Flights to Port Elizabeth
Otherwise known as Madiba Bay,
Port Elizabeth (2005 population 737,600) is located in the Eastern Cape
Province. Nicknamed "the friendly city", this city stretches
along the Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaport cities in South Africa.
Established in 1820, Port Elizabeth was home to British settlers as a way of
strengthening the border between Cape Colony and the terriotory of the
aggressive Xhosa tribe. Algoa Bay was used by the San and Khoisan
indigenous tribes for many centuries, however, little is known about that
time. For centuries, the area was noted on navigational charts as
"an area to land upon with fresh water".
Soon-to-be home of the 2010 Football World Cup,
travelers can enjoy a subtropical climate with little rain all year
round. Due to it's coastal location, Port Elizabeth is a great place for
a variety of watersports, of which include kiteboarding, scuba diving, and
surfing. Try your hand at a game of cricket, a local favorite, and play
on St. Georges Park-- the oldest
cricket grounds in South Africa.
If sports are not for you, don't despair.
Port Elizabeth holds a variety of things to do and see, and all within city
limits! Take a cruise along the Garden Route, and stop off at the river mouth in the Tsitsikamma
National Park for a spectacular ocean view. At the
end of the scenic route, relax on the fine sandy beaches-- a popular
destination for tourists. This city holds some interesting historic
attractions, including the Campanile Bell Tower constructed in 1923 to commemorate the arrival of the 1820
settlers. The bell tower offers a magnificent view of the city, so don't
forget to bring your camera!
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