East London

Destination Type : Beach & Sun

City : Africa East London

East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. The city lies on the Indian Ocean coast, largely between the Buffalo Riverand the Nahoon River, and hosts the country’s only river port. As of 2011, East London had a population of over 267,000 with over 755,000 in the metropolitan area.John Bailie, one of the 1820 Settlers, surveyed the Buffalo River mouth and founded the town in 1836, a memorial on Signal Hill commemorating the event.The city formed around the only river port in South Africa and was originally known as Port Rex. Later it was renamed London in honour of the capital city of Great Britain, hence the name East London. This settlement on the West Bank was the nucleus of the town of East London, which was elevated to city status in 1914.The unusual double-decker bridge over the Buffalo River was completed in 1935, and to this day, is the only bridge of its type in South Africa. Modern day attractions include the Gately House, City Hall, Cape Railways, Nahoon Museum, East London Museumhousing the coelacanth, a prehistoric fish, thought to be extinct, discovered live at the Chalumna River mouth near East London by fishermen in 1938,and numerous memorial statues.

If you find yourself in East London you must definitely visit the following:

  • East London Zoo
  • East London Museum
  • Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve
  • Mpongo Private Game Reserve
  • Yellow Sands Caravan Park
  • Ann Bryant art gallery
  • Hemmingways Casino&Entertainment
  • City Hall
  • East London Beachfront
  • Buffalo Park Stadium
  • Old downtown buildings

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