DISCOVER EAST LONDON
Officially known as Buffalo City, East London is situated along the extensive Eastern Cape coastline, on the estuary of the Buffalo River where it flows to the Indian Ocean. It is South Africa’s only important river port. Laidback and charming, the small city centre of East London offers a few attractions worth exploring, including an excellent natural history museum and the Victorian-style City Hall.
Gateway to the Wild Coast and Sunshine Coast, East London is most well-known for its sweeping stretches of beautiful sandy beaches, lapped by the warm Indian Ocean current, and is loved by swimmers, surfers and sun-worshipers for its endless watersport opportunities. The river mouths and lagoons also provide a paradise for fishermen. Just a short drive from the city, visitors can find themselves immersed in nature in one of the region's popular private game reserves.
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WHERE TO STAY
Sandcastle Luxury Villa
Sandcastle Luxury Villa is situated on 275 hectares of private game reserve with 2km of private beach front, just 45 minutes from East London. The ultimate exclusive stay, with a private chef, helipad and landing strip. Sandcastle is the perfect destination for those looking for slow travel and quiet luxury.
Oceana Beach And Wildlife Reserve
Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve offers 5 star luxury in a natural setting. Guests can enjoy magnificent views of the Indian Ocean, indulge in spa treatments as well as enjoy private dining, beach picnics and daily game drives. Oceana offers the perfect option for those looking for a combined safari and beach holiday.
Premier Hotel EL ICC
The Premier Hotel EL ICC on the East London Esplanade provides views of the Indian Ocean and is adjacent to the East London International Convention Centre. The rooms are fitted with the finest furnishings, offer views of the Indian Ocean and the Emerald Spa is the ideal space to relax and unwind.
EXPLORE EAST LONDON
East London is an ideal stopover city before heading to the Wild and Sunshine coasts for an outdoor adventures. These include exceptional diving, fishing and watersports, horseback riding and hiking trails through the coastal forest, and Big 5 safaris.
What to do in East London
Addo Elephant Park
Addo Elephant Park is 200 km from East London and is home to big cats, hundreds of elephants, as well as a variety of other game. The trip to Addo Elephant Park is one that the whole family will enjoy and the one that you will be speaking about your very special animal interactions for a long time.
East London Aquarium
The aquarium is not only the oldest in South Africa but spends much of its resources on the rescuing and conservation of injured sea life. The most notable tourist attraction within the East London Aquarium is the Whale Viewing Deck. East London Aquarium’s ocean view from the deck is like no other – anyone and everyone will be taken in by the whale viewing experience.
East London from the Sky
Visit East London, a small beautiful city nestled on the Indian Ocean coastline in South Africa's Eastern Cape.