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Port Elizabeth is generally known as the friendly city. Those who’ve enjoyed the hospitality of the locals will attest to this being a very apt description. Port Elizabeth is, along with East London, one of the business and holiday hubs of one of South Africa’s most picturesque and diverse regions, the Eastern Cape.
Start your visit with a walking meander along what must be one of the most well designed shore front areas in the country. Port Elizabeth offers the beauty of Durban but without the crowds and the beaches of Cape Town without the icy cold Atlantic water. Add an array or restaurants; casual coffee bars and a few cold ones on offer and Port Elizabeth has it all. There are accommodation establishments to meet ever need.
The Humewood Golf Club is rated as the only real links course in South Africa and is continually rated as one of the best. Other sports facilities include an active yacht club and dive-centre situated on Hobie Beach and for the more leisurely minded visitor, enjoy a sun-downer or two from the deck of one of the cruise boats as you watch the sun set over Algoa Bay.
There are shopping malls and movie theatres galore but if this isn’t for you, take one of the many wonderful day trips within an hour of the city. Jefferies Bay; St Francis Bay and the Willows resort are all close by. Sardinia Bay is within 30 minutes drive from the city centre and is an ideal location for a relaxed day on the beach.
Port Elizabeth is served by a newly renovated airport and an excellent road system. The lovely garden route scenic drive links Cape Town with Port Elizabeth. The Addo National Park, malaria free and home to the big five, is situated approximately 50 km’s from Port Elizabeth.
The Eastern Cape remains one of South Africa’s best kept travel secrets. The moderate weather when coupled with the lovely beaches help make this region one of my top destinations.
The Eastern Cape, a land of undulating hills, endless sweeps of sandy beaches, majestic mountain ranges and emerald green forests, is in surface the second largest of the nine provinces.
The region boasts a remarkable natural diversity, ranging from the dry desolate Great Karoo to the lush forests of the Wild Coast and the Keiskamma Valley, the fertile Langkloof, renowned for its rich apple harvests, and the mountainous southern Drakensberg region at Elliot.
The main feature of the Eastern Cape is its astonishing coastline lapped by the Indian Ocean. With its long stretches of undisturbed sandy beaches, rocky coves, secluded lagoons and towering cliffs, the coastline provides the province with a rich natural tourist attraction.
The graceful curve of Algoa Bay provides an ideal setting for the Port of Port Elizabeth while there are also good harbour facilities at East London. The province is serviced by three airports situated at Port Elizabeth, East London and Umtata.
The architecture of many of the cities and towns reflects the rich heritage of the people. Port Elizabeth is a large city in the South of South Africa. The city is also called the Nelson Mandela Metropolis because it is located on the Nelson Manela Bay. In Port Elizabeth live almost 740,000 inhabitants. This makes Port Elizabeth the fifth largest city in the South African country. When travelling to South Africa, you should also plan a stay to take in the many attractions in Port Elizabeth. The best view of Port Elizabeth and the Nelson Mandela metropolis you have from 1929 built Campanile, a 53 meter high tower.
In a former synagogue, the museum is dedicated to the memory of the Jewish pioneers. It tells the story of the Jews in South Africa. Port Elizabeth has an oceanarium with a museum. Here you can get comprehensive information about the marine world. Many shopping opportunities lure travel.
Humewood Beach in Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s oldest “Blue Flag” beach – excellent for its high cleanliness standard. The fine sand beach is located between Kings Beach and Hobie Beach, just outside the city centre, along the large beach promenade. Here, long walks or jogging are a pleasure. The beach is ideal for families because the bay is protected.
Situated on the South Eastern tip of Africa, the Eastern Cape is a jewel of Africa. The birth place of both Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki and the traditional home of the Xhosa people, the Eastern Cape offers tourists some of the most interesting and diversified holiday opportunities available in Africa, with numerous accommodation options available from self catering holiday homes to a selection of bed and breakfast alternatives for the shorter visit.
