Port Elizabeth

Known as the 'Friendly City', Port Elizabeth is located on the south-eastern coast, 763 km east of Cape Town

Eastern Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Port Elizabeth Area, Eastern Cape

The Nelson Mandela Metro (including Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch) is the gateway to the Eastern Cape Region, its well-equipped airport and harbour linking South Africa with other national and international destinations.

Where? Port Elizabeth Region, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Overnight? See Port Elizabeth accommodation, in Eastern Cape

Known as the "Friendly City", Port Elizabeth is located on the south-eastern coast, 763 km east of Cape Town. A superb value-for-money holiday base, Port Elizabeth offers a diverse selection of attractions as a family-fun holiday destination including scenic nature trails, historic heritage, magnificent wildlife, cultural experiences and countless water sport activities.

Algoa Bay's 40 km of breathtaking coastline boasts a perfect combination of warm water, protected beaches and is complemented by Port Elizabeth's wonderful climate, which has been rated as having the fourth best weather of any coastal city in the world.

The Port Elizabeth area also supports the most diverse array of vegetation types in South Africa as five of the country's seven terrestrial biogeographic areas are represented in the Eastern Cape.

The Bay, which is a favoured draw-card for beach and watersport enthusiasts is fast becoming known as South Africa's watersport capital and offers activity throughout the year, especially wind-surfing and fishing. In fact, Algoa Bay is regarded as one of the best sailing venues in the world, while scuba diving is of world class quality with beautiful reefs, shipwrecks, fish and colourful coral species.

Popular Towns in the Greater Port Elizabeth Area


Stay? Accommodation in Amsterdamhoek
On the banks of the Swartkops River, near its mouth, is Amsterdamhoek. This may be a suburb in Port Elizabeth, but it exudes all of the appeal of a fishing village in its own right. The homes here are, generally, rustic and fairly large...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Beachview
The little village of Beachview that earned its name for obvious reasons when one considers the spectacular view of the beach from the homes here, lies on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth - about 25 kilometres from the city centre. But you’re in a...

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Ben Kamma

Overnight? Accommodation in Ben Kamma
Ben Kamma is situated on Walker Drive, which is considered to be outside of the main hubs of the city. The Walker Drive Shopping Centre is just minutes away, and is home to shops and franchises that cover décor, groceries, cellular technology...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Bethelsdorp
Just outside Port Elizabeth lies the little historical village of Bethelsdorp. Bethelsdorp is one of the first mission stations in the Eastern Cape and founded by the London missionaries Van der Kemp and Read in 1802. They built the original almshouses...

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Beverley Grove

Overnight? Accommodation Beverley Grove
Beverley Grove is a residential suburb that is flanked by the similar areas of Ben Kamma and Lorraine. It is situated on the outskirts of the commercial and retail hubs of Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, and enjoys close proximity to the pretty...

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Blue Horizon Bay

Stay? Accommodation Blue Horizon Bay
The peaceful, little village of Blue Horizon Bay lies comfortably between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay, a seaside hamlet that offers beautiful sandy beaches, and scenery to match. Blue Horizon Bay lies almost precisely equidistant between Port Elizabeth...

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Bluewater Bay

Overnight? Accommodation Bluewater Bay
Bluewater Bay, divided by the N2 into Bluewater beach on the one side and Bluewater Bay on the other, is also one of the fastest growing residential areas in the city of Port Elizabeth - the demand for homes because of its proximity to Coega...

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Central Hill

Overnight? Accommodation in Central Hill
Part of Port Elizabeth inner city revitalisation, Central Hill - along with its neighbours Baakens River and Richmond Hill - is busy receiving a major facelift and is perceived by investors as prime property, particularly as this area falls under...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Charlo
Port Elizabeth’s suburb of Charlo lies surrounded by Springfield, Lorraine, Overbaakens, and Walmer. It is, as a result, close to a number of schools, as well as shops, restaurants, health and medical facilities, and more. This part of...

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Chelsea Conservancy

Stay? Accommodation Chelsea Conservancy
dging the Indian Ocean, the conservancy is lush indigenous Eastern Cape bush, thick with milkwood trees and the call of birds, attracted to the abundant vegetation. The unspoilt beaches of Sardinia Bay lie just beyond the Chelsea Conservancy. This part...

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Colleen Glen

Overnight? Accommodation in Colleen Glen
Colleen Glen may be a suburb of the metropolis of Port Elizabeth, but it is situated far on the outskirts of the city. It has a distinctively rural look and feel; showcasing some of the glorious countryside for which the Eastern Cape is known and loved...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Cotswold
Cotswold is a small suburb of Port Elizabeth, the windy or friendly city depending on who you are talking to, at the N2/ M12 interchange. Neighbour to Fernglen and the district of Newton Park, the neighbourhood lies due west of Port Elizabeth...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Despatch
Despatch is a quiet residential area situated in the heart of the South African motor hub, with the Volkswagen and General Motors headquarters in Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth respectively. It is home to many families and retirees, and has a...

