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There is more to this vibrant South African city than 2010 World Cup football matches. Hire a car and explore the region's beautiful bush and beach territories.

60-second guide to Port Elizabeth airport

in its own head

"There couldn't be a better base for the 2010 World Cup, we are proud to be an official host city and visitors will be able to watch matches in one of the most spectacular stadiums in the world, while spotting wildlife, enjoying watersports or relaxing on Blue Flag beaches in between the soccer."

but more realistically

While locals simply refer to it as 'PE', most people only know the city as the starting point for the stunning Garden Route. But a World Cup facelift means Port Elizabeth finally has the right mix of venues and vibe to offer a top beachside holiday with great game-viewing opportunities.

the vibe

Family fun is the order of the day, so hit the beach for watersports or share life-affirming bush experiences, then round the day off by feasting on exciting local cuisine.

the natives

Billed as the 'friendly city', PE is home to a host of diverse cultural groups and as a result exudes a lively, cosmopolitan feel.

the weather

The area enjoys moderate to warm temperatures with scattered rain showers all year round. Temperatures average 18-20 degrees in summer and rarely drop below 8 degrees in winter.

the local speciality

Unusual game dishes such as springbok carpaccio should be sampled, if only for the experience. Fresh, locally caught seafood done on the 'braai' (barbecue) is a must.

the celebrity

Arnold Vosloo, Hollywood actor and star of The Mummy and Blood Diamond, primarily grew up in Port Elizabeth, where his father owned a drive-in theatre.

did you know?

Port Elizabeth can lay claim to both the oldest cricket ground and oldest bowling green in South Africa.

they say

"This affordable, fun-in-the-sun family-focused metropolitan city boasts the honour of having the fourth best climate in the world for a coastal city." - Eastern Cape Tourism Board

5 to see in town...

1. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Nicknamed the 'sunflower' due to its white, petal-like roof, this brand new world-class stadium will play host to many key World Cup matches, including a quarter final.

where to park?

There are over 1,200 on-site parking spaces.

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2. St George's Park (fan zone)

Missed out on match tickets? Head to the official fan zone, a central spot for locals and tourists to enjoy all 64 World Cup games live on big screens with food, musical performances and family-orientated activities.

where to park?

Situated in the suburb of Park Drive there are both on-site and on-street parking spaces available.

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3. Donkin Lighthouse

Built in 1861 the lighthouse is a key stop on the historical Donkin Trail, which was named after Rufane Donkin - acting Governor of the Cape Colony during the pivotal settlement of 4,000 Brits in 1820.

where to park?

Part of the Donkin Reserve, parking spaces can be found nearby in Belmont Terrace. A number of local hotels also offer paid-for parking.

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4. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

where to park?

On-street metered spaces can usually be found on Park Drive and Rink Street.

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5. Humewood Beach

There are six swimming beaches in the area, but Humewood is one of only two with Blue Flag status. The clean, sandy stretch offers lots of shade and is quieter than crowded King's Beach.

where to park?

Close to the gardens and trees of Happy Valley, there are plenty of on-street parking spaces available in the neighbourhood, while the car park at Telkom Park Stadium is open all year round.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Addo Elephant National Park

The Big Five is one thing, but do you want to say you've seen the Big Seven? Incorporating parts of the local bay means Addo is also home to the great white shark and the southern right whale.

how to get there?

Just over 70 miles from the city centre, follow Tofile Street north and continue onto the R75.

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2. Shamwari Game Reserve

Award-winning conservation initiative with incredible game-spotting opportunities, spa facilities, luxury lodges and a conscience. Two on-site centres house big cats rescued from captivity.

how to get there?

An hour from the city centre, follow the National Road Bypass northeast along the coast towards Colchester, merging with the N2 and N10.

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3. Groendal Wilderness Nature Reserve

Escape 2010 World Cup fever with a hike in this beautiful reserve, home to diverse animal and bird life, including baboons and several varieties of antelope and deer.

how to get there?

Follow Commercial Road/R75 northwest towards Kwadwesi and turn left at Old PE/Uitenhage Road. After around an hour you will see signs for Doornhoek Road and the reserve.

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4. Jeffreys Bay

Once a tiny fishing village, the bay is now an international hotspot for surfers who flock to catch the legendary waves in this hippy-style paradise of sun, dolphins, perfect 'points' and reefs.

how to get there?

Drive along the Great West Way and continue onto the N2, taking the exit towards St Francis Street. The journey to the bay should take just under an hour.

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