The most popular stopover on a flight to Port Elizabeth is Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa. Flights will touch down at any major international airport within the same country makes the shortest flight connections.
The international airport that serves the city of Port Elizabeth is named after the city, that is, the Port Elizabeth International Airport. The Airport was extended and renovated in 2010, in preparation for the South African FIFA World Cup. The airport handled 1,582,889 passengers in 2016 and is situated only two miles away from the city’s business centre, therefore earning the title “ten-minute airport”.
If the globetrotter has a UK passport then there is no need to obtain a visa to tour South Africa. South Africa welcomes British tourists for a period of 90 days without a need for a visa. The British government prescribes the visitors to vaccinate themselves against yellow fever, just in case.
The best time to visit Port Elizabeth is from October to March if it is the sunshine you seek. The winter hits Port Elizabeth in June and July but even then the average temperature does not go below 18° C. Summers in December is pleasant and the sun is absolutely inviting.
If Port Elizabethans were sea-worshippers then their temples would be the beaches. Wells Estate Beach, Humewood Beach and Kings Beach are just a few. Visit these temples of nature that are both well kept and the safest in the city.
The Addo Elephant National Park was established in 1931 to protect the last eleven African Elephants in South Africa. Today these mighty beasts are more than 600 in number. Apart from the elephants, there are lions, black rhinos and zebas crisscross the savanna.
Port Elizabeth protects not only its animals but also its flowers. The Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve is where the exotic flowers are ‘kept’. The flower house is bedazzled by a number of blossoms in every season. The Reserve is at a good hike up a well-maintained pathway which is a delight.
There are many festivals and events that are celebrated in Port Elizabeth. Apart from Easter, Christmas and the New Year celebrations, Port Elizabeth indulges itself in the worship of the ocean. Hobbie beach is an amazing place to start that worship. One can find friendly faces on the beach, encouraging you to participate in a beach volleyball match. The beach volleyball is a serious sport for the Port Elizabethans and it becomes more apparent at the Splash festival in July when volleyball teams compete for the supreme title. The Billabong Pro Surfing Competition showcases the best surfers on the planet, riding the waves and surfing through the barrels. Lessons in surfing are also available for the beginners but if that's not for you then you can go for whale watching. The Southern Right whales skim the shores of Port Elizabeth in June, July and in December.
Port Elizabeth has a number of five-star accommodations. Thanks to South Africa’s booming tourism industry many luxury hotels have been established throughout the city.
- The Boardwalk Hotel
- Isango Gate Boutique Hotel and Spa
- Hacklewood Hill Country House
- Hitgeheim Country Lodge