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Port Elizabeth

Afrikaans name: Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth

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Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth was founded in 1820 and the initial population consisted of British settlers. It is situated on Algoa Bay. It's association with European people goes all the way back to 1497 when Vasco da Gama sailed past this area. Port Elizabeth is now part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was built specifically for the 2010 Football World Cup.

Port Elizabeth weather

DURBAN WEATHER

This city is often referred to as the 'windy city' due to the strong winds that it experiences at times. It is also known as the 'friendly city'.

Most of Port Elizabeth's economy revolves around the harbour and the motor industry. The port has one of the biggest facilities to load cars in the southern hemisphere. Other industries manufacture pharmaceutical, leather, paper and many food products.

Tourism has become an important aspect of Port Elizabeth. It is considered to be the gateway to the many attractions on offer in the Eastern Cape province. Port Elizabeth itself boasts some fine beaches, with King's Beach and Hobie Beach being the most popular. Addo Elephant Park is only 72 km away. Other attractions in the city include Fort Frederick, the Horse Memorial, the Bayworld Snake Park and, if you are energetic and don't suffer from vertigo, you can climb the 204 steps up the Campanile Memorial to get fantastic views of the city.

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth

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References and further reading

Birdwatching around Port Elizabeth - Author: Eastern Cape Wild Bird Society - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 1

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 138

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 131

Country Life - Issue 212 - Author: - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 40

Country Life - Issue 245 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 36

Country Life - Issue 251 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 83

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 61

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 111

Getaway - Vol 30 No 06 - Author: - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 82

Getaway - Vol 30 No 12 - Author: - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 27

go! - Issue 088 - Author: - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 45

go! - Issue 103 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 102

go! - Issue 136 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 104

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 96

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 193

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 134

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 196

The Dive Sites of South Africa - Author: Anton Koornhof - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 80

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 70

Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 179

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 89

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