Kariega (Uitenhage) and Despatch are two towns in close proximity to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) that together form the greater Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) is, by far, the largest of the three, but Kariega (Uitenhage) and Despatch each play their own important role in the heritage, culture and industrial contribution of the Metro as a whole. Both areas are popular amongst house hunters looking for a more affordable property option than they’d find in Gqeberha (PE) and employees of Volkswagen South Africa. The Volkswagen plant in Kariega (Uitenhage) is the biggest car factory on the African continent. 

Property for sale in Kariega (Uitenhage) and Despatch comprises of larger homes, apartments and smaller homes within security complexes. Find out more about the property available for sale and rent below.

Explore Kariega (Uitenhage)



Kariega (Uitenhage) was founded in 1804 so has a rich history demonstrated in a number of old buildings maintained in excellent condition. Must-visits include Town Hall, the Drostdy and the Court House.

Garden Town

Garden Town

Lying on the Zwartkops River, Kariega (Uitenhage) is also known as the Garden Town. Its many rambling parks and a climate that allows gardens to flourish with little input have earned it that name. The Strelitzias, which bloom just about as far as the eye, decorate the town beautifully.



Despatch was established in 1942 as a railway siding from where bricks were despatched for building, hence the name by which it is still known today. Despatch still has many of the old buildings that were constructed with these bricks, including beautiful old churches, which stand as cultural reminders of its humble beginnings.

Addo Elephant Park

Addo Elephant Park

A 45-kilometre drive will have you at the Addo Elephant Park and all of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth’s) attractions are just a short drive away. 

Living in Kariega (Uitenhage)

Areas near to Kariega (Uitenhage)

Adelaide, Alicedale, Bedford, Boknes and Cannon Rocks, East London, Fort Beaufort, Gqeberha, Graaff-Reinet, Jeffreys Bay, Karoo, Kenton on Sea, Makhanda, Port Alfred, Riebeeck East, St Francis Bay,


There are a number of schools in the area that cater for children from grade 0-12: Albertyn Primary, Handhaaf Primary, Innes Primary, Winterberg Primary, Brandwag High, Daniel Pienaar High, Muir College, Sonop Primary, Frans Conradie Primary and Susana Fourie High. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is a short drive away.


There are several small shopping centres and markets located across Kariega (Uitenhage) and Despatch. 

Air travel

Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport in  Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) makes travelling to Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg easier. 


There’s an indoor sports complex, a golf course, driving range as well as tennis, rugby, squash, soccer, bowls facilities and well-known to the area, the Uitenhage Country Club.

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius