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For the tourist wanting a total South
African experience, Port Elizabeth is the perfect complement to the Garden
Route, Settler Hinterland, Sunshine Coast and Cape. Located on the South
Eastern coast of Africa, this major sea port and tourist destination is
set along the beautiful shores of Algoa Bay, and is fondly referred to
as the Friendly Eco-City. The city is the second largest city
in terms of area and the fifth largest in terms of population in South Africa
(1.1 million). The city is also an important centre for the South
African motor industry.
is Malaria Free. One of PE's
greatest treasures are the clean beaches and warm water, making it an
ideal water sport centre.
are moderate all year round with rain scattered throughout the year. The summers
are warm with a very temperate humidity level. Winters are mild and pleasant,
and it is significant that water sports, even surfing, boardsailing and diving,
are practised year-round. In all, the visitor soon discovers that the climate is
one major contributor to the reputation of the area as offering an outstanding
quality of life
PE has many
historical attractions, one the most interesting being the Historic Donkin
Heritage trail, which allows the visitor to follow in
the footsteps of the 1820 Settlers on their journey of discovery and
settlement. this 5 km trail visits 47 historical sites and architectural
delights in the Old Hill area of central PE.
Overseas tourists will be happy to
hear that even at the seaside you can enjoy the awe inspiring wildlife of
Africa, as there are a number of wildlife reserves
in the area around PE. Just 73 km from the city is the exclusive, private
Shamwari Game Reserve which is home to the "Big Five" of Africa.
Early morning and evening game drives are available.
Then there is the
Addo Elephant Park, dedicated to the preservation of the Eastern Cape
Elephant and the Cape Buffalo. There are other smaller reserves which are
just as delightful and will prove a memorable African experience.
The combination of calm waters and fair breezes
are perfect conditions for sailing
beaches allow for swimming, surfing, body boarding
and any kind of water sport
Scuba diving enthusiasts
can choose form a number of great spots with lots to see, such as ship
wrecks, coral reefs and beautifully coloured fish in the warm waters with
up 30 metres visibility. There are one day courses available as well as
boat charters and gear for hire.
watching in the nearby Nature Reserves