How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
There are many play parks, general parks and gardens in Port Elizabeth where infants and toddlers have a grand time. The beaches are also a great place for them to have fun. The city's malls, shopping centers and public places have areas for changing diapers.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies? is a great place to research and appoint nannies. Other than this, there are many agencies in Port Elizabeth providing childcare and nanny services.
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
No specific challenges other than the standard issues that Port Elizabeth has in common with any other international city.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Various animal parks, walking trails, beaches and the Treasure Land Play Park.
Annual events which take place in Port Elizabeth include:

  • January - Day/Night interprovincial Cricket, SA & Interprovincial Triathlon
  • February - Summer Flower Show, Shakespearean Festival, Redhouse River Mile
  • March – Multi choice/Herald Cycle Tour, Prickly Pear Festival
  • April - Splash Festival (water sports and beach entertainment program), Algoa Bay Sailing Week, Arts & Crafts Fair
  • May - Eastern Cape Schools Festival of English and Drama
  • June - Woodridge Country Fair
  • August - Dance Festival
  • September - Great Train Race runners compete with a narrow gauge vintage train (Port Elizabeth to Loerie), Spring Show
  • October - Rose, Wine and Garden Show, Radio Algoa/ Round Table Melodrama, Addo Rose Show
  • November - Miss Port Elizabeth Pageant, Christmas Fayre, Uncle Jumbo's Christmas Party, Evening Post Mini Marathon
  • December - Summer entertainment program, PE/EL Challenge Ski Race

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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Bird watching - The city is known for its abundant birdlife, and local experts from the Eastern Cape Wild Bird Society may be contacted for information.
Cape Recife Nature Reserve - A 366ha reserve featuring a 9km circular walking trail through beautiful pristine beaches, natural dune vegetation and rocky outcrops.
Donkin Reserve - A proclaimed open space in the city with a stone pyramid monument at its center, inaugurated by Sir Rufane Donkin in honor of his wife Elizabeth the city's eponym.
Fishing - Fresh, surf and deep-sea angling opportunities are plentiful along the beautiful Algoa Bay coastline.
Holmeleigh Farmyard - A children's paradise where farm life can be experienced first-hand. Pony rides, playgrounds and a delightful tea garden and tuck-shop in a picturesque country setting.
Maitland Nature Reserve - A 127ha reserve comprising dense indigenous coastal forest, abundant birdlife, nature trails, an old road leading to lead mines and the famous giant Maitland sand dunes.
Nature Walks and Trails - Port Elizabeth offers pleasant walks within city limits. Well-marked trails can be self-guided or accompanied by expert trail guides.
Sacramento Trail - An 8km trail through the Schoemakers-Sardinia Nature Reserve affording wonderful scenery.
Sea view Game and Lion Park - Self-drive game viewing, night game drives and camping.
St George's Park - The city's oldest park, incorporating the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club and the St George's Swimming Bath.
Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve - 500ha of indigenous flora can be explored.
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What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Like in any other international city, challenges can arise for teenagers. Parents need to keep an eye out especially for drug- and sex-related issues that may affect their teenagers.
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Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?

  • The Salvation Army of Easter Cape
  • Roger Federer Foundation: to support children and young adults
  • Port Elizabeth Show-Me Cares
  • Wilderness Foundation South Africa
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I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?

  • Ready4Life South Africa
  • Plan to visit/do the following:
    • Visit Fort Fredrick
    • Visit the car assembly plants
    • Dolphinarium
    • Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World
    • Sakhume Museum and Xhosa Culture Centre
    • Township Tour (guided of course)
    • Donkin reserve
    • Visit Market Square
    • Opera House
    • Sardinia Bay
    • Sailing (enjoy the activity) – Algoa Bay Yatch Club
    • Visit synagogue at Raleigh Street
    • McAurther Pool Centre
    • The Donkin Pyramid
    • The lighthouse
    • Donkin Heritage Trail
    • Ron Belling Art Museum
    • Addo Elephant Park
    • Public Library
    • Humewood Golf Course
    • Schotia Game Park
    • Beachfront
    • Donkin Church
    • Old houses at Donkin Park
    • The Campanile
    • Seaview Lion Park
    • Hill Street
    • The feather market hall
    • Town Hall
    • Settlers' houses Donkin Street
    • Feathermarket Hall
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