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East London

South Africa
Eastern Cape
East London
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Ferry

About 10 luxury cruise liners dock at the Port of East London each year. Many of the liners are chartered by travel agencies.

By Train

A rail system links Buffalo City to the rest of central and southern Africa and the rest of the country. Trains are quite comfortable, but they dont always run on schedule. They can also get crowded, as travelling by train is a fairly cheap means of getting around.

By Bus

The Baz Bus runs services from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg and Durban via East London. Bus services do not usually adhere to schedules and the rides are long and tiring, as distances covered can be vast. There are only a few air-conditioned buses.

By Car

The N2 is the primary motorway and it runs along the coast from Cape Town via the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and farther on to East London, the Transkei and Durban. Certain stretches of the road are in good condition, but the Transkei roads are in a very bad state. Travellers are advised not to travel at night, as there are a few pot holes that are so deep that an elephant could fit inside!

Key places to visit
East London Museum, Gately House, Fort Glamorgan, Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance, Beaches


Places to Visit

East London Museum

The museum has a mix of interesting items to view including the worlds only dodo egg, a model of the 350-million-year-old coelacanth, an ancient fish that was thought to be extinct until one was caught by an East London fisherman in 1938. There is also a good collection of artefacts from prehistoric times in South Africa, including the Nahoon fossil footprints, 17th century shipwreck artefacts and many more interesting sights.

Gately House

The East London Museum was once the home of the earliest mayor of East London. The house was built in 1876 and the initial Victorian furniture that was used in the house is on display along with several other items from the Victorian era, including paintings that were acquired by the owners. The house was declared a National Monument in 1973.

Fort Glamorgan

The fort was founded in 1848, along with the harbour, to accommodate troops and create storage space for ammunition and other assets. Visitors to the fort can view the powder house through the main prison gates. A visit to Fort Glamorgan makes for an interesting trip and is a great way to learn something about the history of East London.

Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance

Not far from downtown East London is the Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance. Steve Biko was one of the first black activists to protest against the division between blacks and whites. Visitors to this site can view the grave of Steve Biko, who started the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa.


The beautiful beaches of East London are one of the main reasons why holiday makers flock here. The incredibly beautiful beaches, among the best in the world, with the soft white sand set against blue waters, are idyllic. Orient Beach is the most popular, and it has bathing areas, waterslides, childrens playground facilities and a paddling pool, restaurants and a mini golf course. Other spectacular beaches to enjoy include Nahoon Beach, Nahoon Reef, Bonza Bay Beach, Eastern Beach, Leechers Beach and many more.

Right Time to Visit

December - January


June - August -> 15(°C) - Spring
January - March -> 21(°C) - Summer


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