Walmer Holidays - Eastern Cape, Western Region
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Lying west of the 'windy city' of Port Elizabeth CBD is Walmer, a prestigious leafy Eastern Cape suburb which is an ideal stay-over for those in Port Elizabeth on business in Newton Park, or Port Elizabeth CBD, as well as for the discerning holiday maker who wants up-scale Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth accommodation.
With its tree lined streets, the Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth Walmer suburb is the ideal place to stay if you need to be in close proximity to Port Elizabeth Airport. Historical PE Walmer has roots that stretch back to the 1850's, and still today, some of Port Elizabeth's oldest well established families live in the very up-market Port Elizabeth, Walmer suburb. When looking for accommodation in Walmer PE, visitors to this Port Elizabeth suburb can also experience Walmer's old world charm in luxurious Walmer accommodation. You can enjoy Star Graded Walmer Bed & Breakfast accommodation in classy Port Elizabeth accommodation set in beautifully landscaped gardens within walking distance of Walmer Park Shopping Centre. Try Walmer Bed & Breakfast accommodation at the Lodge on Main - a TGCSA 4 star superior 9 bedroom PE establishment with the ambience of a country retreat. Port Elizabeth, Walmer Hotel accommodation invites you to experience a refreshing take on corporate and leisure accommodation at the ultra-modern, purpose-built HUB Boutique Hotel. For those on longer stays, Walmer Self Catering accommodation at African Aquila Lodge is the ideal getaway for families and long term corporate clients, who can relax in beautifully decorated en-suite units with private patios and barbecue facilities overlooking a secluded lush tropical Eastern Cape garden. For all your Port Elizabeth Walmer options, see the Where to Stay in Walmer accommodation page.
PE Walmer is ideally situated close to all major Port Elizabeth attractions, including fabulous Port Elizabeth beaches. The very popular Port Elizabeth Blue Flag King's Beach is 9 minutes from Walmer accommodation near the Port Elizabeth CBD, then 10 minutes away you'll find Humewood Beach, which is quieter, and offers lots of shade for the sun-shy visitor. While you're in the area, scuba dive on the famous Port Elizabeth Bell Buoy Reef near Humewood. This large Eastern Cape Bell Bouy Reef covers almost 5 acres, with depths which range from 2 - 20 meters. Large red bait pods are found in the shallower regions, with overhangs, pinnacles and arches, and the lush gorgonians, a resident conger eel and tame fish make this Port Elizabeth dive very special.
If you would rather stay on dry land, the Port Elizabeth Area offers the golf lover 3 superb 18 hole golf courses to choose from near Walmer accommodation.
Walmer Country Club - 4.2km, just 8 minutes from Walmer accommodation, is the Port Elizabeth Area course which is a genuine challenge to the amateur golfer. With thick coastal bush, tree lined fairways and the notorious Port Elizabeth winds, this Eastern Cape course can be a handful to most golfers. Drive 5 minutes from Walmer accommodation to the Port Elizabeth Golf Club, commonly known as “The Hill” - founded in 1890 this Port Elizabeth Area golf club is one of South Africa’s oldest, with emphasis placed on good food and entertainment, and of course golf!
Lying further afield, about 12.8km from Walmer accommodation near Port Elizabeth Area Summerstrand is Humewood Golf Club, with wide and undulating fairways, fast greens and thick coastal bush, this course is a must for any golfer visiting the friendly Eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth.
If you don't feel like eating 'in house' at your Walmer Bed & Breakfast accommodation, or cooking at your Walmer Self Catering accommodation, try the Port Elizabeth, Cape Town Fish Market, a unique fusion of a restaurant, fresh fish market, teppanyaki bar and sushi spot. This chic and trendy venue guarantees a memorable PE Eastern Cape dining experience, with delicious dishes that include both South African and Japanese influences. For dessert, make sure you visit the Cobblestone Bakery which occupies one of Walmer’s charming old restored homes. This Port Elizabeth bakery, patisserie and coffee shop combines a rustic approach to delicious treats with progressive dishes and modern décor.
After sampling the fare at the diverse array of Walmer restaurants, go cycle and get some exercise on the Baakens River Mountain Bike Trail.
The 23km long Baakens River is situated on approximately 500 hectares of Port Elizabeth open space, and is unique as its situated in the Port Elizabeth Area urban environment, and is bountiful with indigenous vegetation. The 12km mountain bike trail leaves from 9th Avenue, Walmer, and ends in Port Elizabeth Sunridge Park.
For those who prefer more laid back exercise, St George's Park (6 minutes from Walmer accommodation) in the heart of Port Elizabeth CBD, has an Olympic size swimming pool, bowling greens, and famous St George's Park cricket grounds.
