Known as The Friendly City, Port Elizabeth is a small city located on South Africa's Eastern Cape coast. Its long hours of sunshine, safe sandy beaches and calm waters make it a popular holiday destination for watersport enthusiasts and families with young children.
With the start of the Garden Route only a few hours’ drive away, Port Elizabeth is a great place to start or end your journey if you're sticking to the Western and Eastern Capes, while its easily accessible airport makes connecting to other destinations in South Africa a breeze.
Regardless of where you stay on your Port Elizabeth holiday, the city’s major attractions and beaches are always nearby. For those looking for upmarket accommodation near the city centre, the elegant suburb of Summerstrand is situated just ten minutes from the airport and features several stylish guest houses and hotels.
For those seeking accommodation closer to the beach, the coastal suburb of Humewood is located a stone’s throw from two of Port Elizabeth’s best beaches – Humewood and Kings Beach – both of which have blue flag status. But what this suburb is best known for is its challenging links golf course, ranked as one of the top ten in South Africa.
Humewood is a popular spot for travelling families due to its close proximity to Bay World - featuring a snake park, oceanarium and museum - while the Boardwalk Casino and entertainment complex will provide hours of fun.
For safari-lovers there are a number of malaria-free, Big-5 reserves around the city which will provide a thrilling Port Elizabeth safari add-on. And don’t worry too much about the best time to visit Port Elizabeth – the weather here tends to be very stable with year-round moderate temperatures and rain scattered throughout the year. Summers are warm with low humidity levels while winters are mild and pleasant.
At a Glance
Gateway to the Addo Elephant National Park and the Eastern Cape's private Big 5 reserves, many Garden Route tours and self-drive adventures end at this friendly little coastal town.