S – Things To Do In PE Beginning With S
S is for SAMREC, Sand-sledding/boarding and St. Georges Park
SAMREC (SA Marine Rehabilitation & Education Centre) I blogged a little about SAMREC under P for Penguins & N for Nature Reserves, as it is situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, and is also so much more than just penguins. The centers purpose isn’t just to rescue and rehabilitate, but to educate and inform the public through their different programs.Tour the marine rehabilitation and education center and experience nature through sight, sound and touch. Visitors can experience the hospital and see the volunteers in action helping to save our environment, in particular the endangered African Penguin. Please like their Facebook Page and join in to help our extensive Marine life. SAMREC holds regular penguin releases. A great outing for the family and much excitement is created as these little birds head out into the breakers on their journey back to their breeding grounds. A great job is done at the facility of caring and rehabilitating everything from, not only Penguins, but Gannets, Herons, Seals, Turtles, Dolphins and any other Marine life washed up or injured along our coastline. They are always on the lookout for volunteers, so if you have a bit of spare time, or some spare cash, I’m sure they’ll welcome you with open “Flippers”.
ST. GEORGE’S PARK – The oldest park in Port Elizabeth, established in 1860, situated within walking distance of the city center. and spread over 73 hectares comprises some magnificent tree specimens and extensive plant collections. To find out more about the history and facilities please click on the link above. In the Park one will find many attractions and things to do:
- The oldest cricket club Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, now Crusaders, founded in 1843; the founder cricket club in South Africa.
- The oldest bowling green in South Africa (named “Founders Green”) at the Port Elizabeth Bowling Club
- St. George’s Park Swimming Pool which also houses the Master Harold tearoom which was used as the setting for the apartheid era play “Master Harold”…and the Boys by Athol Fugard.
- Prince Alfred’s Guard Memorial
- Pearson Conservatory which was built for the cultivation of exotic plants, water lilies and beautiful orchids
- A children’s Playground
- The Mannville Open Air Theatre, constructed in 1971, is used as part of the annual Port Elizabeth Shakespearean Festival.
- The Sea Scouts facility. The Sea Scouts Hall, is the former home of the 72nd Air School, a Second World War Women’s Auxiliary Air Force basic training school.
- The Prince Alfred’s Guard Memorial
- Port Elizabeth Cenotaph
Along with a few other attractions. Don’t forget the monthly Art in the Park along with the occasional dog show, live music, and other attractions.