Port Elizabeth, South Africa’s ‘Windy City’ is a beautiful seaside city in the Eastern Cape. The city’s friendly reputation, interesting attractions and excellent nightlife are major draws and bring large numbers of visitors to the city each and every year.
Port Elizabeth, or PE as it’s also known, is a part of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality which is home to around one a half million people. Founded as Port Elizabeth in 1820, the town was named Elizabeth after the late wife of one of the founders, Sir Rufane Donkin. Famous explorer Bartolomeu Dias visited the Eastern Cape in 1488, while the ancestors of the Xhosa people settled here many years before.
Home to some of the best beaches in the Eastern Cape, PE is a favourite with sun seekers and also with those looking to sample some of the aquatic activities available in the Algoa Bay area including surfing, snorkelling, fishing and more.
South Africa’s diverse natural beauty is well-represented in the area too, especially at places like the Addo Elephant National Park and Schotia Safaris. At Addo you’ll see huge numbers of elephants and other creatures, while Schotia is home to many species including lions aplenty plus giraffe, rhino and crocodile.
For more cultural attractions, there’s the Donkin Heritage Trail, the PE Museum and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum.
Shopaholics are well catered for too, with the King’s Beach Flea Market, the Boardwalk, Greenacres shopping centre, Surf Centre and plenty more providing a mix of everything from clothing to curios.
At night, you won’t be short of things to do either as PE boasts a wonderful choice of restaurants and bars, plus there’s a casino at the Boardwalk if that’s more your thing.
Eight 2010 FIFA World Cup matches will be held in Port Elizabeth’s hugely impressive Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, including one of the quarter finals and the match to determine third place.