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The elite amongst the PE accommodation options are the game farms - Lalibela Game Reserve and Kwantu Private Game Reserve. If you don't want to damage your wallet so much try the Road Lodge, in our opinion the best positioned Road Lodge in South Africa (near the beach). A recommended option is The Paxton Hotel. Other popular choices are the Shamwari Townhouse (in Summerstrand) and the Forest Hall Guest House (in Walmer).
Take your pick : Regular flights to Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) are operated by all of SA Express, British Airways, Mango Airlines, South African Airways, and Airlink. It's only Kulula Airlines who are missing from the list of the usual suspects ;) To get on a cheap flight to Port Elizabeth use the flight price comparison tool on the left.
Ag nee : There were 8% fewer passengers on flights to PE in January 2014 than in January 2013. This compares badly to East London, which had 12% more passenger arrivals.
Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) is situated on the southern end of Port Elizabeth, some ten minutes from the city centre - its street address is Alister Miller Drive, Walmer, 6065. After OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka; it is the 4th busiest airport in South Africa.
The airport unfortunately has no lockers to store luggage in.
Because of the poor state of public transport, most people travelling to PE hire a car. PE Airport car hire options include Avis, Budget, Europcar, First Car Rental, Tempest and Thrifty.
The airport is fairly close to the city and Summerstrand, for instance it only takes 10 minutes to drive the 6km from PLZ to the Protea Hotel Marine : head northeast, at the traffic circle take the 2nd exit into Allister Miller Drive, turn right into La Roche Drive, turn right into Beach Road and continue onto Marine Drive.
5 Dec 2012. Mango Airlines commences flights from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth.
1955. An air traffic control building and permanent terminal buildings are officially opened.
1954. A jet-powered plane lands at Port Elizabeth Airport for the first time.
1936. Port Elizabeth Airport is officially opened.
1929. Port Elizabeth Airport is established.
1917. The first flight landing in Port Elizabeth is completed by Major Mackintosh Miller, flying from Cape Town.
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30 Nov 2013. My favorite holiday began on a Thursday when my boyfriend decided he felt like deep sea fishing - so we packed and that afternoon we caught a flight to Port Elizabeth. We were picked up by the guesthouse where we stayed and the Friday morning at 04h00 we were on our way to do some serious fishing. We returned 15h30 with me, a first timer at deep-sea fishing with the most fish (9) and the best and most variety of fish. I was also the only woman on that boat out of 7 of us - they all called it first time luck. That was the best and most memorable holiday for me. We flew with 1time and the service was good so I I'll rate them 5 because it was good and the pilots were good and experienced. Anita Bekker
14 Nov 2013. I would have to say Port Elizabeth has to be one of my favorite holiday destinations in South Africa. Why? Well simply because I come from there and my favorite people live there…my family. This wouldn’t be my only reason though - of course it’s not called the friendly city for nothing! You have to visit visit Port Elizabeth to understand this statement. After relocating to Gauteng almost two years ago I miss this seaside city terribly! My favorite holidays of course includes visiting the beautiful beaches (I reckon they are some of the cleanest in SA and I’m not just being biased), or just relaxing and having a meal on the beachfront, which is completely transformed at night. I also love the nearby wildlife available like Addo Elephant National Park, but nothing beats Christmas time just relaxing with family! Every time I have an opportunity to fly down it’s a real treat (and I say opportunity because I think, like everyone, the high flight fares have very much taken their toll on everyone in the last year… ). Generally because I cannot wait to see my family, the average 1 hour and fifteen minute quick flight always seems to take forever for me, because I cannot wait to get there. What has helped though is I’ve always been lucky enough to have pleasant flight experiences and friendly staff which just makes the flight that much quicker, also making it a great time to relax before my holiday begins! Lauren Gardiner
11 Nov 2013 : My name is Yasmeen and my holiday in P.E was totally awesome. P.E is an amazing place with friendly people and loads of entertainment. This lively city had so much to do from day to night for all ages. The beaches there are clean and perfect to spend the day on with the family. I loved it. I would visit P.E anytime. Port Elizabeth you ROCK! Yasmeen Assan
Options to go by bus are also included on these pages.
Jacana's flight to Port Elizabeth took off at 07h00 from Johannesburg (he'd flown in from Singapore):
"The country side from the air was low hills and very little tree cover, could be in Aussie."
"flying into Port Elizabeth was interesting, on the outskirts of the township were the shanty huts which were made of tin etc. and then as we went closer, there were the houses and a few buildings."
Jacana was staying at Lalibela Game Reserve, probably the most upmarket spot in the PE surrounds:
"The Park is 7,500 hectares and boast of many wild animals and just on our trip to the lodge we saw zebra, springbocks, wildebeest, eland, impala and just as we were almost to the lodge we saw a small herd of elephants, with a very large male who was in ‘musk’ for the first time and he decided that he was going to show us he was the boss and charged us a number of times as we reversed rapidly up the hill. Matilda who was next to the driver and right in the charging line grabbed out her bottle of duty free whisky and after a gulp, she passed it around to the rest of the vehicle."
14 Dec 2013 SA Express Competition ends (2 domestic SA Express flight tickets were won by DeeDee Hunter)