Known as the Windy City, Port Elizabeth is the kite surfing and wind/surf sport capital of South Africa. It also enjoys some of the best beaches on the south facing shores of South Africa, and despite a long history, and a fine historic legacy, it is a young city with plenty of action, and an excellent tourist destination being situated at the end of the famed Garden Route.
Port Elizabeth is situated on the western edge of Algoa Bay, or Nelson Mandela Bay. It is the largest settlement in the Eastern Cape, with the Garden Route to the west and the Transkei Wild Coast to the east. Apart from the urban pleasures of a beautiful and vibrant city, it also has access to the wonderful hinterland of Eastern Cape landscapes, and the famous Addo Elephant National Park.
The usual selection of historical monuments and museums celebrate the origins of this particular city, which dates back to the 1820s when a group of 4000 settlers arrived under the encouragement of the Cape Colony. There is also the South African Air Force Museum, The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and the unusual Red Location Museum, which is part of local cultural developments to highlight aspects of black township history.
From the venture sport, nature and marine perspectives Port Elizabeth has a finely tuned local tour structure that can offer everything from whale watching, sand boarding, diving, surfing, kite surfing and local nature trails and wildlife tours. Accommodation facilities are mixed and very varied, with a strong selection of mid-range lodges, hotels and guest houses alongside a selection of well appointed backpackers lodges and camp sites. A vibrant pub, restaurant and nightlife scene compliments a city with an unexpectedly diverse social energy.
Port Elizabeth Stadium
The city does not currently have a dedicated football stadium. All international matches were played at the Eastern Province rugby team's ground, including the 2005 Nelson Mandela Challenge between South Africa and Senegal at the rugby union stadium. Despite not having a team in the Premier Soccer League, the city is exceptionally passionate about football. Whenever football games are staged, it is always to a capacity crowd.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ affords the host city an opportunity to build a dedicated football stadium -and capitalise on the football mania of its citizens. The stadium will be built on the North End Lake, which will make an idyllic setting for match days. The features will include a three-tier design with two rings of skyboxes. It is expected to be completed this year with a capacity of 48,000.