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Culture Corner

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What's Port Elizabeth Like?

Located on the South Eastern coast of Africa, this major sea port and tourist destination is found along the beautiful shores of Algoa Bay. It is often referred to as the Friendly Eco-City. Port Elizabeth is the second largest city in regards of area and the fifth largest in as far as population in South Africa. P.E. enjoys beautiful weather, luxury accommodation, warm beaches, and close proximity to all South Africa offers. Port Elizabeth provides corporate and leisure visitors a unique glimpse into coastal living and ultimate relaxation, combined with an ever-growing commercial sector. If you are a student looking for a total South African experience, Port Elizabeth is the perfect place for you!

Region and Population

The city is located about 160 miles from Knysna and more or less 500 miles East of Cape Town. As the southern most city in Africa, commonly referred to as PE, it is also known as the "windy city" for the strong coastal winds that prevail thought out the year. Port Elizabeth is also known for its sunshine and safe sandy beaches and with a population of 1.1 million, the city is full of life and culture!


Temperatures are moderate all year round with rain scattered throughout the year,. The summers are warm with low humidity levels, and the winters are mild and enjoyable, water sports and even surfing, board-sailing and diving, are practiced year-round. The climate is one major contributor to the reputation of the area as offering an outstanding quality of life and it is little wonder why the PE locals are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality.
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