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  • Conveniently close to the airport, and walking distance from the beach
  • Elegant, spacious rooms and owner-run attention to detail
  • Great location for exploring the area

Algoa Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Port Elizabeth

 

-33.9924, 25.673

About

Algoa Guesthouse is a modern and clean cut but homely facility in the heart of lively Port Elizabeth, and is a convenient 10 minutes drive from the airport. Efficiently run, it offers comfortable, air-conditioned en-suite rooms with attractive wooden floors and patios. The rooms are configured in various ways to accommodate between two and four people. In-room facilities include a microwave, bar fridge, complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV with a selection of satellite channels. The wonderful weather in Port Elizabeth can be experienced on the private patios of every room.

Breakfast is a comprehensive health and Full English affair, which is enjoyed in the dining room overlooking the swimming pool and attractive garden. The guesthouse features views of the sea and is a mere 200m from the sparkling Pollock Beach. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean at this and other Blue Flag beaches are perfect for swimming, surfing and scuba diving among dolphins or shipwrecks teeming with marine life.

The Friendly City has a rich cultural heritage, with past residents including political activists Govan Mbeki and Oliver Tambo, along with well-known actor and playwright Athol Fugard and writer Olive Schreiner.

This colourful heritage is showcased through various museums. The Donkin Trail, in particular, is highly recommended in order to experience this cultural smorgasbord.

A short drive from the guest house are various entertainment options, including sundowner cruises, nightclubs, cocktail bars, music spots, theatre performances, movies, restaurants and cultural performances. The acclaimed Humewood Golf Course is only a kilometre from the guest house. A small shopping centre within easy walking distance has a supermarket, pharmacy and a bank in case you need to attend to pressing business or get supplies.

The surrounding natural environment is awash with indigenous fynbos and forests, unspoilt dunes and a variety of nature reserves that are well worth a visit.

For those new to the city, travel arrangements and guidance can be provided by your hosts.  

Secure off-street parking behind remote-controlled gates is provided for your vehicle when you arrive or come back from a fun-filled day in and around Port Elizabeth.

Rates & Summary


2 Standard Double Rooms

Sleep 2 in double beds
En-suite shower

1 Double Suite

Sleeps 4 in double bed and sleeper couch
En-suite shower

1 Standard Twin Room

Sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath and shower

2 Twin Suites

Sleep 4 in twin beds and sleeper couch
Twins can be converted to King-size bed on request
En-suite bath and shower

1 Twin Plus Room

Sleeps 3 in twin beds and sleeper couch
En-suite shower

1 Family Suite

Sleeps 4 in double bed and twin beds
Beds can be converted to King-size
En-suite shower and bath

All units have private patios

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and full English breakfast included

Why Stay Here?

Algoa Guesthouse is a modern and clean cut but homely facility in the heart of lively Port Elizabeth, and is a convenient 10 minutes drive from the airport. Efficiently run, it offers comfortable, air-conditioned en-suite rooms with attractive wooden floors and patios, and exudes all the charm of an owner-managed establishment. It is situated in Summerstand and is an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions of the area, including the beachfront, which is just a 200m stroll down the road.

Summary

  • Conveniently close to the airport, and walking distance from the beach
  • Elegant, spacious rooms and owner-run attention to detail
  • Great location for exploring the area

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guesthouse are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Attractive garden
  • Arts and cultural attractions
  • Historical attractions
  • Entertainment and shopping
  • Game reserves
  • Blue Flag beaches
  • Surfing
  • Scuba diving
  • Humewood Golf Course

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • No kitchen
  • No braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Sunshine Coast

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With the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa, the name Sunshine Coast is no idle boast or empty promise. Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, the quaintness of the Sunshine Coast is a welcome escape from big-city bustle. 

The area includes the inland towns of Alexandria, Salem and Bathhurst, with kilometres of beaches accessed via Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Bushmans River Mouth, Kenton-on-sea, Kasouga, Port Alfred and the Great Fish River area. The mixed derivations of these names suggest the rich cultural heritage of the area – the primary meeting point of San, Xhosa, Boer and British. The British influence is clear in the architecture of Bathhurst, Salem and Grahamstown.

