Probably the best way to get a feel for the city and its amazing architecture is to follow the Donkin Heritage Trail. This 5km trails links more than 50 historical sites, predominantly in the central part of the city. The trail can be self-guided, but hiring a guide can just give that extra richness to the experience (and you definitely won’t get lost).
For those of you who skipped the History section above (shame on you), Rufane Shaw Donkin, as acting Governor of the Cape, essentially founded Port Elizabeth with the “importation” of some 4000 settlers from Britain.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Tourist Information centre is situated in the Lighthouse built in 1861, and also forms part of the entire Donkin reserve. They will be able to provide you with maps and other useful information.
How to get thereDonkin Reserve, Belmont Terrace, Port Elizabeth