Port Elizabeth

Nicknamed the Friendly City, Port Elizabeth is a beautiful coastal destination offering a variety of stunning beaches, places of historical interest, and one of the most welcoming atmospheres in South Africa. Located on the Eastern Cape coastline, it is one of the largest and most enchanting cities in the country.

Just as South Africa can pride itself on being one of the most truly varied, multi-cultural nations on the planet, so too can Port Elizabeth boast of its incredible range of attractions. From nearby beaches, golf courses, and game reserves, to the city's own easy-going nightlife, there's never a shortage of unforgettable experiences to enjoy.

Port Elizabeth is also one of the most historically significant locations in the country, featuring several museums and art installations commemorating Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement. Several townships surround the city, tours of which are sure to provide an enriching cultural experience and authentic understanding of their inhabitants' way of life.


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Port Elizabeth facts at a glance
Flight time:
11 hours
Time difference:
2 hours
Currency:
South African rand
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

South Africa enjoys its warmest, driest months between November and March, making Port Elizabeth's array of beaches the perfect destination for a winter getaway to a sunnier clime.

Things to do

Although many visit Port Elizabeth simply to take advantage of the stunning scenery and unwind in the sun, it's also possible to fill your holiday with a variety of interesting and exciting activities. The Red Location Museum provides a fascinating insight into the tragic days of apartheid - as well as the bravery of those who brought it to an end - while more modern pursuits can be enjoyed at the city's entertainment centre or shopping complex.

Food and drink

Meat lovers will find themselves truly spoilt for choice in Port Elizabeth; restaurants such as Sticky Fingers provide a taste of authentic South African barbecue, while The Coachman is famous for its unrivalled steaks. More varied options can be found at bakery-restaurants such as Bocadillos or Brichoe, offering a range of sandwiches and pastries in comfortable, welcoming settings.

In the evening

Although renowned for its relaxed nature, the city's nightlife certainly doesn't suffer, with a range of bars and taverns providing a variety of atmospheres in which to let loose. The unmissable Bridge Street Brewery combines exclusive craft beers with a stylish location, while those in search of a vibrant evening's entertainment should head for Jeya's Jazz Corner Tavern, a combined music venue, sports bar, and pool room.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.


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