The City of Port Elizabeth, 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.

Did you know? Once you've booked your hotel or Port Elizabeth accommodation in the Eastern Cape, explore the city and destination pages below for info on attractions, where to eat and things to do when you explore the famous "Windy City".

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.

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.

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.

Did you know? 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.

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.

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Destinations in the Port Elizabeth Region

Amsterdamhoek

Overnight? Amsterdamhoek accommodation
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 (although many hav...

Beachview

Overnight? Beachview accommodation
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 diff...

Ben Kamma

Port Elizabeth, the largest town in Nelson Mandela Bay and the tourist capital of the Eastern Cape, is fortunate to have a variety of suburbs. Some are large and urban, others smaller and more out of the way. Ben Kamma is a small, quiet residential suburb...

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 th...

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 farml...

Blue Horizon Bay

Overnight? Blue Horizon Bay accommodation
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 Elizabet...

Bluewater Bay

Overnight? Bluewater Bay accommodation
Considered one of Port Elizabeth’s northern beaches, Bluewater Bay lies midway between the friendly city of Port Elizabeth and the deep water harbour development at Coega, and is renowned for its fantastic views across Algoa Bay, its miles of white sandy...

Central Hill

Overnight? Central Hill accommodation
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 a scheme...

Charlo

Overnight? Charlo accommodation
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 Nelson Mandela Bay ...

Chelsea Conservancy

Overnight? Chelsea Conservancy accommodation
The beautiful Chelsea Conservancy, about 8 kilometres outside of Port Elizabeth as one nears the end of the Garden Route, is one of those little unexpected, not much talked about, surprises so typical of the Eastern Cape. Edging the Indian Ocean, the c...

Colleen Glen

Overnight? Colleen Glen accommodation
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. I...

Cotswold

Overnight? Cotswold accommodation
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 business district of Newton Park, the neighbourhood lies due west of Port Elizabeth's N...

Despatch

Overnight? Despatch accommodation
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality comprises Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and the small town of Despatch (as well as the surrounding rural areas). As such, Despatch has become an extension of the two bigger towns flanking it, but has also retained its own c...

Fern Glen

Overnight? Fern Glen accommodation
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 (su...

Framesby

Overnight? Framesby accommodation
Framesby is one of Port Elizabeth’s well-known residential suburbs. It is flanked by Cape Road (which is part of the N2 motorway, extending from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, through Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, and all the way to Cape Town in the Weste...

Glendinningvale

Overnight? Glendinningvale accommodation
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 placed if i...

Greenacres

Overnight? Greenacres accommodation
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 - de...

Greenbushes

The leafy area of Greenbushes comprises, as its name implies, vast stretches of Eastern Cape bushveld and is part of Port Elizabeth in Nelson Mandela Bay. It is parallel to the older portion of Cape Road (extending past the Makro complex), and is characte...

Humerail

Overnight? Humerail accommodation
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, close to...

Humewood

Overnight? Humewood accommodation
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 Africa. ...

Hunters Retreat

Hunters Retreat is a peaceful suburb that lies between Cape Road and Kragga Kamma Road in Port Elizabeth. As such, the homes here enjoy the serenity of the Eastern Cape bushveld and its abundant birdlife, despite many of them being fairly modern. Families...

Kini Bay

Overnight? Kini Bay accommodation
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. Kini Bay has no ...

Kragga Kamma

Overnight? Kragga Kamma accommodation
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 beautiful bu...

Linkside

Overnight? Linkside accommodation
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 to explore w...

Lorraine

Overnight? Lorraine accommodation
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 Park and Lov...

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' main a...

Lovemore Park

Overnight? Lovemore Park accommodation
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 luxurious home...

Maitlands

Overnight? Maitlands accommodation
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 the Sout...

Malabar

Malabar is an old area of Port Elizabeth, situated in the northern areas of the city. As such, it is surrounded by other suburbs; such as Gelvandale, Schauderville, Linton Grange, and Morningside. This is an important area in terms of the history of the E...

Mill Park

Overnight? Mill Park accommodation
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 ...

Miramar

Port Elizabeth, also known as the Friendly City, in the Eastern Cape is a fabulous place in which to raise children, popular amongst the newlyweds and those starting a family. Miramar is one of the suburbs in this town that is particularly popular amongst...

Mount Croix

Overnight? Mount Croix accommodation
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 as ret...