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Fern Glen

Overnight? Accommodation in Fern Glen
Fern Glen is a fairly quiet suburb that is situated along Cape Road, between the William Moffett Expressway and the area of Sunridge. This is a largely residential suburb, although there are a few shops in the vicinity, as well as some local amenities...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Framesby
Framesby is not home to many well-known tourist attractions, but it is close to various shopping centres, including Makro and a number of other national franchises, supermarkets, fast-food outlets and restaurants. In addition, schools and...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Glendinningvale
Glendinningvale, in the heart of the city of Port Elizabeth - known contradictorily as both the windy and the friendly city (although the former is a little unfair given that Port Elizabeth has the 4th best weather in the world) - is perfectly...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Greenacres
The leafy suburb of Greenacres, perfectly situated - if you consider its proximity to beaches, the main freeway system, the Kempston Road area and the airport - for those on business or holiday, is virtually synonymous with Greenacres shopping centre...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Humerail
Close to the beaches of Port Elizabeth, and touted as the latest ‘designer suburb’, Humerail - with homes that are worth well into the double digit millions because of the incredible views they offer over Algoa Bay - lies just off the beachfront...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Humewood
The beach suburb of Humewood, a stone’s throw from Kings Beach and Humewood beach (both with blue flag status), has earned its place on the map due mainly to its challenging links golf course, ranked as one of the top ten golf courses in South...

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Kini Bay

Overnight? Accommodation in Kini Bay
The pretty coastal hamlet of Kini Bay lies on the Sunshine Coast between Algoa Bay and Jeffreys Bay just 15 minutes’ drive from Port Elizabeth. Yet it has a distinct sense of isolation and charm that make it so attractive to visitors...

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Kragga Kamma

Overnight? Accommodation in Kragga Kamma
On the outskirts of Port Elizabeth in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, is the spectacular suburb of Kragga Kamma. It is situated between Lorraine and Ben Kamma on one side, and Seaview and Colleen Glen on the other. It is green and lush with...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Linkside
Linkside is a verdant, pretty neighbourhood in the heart of Port Elizabeth. It is characterised by the wide streets that are flanked by tall, leafy trees and broad grassy pavements. The homes here tend towards the luxurious, and are beautiful...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Lorraine
Lorraine, along with Theescombe and Sherwood, is one of the fastest growing suburbs of the city known as both the friendly and the windy city. It sits to the west of the central business district, close to neighbouring suburbs of Kragga Kamma...

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Lovemore Heights

Stay? Accommodation Lovemore Heights
The suburb of Lovemore Heights is virtually synonymous with the secure residential estate that dominates the neighbourhood, called Lovemore Heights Estate. Set on the outskirts of the centre of the friendly city of Port Elizabeth, Lovemore Heights...

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Lovemore Park

Stay? Accommodation in Lovemore Park
On the wilder side of Port Elizabeth, where the dramatic seascapes are best enjoyed amidst the scrubby coastal terrain, lies the scenic suburb of Lovemore Park. Situated along the road to Seaview, this suburb is made up of smallholdings and...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Maitlands
A mere 30 kilometres from Port Elizabeth transports you into a very different world. The Maitlands River mouth makes for a peaceful and slow existence with very little to remind one that man has stamped his footprint on almost every other part of...

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Mill Park

Overnight? Accommodation in Mill Park
Known as Port Elizabeth’s garden suburb because of the leafy streets and large gardens, Mill Park lies in the heart of the city, close to Greenacres Shopping centre, the Port Elizabeth golf club and St George’s Park. Residents speak about the special...

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Mount Croix

Overnight? Accommodation in Mount Croix
Flanked by Cape Road and the suburb of North End is the pretty, upmarket area of Mount Croix. This is nestled in the heart of Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, and is a popular choice amongst the up-and-coming families of the Eastern Cape as well...

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Mount Pleasant

Overnight? Accommodation Mount Pleasant
The homes of Mount Pleasant range from the family homes of yesteryear to modern townhouse complexes for newlyweds or the up-and-coming. It is only 20 minutes’ drive from the main beaches of Port Elizabeth (King’s Beach, Humewood, Hoby...

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New Brighton

Overnight? Accommodation in New Brighton
New Brighton is Port Elizabeth's oldest existing township, north of the CBD and just east of Algoa Park. It is historically relevant having come through the apartheid years, and as such, has a museum and other interesting highlights to visit...

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Newton Park

Overnight? Accommodation in Newton Park
New Brighton is Port Elizabeth's oldest existing township, north of the CBD and just east of Algoa Park. It is historically relevant having come through the apartheid years, and as such, has a museum and other interesting highlights to visit...

