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Port Elizabeth

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Country rank: 3 out of 6 Places To Visit In South-africa

Sub-Region: Eastern Cape province


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Ideal duration: 4-6 days

Best time: All year round (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Port Elizabeth (Check Flights)

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"Windy City"

Port Elizabeth Tourism

Port Elizabeth is the quintessential coastal city you can ever imagine to spend a few days in. It is also one of the largest cities in South Africa. Port Elizabeth is a traveller's delight, everything is a 15 minutes' drive from the airport and trust us when we say 'everything'! If you like beaches then you are going to fall in love with this city. If you are a culture buff then it also has unique museums to offer you. The city is an outdoor-lovers paradise!

Port Elizabeth is filled with fun, laughter and joy. You will find yourself planning the next trip to this amazing city at the end of your first trip. It is also regarded as 'the friendly city' and has a beautiful vibe that automatically lifts your mood. Dont miss out on boat cruises and scuba diving if you are an adventure lover. Located at one end of the picturesque Garden Route, many come to explore the many beaches in and near the city. The centrally situated Port Elizabeth Airport provides easy access to all parts of the city. Port Elizabeth is one of the few places in the world where visitors can get up close to not just the Big Five but the Big Seven in real life! These include the Great White Shark and the Southern Right Wale. _The city never seems to run out of options to amaze you! It's breath-takingly beautiful and yet very ordinary at the same time. Port Elizabeth is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

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Port Elizabeth comes alive with a burst of life after dark. Out of all the clubs, pubs, bars there is something which will definitely suit your personality. However, some of the best places to go to for a great nightlife experience are - Aqua (if you absolutely love dancing), Barney's (it is located right along the beach), visit the NewsCafe if you are in the mood to taste some delicious coctails, Liquid Lounge, Government on Parliament, Illusion and Gondwana Cafe if you are looking for an evening with live-music.

Greenacres is Port Elizabeth's biggest mall and will satisfy all your purchasing needs while visiting the windy city. When you are in this coastal city, you might need to buy some supplies for the beach and the Ocean Side Surf shop sells swimwear, sunglasses, sun lotion and anything that you may need for the day at the beach. If you are in the mood for antique shopping, then you should visit the Central Port Elizabeth area. Traditional and attractive momentoes and souvenirs are available throughout the Bay. Known as the ÐCosmopolitan CentreÓ, Walmer Park Shopping Centre, Port Elizabeth Walmer Park Shopping and Entertainment Centre, located in Main Road, Walmer, is one of Port Elizabeths most up-market retail shopping complexes and is favoured amongst locals in the surrounding residential areas. Pier 14 offers fashionable clothing boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants as well as novelty gift shops.

Many places do consider major cards and ATMs are available around the city. However, it is advised to carry cash becauase once you're there, you will get money out of an ATM in Rand, and you will often be charged a foreign transaction fee of about 3 percent by your bank, whether you get cash out or use a credit card._

It is advisable to get your currency exchanged at the airport itself. However, if you are in need, you can get your currency exchanged at American Express or Travelex too.

If you are on a budget trip, then 500 ZAR/day should suffice you which will take care of your trasportation, food, souvenirs' costs. If you are on a mid range budget then 1000 ZAR/day is a good estimate and 1500 ZAR/day for a luxury budget.

South Africans are generally laid back when it comes to clothing. For the summers, bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable. Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain. Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter. When it comes to tipping, waitering is a livelihood in South Africa and a tip of at least 10 percent is expected for good service, if a service charge is not included in the bill.

South Africa has 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho. English is widely spoken.

While maize is a staple food in most of Africa, it is the Xhosa of the Eastern Cape who have refined its culinary usage to an art.The most famous maize dish in Xhosa cuisine is umngqusho. This dried maize and bean m_lange has been compared with Italian risotto and is delicious when served with a meaty stew. It is also Nelson Mandela's favourite food. Other than that, there is a good balance of meat and vegetables in their food. Due to the vibrant culture that South Africa shares, there is a diverse taste to dishes from different parts of the country which have unique and distinguishable influences._


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