Whale and Dolphin Watching, Canoeing, Cycling, Deep Sea Fishing, Scuba Diving and various sporting events such as The Iron Man Triathlon are there to enjoy. Outdoor enthusiasts looking for their next adventure are certain to find it here.
Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s second oldest city and the commercial capital of the Eastern Cape. It is situated on the South Eastern Coast of South Africa and forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, which includes the towns of Uitenhage and Despatch (approx 1.5 million people).
The locals know Port Elizabeth as ‘PE’, ‘The Friendly City’, ‘The Windy City’, ‘Die Baai and ‘Ibhayi’. PE people are laid back. Our economy is booming, but we keep that small-town feel. Just about everything is ‘lekker’ in PE. We have great (moderate) weather all year round, beautiful beaches (including two Blue Flag beaches, St Georges Beach and Humewood beach), a low crime rate, strong economic growth, a major university (NMMU), good schools, the Boardwalk Casino, major hotels and guesthouses, shopping centres, very little traffic congestion and much more.
The Sunday’s River
The small village of Addo is situated at the entrance to the fertile Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape. The settlement of Addo is the gateway to the famous Addo Elephant National Park, one of the greatest conservation projects on the African continent. The area surrounding Addo is well known for its lush citrus orchards and beautiful flowering roses.
The European interpretation of the African word ‘kradouw’, meaning “river passage” became Addo. This site served as a crossing over the Sundays River and later became a junction of the railway that led up the Sundays River Valley from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg.
The charm of the small cathedral city of Grahamstown owes much to history. Set in the heart of Settler Country, outstanding examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, more than 40 churches and several fine museums are among Grahamstown’s attractions. Grahamstown has more than 70 declared National Heritage sites. One of these is the highest church spire in the country, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect of many famous buildings of the Victorian era, including the Albert Memorial in London’s Kensington Gardens and St Pancras Station in London.
Grahamstown remains an important educational and cultural centre today, with easy access to game reserves and the unspoilt beaches of the Sunshine Coast. The surrounding area is farmed largely for chicory, pineapples, ostriches, sheep and game. The History Museum in Grahamstown reflects the fascinating early history of black and white settlers in the area, and the Observatory Museum houses the only camera obscura in the Southern Hemisphere.
The National Arts Festival
Every July the National Arts Festival transforms the tranquil city of Grahamstown into a boisterous, bubbling platform for the performing and visual arts. Dancers and singers, musicians, actors, writers and poets and thousands of festival-goers converge to celebrate the arts. Performances and exhibitions, forming part of the Main and Fringe Festivals range from cutting edge to classical, illuminating new trends and inviting fresh insights to the familiar. Shop at the Village Green Fair, take art walkabouts with expert guides, acquire new skills in the Craft-art workshops, learn more about specialised subjects at the Winter School or treat yourself to the best Film Festival. Watch out for wild and wacky antics on the streets of Grahamstown, when performing artists from South Africa and abroad present delightful ingenious tales of life from around the world. For indulgence, stimulation and entertainment, South Africa’s premier arts event is just the thing to chase away the wintry blues.