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Cheap Flights From Cape Town to Gqeberha

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Gqeberha, otherwise known as Port Elizabeth (PLZ), is a major port and coastal city that is rich in history and located on the East Coast just as you enter the Eastern Cape from the Garden Route. The city is home to amazing beaches, wild game reserves, art and culture. Port Elizabeth is home to over 900,000 residents and has claimed its place as the 5th largest city in South Africa. From the nearby Addo Elephant Park to the historical Route 67, any traveller is bound to have a wonderful time exploring Gqeberha. 

If you are wanting to visit Gqeberha from Cape Town, you are probably wondering where and how to snag the most affordable flights. Luckily, we’ve put in the hard work and have put together a quick guide to the how to get the cheapest flights from Cape Town to Gqeberha, when the best time to visit Gqeberha is and what you can expect to do in Gqeberha. Let’s jump into it. 

Expectant flight costs and how to save on your tickets

The Port Elizabeth International Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth’s city centre and is considered a clean, well-organised, and friendly airport. The airport serves airlines such as Mango, South African Airlines, FlySafair, Airlink, British Airways, and many others. 

Return flights between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth Airport cost between R2000 and R3700 at the moment. It is quite clear that September and October are far more expensive for flight bookings than the other months, although December is also fairly expensive (especially the 24th of December).  

What to do in Gqeberha

Port Elizabeth was once considered a fairly boring city, but now that old concept has been thrown out the window and with its name change the city’s atmosphere also got a make-over. Gqueberha is now a lively city filled with good food, wonderful and informative museums, and animal experiences that many travellers would kill for.

We would recommend a visit and game drive at Kragga Kamma Game Park and Addo Elephant Park (which are located outside the city). The parks are packed to the brim with animals including the Big 5 (or in Addo’s case – Big 7), buck, bosvarke, and other fantastic wildlife. The rangers are knowledgeable and friendly and the game reserves are reasonably priced. 

If you are more partial to sunning yourself at the stunning beaches, Gqeberha has the perfect beaches just for you. We would suggest visiting King’s Beach, Humewood, and Hobie Beach. The light sand and bright blue water make for the perfect tanning spot, but remember your sunscreen to avoid crisping up in the bright African Sun. 

Route 67 and the Donkin Reserve are for those who are more interested in the historical aspect of the city. There is a beautiful love story about Sir Donkin and his wife Elizabeth (the town’s original namesake). Another story which is commemorated in Gqeberha is the true story of Nelson Mandela who spent 67 years in service to South Africa. Route 67 is a tribute to this service. If you are planning a trip to Gqeberha, this art route is a must-visit.