With the rugged and aptly named Wild Coast to the north, and the Sunshine Coast to the south, immerse yourself in the surrounding scenic beauty of East London, affectionately known as “The Buffalo City.”

With an African backdrop, English connections extend beyond the city’s name, and traces of German heritage are also seen in the well-preserved, charming 19th-century architecture.

As South Africa’s only river port, East London’s prime location between the Buffalo and Nahoon Rivers offers breathtaking wildlife safaris and the Amatola Mountains inland, and some of the world’s finest beaches in each direction on the coast. Unspoiled, uncrowded, sweeping white sand and dunes are the perfect places to stroll, swim, snorkel, bird watch, whale watch, or just worship the golden sun.

For ultra-rare sights and in-depth cultural discovery, tour the East London Natural History gallery, home to the world’s only egg of the extinct dodo bird, and the famous mounted coelacanth—a prehistoric fish that lived in the Indian Ocean for 400 million years and was thought to be extinct until being caught in 1938. You’ll also find exhibits on the history of the region, beautiful Nguni beadwork, and a traditional costume gallery.

East London Lion Park

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A lion at the East London Lion Park in East London, South Africa

East London Lion Park

This mini game reserve just outside the city’s center is home to much more than lions—tigers, cheetahs, giraffes, crocodiles, white camels, zebras, and antelopes also reside here.

Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve

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Two giraffes at the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve in East London, Africa

Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve

Northeast up the Wild Coast is the famous Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve. Discover rare wild animals and flora spanning five distinct ecosystems for an unparallelled safari experience.

Nahoon Beach

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The sands of Nahoon Beach in East London, South Africa

Nahoon Beach

A pristine beach on the beautifully rugged Wild Coast with lifeguards and security. Soak up the legendary South African sun, or watch world-class surfers carve waves in the distance. Stroll north, where the ocean merges with the Nahoon River in a calm lagoon, or south, where an expansive boardwalk leads through rolling dunes to rocky Nahoon Point.

East London, South Africa At a glance

Current Weather:
17°C / 63 °F
Scattered Thunderstorms
Fair (Day)
Partly Cloudy (Day)
Current Time:
8:13:50 pm2018/08/20 20:13:50 pm
Monday, August 20
UTC/GMT +02:00
Local Details:
GPS: 33°0'52.23"S 27°50'27.58"E
Size: 169.00 KM2 (65.25 MI2)
Population: 755,200
Density: 4,469 Pop/KM2 (1,725 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 043

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