Port Elizabeth (or just PE if you want to sound South African) is South Africa’s fifth-largest city and is located on the Indian Ocean coast half-way between Cape Town and Durban, in the Eastern Cape, about 260 km from Knysna. Also known as ”the friendly city” and ”the windy city”, it tends to live up to both names.
A perfect complement to the Garden Route, the Friendly City is a major seaport and tourist destination set along the beautiful shores of Nelson Mandela Bay. The centre of the South African motor industry is spoiled by moderate and warm temperatures all year round with scattered rain throughout the year – climatic attributes which contribute to an outstanding quality of life. A popular and significant destination for water sports, Port Elizabeth also offers many historical attractions, such as the Historic Donkin Heritage trail, taking visitors along the footsteps of the 1820 settlers. British heritage is reflected in the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, and the Oldest Bowling Green in South Africa. Port Elizabeth’s greatest treasures, however, are malaria-free wildlife areas in its vicinity, and clean beaches washed by warm water. Port Elizabeth was founded by British settlers in 1820 and was named after the wife of Rufane Donkin, Acting Governor of the Cape Colony at that time. The city is located on the Algoa Bay and forms together with the neighbouring towns of Uitenhage and Despatch the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality. The tourist information centres are in the Donkin Reserve in the town centre, at The Boardwalk (Marine Drive) and at the Airport Arrivals hall.nmbt.co.za] for more information and all other tourism-related products.
Port Elizabeth Airport See Online is located just a few kilometres out of the city centre and has regular flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and other South African airports.