Port Elizabeth vs Port Shepstone
South Africa is a stunning country, there’s no denying that so it’s understandable that you, like so many before you, have difficulty choosing a holiday destination. Have you perhaps considered travelling to a destination starting with a P? We are definitely sensing a P…OR…T. Yes, but which port? Port Shepstone or Port Elizabeth?
Let’s weigh the options, shall we?
We would be hard-pressed to find a beach better than the next one. So, we’ve listed some of the most notable beaches of both destinations and rated them with hearts. How else would you do it? Five hearts means we really like it and one heart means we still like it just not as much as the other ones.
Blue Horizon Bay ♥ ♥ ♥
Beachview Beach ♥ ♥
Sardinia Beach ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Hobie Beach ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
King’s Beach ♥ ♥ ♥
Banana Beach ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ -gets an extra heart for having an awesome name-
Oslo Beach ♥ ♥ ♥
While Port Shepstone is clearly smaller than PE, it would appear that Port Elizabeth has won the beach contest.
Port Elizabeth 1. Port Shepstone 0.
Things to do
Okay, so maybe beaches aren’t everything. Let’s have a look at the awesome things you can do in these locations.
Addo Elephant National Park – PE is the only city in South Africa where there’s a Big 5 National Park only 30 minutes away. PE definitely scores a point for that.
Route 67 – Collection of artworks depicting Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of work towards achieving freedom in South Africa.
Cape Recife Nature Reserve – Hiking trail that gives you a look at the remains of shipwrecks, reclamation ponds and the historic Cape Recife Lighthouse.
Port Shepstone Lighthouse – This iconic lighthouse certainly beats the Cape Recife Lighthouse with its black and white chequered blocks.
Close to Margate – Port Shepstone is relatively close to Margate and its youthful experience.
Wild Waves Waterpark – A few minutes’ drive from the Wild Waves Waterpark located in Port Edward.
Top Accommodation options for 2017 according to Trip Advisor
Protea Hotel by Marriott Port Elizabeth Marine
No 5 Boutique Art Hotel
The Boardwalk Hotel
Isango Gate Boutique Hotel and Spa
Umthunzi Hotel & Conference
Kapenta Bay Hotel and Conference Resort
Oribi Gorge Hotel
Royston Hall Guesthouse
Port Elizabeth certainly has a lot of flashy, luxury hotels but we’re going to give Port Shepstone a point in the accommodation front. Their accommodation options are versatile, affordable and intimate.
Now having had a look at both of these destinations we can say that both are pretty fantastic. If would be unfair to place one above the other so we think it’s best that you just book your bus tickets and visit both. 😉