Discover East London
The port city of East London lies on the banks of the Buffalo River, and is the only river port
city in South Africa. East London serves as a gateway to the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast
and is a popular tourist destination with its long, white beaches, friendly locals and numerous
natural and cultural attractions.
East London Beaches
East London’s sunny, subtropical climate and white sandy
beaches make it one of South Africa’s most popular
destinations for beach holidays. The city’s shores are washed
by the mild waters of the Indian Ocean, and Nahoon Beach is
home to a world-class surf break.
Besides Nahoon Beach, other beaches worth exploring in East
London include Eastern Beach, Orient Beach and Marina Glen.
Further afield you will find Gonubie Beach – East London’s only Blue Flag rated beach, with a
reputation for excellent cleanliness and safety.
East London Aquarium
There are plenty of things to do and see in East London on a rainy day, and a visit to South
Africa’s oldest aquarium should be high on that list. The aquarium may not rank amongst
South Africa’s largest, but it boasts several unique attractions and exhibits, including a resident
penguin colony and the world’s only captive pygmy lobsters.
The East London Aquarium also provides visitors with access to a boardwalk that extends out
over the Indian Ocean. The boardwalk affords excellent views of the humpback whales that
approach the Eastern Cape coast during the winter whale season.
East London Museum
East London’s natural history museum is home to a number of
unique exhibits. Pride of place is given to the preserved
remains of the coelacanth caught off the shores of East London
in 1938, which is regarded as one of the most significant
zoological discoveries of the 20th century.
The world’s only surviving dodo egg is another exhibit worth
seeing, and visitors are also certain to be fascinated by the
museum’s costume gallery, Nguni cultural exhibits, and the
collection of items salvaged from shipwrecks off