About Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay)

The Nelson Mandela Metro (including Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch) is the gateway to the Eastern Cape Region and the N2 coastal route to Cape Town via the Garden Route, its well-equipped airport and harbour linking South Africa with other national and international destinations.

Known as the "Friendly City", Port Elizabeth is located on the south-eastern coast, 763 km east of Cape Town. A superb value-for-money holiday base, Port Elizabeth offers a diverse selection of attractions as a family-fun holiday destination including scenic nature trails, historic heritage, magnificent wildlife, cultural experiences and countless water sport activities.

Algoa Bay's 40 km of breathtaking coastline boasts a perfect combination of warm water, protected beaches and is complemented by Port Elizabeth's wonderful climate, which has been rated as having the fourth best weather of any coastal city in the world.

The area also supports the most diverse array of vegetation types in South Africa as five of the country's seven terrestrial biogeographic areas are represented in the Eastern Cape.

The Bay, which is a favoured draw-card for beach and watersport enthusiasts is fast becoming known as South Africa's watersport capital and offers activity throughout the year, especially wind-surfing and fishing. In fact, Algoa Bay is regarded as one of the best sailing venues in the world, while scuba diving is of world class quality with beautiful reefs, shipwrecks, fish and colourful coral species.

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Shark Rock Pier is one of Port Elizabeth's most loved and most visited icons; and the area is perfect for a Sunday stroll, a Saturday ice cream, a swim, a bit of sun, perhaps a run and a whole lot of fun.

And let's not forget the sunrise... Good morning Port Elizabeth, good morning Nelson Mandela Bay.

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Port Elizabeth Area Climate

Port Elizabeth has been voted as having one of the best climates in the world, due to its pleasant conditions all year round. With an elevation of 60 metres above sea level, Port Elizabeth is located along the extensive South African coastline, and has the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lapping at its shores. As such, its climate is classified as being sub-tropical.

A sub-tropical climate is hot and slightly humid, but not quite as dramatically so as a tropical zone. Winters are generally cool to cold, but never present snow or frost. In Port Elizabeth, rainfall occurs all year round, but is slightly heavier and more frequent during the winter months.

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