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City East London

East London in the Eastern Cape Province is located on the Sunshine Coast of the Indian Ocean, between the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River. It is the only place in South Africa with a river port, and started out with the name Port Rex, now East London but also known as Buffalo City.

In 1961, the territories on both sides of East London were officially declared as 'Bantu Homelands' on the west and the city of Ciskei arose and Transkei in the east a time of great turmoil during the period of apartheid. Something worse came out when Steve Biko was murdered, a Pan African leader. Donald Woods was the journalist who reported the murder and that story was later used in Hollywood for the film; Cry Freedom. The last statue Steve Biko is now a prominent place for the East London museum.

The unusual double-decker bridge over the Buffalo River, the Zoo, the Aquarium with its ocean observation deck, the Botanical Gardens and the East London Museum, where you can admire a dodo egg and the coelacanth, a prehistoric fish, in addition to the beaches the crowd of the city pulls.

East London is known as the surfing mecca of the Eastern-Cape. On the long white beaches you will find lots of sunbathers, swimmers and surfers on beautiful sunny days. In total, there are 8 beaches of which there are three centrally located and the other ± 30 minutes.

If you like water skiing and for the sailing lovers who will be at the right place here and the estuary and lagoon are of great attraction for the avid fisherman. Sand Boarders go to Bonza Bay, where massive dunes provide a spectacle.

The city centre itself has some well-preserved 19th-century historic buildings and you will also find the German and British influence easily. Furthermore, it is a typical African town where the people are friendly and helpful and you will have a wonderful holiday. In the evening there is plenty of entertainment and delicious food, you can visit one of the many restaurants and a casino or cinema.

The beautifully elongated piece of nature between the Great Kei River and the Tylomnqa has coastal and forest, the East London Nature Reserve. Here the blue duiker live among the native vegetation, the great golden mole, dassies, Cape Parrots, Crowned Eagles, the Knysna Lourie and very shy leopard. In June the sea is the place to follow the sardine migration and you can always see the Southern Right Whale from July to September.

30 kilometres outside the city you will find the Inkwezi Big 5 private game reserve where there is lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhino and also giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope species that you may encounter.

East London has two golf courses, the West Bank Golf Club and the East London Golf Club. Both have 18 holes and are beautifully located and open to visitors throughout the year.