Port Elizabeth is situated on the steep slopes above “Algoa Bay” on the coast of the Eastern Cape. Port Elizabeth as it is commonly called is a friendly town with parks and beaches. The city centre has a large number of historical buildings. The luxury and privacy of a boutique hotel with the personal touch of a guest house best summarizes this establishment. Situated only a block away from Port Elizabeth’s premier beachfront and in the up market suburb of Summerstrand, Cape Flame is enviably situated in close proximity to our city’s central business district, airport, major tourist attractions, restaurants, and cinemas.
Port Elizabeth’s rich cultural heritage guarantees history lovers a unique insight into the Eastern Cape’s and the Metro’s diverse and remarkable past. Port Elizabeth has been an important port and harbour on the South Africa east coast ever since the first British settlers began arriving from 1820.
Port Elizabeth was the first city in South Africa to establish a fully integrated, democratic local authority and has long been a leader in the political transformation of the country. Presently, Port Elizabeth is fondly referred to as “Ibhayi” by Xhosa speakers, “Die Baai” by Afrikaners and “The Bay” by English speakers.
The city climbs the foot of a 200- to 300-foot (60- to 90-metre) plateau and occupies both banks of the small Baakens River. The residential area is on flat tableland, with an industrial sector at the north end. Port Elizabeth is dotted with parks, notably St. George’s Park, which is home to the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, and Settlers’ Park Nature Reserve. The city is also known for its oceanarium and many museums.
Tourists are attracted by fine beaches, surfing, and nearby Addo Elephant National Park. Excellent communications, cheap power, and water combine to create one of the country’s busiest manufacturing centres, which is largely dominated by the automotive industry. The city’s port at times handles imports for Zambia and Zimbabwe and exports manganese ore, wool, petroleum products, and fruit.
Port Elizabeth is a coastal hub in the Eastern Cape where everything is only a 15-minute drive from the airport. It’s one of the largest cities in South Africa, lying 770km east of Cape Town where it forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, which links the city with the inland industrial towns of Uitenhage and Despatch.
When you want to hit the beach, Algoa Bay, the coastal strip of Nelson Mandela Bay, is a 40km-stretch of beaches with protected areas for swimming at Kings Beach, Hobie Beach, Humewood Beach (a world-class, Blue Flag beach), Pollock Beach and Denville Beach. Fishing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing are enjoyed at the quieter spots including Wildside, Sardinia Bay, Blue Horizon Bay, Bluewater Bay, Beachview and Schoenmakerskop.The Donkin Heritage Trail takes in the Old Hill neighbourhood’s Victorian landmarks. Coastal boat tours spot whales and rare seabirds, while wildlife reserves outside the metropolitan area are home to elephants, rhinos and other big game.
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