Port Elizabeth proudly calls itself the "Friendly City." This major seaport and tourist destination enjoys a moderate comfortable temperature throughout the year, contributing to an excellent quality of life. Port Elizabeth offers many opportunities for people who love water sports, and it has many other attractions that include malaria-free wildlife areas and beautiful clean beaches.
Port Elizabeth has a subtropical climate with light rainfall all year. Winters are cool and mild, and summers are warm, with relatively less humidity than other areas of South Africa's coast. Average temperatures range from a high of 25 °C (77 °F) from January until March and a low of 9 °C (48 °F) in June and July.
Port Elizabeth is at the southern end of the "Sunshine Coast," a 300-kilometer stretch of coastline that starts at East London to the north. Enjoying 300 days of sunshine per year, the area offers large reaches of un-crowded clean beaches. Fishing beaches offer all types of sports that include surf fishing, deep-sea fishing, and river fishing.
Port Elizabeth is one of South Africa's most popular cold-water dive locations, bringing many enthusiasts to visit the beautiful and colorful reefs or the mysterious ship wrecks. With many diving opportunities available, divers can explore the shore, open waters, wrecks, or the islands.
The Wezandla African Arts and Crafts Gallery is a wonderful place to find original designer objects representing artists from across all of Africa. The gallery offers more than 25 thousand items for off-the-shelf purchase. It is also a popular source for wholesale buyers and sourcing custom African arts and crafts.
The wonderful Kragga Kamma Game Park offers overnight camping and daytime self-drives through coastal grasslands and forest where visitors discover huge herds of African wildlife. The White Rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, and zebra – just a few of the many species in the park – roam free in a natural environment free of hunting. The park maintains its roads, so four-wheel drives are not necessary. Visitors can choose a guided tour or drive through the park on their own. Guided tours offer a professional guide with information about the animals and the area's history in an open Landrover.
Travelers who want to visit Port Elizabeth by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises by searching for "Port Elizabeth" on the Cruise Compete website.