read all about our trip to the SAAF Museam and our dolphin watching!

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