Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Port Elizabeth is one of South Africa’s larger cities and is located within the Eastern Cape Province. The city extends along the Algoa Bay Coastline and is considered to be one of the main seaports in the country. The recorded history of the area begins when the town was established in 1820 and was formed to accommodate British settlers. Today the city is part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.
The N2 travels into Port Elizabeth, which leads into a number of other main roads in the area including the Settlers Highway and the Cape Road. Most of these roads will take you through to the harbour area. Along the Cape Road you will pass the Port Elizabeth Golf Club, the PE Provincial Hospital and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Not much further away you will find the Port Elizabeth International Airport.
The region is surrounded by a number of large green natural areas including the Addo Elephant National Park, the Groendal Nature Reserve, and the Longmore State Forest. It is no wonder as Port Elizabeth lies at the end of the beautiful and scenic Garden Route.
There are also a number of reserves within PE itself like the NMMU Private Nature Reserve located adjacent to the Nelson Mandela University. The area has an extensive coastline and quite a few popular beaches including Kings Beach, Hobie Beach, Blue Water Bay, Beachview and many more. The region also has a major river flowing through; the Braaken River, which eventually flows into the harbour.
The average coastal property houses for sale can go for over R4 million Rand. In places, a bit more inland, like Fairview, have an average house sale price under R1 million. Then in central PE, you will find a few more apartments for sale as well as older homes. Port Elizabeth also has a few commercial and Industrial properties for sale in various areas.
Many tourists come to Port Elizabeth for the whale watching season. You will be able to get a glimpse of different types of whales throughout the year. You have the humpback whales, which can be spotted around June and August, and then you have the Southern Right Whales, which can be seen between the months of July and November. The Bryde’s Whale is a close relative of the Blue and humpback whales and is a resident along the South African Coastline, meaning you can most probably spot them any time of the year.
One of the major industries in Port Elizabeth is the Motor Industry; here you will find quite a few assembly factories and companies including Ford, Volkswagen, and Isuzu. The area was also one of the locations which played a role in the 2010 World Cup Soccer. Located adjacent to the North End Lake is the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, eight World Cup soccer games were played here.
The famous Route 67 is also in Port Elizabeth, this is basically a collection of art that celebrates the years Nelson Mandela served in the public eye. The collection involves a number of different locations including a lighthouse, cottages and churches.