Port Elizabeth is the fifth-largest city in South Africa and is situated in the Eastern Cape on Nelson Mandela Bay, half way between Durban and Cape Town. It's known variously as the windy city and the friendly city and lives up to both names!
The world capital of mohair, Port Elizabeth is both a major tourist destination and a sea port, set alongside the beautiful Nelson Mandela Bay. It offers year-round moderate temperatures and just occasional scattered rain, which contribute to an outstanding quality of life for the locals and will prove a great benefit for travellers.
The city is hugely popular both for water sports and its history. Make sure to visit the Donkin Heritage Trail, the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club and the Nelson Mandela Art Museum
Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) is located just a few kilometres out of town and visitors can organise car hire in the town or at the airport. When you visit Port Elizabeth car hire is by far the best way to see the wider area and make the most of your stay. The motorways and roads are well maintained and signposted.
You can drive the Outward Bound Route to see the varied flora and fauna, go on a safari in one of the nearby reserves and experience the Big 7 - Great White shark, humpback whale, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino - both in the reserves and along the coastline. Game viewing, diving and sailing are very popular activities that allow you to see as much of the local wildlife as possible.
Also well worth visiting are Cape of the Rock, which is the most southern point of Africa, Uitenhage, Despatch, Colchester and Sundays River. As well as the myriad outdoor attractions, you'll find great shopping, restaurants, hotels and other entertainments on offer in the city itself.
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