Mount Pleasant

The leafy suburb of Mount Pleasant is situated in Port Elizabeth, which is the largest constituent of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province. It is on the outskirts of the city, creating the barrier between the residential parts ...

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. The Red L...

Newton Park

Overnight? Newton Park accommodation
Lying close to Greenacres, Adcockvale, Fernglen and Perridgevale, the upper middle class suburb of Newton Park is ideally placed for easy access to beaches, St George's Park Cricket Stadium and Cape Road CBD. It's essentially a residential suburb with ...

Noordhoek

The Port Elizabeth coastline is a treasure trove of nooks and crannies, hidden stretches known only to locals and adventurous explorers. Noordhoek is situated along Marine Drive, just past the ever-popular Pine Lodge, and en-route to Schoenmakerskop. ...

North End

Overnight? North End accommodation
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 ...

Parsons Hill

Overnight? Parsons Hill accommodation
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 pavements. ...

Parsons Vlei

Overnight? Parsons Vlei accommodation
On the outskirts of the main hubs of Port Elizabeth is the suburb of Parsons Vlei. This is incorporated into the district municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay, which includes Uitenhage and Despatch in addition to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province....

Perridgevale

Overnight? Perridgevale accommodation
Perridgevale is a residential area that is centrally situated in Port Elizabeth (the largest constituent of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality). Two of its borders are CJ Langenhoven Drive and Diaz Road, which are both busy motorways that are pu...

Redhouse

Overnight? Redhouse accommodation
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 - one ...

Richmond Hill

Overnight? Richmond Hill accommodation
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 and...

Sardinia Bay

Overnight? Sardinia Bay accommodation
Sardinia Bay is one of those delightfully elusive coves that has managed to retain a certain amount of anonymity, despite being one of Port Elizabeth’s lesser discovered gems. Whilst the locals know all about Sardinia Bay, lying along Sardinia Bay Roa...

Schoenmakerskop

Overnight? Schoenmakerskop accommodation
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 scrub. There...

Seaview

Overnight? Seaview accommodation
Virtually just up the road from the beautiful Maitland River mouth, with its incredible sand dunes, lies the quaint little village of Seaview, famed for its Seaview Game and Lion Park, just 25 kilometres west of Port Elizabeth. Despite the fact that o...

South End

Overnight? South End accommodation
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 yourself in the...

St Georges Park

Overnight? St Georges Park accommodation
You are probably a cricket lover if you are thinking at staying in St George's Park, the suburb of Port Elizabeth that is home to the park of the same name, and the site of the second oldest cricket club in South Africa. The suburb is not only ideal fo...

Summerstrand

Overnight? Summerstrand accommodation
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 links golf co...

Sunridge Park

Overnight? Sunridge Park accommodation
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 of Sunridge Vill...

Theescombe

Overnight? Theescombe accommodation
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, reasonab...

Uitenhage

Overnight? Uitenhage accommodation
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 allows gardens to f...

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 this way are o...

Walmer

Overnight? Walmer accommodation
Walmer, a rather posh suburb of Port Elizabeth with its wide tree lined streets, is something of an establishment - a number of the city’s oldest families live here, and businesses too are lining up for their share of the large homes, as parts of Walmer f...

Walmer Downs

Walmer Downs is a quiet residential suburb that is tucked away between the William Moffett Expressway and the Baakens Valley in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. It has wide roads, flanked by large sidewalks and tall trees that were planted generations ...

Walmer Heights

Overnight? Walmer Heights accommodation
As its name implies, Walmer Heights is a suburb that verges on the upper end of Walmer in Port Elizabeth. It lies on Buffelsfontein Road and it is neighbour to the suburb of Miramar. This suburb is home to an abundance of beautiful luxury homes with m...

Westering

Along Cape Road in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, past the main business areas and William Moffett Expressway, lies the suburb of Westering. It is primarily a residential suburb, with schools and some convenient stores scattered among the homes. Families a...

Westlands

Overnight? Westlands accommodation
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 holdings ...

Woodlands

Overnight? Woodlands accommodation
Tucked in amongst other residential suburbs like Goldwater, Weybridge Park and Lorraine, Woodlands lies just south of the N2 and minutes from the centre of Port Elizabeth despite being in the 'burbs'. Woodlands is a quiet suburb with neat verges, wide,...

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