festive guide for Cape St Francis

Ocean Swim Series

One of the largest family beach events in Africa, the Ocean Racing series has been running just short of 10 years now. The Series gives everyone the chance to keep fit in a casual, friendly and safe environment. Age does not matter here, as people of all ages are encouraged to join the fun.

Link: zsports.co.za

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SUMMER SERIES TRIATHLON

Similar to the Swim Series, the Summer Series Triathlon is also an event fit for the whole family. Experience a triathlon in its finest, as it will be an enjoyable day and help you get fit at the same time. Everyone no matter what shape, size or age is welcome!

Link: zsports.co.za

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Hobie Beach Park Run

If you wander down to Hobie Beach before 8 o’ clock on a Saturday morning, you will have the opportunity to be part of something truly extraordinary. A relaxed atmosphere to run in, the course stretches over 5kms and is organized by purely volunteers. This will give you exclusive insight into how close knit this community is, be sure to grab a coffee afterwards and meet some of the locals who have been running the course for years.

Link: parkrun.co.za/pehobiebeach/

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Ice Rink at Bay West Mall

Take a break from the beach and the sun, and change your scenery completely with a trip to the ice rink. This is no ordinary ice rink, as not does it only offer 15 hours of non-stop skating, but there are also competitions, giveaways and 3 resident DJ’s to keep you feeling the beats all day.

Link: theicerink.co.za

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Hiking Lady Slipper

Strap on your hiking boots if you are willing to attempt the hike to the top of this strikingly scenic mountain. Be prepared though, this is more of a rough and rugged mountain road than a manicured path, you will need to cautious of loose rocks and steep cliffs but the view from the top is more than worth the trip up.

Link: nightjartravel.com/hiking/lady’s-slipper-trail

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Kite-surfing, surfing and SUP’ing

Port Elizabeth boasts some of the best beaches in South Africa for water sports, whether you Kite-surf, Stand up paddleboard or surf, you’ll happy to know that no matter which beach you find yourself on, there will be some sort of watersport available to you.

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Fushin Sushi Bar, Stanley Street

Situated in the enchanting neighbourhood of Richmond Hill, you can enjoy your meal either from inside this wonderful restaurant, but it is recommended to take a seat outside and enjoy the social dynamics that can be found on the always-busy Stanley Street. Everyone loves sushi, and there is no better place in Port Elizabeth for that than right here.

Link: fushin.co.za

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Savages, St George’s Park Area

Brand new to the restaurant scene, it is with great excitement to all in Port Elizabeth that chef Vanessa Marx has opened this home-style brasserie. The menu is small and focuses purely on lavish luxury of top quality ingredients that do all the talking for them. The food is off the charts, made with care and no shortage on the helpings, it will be one that you come back to again and again.

Link: eatout.co.za/venue/savages/

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Flava, Bain Street

There is hardly much more that needs to be said when describing this restaurant other than the fact that it is superb from top to bottom. The food is incredible to say the least, whether it’s a juicy steak or a dessert you just cannot say no to, all the dishes have a delightful twist unique to this special restaurant.

Link: facebook.com/flavarestaurant/

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Bocadillos, 6th Avenue

One of the few all-rounded restaurants still out there, this bistro offers the best of all breakfast, lunch and dinner. They pride themselves on good service, and great food and coffee, you will be completely satisfied in every way with this brilliant restaurant for all to enjoy.

Link: facebook.com/bocadillospe/

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Two Olives, Stanley Street

Many happy customers have used the phrases “Amazing food” and “Top flavours” to describe this Spanish/Greek Tapas restaurant. Recommended food to order are the Tapas and the lamb burger, but no matter what you order you will receive a big portion and one that you will thoroughly enjoy.

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Rhubarb and Lime, Park Lane (Mill Park)

This upmarket retro-chic coffee shop has a comfy and casual feel to it, as the service is really good, as well as it can seat up to about 50 people with the inside and the outside courtyard. With the head chef coming down to take over here from London, their food is out of this world. Recommended dishes would be any of the Pizzas and the pita pockets.

Link: facebook.com/pages/Rhubarb-LIME-Cafe/522809507732956

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Vovo Telo, Richmond Hill

This bistro takes artisan to the next level, as every detail of these wonderfully crafted dishes are well thought out and all contain the freshest produce around. Any type of bread imaginable is available for your eating pleasure, so make sure you get down as soon as you can as you will not be disappointed!

Link: vovotelo.co.za/

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Bay West Mall & Fun Zone

The number one shopping and entertainment destination in Port Elizabeth is the perfect place to spend an entire day that is non-stop fun for all ages. The mall is stocked with stores to fill all your shopping needs, restaurants to make sure you never go hungry and entertainment such as an ice rink, Imax, movies, arcade games and so much more.

Link: baywestmall.co.za/home/

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Underculture Contemporary

If you are looking for a day of culture, this fine arts gallery is everything you’ve been searching for. It looks to promote and offer contemporary fine arts from local arts round the Eastern Cape. Some of the best displays you will see in the country, it is the central hub of all that is hand made beauty in the country.

Link: underculturecontemporary.co.za/

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ROOF GARDEN BAR

Craft beer and artisan food are on offer as you enjoy live music and even rooftop films with the backdrop to the entire city as your view. They like to keep it simple, and with the recipe of good food, excellent entertainment and that exquisite view, it’s not hard to see why this place is so popular at the moment.

Link: facebook.com/RoofGardenBarPE/

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Alley Cat Open Roof Movie Theatre

The screening of classic films under the stars is a hard combination to argue with, add that with your favourite take-out food and wine from any of the many restaurants on Stanley Street and you’ve got the perfect night out for all to enjoy!

Link: facebook.com/ALLEY-CAT-Port-Elizabeth-513897571979019/

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Kragga Kamma Game Park

Time for a 4×4 experience through the luscious green game reserve as African game is on display for your viewing pleasure. All the animals roam free, unrestricted in their natural surroundings as you are able to get an up close view to these majestic beasts of the savanna.

Link: kraggakamma.co.za/

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Addo Elephant Park

The third largest national park in the country, Addo Elephant Park is home to over 450 African elephants. This park offers some of the most spectacular elephants viewing around the globe, whilst elephants are not the only species on display, as the park also includes a vast variety of other animal species such as kudu, springbok, zebra, aardwolf, hyenas and many more. Make sure you visit this historic game reserve and get a true taste of African life.

Link: sanparks.org/parks/addo/

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The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment

Full entertainment from the minute you walk into this venue, there are almost too many activities and features on offer to do them all in one day. The Boardwalk offers 5-star hotel accommodation as well as a fully licensed casino, an arcade, live music performances, top of the range restaurants and so much more. This will definitely be one of the highlights of your trip as no matter what you do here, it will be high quality fun for all ages.

Link: suninternational.com/boardwalk/

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