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Noordhoek, Port Elizabeth

Overnight? Accommodation in Noordhoek
Noordhoek is well-known amongst fishermen, who can launch their boats directly from its shores. The warm Indian Ocean waters are teeming with marine life, including some very exciting fish species. Styles of fishing on the Noordhoek...

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North End

Overnight? Accommodation in North End
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...

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Parsons Hill

Overnight? Accommodation in Parsons Hill
Parsons Hill is situated between the Collegiate Girls’ Schools (just behind Greenacres) and Diaz Road in North End. This is a quiet residential neighbourhood that is characterised by spacious old homes and large gardens, wide streets and ample...

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Parsons Vlei

Overnight? Accommodation in Parsons Vlei
Parsons Vlei is a fairly undeveloped area, surrounded by the suburbs of Greenbushes, Rowallan Park, Kabega and Bethelsdorp. A large proportion of Parsons Vlei lies on Cape Road, which is part of the N2 and eventually extends right through...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Redhouse
The picturesque little village of Redhouse - the epitome of tranquillity - lies positioned right on the edge of the Swartkops River, about 15 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth. Life here is all about the river, its estuary and its adjacent saltpans...

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Richmond Hill

Overnight? Accommodation in Richmond Hill
Regarded as one of the more historic suburbs in central Port Elizabeth, Richmond Hill is at once peaceful and interesting. Some of the houses here still have original wooden fretwork on display on their eaves, and include quaint Victorian cottages...

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Sardinia Bay

Overnight? Accommodation in Sardinia Bay
Whilst the locals know all about Sardinia Bay, lying along Sardinia Bay Road between Schoenmakerskop and Sea View, many visitors only stumble upon the popular Sardinia Bay Beach with picnic facilities by accident, and discover that it is...

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Stay? Accommodation Schoenmakerskop
Schoenmakerskop is one of Port Elizabeth’s prettiest suburbs. It is a large area that begins where Summerstrand ends, and extends all the way to the ocean. Much of Schoenies, as it is affectionately known, is dedicated to dense, green coastal...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Seaview
Despite the fact that one is roughly 30 minutes from the airport and the centre of Port Elizabeth, Seaview, as its name suggests, offers magnificent views of the sea from its treed hills, and a tranquil place to unwind in the area of Port Elizabeth...

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South End

Overnight? Accommodation in South End
The suburb of South End, as it's name suggests, lies just to the south of the centre of Port Elizabeth overlooking the harbour. It lies between Humewood and the centre of the city, east of Settlers Park Nature Reserve, a prime spot to base...

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St Georges Park

Stay? Accommodation in St Georges Park
The suburb is not only ideal for watching cricket, it is also really close to the centre of the friendly city. Much of the largely apartment-style living accommodation in the suburb offers city and sea views, and access to a number of major...

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Stay? Accommodation in Summerstrand
You couldn’t be more centrally placed in Port Elizabeth, by staying in Summerstrand, if you tried. This elegant, upmarket suburb is close to the beachfront, the Boardwalk Casino complex, the Summerstrand village shopping centre, the Humewood...

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Sunridge Park

Stay? Accommodation in Sunridge Park
Sunridge Park is an old residential suburb that has been the home of Port Elizabeth’s families for generations. It extends between Cape Road and Kragga Kamma on either side, with Framesby as its neighbour. Sunridge Park is the address...

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Stay? Accommodation in Theescombe
Lying just off the Kragga Kamma Road out of Port Elizabeth, Theescombe, neighbour to Lovemore Heights, Colleen Glen and just inland from desirable out-of-the-way beaches like Sardinia Bay, Kini Bay and Seaview, is a bit of a melting pot of plots...

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Overnight Accommodation in Uitenhage
Lying on the Zwartkops River just 38 kilometres north west of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage is also known as the Garden Town for its gorgeous position in the foothills of the Winterhoek Mountains, its many rambling parks and a climate that...

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Van Stadens

Stay? Accommodation in Van Stadens
The beautiful Van Stadens River area is a particularly unspoilt and natural spot still typical of the Eastern Cape that lies between Port Elizabeth and Jeffrey’s Bay. It isn’t difficult to understand the attraction of Van Stadens. Homes out...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Westlands
Close enough to Port Elizabeth to reach the centre and do all the touristy things, and yet far enough away from the noise and race of daily living, Westlands is a perfect base when staying Port Elizabeth. This part of a town is a series of small...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Woodlands
Woodlands is a quiet suburb with neat verges, wide, wooded streets and bungalows lacking ostentation - in much the same way that the city forsakes any affectation - something of a 'landmark' Port Elizabethan trademark. It is also one of two...

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Did you know?

Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and is laid out in a way that you can reach everything within 15 minutes of the airport – not something you can attribute to Jo’burg.

Port Elizabeth is a great place in which to holiday, its people genial, its beaches enviable and its weather gorgeous almost the whole year round – winter beach moments can easily surpass scorching summer sizzlers.

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