Drive North from Walmer accommodation, and right next to the business hub of Newton Park you'll find the Port Elizabeth suburb of Greenacres, which is synonymous with the renowned Eastern Cape Greenacres Shopping Centre - with over 85 stores it's described as the place to ‘shop ‘till you drop’ in Port Elizabeth. Greenacres is in close proximity to Port Elizabeth beaches, the main freeway system and the Port Elizabeth Airport, and Greenacres accommodation at Hunter's Lodge Bed & Breakfast is the ideal venue for the businessman wanting clean, quiet, safe accommodation close to the Port Elizabeth business area.
Just 3 minutes East down the road from Greenacres lies the wooded, peaceful suburb of Glendinningvale (4.1km from Walmer accommodation). Although Glendinningvale is virtually in the heart of the city of Port Elizabeth, it's also a quiet place where you can wake to the sound of birds in shady flourishing gardens. Glendinningvale Bed & Breakfast accommodation at Shadylane Guest House invites you to enjoy luxurious, private accommodation on a safe and secure property. This Port Elizabeth Area Glendinningvale accommodation establishment is also conveniently located within five minutes drive of the main beaches, and within walking distance of the Port Elizabeth Golf Club, and Greenacres Shopping Centre.
Take the M5 and cross Cape Road, and just about 1km away from the Port Elizabeth suburb of Glendinningvale you'll come to the well known Port Elizabeth, Mill Park suburb (3.8km from Walmer accommodation). There's a special quality to the Port Elizabeth Area suburb of Mill Park with its many restored Victorian and Tudor-style PE mansions, which give visitors the impression of having stepped back in time. You'll find 4 star Mill Park Bed & Breakfast accommodation at King George's Guest House - one of Port Elizabeth's oldest houses which offers exclusivity, comfort and personalised service.
For the cricket fan, Port Elizabeth Mill Park is close to St George’s Park, the second oldest cricket club in South Africa, which boasts a world class 18 500 seater stadium right in the middle of Port Elizabeth.
The nature lover will enjoy Mill Park's Settlers Park situated right in the middle of the Port Elizabeth Area. The Baakens River running through the lush park makes it home to many beautiful bird species, and is most famous for its resident flock of peacocks and hens, as well as a number of small antelope, tortoises, mongoose, rabbits, and other small wildlife species. Try the walking and hiking trails through PE Settler’s Park, and discover a different world right in the midst of the bustling Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth Area.
If you're looking where to eat in Mill Park, The Brazen Head Restaurant is an Irish themed restaurant which promises the same Irish 'craic' (atmosphere) that South African’s have come to know and love.
The small verdant suburb of Cotswold is another ideal Port Elizabeth Area location close to the business hub of Newton Park, or Port Elizabeth CBD.
Port Elizabeth Cotswold accommodation located in the heart of Port Elizabeth, can be found at the elegantly appointed Cotswold House Bed & Breakfast, where the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, with a 'home to home' feel coupled with outstanding service. Situated just 15 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport, this Cotswold Bed & Breakfast accommodation will provide for your every need, including scrumptious breakfasts and home cooked dinners. For those who plan on a longer stay in the Eastern Cape, Cotswold is ideally situated close to all major Port Elizabeth Area attractions, including the spectacular Port Elizabeth beaches.
Walmer, as well as Greenacres, PE Glendinningvale, PE Mill Park and the Port Elizabeth CBD, are included in the many suburbs that make up the Port Elizabeth Area, making this coastal Eastern Cape area outstanding value for money for visitors both on business and holiday. The Port Elizabeth Area offers a diverse selection of attractions, including scenic nature trails, historic heritage, magnificent wildlife, cultural experiences and countless water sport activities. The Port Elizabeth accommodation selection is vast, and includes Port Elizabeth Area Bed & Breakfast accommodation, Port Elizabeth Guest Farm accommodation, Port Elizabeth Self Catering accommodation, Port Elizabeth Holiday Resort accommodation, Port Elizabeth Hotel accommodation, Port Elizabeth Private Game Reserve accommodation, and even Port Elizabeth Naturist / Nudist accommodation.
Things to do in the Port Elizabeth Area
- The unique St. Croix Motor Museum in Newton Park (close to PE Mill Park accommodation), is located in an air-plane hangar, and contains a private collection of about 80 vintage motor vehicles dating as far back as 1901.
- For art lovers, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum located in central Port Elizabeth, houses collections of South African art (particularly that of the Eastern Cape), British art, international printmaking and Oriental art (including Indian miniatures and Chinese textiles).
- Enjoy thrilling entertainment at the Algoa Grand Prix Indoor Go-Kart Racing in the Port Elizabeth Area town of Sydenham, which will give you that sought after adrenaline rush, and provide you with a fun filled day.
- The Oceanarium located in Humewood, Port Elizabeth Area and is one of the biggest and best dolphinariums in the world, and has been a major Port Elizabeth tourist attraction for many years, enjoyed by young and old alike.
- Walk the Guinea Fowl Trail located in the Baakens River Valley in the heart of Port Elizabeth, and enjoy the wildflowers, trees, blue water lilies and fauna such as dassies, leguaans, tortoises and lizards. This Port Elizabeth area is also excellent for bird watching.