Port Elizabeth, South Africa Cruise Port

Where else on Earth can you sail to a place nicknamed "The Friendly City"? None other than the bustling cruise port of Port Elizabeth, South Africa which stretches along the Algoa Bay within the state's Eastern Cape Province. It's also the continent's southernmost city, founded in 1820 to strengthen the border region between the Cape Colony (Cape of Good Hope) and the ethnic people known as the Xhosa. Although this is when British influence came into play (and the Portuguese arrived even earlier), the region is at least 100,000 years old. After the era of apartheid, Port Elizabeth has been making great strides in developing industries such as motor vehicle assembly and expanding tourism. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Port Elizabeth, South Africa:
 
  • There are multiple game reserves and parks in Port Elizabeth, and the Kragga Kamma Game Park is one of the most popular. Located within the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, it's a smaller reserve where you can see native animals such as the southern white rhinoceros, South African cheetah, Burchell's zebra, South African giraffe, and many others.
     
  • Combine a walk, art, and history on Route 67; a trail consisting of 67 public artworks that symbolize the 67 years Nelson Mandela dedicated to ending apartheid in South Africa. The art was created entirely by local Eastern Cape artists. The tour begins at the Donkin Reserve, where you can also see the largest South African flag in the world.
     
  • The Donkin Reserve is a lovely hilltop park where art and history mingle, featuring a lighthouse and pyramid. The latter is a memorial to Elizabeth Donkin, whose husband Rufane was governor in the 1820s. The lighthouse, built in 1861, also houses Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism. The lighthouse itself is available for tours upon request.
     
  • An excellent area for whale-watching, there are many charters in the city that will get you close to humpback whales, Southern right whales, and Bryde's whales.

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