The laidback and hospitable nature of South Africa’s fifth largest city has earned it the name ‘The Friendly City’. Some say they get more sunshine here than any other city in South Africa, which may account for the warm attitude of locals. With a rich undercurrent of history, Port Elizabeth has a wealth of things to do, with beaches, nature reserves and sports venues. Port Elizabeth is known for its warm weather, helped by its location on Nelson Mandela Bay. It’s also renowned for being a hub for the motor industry, while it has managed to develop its own identity, offering something completely different from the likes of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban that’s equally interesting.
An economy car is ideal for driving your family in and around the city centre. It would also be able to cope with whatever the motorways throw at them.
Driving in Port Elizabeth
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Important things to note
Although not as dangerous as other areas of South Africa, keep your wits about you as car-jacking does occur. Keep your wits about you and don’t be fooled by the relaxed atmosphere.
Don’t leave valuables in your car overnight and leave important documents locked away in your hotel wherever possible.
Port Elizabeth is connected to both Johannesburg and Cape Town by motorway. The 2 Motorway goes both east and west into and out of the city.
Highlights & Hotspots
If you take the Donkin Heritage Trail, you will not only be flowing in the footsteps of the 1820 settlers, but have the chance to take in 47 national monuments and historic points. You can pay for a guided tour, but the route is well sign posted and quite self-explanatory should you wish to take your own path.
Children will love a few hours at Kragga Kamma Game Reserve, which is just outside of town. Although only a small park, it features free-roaming giraffe, buffalo, zebra and a family of hand reared cheetah.
Besides the obvious, Monkey Bridge is also home to a variety of different bird species. Further out of town you will find Addo Elephant Park, which is home to over 550 of the magnificent creatures.
Port Elizabeth is a melting pot as far as cuisine is concerned, with great options from all four corners of the globe. Sushi lovers should not miss out on Fushin, a restaurant known for having service as good as its food. Fine dining fanatics out on a special occasion will love Wicker Woods, which serves up an impressive menu in a sumptuous setting.
Port Elizabeth Airport is conveniently located just over one mile outside the city centre. It‚Äôs connected to the city centre by La Roche Drive, which goes eastwards to the main road leading to the city centre.
The airport itself has one main passenger terminal for both domestic and international flights. However, more flights come here during summertime in the Southern Hemisphere.