East London is a pleasantly laid back little city with lovely beaches and great surf. Pretty little seaside resorts stretch out to the north, eventually culminating in the fabulously scenic Wild Coast, where you can do coastal hikes - on your own or supported - horse trails, some gentle river paddling and awesome surfing. There are some small game farms nearby and fantastic hikes in the not too distant Hogsback Mountains.
East London has some great cultural
attractions, including a wonderful natural history museum, where you
can see the only dodo egg in existence - but don't expect Jurassic
Park, it's a bit dodgy.
isn't dodgy, though, is the fact that it was this museum that
identified the first specimen of a coelacanth - there's a great exhibit
outlining the history of this awesome prehistoric fish. Previously
known only from the fossil
record, it was assumed to be extinct, and is believed to be the missing
link between aquatic and terrestrial animals. OK - one of the missing
links - it's quite a long chain.
East London has all the
facilities you'd expect in medium sized city - good hotels, sufficient
shopping opportunities, yummy restaurants and an airport - while still
retaining the sleepy charm of a village.