Much of the appeal of this area lies in it being secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city life, and its abundance of verdant vegetation, spectacular wildlife and impressive variety of birds.
African Dawn is an animal sanctuary that is situated in Thornhill. The sanctuary promotes the care of injured or abandoned animals, which include a plethora of bird species. As Port Elizabeth continues to expand, the conveniences of daily life gets a little closer to the outlying region of Thornhill, making the necessary facilities and amenities accessible to those visiting this beautiful area.
Close to Thornhill is the Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve, where numerous hiking trails lead through untouched coastal fynbos and protea species.