Port Elizabeth sits at the western end of Algoa (also known as Nelson Mandela) Bay. It was the arrival point for thousands of British settlers, who left their mark on the town centre. Port Elizabeth is the industrial powerhouse behind most of South Africa’s enterprises, but it’s still a top holiday spot. Most travellers start or end their travels here, as it’s right at one end of the Garden Route.
The city is not frequented by tourists, other than those laying over before a connecting flight. Those that do choose to spend some time here will be treated to some gorgeous beaches. These long stretches of sand and clear waters are great for swimming and surfing. You may even spot a dolphin or whale during your stay.
Port Elizabeth’s beaches are some of the safest and cleanest in the country. King’s Beach is the most energetic and perfect for activity enthusiasts, whereas Morgan’s Bay is a more secluded stretch of sand and a great opportunity to escape the bustling town of Port Elizabeth. You don’t have to stray far from the city to take a nice coastal walk. In fact, there are a few good ones just a few kilometres from town. See what you can discover.
Animal lovers should visit the Addo Elephant National Park while in the area. It’s one of the best game reserves in the southern half of the country, and there are a few small (but luxurious) private resorts to enjoy, too. You’ll soon find that there’s a powerful sense of nationalism and pride in the area – especially when the rugby comes to town!
A trip to Port Elizabeth is a great opportunity to learn about South Africa’s history and culture. Go to the Red Location Museum of the People’s Struggle. It’s not the most comfortable visit, but it’s important to know about the town’s troubled history and that of South Africa as a whole if you’re going to spend time travelling here.
It may seem like a functional and modern town by South African standards, but Port Elizabeth still has remnants of time gone by; rows of traditional Victorian terraces in Central sit right next to trendy cafes and restaurants.
Plan your trip to Port Elizabeth today.