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101 ‘Must do’ things when visiting East London


Don’t ever let it be said “there is nothing to do in East London”. While we are well known for being the smallest and most laid-back of all the cities in South Africa, East London is by no means short of activities and adventures to offer tourists and visitors to our fair city.  Here is our choice of the Top 101 ‘must do’ things for visitors (and locals) alike:

A Wild Coast Charter with AV8 Helicopters

Charter an AV8 Helicopter (043 736 1660) for a Wild Coast aerial adventure. Travel from East London up to Coffee Bay and view our wild unspoilt coastline from the air. An adventure you will never forget.

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Dine out at East London’s Top Restaurants

If great food is what you want … great food is what you will get.  This city has a multitude of restaurants to suit your culinary cravings.  If it is fine dining you are looking for, look no further than Grazia’s Fine Food & Wine, a world class restaurant with a gourmet menu, wide range of wines and impeccable service.  For a small intimate dining experience, head to La Cuisinette, offering delicious French and Indian home-style food with an excellent wine, whiskey and gin menu.

If meat your preferred dish, head to The Cow Shed situated in Nahoon, It lives up to it’s name and serves beautifully crafted meals for the meat lover.  The Grill Room Restaurant is situated on the East London Esplanade in the beautiful Regent Hotel and is a contemporary steak house and grill, serving up an array of speciality dishes, suited to every palate.  Right next door in the Premier EL ICC Hotel, you will find The Salmon Restaurant, Or head out to the Huberta Restaurant at the Mpongo Private Game Reserve where you can enjoy an an ala carte menu or buffet menu… and a braai on the 1st and last Sunday of every month.

For a taste of spicy Mexican, head to Cantina & Craft in Beacon Bay Crossing;  for the most unique and tasty burgers & Pizza, don’t miss out on Sanook Eatery (Beacon Bay) and Sanook Cafe (Berea), a local favourite serving light meals, lovely wines and excellent service (booking is essential)!    If Chinese food and sushi is more your style, there is Shanghai Chinese & Sushi Bar in Beacon Bay… you won’t regret it.

For those with an appetite, you cannot beat the mixed menu offered by Mugg & Bean situated in the Vincent Park Shopping Mall and The Country Bumpkin, situated in the quiet serene gardens within the Floradale Nursery.  And for seafood lovers, The Ocean Basket in Vincent Park and The Beacon Crossing… and John Dory’s in Beacon Bay Retail Park offers a menu packed with delicious goodness fresh from the sea.

For something special, the beautiful Scarlet Ibis Restaurant, situated inside Park Place Boutique Guesthouse, runs popular and delicious themed dinners every Friday evening offering a beautiful location, excellent service and superb local and international menus such as Thai, Ethiopian, Lebanese, Moroccan, Portuguese, Thai and everything type of menu in between.  Bookings are essential, so plan in advance.

No fear, if your taste runs to a ‘hot’ Indian Curry, a ‘cool’ delicate plate of sushi or a man-sized rack of ribs, East London’s restaurant scene will provide.


Township Tour

Let Velile from Imonti Tours (043 721 2082 / 083 487 8975) take you to Mdantsane Township, the second largest township in South Africa, after Soweto. Experience traditional culture when you visit a herbal shop, the local market, taxi rank and a local shebeen.Other tours available through Imonti – a historical tour of Mthatha – following the footsteps of the great Nelson Mandela; a city tour of the beautiful East London – visiting the historical sites of a city that is the only river port in South Africa; a historical tour that takes you to the heritage of Amatole – an area around the Amatola Mountains which range from East London to Alice.

Siseko from Uncuthu Tours is another accredited tour guide and will take you on a unique adventure in the rural Eastern cape.

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Enjoy a coastline or river cruise

Experience scenic views from the waves on a harbour coastal or river cruise with Southern Cross Cruises (073 257 2319). Heighten your senses as you ferry down the Buffalo River or out of the harbour port and down the East London coastline.


The Lion Park

Don’t leave your camera at home because East London’s Lion Park (043 730 7161) has an amazing number of animals to view.  Enter the pen with the rare white lion cubs, feed buck from the palm of your hand and experience the adult lion feeding frenzy!

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 East London Aquarium and Whale Viewing Deck

A visit to South Africa’s oldest Aquarium (043 705 2637) is a must with some stunning and unique displays.  Enjoy a daily seal show or help feed the resident penguins!  Enjoy beautiful scenery from the Ocean Viewing Deck and, if you are very lucky, you might get to see some of the whales that visit our coastline during during the months August to November.

