What You Will Get
A short flight to a different world
Often when thinking about these two coastal cities, considering their historic heritage and cultural diversity, the thought might arise that the one is just more of the other. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Port Elizabeth developed over time its own heritage, set within a unique natural beauty and is the perfect holiday destination for those who want to escape Cape Town for a while and set foot on refreshing horizons.
The historical riches of Port Elizabeth
PE is one of the oldest cities in South Africa, formed around the harbor nestled in Algoa Bay this city has so many stories to tell. And it does so through magnificent architecture. The Campanile at the gates of the railway station is built at the spot where the 1820 Settlers landed in Port Elizabeth and the building process was started in 1920 during the centenary celebrations of this event.
Donkin Reserve is another well-known historical site in Port Elizabeth and plays a large part in the development thereof. Sir Rufane Donkin named the city after his late wife, Lady Elizabeth Donkin. He also constructed the stone pyramid on the hill which is overlooking the bay and then he created the grassy reserve surrounding it. Later on, in 1861, the Donkin lighthouse was built at the site. This site was revamped for the 2010 FIFI World Cup and is now displaying mosaics and metal works as well as some modern and contemporary art.
Fort Frederick, protection against the French
Fort Frederick was built in 1799 during the Napoleonic wars and was intended to protect the Cape Colony against possible invasion from the French. The Fort Frederick combined with the Battle of Blaauwberg played a vital role in establishing the rule of the British in South Africa.
These are merely a few of the historical gems that one would find during your visit to the friendly city. Book your flight now to explore some of South Africa’s history with your family this winter holiday.