Attractions IN East London

Nature Reserves

Amalinda Nature Reserve

The Amalinda Nature Reserve is situated less than 10 kilometres from the ever-growing city hub of East London in the Eastern Cape. Established in 1968, this reserve measures 134 hectares and boasts some of the stunning vegetation for which this part of ...

Aquariums

East London Aquarium

Opened in December 1931, the aquarium is the oldest in South Africa. More than 400 species of fish, penguins and seals can be seen. Make sure you make it in time to see the seal show. The display of Cape Pigmy clawed lobsters is the only one of its kind ...

Beaches

East London Beaches

Think warm Indian Ocean waters and sub-tropical weather that allow visitors to enjoy the climate all year round - East London basks gloriously between the Nahoon River in the north and the Buffalo River to the south of the city, and the phrase ‘unspoilt ...

Landmarks

East London City Hall

The foundation stone of the stately East London City Halll was laid in 1897. The clock tower commemorates the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. Built in the Victorian Renaissance style, the marble for the imposing staircase at the East London City Hall, ...

Nature Reserves

East London Coast Nature Reserve

The East London Coast Nature Reserve is a gorgeous stretch of coast that extends from the Great Kei River in the north east all the way to the Tylomnqa River in the south west. Between these two bodies of water lies well over 3 000 hectares of ...

Golf Courses

East London Golf Club

The East London Golf Club, skilfully fashioned out of dense coastal bush, hills and dunes, just a few metres away from the warm water of the Indian Ocean, has hosted six South African Opens, which confirms the high esteem in which the course is held ...

Landmarks

East London Harbour

Also known as the Port of East London, the East London Harbour is significant for many reasons, not least of all its being the only commercial river port in South Africa. It is situated at the beautiful Buffalo River Mouth, which not only gives it an ...

Museums

East London Museum

The East London Museum has the world's only dodo egg, a large natural science collection, collections ranging from the prehistoric times of South Africa to the early history of the Xhosa people. The Museum has a model of a coelacanth. This ancient fish ...

Nature Reserves

Nahoon Point Nature Reserve

Dubbed one of the most scenic coastal reserves in the country, the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve in East London is a South African gem. But, it is not only for this its extraordinary natural beauty and breath-taking vistas that it is so loved ...

Nature Reserves

Umtiza Forest Reserve

The Umtiza Nature Reserve is a forest reserve on the Buffalo Pass. It lies alongside the bell-shape of the Buffalo River as it sweeps away to follow the course of the pass road, before curving south to run through the reserve itself. The reserve is just ...

Golf Courses

West Bank Golf Club

The West Bank Golf Club, which celebrated its centenary in October 2007, has an 18 hole golf course rated as Number 93 in South Africa. Enjoy lovely views of the sea from every tee when playing the 18-hole West Bank Golf Course. As friendly as the rest ...

Attractions AROUND East London

Marine Protected Areas

Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area

The Eastern Cape's Dwesa-Cwebe lies between East London and Port St Johns, divided into Cwebe to the east, and Dwesa to the south-west of the Mbashe River. The Marine Protected Area stretches 14 km along the length of the two reserves, three to five ...

Nature Reserves / Botanical Gardens

Kwelera Coastal Nature Reserve

Kwelera Coastal Nature Reserve is one of ten nature reserves that collectively make up the East London Coast Nature Reserve – a gorgeous stretch of coast that extends from the Great Kei River in the north east, all the way to the Tylomnqa River in the ...

Botanical Gardens

Kwelera National Botanical Garden

Kwelera is officially classified as a 'conservation garden' promoting biodiverisity education to locals and attracting tourists to the region. But it is going to be some time before its intention to attract visitors and learners becomes a reality. Its ...

Memorials

Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance

Bantu Steven Biko, one of the most recognised leaders of the Black Consciousness Movement, is regarded as one of the greatest martyrs of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. Born in the township of Ginsberg just outside King William’s Town, Steve ...

Beaches

Sunshine Coast Beaches

The Sunshine Coast is home to hundreds of kilometres of spectacular coastline. The Sunshine Coast stretches from Tsitsikamma (on the Garden Route), through Port Elizabeth, and onto East London in the Eastern Cape. This translates to about 500 kilometres ...

Golf Courses

The Olivewood Golf Course

The Olivewood Golf Course in Cintsa is just 40 kilometres from East London in the scenic South African province of the Eastern Cape. The 18-hole championship course is a prized feature of the Olivewood Private Estate ...

... and a little further afield

Nature Reserves

Alexandria Dunefield

Alexandria Dunefield is a reserve on the Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, that is privately owned by a family who has been farming chicory and livestock here since 1899. These extensive dunefields cover 142 square kilometers of ground, with some dunes being ...

Nature Reserves

Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve

The Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve was proclaimed for the sole purpose of conserving the habitat of the largest known anabantid fish (or Eastern Cape rocky - Sandelia bainsii), found in a few isolated areas in the Eastern Cape. The reserve lies roughly 22 ...

Nature Reserves

Cape St Francis Nature Reserve

Between Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay lies the Cape St Francis Nature Reserve, one of four nature reserves on the tip of this cape - the others are Seal Point Nature Reserve, Seal Bay Nature Reserve and the Irma Booysen Flora Reserve. This area is ...

Heritage Routes / Landmarks

Donkin Street Houses

Just over the road from the Donkin Reserve is Donkin Road. It's a hill that runs down towards the harbour and at its crest lie a series of Victorian terraced houses that have become famous. The houses, built ...

Beaches

Eastern Cape Beaches

The Eastern Cape in South Africa boasts some of the world’s best beaches and 800 km of unspoilt picturesque coastlines where blue oceans tumble onto quiet beaches. The Eastern Cape coastline is a mecca to all water sports enthusiasts and has a popular ...

Golf Courses

Fish River Country Club

With breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean from several of its holes, the Fish River Sun Country Club offers golfers a parkland type challenge along the beautiful and unspoiled coast. At 6 300 meters this Gary Player designed course is no push-over ...

Nature Reserves

Ghio Wetland Nature Reserve

The Ghio pans lie barely inland of Kenton-on-Sea on the floodplain of the Bushmans River. During times of drought they dry out completely, which is why they are described as either 'erratically flooded pans' or 'a wetland that is sometimes ...

Mountain Passes

Groot River Pass

Between Plettenberg Bay and Jeffreys Bay lies the R102. It leaves the N2 and winds its way down into Nature's Valley and then back out again, crossing a huge coastal plateau in the process. To facilitate the crossing of this plateau, master engineer ...

Entertainment / Popular Tourist Routes

iBhayi Sunshine Saunter Route

Port Elizabeth's version of the Midlands Meander, the Ibhayi Sunshine Saunter Route is a circular tourist route aimed at both locals and visitors to the city. Ibhayi combines beach and country whilst peppering the drive with ...

Nature Reserves

Irma Booysen Flora Reserve

Irma Booysen Flora Reserve is a small veld reserve in Cape St Francis. Much of this part of the coastline is given over to preserving nature and so the Irma Booysen reserve lies behind another reserve, the Seal Point Nature Reserve, which contains the ...

East London as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Alexandria, Bathurst, Blue Horizon Bay, Boesmansriviermond, Cannon Rocks, Cape St Francis, Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Kariega, Kasouga, Kenton On Sea, Kidds Beach, Kleinemonde, Oyster Bay, Port Alfred, Port Elizabeth, Sibuya, St Francis Bay, Thornhill, Tsitsikamma, Winterstrand

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