Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Beachview (5.6 km from Maitlands)
The attractive beach at Beachview is situated on a section of Port Elizabeth’s coastline that is fantastic for long beach walks. Beachview is a good place for beachcombing and to start hiking to the next beach at Maitlands. Lifeguards are on duty during peak season but swimming is not safe due to strong rip currents and backwash.
Game Reserve in Addo Elephant National Park (84.4 km from Maitlands)
About an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth, Addo is a small farming town that's best known for its proximity to the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, which is South Africa's first 'Big Seven' reserve. As well as the usual Big Five - rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo, the park, which extends to the sea and some offshore islands, also...
Framesby (26 km from Maitlands)
A Coffee Shop where one can sit and relax with friends or alone, enjoying good coffee or tea and good food.
Galleries and Museums
Uitenhage (27.4 km from Maitlands)
The AutoPavilion, place of cars and legends, first opened its doors in 2004. This modern, state-of-the art heritage centre replaced the existing museum that housed Volkswagen SA's old vehicles. The multi-million Rand attraction is unique as it is the only automobile discovery centre in Africa and only the 5th worldwide.
Open Monday to Friday...
Sunridge Park (26.2 km from Maitlands)
This is a shopping centre in the Western Suburbs that has a supermarket, a CNA, restaurants, a hairdresser, a hardware shop, a travel agent and other businesses.
Port Elizabeth (3.3 km from Maitlands)
This day walk takes about three hours and is 3 km in length. It is an easy circular walk that passes through a portion of the forest and links up with the old wagon trail to a disused lead mine.
Bushbuck, blue duikers, porcupine and rodents, as well as a large variety of birds can be spotted. Hikers should take their own water, as the stream...
Blue Horizon Bay (7.2 km from Maitlands)
Van Stadens Beach lies at the mouth of the Van Stadens River and has a wonderful lagoon for swimming, fishing and paddleboats. Tall dunes offer some fun sand boarding. The river is suitable for small boats to navigate upstream to the gorge. Lifeguards are on duty over the peak holiday season.
Seaview (9.9 km from Maitlands)
Situated just 25 kilometres from the Port Elizabeth beachfront and associated attractions, Seaview Game and Lion Park offers a unique experience. Visitors can play with tame lion cubs varying in age from four to nine months depending on the time of year.
Along with this rare interaction, guests can have a close-up viewing experience of wildlife...
Port Elizabeth (12.3 km from Maitlands)
Van Staden's Wild Flower Reserve was established in 1951 and is situated 40 km from Port Elizabeth. It is one of the top places to see lowland fynbos, flowering proteas and a variety of other endemic fynbos. Visitors can see a large variety of vegetation in the various habitats of the escarpment. There is an abundance of succulents, ericas,...
Kragga Kamma (19.6 km from Maitlands)
At Kragga Kamma Game Park just outside Port Elizabeth all the animals roam freely in natural surroundings. This owner-operated park allows no hunting or other disturbances and that means you can always get close-up views and great photo opportunities of the animals.Lush coastal bush and grassland is home to vast herds of African wildlife including...
Thornhill (21.2 km from Maitlands)
African Dawn is set in a tranquil valley. This beautiful bird and wildlife sanctuary features an endangered cat breeding program and rehabilitation centre. The on-site restaurant offers good meals.
Open daily 09:00 - 17:00.
Chelsea Conservancy (21.7 km from Maitlands)
The Chelsea Conservancy is situated just 8 kilometres from Port Elizabeth on the world famous Garden Route. Almost completely surrounded by nature reserves, including the Sardinia Bay and Sylvic Nature Reserves, the area is made up mostly of thick indigenous bush, with sand dunes populating the slopes closer to the sea shore. Aside from the fynbos...
Uitenhage (23.3 km from Maitlands)
BallynaFagh Farm offers visitors a relaxing setting to enjoy a wonderful outride on well-schooled horses.
Explore this little bit of African bush and country lanes on horseback. Rides are about 1.5 hours in length with something to suit all levels of experience. If you're new to horse riding, lessons can be arranged.
Sardinia Bay (24.5 km from Maitlands)
Sardinia Bay is easily one of Port Elizabeth’s most scenic beaches and best for long walks. It’s a popular surfing spot but is known to be dangerous for swimming due to strong rip tides. Dog walkers and horse riders also favour this spacious sandy beach. Picnic places, braai spots and ablution facilities are available so pack your picnic basket...
Linton Grange (26.9 km from Maitlands)
Metlife Plaza is a small shopping centre in the western suburbs with a supermarket, restaurants and coffee shops, clothing shops, a Postnet and banking facilities.