Port Elizabeth, often known as The Bay, is one of South Africa’s major cities, located in the Eastern Cape Province, 770 kilometers (478 miles) east of Cape Town. PE, also known as “The Friendly City” or “The Windy City,” runs for 16 kilometers along Algoa Bay and is one of South Africa’s main seaports. Port Elizabeth is the African continent’s southernmost significant city, located just south of Cape Town.
In order to fortify the border area between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa, Port Elizabeth was created as a town in 1820 to accommodate British immigrants. It is presently part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, which is home to more than 1.3 million people.
The Friendly City is a significant maritime port and tourist resort located along the gorgeous coastline of Nelson Mandela Bay, making it an ideal complement to the Garden Route. The heart of the South African automotive sector benefits from year-round mild and pleasant temperatures, as well as seasonal rain – climatic characteristics that contribute to an exceptional quality of life. Port Elizabeth is a popular and important water sports destination, but it also has a number of historical sites, such as the Historic Donkin Heritage Trail, which follows in the footsteps of the 1820 pioneers. The Port Elizabeth Cricket Club and South Africa’s Oldest Bowling Green both have British roots. However, malaria-free natural areas in the region and beautiful beaches bathed by warm sea are Port Elizabeth’s finest attractions.
The city has beaches in and around it, since it is located at the end of the gorgeous Garden Route along the Cape coast. King’s Beach and Hobie Beach are two of the most popular swimming beaches.
The Donkin Heritage Trail connects a number of local historic sites. The city hall (1862), the Donkin Reserve park and memorial, and the ancient stone Fort Frederick itself are among them. The Campanile (bell tower) was erected in 1923 to commemorate the arrival of the 1820 Settlers and offers a perspective of the city (1799). The Eastern Cape post office headquarters are also located in the CBD.
Route 67 is a walking path with 67 public artworks that represent Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela’s 67 years of service to South Africa’s liberation. The artwork, which begins at the Campanile and continues up the steps to the Vuysile Mini Market Square and to the giant South African flag at the Donkin Reserve, is a celebration of South African culture and history. Local Eastern Cape artists made the artworks.
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum (previously known as the King George VI Art Gallery), the museum and oceanographic room in Humewood, and the new Boardwalk waterfront complex are among the other attractions.
The Addo Elephant Park, 72 kilometers (45 miles) north of PE, near the Zuurberg mountain range and National Park, provides additional options for game watching.
Humpback whales have been seen between June and August, and again between November and January, while Southern right whales have been spotted between July and November, and Bryde’s whales have been noticed all year.
The Donkin Reserve in the town center, The Boardwalk (Marine Drive), and the Airport Arrivals hall all include tourist information centers.