Port Elizabeth

Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Known as the "Friendly City", Port Elizabeth is located on the south-eastern coast, 763 km east of Cape Town. A superb value-for-money holiday base, Port Elizabeth offers a diverse selection of attractions as a family-fun holiday destination including scenic nature trails, historic heritage, magnificent wildlife, cultural experiences and countless water sport activities.

Algoa Bay's 40 km of breath-taking coastline boasts a perfect combination of warm water, protected beaches and is complemented by Port Elizabeth's wonderful climate, which has been rated as having the fourth best weather of any coastal city in the world.

The Port Elizabeth area also supports the most diverse array of vegetation types in South Africa as five of the country's seven terrestrial biogeographic areas are represented in the Eastern Cape.

The Bay, which is a favoured draw-card for beach and water sport enthusiasts is fast becoming known as South Africa's water sport capital and offers activity throughout the year, especially wind-surfing and fishing. In fact, Algoa Bay is regarded as one of the best sailing venues in the world, while scuba diving is of world class quality with beautiful reefs, shipwrecks, fish and colourful coral species.

If you’re interested in culture, you’ve got to check out the Red Location Museum, a museum in New Brighton Township that portrays “both the horrors of institutionalised racism and the heroic efforts of the anti-apartheid movement”.

Then there’s the Donkin Reserve, where you can enjoy birds, walking paths, an opera house, lighthouse and a memorial.

Don’t forget to make time for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial, both in St George's Park – the oldest park in Port Elizabeth and home to the St George's Cricket Oval.

The city is an outdoor-lover’s paradise, so don’t miss out on boat cruises, scuba diving, and a visit to the Sea view Predator Park.

When you head into town take a walk through the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex, where shops, restaurants, an amphitheatre and casino will keep you entertained for hours on end.

Also worth a visit is a 52m tower with 204 steps leading to the top. It’s called the Campanile Memorial and stands watch over the Port Elizabeth harbour. Built in 1923, the monument honours the arrival of British Settlers all the way back in the 1820s.

Staying with history, another gem is No 7 Castle Hill, which was built not long after the settlers arrived in 1830. This is one of the oldest surviving settler cottages in the city, complete with a cobbled courtyard and an operational well, and it shows you what domestic life was like in the 19th century.

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Lungile Lodge & Backpackers

Port Elizabeth, also known as the Friendly City is the entry to the Sunshine Coast on the east and a gateway to the Garden Route to the west. The city's proximity to nature reserves and game parks, its pristine beaches, the graphic displays of recent and ancient history in the midst of the local culture sets you up to taste the Spirit of South Africa. Harbour City with a coastline beckoning action- angling, diving, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), wakeboarding, surfing and kiteboarding adventures.

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Island Vibe Port Elizabeth

Nelson Mandela Bay is named after former South African president, Nelson Mandela. Situated on the south-eastern tip of Africa, Port Elizabeth boasts 40 km of pristine beaches and coastline, and can undoubtedly be known as the water sports capital of South Africa. The city has a broad range of attractions from history and heritage, eco-tourism, beaches, entertainment and wildlife viewing. The city is a melting pot of cultures as it is the first meeting point of South Africans.

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Jikeleza Lodge

Come and explore the revamped young heart of Port Elizabeth. Jikeleza is just a few streets away from the buzzing nightlife that will swallow you in and take you on a true local ride. The clubs in the area range from hip hop to African house to classic mainstream radio funk. Parliament & Stanley Streets have become the local hang outs, so who really needs a club anyway!

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Activities

Addo Elephant Park Day Tour

ddo Elephant National Park - Home to the 'Big 5' and one of the densest Elephant populations in Africa. Addo offers unrivaled biodiversity and a magnificent game viewing experience in a Malaria free environment. Read More

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