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Port Elizabeth lies on the sunny stretch of Algoa Bay which is situated in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. PE as it’s known to most of its locals comes complete with 40kms of breath-taking and unspoilt coastlines which is home to a perfect combination of warm water and protected beaches and it’s easy to see why it’s a summer holiday favourite. Port Elizabeth's wonderful climate isn’t the only warm reception you will receive on arrival, it is also touted as the friendly city.

The city also goes by another name, the Windy City (depending on the time of year) a more than refreshing gust or two will sweep through the Nelson Mandela Bay area. PE not only offers beach goers a place to explore but is also a stone’s throw from PE including the famous Addo Elephant Park. See the Big 5 at Shamwari Game Reserve or sneak off for a round of golf at Humewood’s Links Golf Course.

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Why visit Port Elizabeth?

  • From the Donkin Heritage Trail to Prince Alfred's Guard Drill Hall, and township tours of Port Elizabeth or day trips to the Addo region are interesting places to visit as it is filled with so much history of this city!
  • Port Elizabeth has the best game reserves like the Kragga Kamma Game Park that offers natural beauty with their lush coastal forest and grassland this park is home to African game!
  • You are able to relax and soak up the perfect weather of Port Elizabeth at the many beaches that are found here including King Beach which was awarded the international Blue Flag status!
Currency:
South African Rand, ZAR
Dialing Code
00 + 27 + Local Number
Locals:
Airports:
Port Elizabeth Airport

The best time to visit Port Elizabeth is during summer time which falls during December and January, this is also the time when the city comes alive with many in-the-sun fun activities.

Port Elizabeth has wonderful climate and it has been rated as having the fourth best weather of any coastal city in the world.

South Africa is known for being very diverse, there are eleven official languages in South Africa which can be found in Pretoria as well. These languages consist of Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu.

However PE as with most of the metro areas are dominated by firstly Afrikaans and then English speakers with a strong following of isiXhosa.

Some useful Xhosa phrases to help you are:

  • Hello - Molo or Molweni (Plural)
  • Goodbye - Hamba kakuhle
  • Sorry - Ndicela uxolo
  • Thank you - Enkosi
  • This is the 5th largest city in South Africa.
  • Port Elizabeth is home to the oldest bowling green in South Africa.
  • The St George's Park Cricket ground is the second oldest cricket club in South Africa.

Port Elizabeth is considered to be South Africa's friendliest city but it is also the most underrated cities. With undercover restaurants, fresh sea air,and easy access to marvellous wildlife and not to mention the many beautiful lush and scenic views that make up this city are just a few reasons why many fall in love with this city.

Port Elizabeth has been said to be a great place to start or even end a road trip to or from Cape Town which is a 10 hour drive or even Durban which is 12 hours.

Driving between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth you can experience the views of the famous Garden Route, that offers attractions such as the Bloukrans Bungee, the Knysna Heads as well as number of animal sanctuaries worth a visit. Between Port Elizabeth and Durban lies the rugged Transkei, which is great for backpackers, hikers and anglers.

For those of you that are planning on staying in Port Elizabeth famous attractions include:

  • The Volkswagen Factory
  • Heavenly Stables
  • Van Staden's Flower Reserve
  • Red Location Museum
  • Horse Memorial
  • South African Air Force Museum
  • The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
  • Bird Island Marine Protected Area
  • Cape Recife Nature Reserve
  • Kragga Kamma Game Park

There is so much variety with regards to the cuisine that can be found in this city. Indulge in the many restaurants that offer traditional South African recipes from simple traditional dishes to spicy curries and rich puddings.

If it is the first Saturday of the month then you are in luck-the Valley Market which is known for serving spicy paella, gourmet boerie rolls, the best crisp pizza bases and so much more this is a place that is definitely a place you want to be eating at.

Here are some of the best spots to tantilise your tastebuds:

  • Vovo Telo
  • Ginger Restaurant
  • Something Good Roadhouse
  • Friendly Stranger
  • This is Eat
  • Royal Delhi Restaurant
  • Coachman on the Bay
  • Radisson Blu
  • Raasoie-The Kitchen of India

The largest practising religious grouping in the Nelson Mandela Bay area is by far Christian, followed by Atheism, with a small percentage of practising Muslims, Jews and Hindus

This city has a bit of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde persona with good and bad sides to it.

Crime is not as prevelent as in the larger metros like Johannesburg or Cape Town. However It is important to keep your wits about you as precaution and not let the easy-going atmosphere get the best of you as opportunists may take advantage.

Below are a few guidelines to follow when on holiday in this beautiful city:

  • Leave important documents in a safe place. All hotels, lodges and hostels offer safe lock up facilities.
  • Avoid walking anywhere after dark, particularly in urban areas, and particularly in the CBD of any of the larger cities and towns
  • Don’t leave anything of value in your car overnight
  • Incidences of car hijackings in South Africa are high so always be aware of your surroundings, particularly at night
  • Don’t stop on any freeway for more than a few minutes, and in the instance of a breakdown, call for help.
Item Cape Town Johannesburg Port Elizabeth
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R90 R100 R80
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R22 R20 R25
Cappuccino (regular) R19 R20 R20
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R12 R12
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R35 R35 R34

Source:numbeo.com

About PE Airport

Port Elizabeth Airport (code PLZ). Known as the 10 minute airport because of its close proximity to Humewood Beach and the rest of the city, it’s great knowing you’ll never have too far to drive after landing if you’re staying in or around the city. There are no international flights in or out of Port Elizabeth Airport but you’ll always be able to connect to overseas destinations via Johannesburg or Cape Town.

Food and beverages: The restaurants that are located in the airport include Steers, Lost luggage: If you lost any piece of luggage you should contact your handling airline immediately or you should go to the information desk which is located in the airport for more assistance.

Lost luggage: If you lost any piece of luggage you should contact your handling airline immediately or you should go to the information desk which is located in the airport for more assistance.

Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near the airport include the City Lodge, Paxton Hotel, Sir Roys at Sea, The King Edward Hotel, Bishops Inn, and the Kingsbeach Backpackers.

Car hire: The car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include Avis, Europcar, Bidvest, First Car Rental, Tempest, Thrifty, and Hertz.

The information on this page is correct as of November 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.


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