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.

What 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.

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Glengarriff
Town of East London

Ideal holiday spot
Warm sea, Close to East London, and very close , but away from shops. Village atmosphere, no fences, children can ride bicycles freely.Ideal beach for boogying,and surf. Endless walking.Great location
Hazel Anderson
South Africa

Gonubie
Suburb of East London

Unknown Gem
Enjoyed staying in Gonubie with its lovely, quiet beach. Also enjoyed the restaurants on the beach. It was not too far away from other parts of East London.
Maude Van Wyk
South Africa

Cove Rock
Suburb of East London

Family friendly Cove Rock
Cove rock is a little gem, great for a family getaway, or even for business trips (its a 5 minute drive to the airport and 10 minutes to East London) It is safe, secure and welcoming with a great beach.
kerri fry
South Africa

Glengarriff
Town of East London

Glengarrif - unfound gem
Glengarriff is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to forget about the hum drum of every day life and wake up to stunning views as only the Wild Coast can deliver. Weather is not always great but even on windy days you can take a short trip to Gonubi or East London for some shopping.
Maryke van Schalkwyk
South Africa

Gonubie
Suburb of East London

Gonubie
I am a resident of East London but needed a place to stay as my house was being cleared of builders rubble so I am very familiar with Gonubie and the east coast resorts in particular. As a holiday destination it ranks among the best especially for its beutiful beaches, rivers and convenience at your doorstep.
Rick Gerber
South Africa

Gonubie
Suburb of East London

Peaceful and Playful
We spend one magical night in a luxury sea facing B&B called Amanda's in peaceful Gonubie. Perfect for weekend get-aways, long romantic walks on the beach and catching waves, Gonubie is only a 20 minute drive to East London and easily accessible by flight. This sleepy town offers beautiful and peaceful surroundings helping one forget about ones busy life.
Natalie Bruiners
South Africa

Beacon Bay
Suburb of East London

Why Beacon Bay for Holiday
Beacon Bay has a very relaxing atmosphere. It is a beautiful, lovely and suburb with shops, sea and other facilities close buy.Prices for holiday accommodation very reasonable.Will recommend Beacon Bay to every one visiting East London
Rachel Evertse
South Africa

Quigney
Suburb of East London

Quigney area East London
Me and my wife visited Quigney twice in space of four months. we stayed for a week fisrt time and them 3 days second time. i used local mini taxis to tour the area, went to the hemmingsway mall etc. People in that area still have respect and love and care.there were times where me and my wife had to walk to buy some food late in the night but did not experience any crime issue.the beach is the only issue cause there is no many places to swim and relax. i feel that the Quigney town management can develop a nice beach with lots of activities, that will attract people to visit East London.
Solomon Nkhodi
South Africa

Bunkers Hill
Suburb of East London

Established Suburb with Views to Thrill
Upmarket Bunkers Hill is one of the oldest, most time-honoured suburbs in East London. Established in the late 1800’s, it is home to one of SA’s oldest golf clubs, The East London Golf Club, which hosts the Africa Open in January each year, and offers a variety of conference, wedding and party venues. In paying tribute to its golfing roots, the name of each street in Bunkers Hill bears some connection to the sport or a golf club in the U.K. You’ll find Turnberry Avenue, Gleneagles Rd, Hoylake Ave, Muirfield Rd.. and so on. Positioned right behind the sand dunes facing the Indian Ocean, Bunkers...
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Laura Wood
South Africa

Nahoon
Suburb of East London

Nahoon Convenience and nature abound
Travel to East London and base yourself in a Guest House in Nahoon. The most saught after residential areas currently due to the convenient position to work , school and all amenities. East London Golf club , Nahoon Beach and nature reserve , running / walking trails , Estuary , surfing , fishing , and so much on offer. Even for a work related stay , the many guest houses all of a high quality like our, Riversway Guest House provide well appointed rooms in a secure , quiet environment. Wake up early and take a stroll with residents along the great beach area just minutes drive away tucked away...
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Kevin Harris
South Africa

