Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Old Railway Museum, Uitenhage.

Uitenhage is a small town situated near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. It is famous for housing the Volkswagen factory, the largest car factory in Africa. The English pronunciation of Uitenhage is 'yoo-ten-heyg'.

This town was founded in 1804 by Jacob Glen Cuyler, and was named in honour of the Cape's Commissioner-General Jacob Abraham Uitenhage de Mist by the Dutch Cape Colony governor, Jan Willem Janssens.

Uitenhage was part of the Graaff Reinet district and became a municipality in 1877. In 1994 it was combined with Port Elizabeth into the Nelson Mandela Metropole.

Nicknamed 'The Garden Town' due to the abundance of beautiful gardens and parks in the area, Uitenhage is the ideal retreat for those looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern living.

There is minimal traffic congestion so you won't have to sit in traffic for hours. This town is also home to several excellent schools and a recreational centre, ideal for young minds to develope and grow, without the bad influences of the modern city.

Attractions in Uitenhage include The Springs Resorts, the Groendal Nature Reserve and the Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve, all situated within close proximity to the town. The town also boasts some beautiful historical aspects, and guests will enjoy the unique charm and tranquility of the place.

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