School Holiday Fun: Things to do in Port Elizabeth for families on a budget

2017-09-10 08:05 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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School's out and as a parent, the last thing you wanna hear from young ones is, "I am bored."

So if you’re already on a break or still planning - best you subscribe to our weekend newsletter for all the top budget tips right here.

Those lucky enough to find themselves in the coastal gem that is Port Elizabeth,  we have some boredom-busting ideas to keep the family entertained, all under R250. 

NOTE: You can also save a lot by getting the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass for some major discounts.

Check out these fun family activities in Port Elizabeth

Kragga Kamma Game Park

For an outdoors experience on the wilder side, head to the Kragga Kamma Game Park and spot white rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, and zebra in their natural habitat. Book a two-hour guided game drive or take your own vehicle for a self-drive tour.

Cost: Self-drive entrance fees range from: Adults R80.00, kids R40.00 (3 to 18 years) and kids under 3 -free / Guided game drive fees range from R210 per head (Minimum three people)

Contact: 041-3794195 / +27(0)41 379 4195  / 083 410 2883/ /

Bayworld Museum

If you’d like to book whale-watching with some educational facts about marine life, head to the Bayworld Museum. This Oceanarium, snake park and museum is home to endless educational discoveries, including a 15-meter skeleton of the last Southern Right whale that was harpooned in Algoa Bay. 

The Oceanarium also features live seal shows and an underwater observation area.

Cost: Adults - R45.00 /Pensioners - R40.00 / Children (3-17 years) - R35.00 / Children under 3 years - free

Contact: 041 584 0650 /

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Open Sky Entertainment Park

Spend time with the whole family at the Open Sky Entertainment Park where you can choose from a massive selection of fun family activities in one location, including an 18-hole putt-putt course, paintball games, animal touch farm and even bird watching.  

For kiddies under 12, there is a mini water park with water slides, jumping castle, jungle gyms and trampolines.

Cost: Adults - 100 and Kids - R30

Contact: (0) 41-372 1235 /   

Bushbuck Trail

Situated in the Island Nature Reserve, the Bushbuck Walking trail consists of a number of interlinking loops that are all circular for your convenience. 

The majority of the trails are short and measure 1.5 kilometres, 3.4 kilometres and 7.6 kilometres. The longest trail is 16 kilometres in length and takes about five hours to complete.

Cost: Free

Contact:  +27 (0) 41 582 2575 / +27 (0) 41 582 2573 /

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Addo Elephant Park

Experience a world of diversity in one park. From self-game drives, guided game drives, horse riding, 4 x 4 trails, bird watching and more.

Addo Elephant National Park incorporates 5 of South Africa’s 7 vegetation biomes and is also host to everything from Big Five spotting, sand boarding, and zip-lining. 

Cost: SA residents: R62 per adult and R31 per child / SADC residents (with passport): R124 per adult and R62 per child / Foreign Visitors: R248 per adult / R124 per child