Situated in the Eastern Cape Province is South Africa's fifth largest city, located half-way between Cape Town and Durban – Port Elizabeth. It is a major sea port located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The city is home to breathtaking beaches, wild-life destinations, museums and memorials, cultural and historical attractions and incredibly friendly locals; giving it the title of ‘friendly city’. Port Elizabeth has many attractions and activities for kids and adults, and is therefore a great family holiday destination. The city has several safe beaches which are ideal for kids and adults alike. Not only does Port Elizabeth have plenty of activities to make sure that the little ones never get bored, it also offers a fantastic range of activities catering to almost every other market segment. It is also a world-class shopping venue for shopaholics. In addition to all of that, Muslim tourists will be please to find that there are plenty of Muslim-friendly facilities in Port Elizabeth.
The Addo Elephant Park is a great place to take kids. It is located approximately an hour from Port Elizabeth, in the small farming town of Addo. The park is home to over 550 elephants and is South Africa’s third largest national park. It was originally a small elephant reserve but is now known as a ‘Big Seven’ reserve. Since the park stretches from the semi –desert Karoo to the Sunday’s River Valley Mouth, visitors will get to see a variety of flora and fauna. Rhino, lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, southern right whales and great white sharks can be found here, the latter two in the bay waters off the park, as well as plenty of other animals. There are several other parks that are also worthy of a visit, like: Kragga Kamma Game Park and the Seaview Predator Park.
Those visiting Port Elizabeth must also explore the Donkin Heritage Trail. This 5 kilometre trail follows in the footsteps of the 1820 Settlers. This is a great historical tour that takes visitors past at least 47 national monuments and historical sites in central Port Elizabeth. This is just one of the many historical attractions in Port Elizabeth that tourists must visit.
Port Elizabeth is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Tourists must take a boat cruise and go diving, sandboarding, windsurfing and waterskiing. There are also several areas for treks and hikes, with stunning views. Visitors can also go whale, seal and dolphin watching in Algoa Bay and bird-watching in Settler's Park, Cape Recife Nature Reserve as well as at Swartkops Estuary.
The closest international airport to Port Elizabeth is Port Elizabeth International Airport, located approximately 8 kilometres from the center of the city. This airport has domestic and local flights and is also called the "Ten minute airport" because it is said to be less than a ten minute drive from most major areas of Port Elizabeth. Because the airport is so close by, it is easily accessible by taxis.
Muslims visitors will be able to find numerous Halal restaurants in Port Elizabeth. These restaurants are known to serve a variety of cuisines ranging from Italian and American to Indian and Continental. Chicken Licken, Steers, Kauai, Dulce Café, Debonairs Pizza, Primi Caffé, Indian Cuisine, Zebro's Chicken and Deli Biscotti are just a couple of the many restaurants which serve Halal food in Port Elizabeth. Even though most of these restaurants are Halal certified and/or Muslim owned, it is best for Muslim tourists to double check regarding the Halal status of the food before dining.
There are quite a number of mosques in Port Elizabeth, namely; Masjid an-Nur, Masjid Taqwa, Musjid Awatif (Darul Waqaf Islamic Trust), Masjid Huda, Masjid Mansoor, Masjid Azhar, Masjid Fuqara, Masjid Shaakireen, Masjid Abu Bakr, New Brighton Masjid, Musjidun Nabawi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, Masjidus Salaam, Masjid ul-Akbar, Masjid Saabireen, Masjid Saaliheen, Masjid Aziz and Masjid ul-Ghuraba. Many of these mosques have prayer facilities for women as well.