East London, Eastern Cape
East London is another large city located within the Eastern Cape, halfway between Cape Town and Durban. The city forms part of the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality. The Indian Ocean borders the one side of the city; a few towns in the surrounding areas include King William’s Town, Bisho, Winterstrand and Glen Gariff. The Buffalo and Nahoon Rivers are two major rivers that flow into the ocean within East London. Along the Buffalo River, you will find the only river port in South Africa.
Similar to Port Elizabeth, the area is home to quite a few reserves or parks including the East London Coast Nature Reserve, the Potter’s Pass Local Authority Nature Reserve amongst others. These Reserves offer visitors a number of adventure activities as well as some scenic trails. The region is the second biggest industrial area in the Eastern Cape Province, with the motor industry playing a major role in the region’s economy.
Close to the East London Coast Nature Reserve is the East London Airport, which is a small airport that does commercial and domestic flights. Traveling from the airport along the Settlers Way main road, you will eventually come to the East London Zoo where you will be able to see a variety of animals. There is also the East London Museum, which has a variety cultural, historical and natural history information. It is also well-known for holding the only specimen of the coelacanth, which is a pre- historic fish thought to be extinct.
The city has all you would need from shopping centres to schools and restaurants not to mention the great beaches and other attractions. So if you would like to buy a holiday home or are looking for a permanent residence, then East London might be a good choice. The region has quite a few farms and vacant properties for sale, there are also some beautiful properties and homes for sale in areas like Beacon Bay and Gonubie amongst quite a few others.
The coastal city is, of course, popular with surfers and sunbathers as it has a number of beautiful and popular beaches. There is Bonza Bay beach, which is a great place for swimming, fishing and sand-boarding and then you have Eastern Beach, Igoda Beach, Nahoon Beach amongst others. The Nahoon Beach also provides some great waves, which is why it is a chosen location for some of our national surfing competitions.
Located along Esplanade Street is the East London Aquarium, which also happens to be the oldest in the country. You will also find a selection of restaurants, accommodation and entertainment options throughout the region. There is always something to do even on those rainy days.
What would a coastal town be without a yachting Club, the East London Club can be found at the mouth of the Buffalo River close to the Orient Beach and Pavilion. Sticking to sports, cricket is also a popular sport in East London. The famous wicketkeeper, Mark Boucher comes from this area.