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Appreciate the work of our local artists

An art museum and gallery, the Ann Bryant Art Gallery (043 722 4044) is housed in a beautiful Victorian Building and has a stunning permanent collection of South African art from the 1920’s to the present day.

Floradale Fine Art (078 294 7252) features work from Eastern Cape-based artists and there are numerous interesting pieces using the disciplines of Painting, Drawing, Printing, Sculpture and Collage.

Driftwood Studios (083 479 2750) is a piece of paradise where sculptor George Kockott works, lives and has his gallery.

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Enjoy East London’s nightlife at OHbrigado

Enjoy the wide range of entertainment, the fantastic music, the delicious food and the beautiful people at OHbrigado, East London’s premier evening hotspot.


Visit Cintsa

Visit the beautiful coastal village of Cintsa, just 20 minutes from East London.  Join the locals for a stroll along the unspoilt beach and let the sound of the waves drain away your stress.  Cintsa offers visitors a laid back village vibe with an extremely popular surfers cafe serving mouth watering unique dishes.  There are also a number of other places to eat both in the village centre and in some of the accommodation venues.  The local village green also hosts a little market on the weekends.

Head to Movies@Hemingways

If the weather is not so great and you need an outing, why not head to Movies@Hemingways.  Situated in the Hemingways Casino & Entertainment area, you can enjoy a great movie, a bite to eat and even a bit of a flutter if the urge so takes you.

Learn how to be GREEN!

If permaculture, vermiculture, carbon footprint, recycling, medicinal plants & indigenous trees are of interest to you, a visit to the beautiful Santa Paloma Guest Game Farm and Eco-Centre is a must. Learn more about the importance of going green in a stunning natural environment.

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Visit Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village

Take a unique tour with a vibrant group of local Xhosa people. Watch an inspiring and energetic welcome dance, be part of a beer tasting ceremony, learn about the life of the sangomas (healers) and enjoy a traditional Xhosa meal. 043 851 1011/083 891 1336.

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Hit the 3 Silos MTB Adventure Trails

If MTB adventure cycling trails is your thing, look no further and head out to 3 Silo’s for a wonderful ride.

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Search for treasure on the beach

Head down to one of the many stunning beaches in and around East London and ‘scan’ for treasures washed up by the sea or left behind by unsuspecting seaside visitors.

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Enjoy a day of Cricket at Buffalo Park

Take the whole family and enjoy a day or a day-night game at Buffalo Park, the home of cricket in East London.
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Visit the East London Zoo

Pay a visit to East London’s Queen Park Zoological Gardens (043 742 5386), home to a wide range of mammals, numerous birds and reptiles, and enjoy strolls through indigenous and exotic vegetation. Special night tours and ‘behind the scene’ tours can also be arranged with advanced notice.

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Wind your way along the stunning Wild Coast Jikeleza Route

Stretching from Beacon Bay in East London, all the way along the East Coast to Cefane, the Wild Coast Jikeleza Route is East London’s premier tourist route.  Packed full of adventure, stunning views, delicious eateries and amazing arts & crafts, you cannot visit this area without visiting the Wild Coast Jikeleza Route.


Get some decor inspiration at the LFD Design Quarter

Head to East London’s LFD Design Quarter situated in Bowl’s Road in the Arcadia industrial area for some home decor retail therapy.  Enjoy this industrial inspired space while you meander through the building, renovating and decorating displays, and draw inspiration from all you see.  Indulge in a coffee and a light meal at our beautiful inhouse coffee shop, Ginger&Co Coffee Bar & Eatery.


Take a leisurely stroll along one of our many beautiful beaches

East London straddles multiple rivers and the Indian Ocean, and boasts some of the best beaches South Africa has to offer.  Put on some Sunblock, grab a hat, and take a leisurely stroll in the fresh sea air.  Be careful, this might make you never want to leave.


Take in some Stock Car mayhem at the Summerpride Oval

If petrol courses through your veins, don’t miss out on the excitement, speed and mayhem of a Border Stockcar race.


Indulge in decadent desserts

Please be advised … this one can be dangerous for your health… delightfully so!  Head off to Cafe Bella in either Hemingways Mall or Beacon Bay Retail Park for an indulgent sugar rush to beat all sugar rushes.  Indulge in some of the most decadent desserts you have ever experienced … and no … this is not only for the kiddies, but for every self respecting sugar loving adult too!

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Scuba Diving the Three Sisters

Experience the thrill of a scuba dive with Octo Divers (084 226 3483) at the Three Sisters, one of East London’s most renowned diving sites.

