East LondonEast London lies just to the South of the Wild Coast and close to the Amatola Mountains. The proximity of these makes East London a popular destination. The people here are very friendly and the climate is generally good all year round. popular suburbs of East London to stay in are Vincent Heights and Gonubie.
This is a perfect holiday destination
for all the family with sand-boarding on the massive dunes at Bonza Beach to
visiting the lion cubs at Lion Park. The Nahoon River is one of East London's most famous landmarks and popular for sunset boat cruises and fishing. Close to the bridge that separates Nahoon suburb with Beacon Bay there is a hidden little gem of a Nahoon River picnic spot. The Nahoon Reef is also a popular surfing spot and has even held surfing competitions. Take a walk along the boardwalk that links the Nahoon Beach with the Nahoon Reef area. From the elevated position the boardwalk gives great 180 degree views across the bay and on a clear day you can see the Nahoon Reef clearly.
The Lion Park is situated just off the N6 road to Stutterheim about 5km out of East London. It is open Tuesdays to Wednesdays (weather permitting) from 09h00 to 17h00 with last admissions at 16h00. It is worth phoning ahead of time to see whether they have any lion cubs: Contact: +27 (043) 730 7161.
If the weather is not perfect then you could always visit the natural history museum which has the only Dodo egg in existence. So with these and the aquarium, the botanical gardens and heaps of water sports this really is a place not to be missed.
East London is well equipped with shopping facilities and one of the best places to go is the Hemmingways Mall which has shops spread out over two levels, a food court and a cinema. There is plenty of parking and there is even a casino here.
Gonubie is just 8km outside of East London on the N2 road to Durban and has a lovely Blue Flag beach. When the tide goes out here the natural lagoon is popular with families with young children. You can also find Saturday flea markets and craft fairs here.
The airport at East London provides easy access from various other airports in South Africa like Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg (OR Tambo), Cape Town and Durban.
East London also produces Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The first production started in East London in 1994. The current C-Class is the now on its 3rd generation produced in East London in the Eastern Cape. The plant in East London has also been exporting saloons since 2000 to right-hand drive markets. Since 2007, the plant now also exports to the USA (left-hand vehicles).
East London is also home to one of the oldest golf clubs in South Africa at the East London Golf Course which is located at 22 Glenagles Road in the Bunkers Hill suburb of East London.Hiking and Walking in East London
Places to eat in East London
Grazia Restaurant - probably one of the best restaurants in East London. Located on Upper Esplenade Beachfront Grazia serves delicious fine-dining food accompanied with an excellent selection of wine. Good service with a great atmosphere. Nice outside deck for those warm summer evenings. Contact: +27 (0)43 722 2009