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Port Elizabeth Introduction

Port Elizabeth is the gateway to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. Once called "The Liverpool of South Africa," Port Elizabeth is one of the largest and most important seaports in the country. It's also the centre of South Africa's motor vehicle industry, home to many multinational vehicles and parts manufacturers. Port Elizabeth also enjoys year-round warm weather. Its mild coastal climate and diverse attractions make the city one of the most visited destinations in South Africa.

Hotels in Port Elizabeth

As a major tourist destination, Port Elizabeth has a wide variety of hotels. There are 4-star and boutique hotels in Port Elizabeth for people who want to travel in style. These hotels typically feature upscale decor and luxe amenities such as outdoor pools, full-service spas, gourmet restaurants and fully equipped meeting rooms. There are also affordable guesthouses for travellers on a budget. The rooms in these guesthouses are just as comfortable, but the range of their amenities may be limited. Port Elizabeth also has a collection of cosy B&Bs and self-catering holiday homes. Many of these options offer family-friendly services.

Where to stay

Summerstrand is an ideal place to stay for travelling with family or a holiday by the beach. This upscale neighbourhood hugs a portion of the Port Elizabeth coastline. It's also home to the Boardwalk Casino complex. Richmond Hill, located in central Port Elizabeth is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city. This historic neighbourhood has undergone gentrification in recent years, but has retained much of its quiet charm. If you have a luxurious holiday in mind, you can stay at the high-end neighbourhood of Walmer. This leafy suburb is close to the beach and has a championship golf course.

Things to see

Port Elizabeth has a variety of attractions that appeal to a wide range of travellers. The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex is just one of these spots. Located on the Summerstrand beachfront, the complex features a multitude of shops, restaurants, cinemas, arcades and other entertainment venues. If you're a history buff, you'll enjoy the Donkin Heritage Trail, which links 47 historic sights in central Port Elizabeth, including the City Hall and the Campanile. Another historic site worth visiting is Fort Frederick. Built in 1799, it's one of the first buildings to be erected in the city. Kragga Kamma Game Park is a wildlife reserve within Port Elizabeth. Here, you can get up close with various species of African wildlife and birds. Haga Haga Beach on the Wild Coast is one of the finest beaches in Port Elizabeth. This quiet beach is perfect for travellers who love seaside holidays but not crowds.

How to get to Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is considered one of the most widely accessible cities in South Africa. It's served by Port Elizabeth Airport, which has daily flights to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and other cities. You can also get to Port Elizabeth by train. The city is directly connected to Johannesburg and Bloemfontein via railway. Port Elizabeth is also on the Garden Route, so you can easily get to it by driving from Cape Town, East London and Bloemfontein. Within Port Elizabeth itself, the best way to get around is by car, so it's a good idea to rent a car or pay for chauffeured service.