Also known as the ‘Friendly City’, Port Elizabeth is a leading tourist destination of South Africa, set upon the magnificent shores of Algoa Bay and is one of the country’s main ports. Discovered in 1820 and named after the wife of Rufane Donkin, Port Elizabeth now forms a part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. An epitome of South African tourism, Port Elizabeth presents the perfect balance of Cultural and historical activities, Garden Route experience, Big 7 safari adventures, sunny beaches and echoes of the Cape.
Recognised by its people as the 15min city, the Port Elizabeth airport proudly stands just 15min away from all major attractions of the city, making communication very easy for any visitor.
Taking it a step further, visitors to the Addo Elephant Park of Port Elizabeth will be given the opportunity to experience the magnifance of the Big 7, comprised of the Big 5 Land animals (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino & Buffalo) and the biggest of the Sea animals (Great White Shark and the Southern Right Whale). The idyllic beaches and warm waters of Port Elizabeth make it the perfect destination for waters port lovers.
Within an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, visitors are encouraged to visit one of the 4 game reserves found within its vicinity.
Prior to the gold and diamond rush, Port Elizabeth was a commercial centre, trading in wool, mohair and ostritch feathers and thereby attracting many traders and labourers to the windy city. Prior to the Group Areas Acto of 1960, Port Elizabeth’s community was characaterised b a living together of all immigrant groups differentiated by their economic and social status rather than colour. As an exemplary leading in political transformation, Port Elizabeth was the first city to intergrate a fully democratic local authority.
Immerse yourself in South Africa’s rich history by taking a walk down memory lane on the Donkin Heritage Trail. Follow in the footsteps of the 1820 settlers, with its 47 historical sites and architectural deligts spread across 5km around the city. Once have caught up with this historical facts, Port Elizabeth invites you to enjoy a leisurely walk along Art Route 67. Embrace the changes that South Africa has undergone by enjoying the 67 artistic representations commemorating the 67 years that Nelson Mandela dedicated to the freedom of his beloved nation, South Africa.