Port Elizabeth - South Africa

Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is situated on Algoa Bay in the Indian Ocean. It is an important seaport and manufacturing centre, as well as a popular resort noted for its fine beaches. Port Elizabeth enjoys more sunshine hours and fewer rainy days than any other coastal city in South Africa. Worth visiting are the King George VI Art Gallery, featuring collections of British and South African art; the Port Elizabeth Museum, with natural history exhibits and the No 7 Castle Hill Museum, regarded as the oldest surviving Settler cottage in Port Elizabeth. Other attractions include the Oceanarium and Fort Frederick, built by the British in 1799. Nearby is the Addo Elephant National Park, originally proclaimed in 1931 to support and save the last vestiges of Eastern Cape Elephant and Cape Buffalo from extinction, it is now home to almost 300 elephants.You can also visit the Kariega Game Reserve where you can take a safari game drive and a river boat cruise. The community developed around Fort Frederick and was laid out in 1820 by the British military leader and colonial official Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin and named in memory of his late wife, Lady Elizabeth. The town grew rapidly after it was connected by rail to Kimberley in 1873. Port Elizabeth was incorporated into the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality in 2001 with its neighbouring towns of Uitenhage and Despatch as well as the surrounding areas. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.