South Africa's only river port city is situated on the Buffalo
river on one of the most attractive stretches of the Eastern Cape
coastline. Sweeping white beaches extend for miles - uncrowded
The climate is temperate and watersports are enjoyed all year
round. River mouths, lagoons and gullies provide a paradise for
fishermen. Several seaside resorts are scattered along the coastline,
all within a short distance from East London.
Its interesting hinterland is rich in local culture and history.
Several well-preserved examples of 19th century architecture enhance
the charm of the city. When the sun goes down, there are theatres,
cinemas and a selection of restaurants to sample. East London
has something for everyone, whether you're a sporting enthusiast,
fisherman, historian, nature lover, or simply in need of a rejuvenating
break away from it all.
The foundation stone was laid in 1897. The ``Victoria Tower"
was added to commemorate Queen Victoria's 60 years on the throne.
East London Museum
Explore the - home of the Coelacanth and the world's only Dodo
Anne Bryant Art Gallery
Visit the Gallery - built in 1905, a fine example of late Victorian
architecture, it contains varied and valuable art collections.
Calgary Transport Museum
The Museum - 13 km from the City, has a collection of wagons and
a Gypsy Caravan.
German Settlers Memorial
The Memorial - commemorates the 1858/9 arrival of more than 2000
German men, women and children which helped to expand the settlement.
Visit Gately House
Home of East London's first Mayor, declared a national monument
The Queens Park Zoo & Botanical Gardens Offer a variety of
mammals and reptiles, set in lush surroundings, which can be enjoyed
by the whole family.
East London Aquarium
Visit the Aquarium, home to approximately 400 species of marinelife
and watch the seal show.
Visit Latimer's Landing - waterfront development on the Buffalo
River with restaurants and pubs. Boat trips up the river are available
and Yacht trips and Pleasure cruises can be arranged.
Lock Street Gaol
Formerly a prison, built in 1880, it now houses various interesting
East London has positioned itself as a sportman's mecca, hosting
Provincial, National and International sporting events. The wide
variety of sporting activities on offer, cater for groups as well
as the individual.