Eastern Cape Tourist AttractionsThe East London Beaches
Regarded as one of the most consistent surfing coastlines in the country, East London is said to have the best of everything.
Buffalo City, as East London is charmingly known, not only lies on one of the most sublime coastlines of the world - think warm Indian Ocean waters and sub-tropical weather that allow visitors to enjoy the climate all year round - it also basks gloriously between the Nahoon River in the north and the Buffalo River to the south of the city, and the phrase ‘unspoilt beaches’ was termed with East London’s beaches in mind.
Other beaches, besides the ones mentioned below, include Kidds beach, Leechers, the beaches along the West Bank of the city like Shelly Beach and Fullers Bay - where the waterworld complex offers swimming, sailing, water-skiing, boardsailing and boating.
One would be remiss for not mentioning Gonubie beach, for although not exactly a local beach, it’s proximity to East London (it’s just 25 kilometres north of the city at the mouth of the Gonubie River) and its blue flag status make it a ‘must’ to visit.
Popular Beaches of East London
Bonza Bay Beach
Bonza Bay’s beach lies just off the Quinera Lagoon giving you the best of both worlds - wonderful fishing, birding and swimming opportunities as well as mounds of golden sand. Bonza Bay Beach is a wonderful place to be in the sun, with...
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Cove Rock Beach
Cove Rock, whilst not renowned for its swimming, is nonetheless one of the country’s most remarkable sandstone formations that serves as a wonderful venue for breeding seabirds, a whale watching vantage point, a perfect fishing spot and a...
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Eastern beach, which lies just past the East London aquarium opposite Marina Glen, is not only one of the city’s most central beaches, it’s one of the most popular. Eastern Beach includes changing rooms, take-away options and glorious...
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Although Gulu Beach is essentially frequented by recreational anglers, it makes for a wonderful day trip during summer, when the wide open beach at the seaward end of the Gulu River offers safe swimming conditions with life guards...
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Igoda Beach is a great wide open beach with well-forested sand dunes and a river that provides safe bathing. Access from the little village of Winterstrand provides safe parking and it’s a lovely place for a picnic. The road to Igoda runs...
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Nahoon beach is a surfer’s and swimmer’s paradise and is arguably East London’s most popular beach - we’re talking kilometres of (mostly) uncrowded and unpolluted sand and sea that produces some of the best waves, particularly at the famous...
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Lying on the eastern side of the Buffalo River on the south end of the esplanade in The Quigney, Orient beach used to be known as the Sandy Beach until 1907 when a Russian vessel called the SS Orient ran aground on the shore. Orient Beach is...
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