I stay in Port Elizabeth South Africa. Port Elizabeth (Xhosa: Ebhayi; colloquial The Bay or Afrikaans: Die Baai) is one of the largest cities in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province, 770 km (478 mi) east of Cape Town. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed "The Friendly City" or "The Windy City", stretches for 16 km along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. It is also referred to as Africa's Watersport Capital.
Port Elizabeth was founded as a town in 1820 to house British settlers as a way of strengthening the border region between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa. It now forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality which has a population of over 1.3 million.
"I have fought against white domination and I have fought
against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic
and free society. If need be, it is an ideal for which I
am prepared to die".
The 1820 Settler history and architectural delights of the historical
central city can be explored at leisure on a self-guided
walking tour. Amble along the 5 km Donkin Heritage Trail,
which links 47 places of historical interest in the old Hill area
of central Port Elizabeth. Then stroll along Route 67 – an Arts
Culture Heritage Route depicting 67 public art works symbolizing
Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of dedication to the Freedom
of South Africa. Some of the artworks include ‘The Welcome
Carpet’ (Quartz and bead), ‘Voting Line’ (life-size laser cut steel
figures which are symbolic of the 1994 first free democratic
elections), and ‘Mosaic Moments’ around the Pyramid and
lighthouse. NMBT’s Donkin VIC, Donkin Lighthouse Cottage,
Donkin Reserve, Lighthouse and The Great Flag
Belmont Terrace, Central. Donkin Reserve was proclaimed
a public open space in perpetuity by Sir Rufane Donkin.
It includes a stone pyramid monument, with a touching
inscription, erected by Sir Rufane Donkin in memory of his
late wife, Elizabeth, after whom the city was named. The
Lighthouse, built in 1861, also houses the official Visitor
Information Centre. At a nominal fee, the Lighthouse is
opened to the public on request. The Great Flag, which
measures 12m x 8m, is the biggest in South Africa and it
flies from the highest flagpole (45m) in the country. Tel: +27
(0)41 585 88884. Open Mon. to Fri. from 08h00-16h30; Sat.
to Sun. 09h30 to 15h30.
The Horse Memorial
Cnr. Russell and Cape Road, Central. The Horse Memorial was
erected and dedicated to the horses killed during the South
African War (1899-1902). The inscription on the memorial reads
“The greatness of a nation consists not so much in the number
of its people or the extent of its territory as in the extent and
justice of its compassion”.
I am crazy about hiking, climbing and outdoors. I spend lot of time on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town. Table Mountain (Afrikaans: Tafelberg) is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa, and is featured in the Flag of Cape Town and other local government insignia. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.
Hiking on Table Mountain
Winter ascent of Table Mountain. Hikers set out on one of the many popular trails
Hiking on Table Mountain is popular amongst locals and tourists, and a number of trails of varying difficulty are available. Because of the steep cliffs around the summit, direct ascents from the city side are limited. Platteklip Gorge, a prominent gorge up the centre of the main table, is a popular and straightforward direct ascent to the summit. Par for the course is about 2.5 hours but is done between 1–3 hours depending on one's fitness level.
Longer routes to the summit go via the Back Table, a lower area of Table Mountain to the South of the main plateau. From the Southern Suburbs side, the Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge routes start at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The route via Skeleton Gorge to Maclear's Beacon is known as Smuts Track in memory of Jan Smuts, who was a keen hiker. The Bridle Path, or Jeep Track, makes a more gradual ascent from Constantia Nek along the road used to service the dams on Back Table. There are many other paths in popular walking areas on the lower slopes of the mountain accessed from Constantia Nek, Cecilia Park, Kirstenbosch, Newlands Forest and Rhodes Memorial.
On the Atlantic side, the most popular ascent is Kasteelspoort, a gorge overlooking Camps Bay, while the Pipe Track is a level route popular with walkers.
The Hoerikwaggo Trails are four hiking trails on Table Mountain ranging from two to six days, operated by South African National Parks. The original inhabitants of the area, the Khoekhoen and San tribes called Table Mountain Hoerikwaggo – "sea mountain". The four Table Mountain hiking trails are called the People's Trail, Table Mountain Trail, Orangekloof Hiking Trail and Top to Tip Trail.
Addo Elephant National Park is an elephant park situated close to Port Elizabeth in South Africa and is recognized as one of the country's 19 national parks.Two major environmental issues facing the AENP: extinction and overpopulation, which are both interrelated. Since the AENP’s original mission was to reintroduce certain mega-herbivores (like the African Elephant and Black Rhinoceros), primary ecological efforts were made to preserve mammalian species. However, by overlooking the other contributors to this environmental chain, certain plant species have been subjected to overgrazing and trampling,mostly by the elephants of the park. This overgrazing and trampling not only destroys much of the plant life, but also forces it to adapt its physiology to stimuli that are not inherent to its evolutionary progress. Some biologists argue that it is not herbivorization alone that is threatening the flora, but a number of other ecological factors including zoochory and nutrient cycling. Up to 77 species of South African endemic plant species have been listed as “vulnerable to elephant browsing.
The park receives about 120,000 visitors annually. International visitors make up 54% of this number, with German, Dutch and British nationals in the majority.
There is a main camp, featuring a swimming pool, restaurant, flood lit water hole and various accommodation, four other rest camps and four camps run by concessionaires.
The main entrance as well as two looped tourist roads in the park are tarred while the others are graveled. There is also an additional access road through the southern block of the park feeding off the N2 highway near Colchester; it joins up with the existing tourist roads in the park.
Most people outside Africa have the idea that Lions walk free in the streets in Africa.LOL...That is not the case. All Wild animals are held in reserves and parks .And are controlled...But stay in your car ...lol
Seaview Lion Park is located on the Eastern Cape’s ‘Sunshine Coast’, about 30 kilometres west of Port Elizabeth’s city centre. Set in 120 hectares of superb bush and grassland, this South African Park offers the unique experience of close-up game-viewing. They also have a very successful White Lion breeding project and a unique ‘big cats’ volunteer programme for those who dream of working with lion cubs – plus tigers, caracals, leopards and a variety of other animals in our wildlife sanctuary area.
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