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Steven Biko Garden of Remembrance

Bantu Steven Biko, one of the most recognised leaders of the Black Consciousness Movement, is regarded as one of the greatest martyrs of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The grave site where Steve Biko is buried became known as the Steven Biko Garden of Remembrance (formerly known as the Ginsberg cemetery) and is situated in King Williams Town 52 kms north of East London.

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Head to Gonubie Beach for Salty Hour

Join a group of passionate surfers in Gonubie sharing the stoke of being in the water and having fun. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for times.

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Mpongo Private Game Reserve

Experience a sunrise, mid-morning or sunset game drive at Mpongo Private Game Reserve (043 742 9000), a magnificent reserve on 3500 of conservancy land in the heart of the Eastern Cape. Also home to elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe and numerous antelope and bird species, this is a must for visitors to East London.

Surfing Nahoon Reef

Whether you are a pro or Kamakazi, Nahoon Reef is known for its excellent breaks . If you’re on a quest for the perfect wave, we think that you might just find it here.  We do however recommend you surf with the locals who will give you important information on the local conditions.

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Take a coffee break

Hit the many wonderful coffee shops in and around the city.  Here are some of our favourites.  For upmarket decor and design inspiration and some of the best coffee in town, you will not beat the amazing Ginger&Co situated inside the enticing LFD Design Quarter.  If you like your coffee in bustling, funky and artsy setting, head off to The Roxy Coffee shop … run by 3 artistic sisters in the heart of bustling Berea.  If you are looking for cute … look no further than Madisons in Sterling and Le Jardin in Beacon Bay.

For quiet laid back charm, we recommend Toast Deli, situated in Selborne.  Here you can sit in and outdoors in a garden nursery setting, and if you really want to escape from it all, head to Le Jardin, situated in the beautiful quiet setting of the Floradale Nursery.  You cannot get more laid back than the beach and here we have two offerings:  The Beachbreak is a local favourite where you can sit under the trees with your feet in the sand and enjoy your cuppa joe.  If you are looking for fantastic views, you cannot beat The Reef cafe,  with unspoilt views of the sea and the coastal reserve

For those who like a substantial coffee & treat and have time to spare, you cannot beat the fantastic Mugg & Bean in the Vincent Park Shopping Centre.  They have great coffee, delicious food, Wi-Fi… and you can even go there happily on your own.

Now if you are looking for something a little more fancy, take it from us … head to the Key Largo Restaurant at Hemingways Hotel and order yourself a cappuccino and key-lime pie!  It is scrumptious to say the least!

Now if you like your coffee with a little shopping, Lavender Blue is a must … but we have to say it is hard to beat the spectacular setting of the alfresco courtyard at Pinecreek.  Whatever your taste, East London has plenty of coffee shops to choose from.


Visit the Hood Point Lighthouse

The Hood Point Lighthouse was commissioned in 1890 and is situated on the West Bank between a the stunning seaside West Bank Golf Course on one side, and an imposing cemetery on the other. Visitors are welcome.  You can contact them during office hours on (043 700 3056).

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Bass Fishing at Bridal Drift Dam

An artificial lake on the Buffalo River, Bridal Drift Dam (043 764 9304/084 600 5432) has been reclaimed from the water hyacinth and is now a great spot for large bass fishing.  If you’d prefer to be in the water than on the banks then boating and wind surfing can also be enjoyed there.

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Marlene Neumann’s Centre for Photography & Light

Visit Marlene Neumann’s Centre for Photography & Light (083 321 3391) where you can view her incredible photographs that reflect the wonder of Africa. Marlene’s photographs range from wildlife to landscapes and intimate images – you are bound to fall in love with at least one piece so make sure you have space in your suitcase to take it back home!

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Game of golf at the East London Golf Club

Many of history’s top golfing champions have played on the beautiful fairways of the East London Golf Club (043 735 1356) which is regarded as one every golfer should play. Set amongst hills, dunes and coastal indigenous botany, this golf club is also home to a family of impala and many species of birdlife.

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Go go a School Rugby Derby

East London boasts some of the top schools in South Africa and school rugby is huge with rugby derby days attracting many visitors to our city.  Enjoy the atmosphere when local school Selborne College takes on some of South Africa’s titan school rugby teams such as Grey College, Queens College and Dale College.

Visit a local craft brewery

Emerald Vale Brewery (073-078-9688) is a favourite offering four delicious hand-crafted local beers, that are legend in this area … and to anyone who has tasted them. Visit the Brewery, enjoy a cold one (or 2 … or 3 ..) and if you’re peckish, grab a bite to eat at the Brewery’s restaurant.  You can also visit Table 58, another craft brewery in Beacon Bay.

