Eastern Cape DestinationsNorth End, Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth has a number of older suburbs that contribute to the character and identity of the Friendly City. North End was once a completely residential area, nestled between the sea and the North End Lake. Today, these old homes remain and are still inhabited, but share the suburb with many factories, offices and warehouses.
North End was revamped to some extent for the 2010 FIFA World Camp™, thanks to its being the location of the new soccer stadium, built specifically for this event. In 2010, millions arrived in South Africa to watch the games, and Port Elizabeth’s stadium was one of the proud hosts. It was designed and engineered to symbolise the national flower, the protea, and continues to host important sporting and entertainment events.
The stadium overlooks the North End Lake, which is a beautiful oasis amidst the industrial vibe. The verdant banks of this lake are ideal for picnics, and locals and visitors alike frequently come here to fish.
North End is centrally situated, close to the beaches, the shopping centres, and the many tourist attractions of Nelson Mandela Bay. One only has to travel 10 minutes in various directions to reach a number of these, and about 15 minutes to access the airport.