Rainbow Valley
Suburb of East London

A Hidden Gem
The maxim 'leave only footprints and take only photos' is hard to stick to on Rainbow Valley Beach. Every visitor comes back with a pebble in their pocket or a piece of driftwood to make a mobile. Once the sound of the sea soothes the mind and sharpens the senses you may then notice the pod of dolphins, fish eagles circling and calling overhead, black oyster catchers on the rocks or an octopus in a rockpool. Strandloper middens and pieces of ancient pottery tell of times past. Rainbow Valley is 26 houses and half a dozen farms down a quiet gravel road, near Sunrise-on-Sea. The Rainbow Valley...
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Claire Kockott
South Africa

Bunkers Hill
Suburb of East London

Established Suburb with Views to Thrill
Upmarket Bunkers Hill is one of the oldest, most time-honoured suburbs in East London. Established in the late 1800’s, it is home to one of SA’s oldest golf clubs, The East London Golf Club, which hosts the Africa Open in January each year, and offers a variety of conference, wedding and party venues. In paying tribute to its golfing roots, the name of each street in Bunkers Hill bears some connection to the sport or a golf club in the U.K. You’ll find Turnberry Avenue, Gleneagles Rd, Hoylake Ave, Muirfield Rd, and so on. Positioned right behind the sand dunes facing the Indian Ocean, Bunkers...
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Laura Wood
South Africa

Berea - EL
Suburb of East London

Berea Blossoms
Berea is the hub of East London no more than 15 minutes to anywhere worth visiting in East London.Berea boasts beauty salons of every nature, shops galore including a few boutiques. Berea is a fusion of fun and people. People come from all over to experience it.
Maryann Lahoud
South Africa

Nahoon
Suburb of East London

Nahoon: for the best in relaxation and convenience
Nahoon is SPECIAL! Situated in East London, it is home to one of the best beaches in the World - and I consider myself fairly well traveled. Nahoon Beach is an expansive stretch of golden sand, with generally safe swimming conditions and a river for various water sports. Reef, the world renown surf spot is just around the corner, with boardwalks built above the dunes. There is plenty of space to sit down, relax and contemplate life, watch the surf action or do some whale spotting. There is also a short hiking trail that takes you on a circular route over dunes and through the indigenous bush...
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Chantal Bezuidenhout

Bonnie Doon
Suburb of East London

Heart of silence Bonnie Doon
Bonnie Doon situated in East London is one of those suburbs reminding you of what pure silence and relaxation should be...were you can wake up to the sound of birds and a calming breeze ...Bonnie Doon is also very centrally situated to all major arteries that flow through this town. "Run and walk for life" is here as well as some of the top eateries like Le Petite which is already going for more then 40 years, as well as a chinese restaurant, gym, Coffee shops, Hairdressers, biltong shop, Pharmacy, Fruit and Flower shops, a small little cake shop to die for and also Wimpy, Spar and the list...
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Marius Conradie

Beacon Bay
Suburb of East London

Pretty but dirty
I found East London in general to be dirty and untidy. The greenery is, however, lovely. You can find the same thing in Knysna and it will at least be clean.
Aimee Hollmann
South Africa

Beacon Bay
Suburb of East London

Entertainment
There are lots and lots of beaches and shopping centres all over. You'll never be bored in East London.
Theodora Borman
South Africa

Gonubie
Suburb of East London

Charming town
Gonubie is a charming little town outside East London. It has a lovely beach with a boardwalk where you can safely stroll or sit and watch the sunset.
Paddy Abrams
South Africa

Glengarriff
Town of East London

Getaway
Beautiful scenery and beaches. Wonderful place to relax and have a vacation.
Leruna Roos
South Africa

Glengarriff
Town of East London

Laid back and beautiful!
The ideal location to do absolutely nothing but wander along the beautiful beaches, explore the rock pools and watch the sun rise!
Lisa McGregor
South Africa