The ever thriving South African City – Port Elizabeth – which is commonly referred to as The Bay is one of South Africa’s largest cities. Much like Chicago, is often referred to as The Windy City and occasionally as The Friendly City and is one of the primary seaports in the country.
Founded in 1820, the city has over time served as a home to many well regarded South Africans, including Singer/Songwriters – Nikki Williams and Adrienne Camp, Rugby player – Len Killeen, former Captain of the National Sevens team – Mzwandile Stick, Model – Gabriella Dematriades, Patrick Soon-Shiong – Philanthropist, entrepreneur and billionaire, actress – Shashi Naidoo and the late model and girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius – Reeva Steenkamp.
The Windy City has frequently been referred to as the ‘underrated coastal city’ of South Africa. Located in the Eastern Cape Province, half way between Cape Town and Durban, this city has a lot to offer starting with being South Africa’s second most historically-rich city.
University Of Port Elizabeth
Founded on the 31st of January, 1964, the reputable school offered Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees, offered in both Afrikaans and in English. Offering an impressive array of courses under the six faculties it maintained, the institution had its first campus in Central, Port Elizabeth on Bird Street before moving to Summerstrand. The university’s six faculties included faculty of Arts, faculty of health sciences, faculty of economic sciences, faculty of science, faculty of education and faculty of law
The university offered many sports including (and as expected) rugby, cricket and football. The University’s Stadium was on the main campus. It was fully equipped with flood lights, a running track for all the weathers and even a professional football club.
For a time, University of Port Elizabeth was the biggest University Campus in the Southern Hemisphere; however, a merger was proposed, in 2003, for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, which eventually opened in 2005.
But in a positive twist, its campuses now form part of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan university which merged several existing universities, not just the University of Port Elizabeth already has six campuses and attracts students from all over the world including and not exclusive to the United States, China, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Nigeria, Egypt and Ghana.
Port Elizabeth Weather
Because of its location between the Mediterranean climate region of The Western Cape, the summer rainfall areas of the eastern region of South Africa and the winter rainfall zone has both a subtropical climate and an oceanic climate characterized with light rain all through the year.
Port Elizabeth weather is generally mild, with the winters being cool instead of cold, and the summers being warm instead of hot or dry. The Weather here maintains a range of temperatures that are around are median or even for whatever time of the year, this is probably because the city is substantially less humid than most of South Africa. Residents or visitors to Port Elizabeth rarely experience intense cold or extreme heat.
Things to Do In Port Elizabeth
Being the delightful town that it is, it is only natural that the town attracts many visitors and as a result, there is never a shortage of things to do. A quick glance at the Port Elizabeth map reveals that the town is easily accessible, either through the Port Elizabeth airports or the N2 road, a national route that runs through many towns including Cape Town, East London, Knysna, amongst others. N2 is typically considered the longest numbered route in the country.
Popular Tourist attractions include Kragga Kamma Game Park, Red Location Museum, Donkin Heritage Trail, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and the St George’s Park.
Accommodation In Port Elizabeth
Being the picturesque town that it is, it easily and effortlessly attracts tourists and visitors which it caters to equally effortlessly by having sufficient hotels. Hotels in Port Elizabeth can be found in all price ranges, but most are affordable like all other accommodations here including guest houses.
Accommodation in Port Elizabeth along the beaches are not uncommon, its sublime beaches also offer another exciting chapter in the ‘things to do handbook’, of which Whale Watching is a favorite of many.
Beach Hotels in Port Elizabeth and Port Elizabeth hotels tend to provide a varying array of services that promises to never leave the visitor bored. A momentary look at the Port Elizabeth Map shows many games, reserves and historically rich sites, which ensures no one ever runs out of things to do in Port Elizabeth.