With miles and miles of un-spoilt beaches, some of the best malaria free game parks in Africa, (including the Addo Elephant Park), mountains and trout fishing in natural waters, wildlife and sunshine aplenty, the Eastern Cape has it all. The beautiful Amatola Trail, rated one of South Africa’s best hiking trails, the famous surfing at St Francis Bay ( supertubes; Bruces’ Beauties); East Londons’ Nahoon Reef and the un-spoilt Wild Coast area, all enabling this region to cater for the many needs of the modern tourist. From the six star homes on the Royal Port Alfred Marina to the more casual beach cottages of Kasouga and Cannon Rocks, we are able to accommodate visitors in the home of their choice at the right price.
For the tourist who wants to escape from the crowds and enjoy natural beauty at its best, the Eastern Cape is a sun lovers paradise. Whether it’s a family holiday in one of our luxury villas or whether you’re using one as a base to explore the Eastern Cape’s vast beauty, this region has it all. Use one or more of our selected homes as a base to enjoy this wonderful area.
The Eastern Cape is a province of beautiful contrast, the arid semi-desert of the Karoo centered around the beautiful historic town of Graaff-Reinet is contrasted by the two bigger cities of Port Elizabeth and East London and the lush greenery of the Wild Coast, the mountain regions and sun, sea and sand aplenty.
Steeped in history, the Eastern Cape is a mixture of diversified cultures. The evolution and history of the Xhosa nation, the arrival of the early British, German and European settlers in the 1700’s, the vast beauty and magnificent weather all make up this wonderful and diversified region, ideal for visitors and residents alike.
We pride ourselves on our selection of self-catering family holiday homes that allow tourists the home comforts and a little more when visiting the region. We have hundreds of holiday homes, please browse the site and let us know how we are able to assist with your holiday plans.
In the neighbouring “Happy Valley” there is plenty for young guests, especially during the summer season. Here there are beautiful green areas, which invite to the picnic. Rock pools loosen up the beach and numerous water sports activities such as snorkelling and deep sea fishing are possible here. Surfers are looking forward to good waves.
The city offers handicapped people special wheelchairs, which they can use on the beach and also in the water. During the main season, rescue swimmers help with advice and action.
Numerous shops and restaurants are in the immediate vicinity of the beach. Also hotels and other accommodation possibilities are within walking distance.
The most striking “building” is undoubtedly the Stadtautobahn. Like a giant barrier, it makes you forget that it is a port city in the city center. The harbor is somewhere behind. The “modern” Market Square, the former shopping street Main Road (now only Billigramsch), is also not very nice, and even recently, the city with the new post office at the north end of the city center has not really set its sights.
There is little to say for Port Elizabeth: take advantage of the cultural offerings (art gallery, small museums, small theater), look at the historical buildings above the city center and bathe in the somewhat quieter waters of the Indian Ocean Beaches of Humewood and Summerstrand (south of downtown). Finally, it was also interesting to see that there are many diving schools around PE, as the sea and the lagoons are relatively safe. Unfortunately, the interesting tours are guided by large factories, The VW of Uitenhage, at present. No longer offered. But you should always ask again in the tourist office.
The beach areas begin about 2-3 km south of the city center with the King’s Beach. Then follow Humewood Beach. Both beaches are supervised, have facilities for children (pools etc.), but on summer weekends they are also often full. Quieter are the further south Hobie beach and Summerstrand, both of which are also suitable for a beach walk. Around the small Cape it becomes more rocky, but small beach sections still lure. Sardinia Bay impresses finally with dunes and few people.
Take advantage of the morning to explore the sights at The Hill, The N ° 7 Castle Hill Museum, the Donkin Square and at noon the view from the Campanile. In the afternoon you can also use the museum complex (aquarium, tropical house, etc.), a few nice hours at the sea (including walk) or for the trip to one of the two nature parks (Shamwari or Addo Elephants NP). The latter are each about 1 ½ driving hours from PE.