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The coastal town of East London is South Africa’s only river based port and is situtated on both the broad Nahoon River and Buffalo River with the great Gonubie River flowing around the town. East London key commercial industries rely on electronics, textiles and motor assembly whilst recently tourism is able to offer great budget family accommodation within East London and the surrounding areas. East London with its sheltered harbour can be seen from the city’s two great bridges. The town of East London is also renowned for being the Gateway to The Sunshine Coast and The Wild Coast.
East London is a bustling sea side city setting and beautiful surroundings towns such as Kenton and Gonubie offer the holiday maker lush gardens, an unspoilt coastline and mediterranean climate which adds to a great December holiday in this large city based at the start on the Sunshine Coast for holiday makers seeking self-catering accommodation in East London.
The seas side town of East London enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate providing great family beach holidays within a tight budget, with few extremes in the weather during the peak of winter and summer the temperature and is generally warm and sunny. The winters are mild despite snow that falls on the inland mountain ranges of the Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal regions, these bitter cold spells are however minimum and the weather will return to it moderate mean within a few days.
Just outside East London in the holiday town of Kenton-on-Sea and is considered as one of the most beautifully situated beach holiday venues in Southern Africa. The small village centre lies between the two rivers the Boesmans River on the southern side and the Kariega in the north, just outside the town is the the 20 hectare Joan Muirhead Nature Reserve which plays an essential part in the ecosystem of the Sunshine Coast and especially in Kenton-on-Sea area
The East London area also has a variety of plant and birdlife, including some century old cycads, which are one of the most primitive plants still surviving today. There are plenty of rock pools, excellent swimming, water sports and fishing activities that can be enjoyed whilst staying at the various budget accommodation establishments around the town of East London. With easy access to all the scenic wonders the Eastern Cape has to offer, South Africa is a budget holiday paradise.
East London, jewel of the Sunshine Coast of South Africa and stepping stone to the Transkei and the Wild Coast areas. The only city in South Africa which has three navigable rivers within city limits, a metropolis where industry and recreation stand side by side. Home of the first Grand Prix track in Africa, the Mercedes Benz (Daimler) South African plant and the only river port.
From a recreational viewpoint, East London is blessed with the wonderful Gonubie; Bonza Bay and Nahoon Beaches, the Nahoon Reef, a sought after destination for surfers and paddlers and the fourth best member managed Golf Club in South Africa, the East London Golf Club, home to many international tournaments, the SA Open and the Africa Cup, both European Tour events to name but two.
Mpongo Park and Inkenkwezi are two private reserves under one hours drive from East London. They both offer meals; self-drive and guided tours for day visitors. The Lion Park is approximately 30 minutes from East London. Here guests can interact with many animals and get really close up.
The Addo Elephant Park is approximately two and a half hours drive, a little far for a day trip but worth a visit if you’re in the Eastern Cape.
The East London Museum offers visitors an opportunity to view the history of the region. Exhibits include that of the Coelacanth, believed extinct for millions of years until identified by fishermen along the coast. The Museum and the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve carefully protect the oldest know fossils of modern mans’ existence. Trace footprints, identified as a young child crossing the dunes together with prints of small antelope were discovered in a cave off Nahoon Point.
East London also has a lovely but small aquarium, the features of which are a boardwalk over the sea where one can often see dolphins and whales frolicking in the Indian Ocean and also the seal show which takes place daily just before noon.