Driving on the N2 or its tributaries the R67 or R72, the rolling green hills Lord Charles Somerset likened to English parklands were not exactly what the settlers expected. The unique dark golden-green shade of the Albany Thicket biome is due to the dense growth of hardy drought-resistant plants such as aloe, euphorbia and spekboom. Rain falls in winter and summer, and while not frequent, it is at times unpredictable, so the vegetation is built to withstand fickle skies.

Although unattractively scrubby to some, the Thicket contains 20% of the 316 threatened plant species found in the Eastern Cape, making it an important centre of endemism.

One is tempted to describe this beautiful and unusual landscape as “untouched”, but the area has long been farmed, with cattle, sheep, ostriches, pineapples and chicory among its historically successful concerns. Many farms have since been converted back into game reserves, such as the world-class, malaria-free Kariega and Shamwari Reserves. Game fences line the long, quiet, tarred roads and drivers are often startled at the sight of elephants, giraffes or other game grazing along the fences.

Drivers should also look out for smaller wildlife - porcupines, small antelope, hares, snakes, owls and tortoises - crossing the roads at dawn, dusk and at night.

The beaches and dunes of this coastline are magnificent. The Alexandria dunefield - famously the largest active dunefield in the world - and the exquisite Alexandria State Forest have been absorbed by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. 

While Kenton-on-sea and Port Alfred are the main seaside attractions, the family-oriented Cannon Rocks, Boknes and Kasouga are popular places to buy holiday homes and have a few lovely self-catering and guest cottages.

The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is a replica of the padrão erected there by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias on his 1488 cruise past the South African coast. At the Cross there is a deck for dolphin sightings and whale-spotting in late spring and early summer. In season, southern right whales are sighted all along the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its fairly good roads and obvious attractions, this area is still, miraculously, relatively unspoilt and undeveloped. With the exception of the graceful Port Alfred Marina, attempts to beat its bush and rivers into commercial shape have been abandoned and it remains gentle, peaceful, simple, pristine and soul-enriching.

Situated on the Indian Ocean, one needn’t expect the “bath water” temperatures of KwaZulu-Natal  - Sunshine Coast swims are invigoratingly cool and sometimes chilly, but seldom as achingly cold as the Western Cape.

The area doesn’t have the same flashy allure as other popular seaside destinations, but if you think of the coast as a place to relax and unwind, rather than paint the town red, there is no better place to visit.

Look out for

Addo Elephant National Park, 30 minutes from PE, features the “Big Seven” (the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks).

Explore Alexandria’s dunefields on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail or the seven-kilometre Dassie Day Trail, named for a rare tree dassie in the area.

Bathurst - founded in 1820, this “English country village in Africa”, 10 minutes from Port Alfred, is home to the Pig & Whistle, the oldest pub in South Africa, and the 16,7-metre-high Big Pineapple.

With unspoiled beaches, the tiny villages of Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Kleinemonde are a fisherman’s and bird-watcher’s paradise. Cannon Rocks is named for its two cannons and anchor. The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is an uplifting thee-kilometre walk from Boknes across incredible sandy beaches, or a six-kilometre walk at low tide from Bushmans River.

Bushmans River – the second-longest navigable river in South Africa, with 22 kilometres of navigable water, is a favourite with canoeists, sailors, water-skiers and fishermen.

Kasouga – maintains its rustic beginnings with dirt roads and no streetlights, hotels and shops, wonderful birdlife and an exquisite lagoon.

Port Alfred – enjoy the elegance of the Royal Alfred Marina. Famous for its annual powerboat race, Port Alfred offers provides great shopping, dining, and beauty retreats.

The Sunshine Coast, and nearby holiday meccas such as Great Fish River, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and the Wild Coast, offers excellent surfing, adventure and water sports, fishing, nature reserves and world-class hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, beach horse-rides, bird watching, 4x4 trails, game-viewing, golf, and as well as rich local arts and culture.

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