Port Elizabeth: The Friendly City

April 11, 2018

Fondly known as The Friendly City, Port Elizabeth is the perfect Eastern Cape getaway. A major sea port set along the beautiful shores of Nelson Mandela Bay, the city offers diverse attractions, including scenic nature trails, historic structures and heritage buildings, magnificent wildlife, cultural experiences and water sports.

Historic landmark, Donkin Reserve

Mosaic detail at Donkin Reserve 

The Port Elizabeth area also supports a diverse selection of vegetation types, and five of the country’s seven terrestrial biogeographic areas are found in the Eastern Cape.

The city is well equipped with an international airport and harbour, and has a reputation as South Africa’s hub for vehicle-assembly plants, with many industries in the city geared towards the motor industry, providing parts such as wiring harnesses, catalytic converters, batteries and tyres to manufacturers. Major automotive companies calling the city home include Isuzu Motors, Ford, Volkswagen and Continental Tyres.

With its combination of stunning weather, warm water and safe beaches, the city’s beautiful Algoa Bay is regarded as one of the best sailing venues in the world, and is a favourite destination throughout the year for beach and water-sport enthusiasts. Activities on offer include surfing, fishing and whale and dolphin watching.

Port Elizabeth beachfront
Surfers and bodyboarders hit the waves

The city boasts some beautiful parks with landscaped gardens, such as the 73-hectare St George’s Park and Settlers Park, covering 54 hectares and a nature lover’s paradise with beautiful fauna and flora. St George’s Park is home to the famous Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, the oldest bowling green in South Africa, the Prince Alfred’s Guard Memorial heritage site and the Victorian Pearson Conservatory opened in 1882.

Visitors can also walk in the footsteps of the 1820 settlers on the historic Donkin Heritage Trail, exploring places of interest in the city centre on a self-guided tour.

Seaside visitors wanting to see African animals have a number of wildlife reserves to choose from around Port Elizabeth.

Addo Elephant park
Elephants at the Addo Elephant Park

The sprawling Addo Elephant National Park, home to more than 600 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, a small number of lions and a wide variety of other animals and birds, offers game drives, hiking and horse trials and more.  

The exclusive Shamwari Game Reserve, which is home to the Big Five, is just 73km from the city. 

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