Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth Sunset

Travel to Port Elizabeth – The Friendly City

Port Elizabeth is a city big on surprises. Here you can discover South Africa’s most beautiful beaches. Get wet and wild on the water sport scene or simply get lazy. Peep into bygone days of Settler history; ride a steam train; hike an eco-trail; surf with the dolphins; view big five game just half an hour from the sea. Port Elizabeth has 10 long golden beaches, historic heritage and a unique coastal climate – rated the fourth best weather in the world!

Port Elizabeth actually dates back to the arrival by sea of 4,000 British Settlers in 1820, who became the first permanent British residents in the country. On 6 June 1820, Sir Rufane Donkin, Acting Governor of the Cape Colony at the time, named the city after his late wife, Elizabeth.

The city offers a diverse mix of attractions as a family and adventure holiday destination with scenic nature trails and magnificent wildlife experiences. The Bay is known as South Africa’s watersport 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.

Make the most of one of the best water sport destinations in the world and take an ocean cruise, sail, dive, fish, wind-surf or simply splash around in the surf. With over 40 km of magnificent protected beaches and warm waters the beach is a must.

Walk along the beach and enjoy a beautiful sunset. After dark the city ignites and sparkles with an action-packed and varied nightlife!

The town lies on the N2 road that runs from Cape Town to Durban. Trains serve the city from Johannesburg and Bloemfontein and it is easy to get to other destinations in the country by changing trains in Bloemfontein. The city has its own local buses and coaches operate to other cities.

  • Regarded locally as one of the best water sports destinations in the world
  • Enjoy a unique coastal climate – said to be rated fourth best in the world
  • For those that like to dance the night away, experience action-packed nightlife

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