Port Elizabeth Then and Now – The Willows Holiday Resort

The Willows Holiday Resort along Port Elizabeth’s southern coastline close to Schoenmakerskop has been a popular weekend and holiday destination for a very long time. In the early days people came here, pitched their tents and enjoyed the surroundings with very little else around.

Willows in the 1960s

Willows Resort after it was constructed in the 1950’s consisted of rondawels with communal bathrooms that had “long drop toilets” and a gas geyser for the showers. Later on enclosed verandahs and en suite bathrooms were added to the rondavels.

Today Willows is a full on holiday resort with both self catering and camping, a shop, activities centre, waterworm, mini golf and conference facilities. This picture was taken when we camped there a couple of weeks ago during winter and outside the school holidays.

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