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Bowls    |   Cricket   |   Golf   |   Hiking   |    Horse (Racing & Riding)   |    Mountain Biking
Road Running   |   Rugby    |   Soccer   |   Squash   |   Tennis

Bowls
Popular sport particularly with the senior citizens. Many bowling clubs with excellent bowling greens and facilities.

Canoeing
Canoeing trails on offer led by experienced guides. Experience nature first hand and the adventure. Take up the challenge of the fast flowing rivers in unspoilt wilderness.

Cricket
In 1843, the first cricket club was started at St. George's Park. In 1889, the first cricket test match was played against England in Port Elizabeth. The Duckpond stand in St George's Park has received the Award of Excellence from the Institute of South African Architects. It seats 22 000 spectators.

Golf
Beautiful golf courses are on offer and suitable for play the whole year round. These include Walmer Country Club, Humewood Golf Club (one of the finest links courses in the world), Port Elizabeth Golf Club, Wedgwood Park and Walmer Golf Club. Visitors always welcome.

Humewood Golf Club (Web site)
Home to one of the world's most challenging LINKS courses. It is currently ranked the "4th best golf course" in South Africa! The course boasts a variety of animal life found on its' wide and undulating   fairways and in the thick coastal bush hugging the edges of the fairways. A warm welcome awaits at the "19th" with some spectacular views.

Eastern Province Golf Union (Web site)
Interested in MENS golf in the Eastern Cape? Visit our web site for all the details.

Eastern Province Ladies Golf Union (Web site)
Interested in LADIES golf in the Eastern Cape? Visit our web site for all the details.

Walmer Country Club (Web site)
Come enjoy our warm and friendly atmosphere! Our club turned 54 years old in 1998 and any player will find our course demanding....  touched with the beauty of three 'water' holes (3rd, 14th & 15th) which play host to a variety of birds with meerkats and tortoises never too far away.

Hiking
Port Elizabeth - the eco-city - offers an unbeatable variety of walks and hikes within the city limits, along the coast and through the valleys. Trails are usually well-marked. For some trails you need to be accompanied by expert guides.

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Horse Racing
Two major racecourses, namely Arlington and Fairview.

Horse Riding
Exciting pony trails on offer with qualified riding instructors. Trails cover forests, nature reserves and the coast with spectacular sea views.

Mountain Biking
Biking trails for the adventurous are on offer in and around the city for beginners and for the experienced. Trails include:
1. Longmore Forest Mountain Bike Trail
2. Baakens River Mountain Bike Trail
3. Zwartkops Mountain Bike Trail
4. Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve Mountain Bike Trail

1. Longmore Forest Mountain Bike Trail
The Longmore Forest house is +/- 63km from Port Elizabeth from which all trails start and finish. Three different marked trails may be ridden separately or simultaneously as one big loop. Suitable for intermediate level riders.

2. Baakens River Mountain Bike Trail
This 12km trail is well-marked with bicycle signs painted on concrete bollards. Begins at the car-park at Dodds Farm (9th Avenue, Walmer) and from the PEM nursery (Alan Drive, Walmer Downs) and ends at Abelia Crescent (Sunridge Park). Trail winds through the 23km Baakens River valley in the city with its wide variety of indigenous vegetation. Suitable for beginners most of the way.

3. Zwartkops Mountain Bike Trail
This 22km circular trail crosses the 850 ha Zwartkops Valley Nature Reserve of bushveld vegetation. Look out for bird breeding colonies and fossil-rich calcareous sandstone. Marked by a blue arrow and bicycle motif on concrete bollards. Begins and ends at the Corobrik brick factory (North bank of the Zwartkops River). Wear a helmet, carry all accessories for punctures and ride in a group. Suitable for experienced riders, beginners will walk in places.

4. Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve Mountain Bike Trail
This fun trail crosses the 400 ha Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve with its plateau, flat gravel roads and jeep tracks. The Reserve was established in 1951 to protect and promote indigenous flora and provide a sanctuary for its fauna. Suitable for beginners/families.

Road Running
Fitness fanatics flock to the beachfront for their run in the early mornings and early evenings, especially in summer. Favourite spots include Humewood Beachfront Promenade and St George's Park.

Rugby
Home to the Eastern Province Rugby Union (founded in 1888) and the internationally recognised Telkom Park seating +/- 34000 spectators. This stadium is the only one in the world which has a locomotive steam train placed on top of its open stand overlooking the field - it is a bar/pub.

Soccer
Regarded as "the game of the people". League matches are played most weekends between March and October. Venues include the Gelvandale Stadium, the Westbourne Oval, the Moore Dyke Playing Fields and the Gelvandale Playing Fields.

Squash
There are no public squash courts in Port Elizabeth.

Tennis
The Municipal public tennis courts are located along the beachfront, at the Davies Stadium, Humewood.

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