Port Elizabeth Budget Travel

The Friendly City - aka The Windy City

Where's Port Elizabeth & What's the Weather Like?

The fifth largest city in South Africa, Port Elizabeth, is situated along the warm-water Indian Ocean, halfway between Cape Town and Durban. The city stretches about 16 kms along Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape Province and is one of South Africa's major seaports.

Summers are warm, but not too humid - ideal for enjoying the lovely beaches. Winters are mild and not too cold - great for outdoor exploring.

PE, as locals like to call Port Elizabeth, is at the end of one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives - the Garden Route.

History of Port Elizabeth

If you have a taste for history and culture then the Donkin Heritage Trail is a must-do, featuring many fascinating historical sites that provide a sense of Africa and Europe merging.

South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation for its diverse cultures, with PE being home to the amaXhosa people. Two of the ethnic group's most famous personalities are the Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

Founded in 1820 as a frontier post for colonial British settlers, today Port Elizabeth is part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan. In 2001 the Nelson Mandela Bay area was renamed in honor of former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner - Nelson Mandela.

Things to Do in Port Elizabeth

PE is said to be the Watersports Capital of South Africa and hosts the renowned Ironman Africa. 

  • Visit the Dolphinarium – see turtles, sharks, rays and an array of large fish at this aquarium on the lovely beachfront
  • Go Whale Watching – view whales close up on daily boat-based trips offering excellent sightings of Humpback whales, Southern right whales and Bryde’s whales
  • Experience Algoa Bay – the place for scuba diving, game fishing charters, surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding and many more exciting activities
  • Sunset Cruises – sail among the dolphins and whales on one of the many sunset boat cruises in Algoa Bay
  • Encounter Elephants – see these wild and huge animals, one of Africa's Big Five, in the Addo Elephant National Park
  • Explore the Zuurberg Mountains – visit this scenic national park to get in touch with nature and do some bird watching
  • Discover the Red Location Apartheid Museum that challenges the traditional role of museums and has won a number of prestigious international architecture awards
  • Enjoy other highlights – art galleries, the opera house, the Apple Express Steam train, shopping and the list goes on and on…

Port Elizabeth is best known for its long stretches of golden sand beaches and its proximity to some of the malaria-free Eastern Cape's best private game reserves.

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