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The Windermere Hotel

Port Elizabeth, South Africa


  • The main draw must be the 2 excellent game parks 80km inland. One is the Addo National Park, originally an ‘elephant park’ (the re-introduction of buffalo and lions has allowed it to evolve to 'Big 5' status)

  • The second park is a private reserve at Shamwari, which in addition to the 'Big 5' boasts a conservation centre and an African ‘village’ with traditional arts and dancing, all of which are open to non-residents. Best of all, both parks are malaria-free (unlike the Kruger), though you will need to start early (around 7am) if you’re going to catch the animals before the heat of the day makes them lethargic

  • The other big attraction is the 40km stretch of sandy coastline around Port Elizabeth, starting a stone’s throw from the hotel at Humewood Beach. Swimming, body-surfing, snorkelling, windsurfing and jet-skiing are possible from the city’s beaches.

  • Divers can head to Hobie Beach (5km) to explore the coral reefs, wrecks and marine life - steenbras, red roman, musselcrackers, anemones, feather stars, sponges, not to mention the friendly bottlenosed dolphin - with Prodive, the only 5-star dive centre in the East Cape

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayak/canoeing
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Shopping/markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Windsurfing
Save to favouritesPrintMailThe Windermere HotelIf you fancy doing some 'Big 5' game-viewing, but are put off by the thought of staying in a remote lodge on a dusty plain with little to do in the evening, then you’ll be pleased to discover this urban-chic hotel in Port Elizabeth. Staying at The Windermere, a stone’s throw from the sandy expanse of Port Elizabeth’s Humewood Beach, you can spend a half-day tracking elephants and other big mammals through the Addo National Park (1 hour’s drive away), then return in the afternoon for some swimming, surfing or even diving. Sunset calls for a cocktail, perhaps a spot of shopping or street music, followed by a fish braai (BBQ) at one of the city’s many seafront restaurants. The hotel has just 9, exceptionally spacious, guest rooms plus there’s an airy guest lounge, a veranda and a lush garden with a small swimming pool - perfect for cooling off after a dusty day on safari. With predominately neutral décor, the overall effect is that of a calming retreat from the urban jungle beyond the hotel walls.

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