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Ride on the Chintsa Horses

Enjoy the breathtaking environment and ecological surroundings on horseback with renowned Chintsa Horses (043 738 5141). This half-day trail is half beach and half bush and you will not only have the opportunity to view an abundance of bird life but bush buck and duiker too.

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Treat yourself to a massage

Head to Emerald Spa in the Premier Hotel EL ICC, situated on the East London Esplanade and enjoy an indulgent massage ‘experience’… designed to drain away all the stress of the day.  This is also one of the best gifts you can give someone you care about.

Areena Riverside Resort

This beautiful holiday resort is absolutely magical and must not be missed. Located in a game reserve, Areena Riverside Resort (043 734 3055) boasts an adventure village with fun activities ranging from abseiling, ziplines and quad biking to archery and pellet gun shooting. You can also take in the sights and sounds of this wonderful area on a relaxing river cruise.  While you are there, don’t forget to have a relaxing massage at the Areena Spa and Wellness Centre.Areena Riverside Resort cropped

The Venom Pit Snake Park

Specialising in African snakes, tortoises, monitors and frogs, a visit to the Venom Pit Snake Park (082 410 1852/083 285 0534) is a must.  Enjoy live snake demonstrations from professionals and have your photo taken with some rather amazing reptiles.


Three ‘must have’ takeaways

You can’t leave East London without having tasted delicious fare and tasty treats from three of our most iconic takeaways… Shamrock Pies are known all over the Eastern Cape for their delicious products and we guarantee that whichever pie you choose, you won’t be disappointed. From steak to chicken tandoori, Shamrock Pies are unique, FULL of flavour and you can buy them from leading supermarkets. Friesland Milk Bar (Quigney 043 722 3260/Hemingways 043 721 2809) sell ice-creams and milkshakes in over 20 different mouth watering flavours and certainly lives up to its slogan “Your Guarantee of Goodness”. The Windmill Roadhouse (043 722 9208) in Quigney is perhaps one of East London’s most well known fast-food restaurants. Renowned for their delicious slap chips (for the visitor, slap chips are hot chips drenched in naughty oily, vinegary goodness!), you won’t want to leave East London without getting a takeaway (or two!) from there.

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Camping at Yellow Sands

You have the beauty of the seafront, tidal river and natural vegetation all in one at Yellow Sands. It is a wonderful place for a camping holiday where you can spend time on the beautiful beach or boating on the Kwelera River. It also boasts one of the top rated surf spots in the area if you prefer to surf, body board or wave ski. 043 734 3043.

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East London Grand Prix Circuit

A historical South African Grand Prix Circuit, it is one of the few remaining original GP circuits in the world and hosts club, regional and national motor/motorcycle road racing, go-karting, super moto, drifting and drag racing. Visit the Border Motorsport Club for further details on events held at the Grand Prix Circuit.

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Fun for the whole family at Tea in the Trees!

On a Sunday at Tea in the Trees (072 611 2367) in Chintsa West, you can participate in
Indi-YOGA under the trees, treat yourself to a delicious breakfast and then browse local produce at the weekly market. The forest walk is also stunning and well worth a stroll after that breakfast! Tea in the Trees regularly hosts children’s stage productions at their unique Forest Theatre as well as live music and themed evenings. .

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Enjoy East London’s music scene

East London is renowned for hosting some big names in music, be it homegrown, national or international and if you head to one of the many music venues in the city, you’ll be blown away by talent of high calibre.

Check out The Venue@Hemingways (043 707 7777), The Guild Theatre (043 743 0704), and Legends Showcase Venue (043 721 2794).

Keep up to date with the current events by visiting the ShowMe East London Events & Entertainment Page.

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Take in a show at The Theatre

Enjoy a show at one of East London’s theatres, from ballets to music concerts there is something for everybody at these dynamic playhouses. Check our entertainment guide for what’s on at The Guild Theatre, The Arts Theatre and The Alexander Playhouse.  To find out what is currently on show, visit the ShowMe East London Events & Entertainment Page.

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Visit the serene Floradale Nursery

If you want a great getaway right here in the city, Floradale Nursery is a must visit.  Tucked away from the madding crowd, this little gem not only has an outstanding nursery, but a lovely local art gallery showcasing local artistic talent.  Once you have done all your shopping, head to The Country Bumpkin or the Le Jardin Coffee Shop for some great coffee or a meal.  Both venues offer great play areas for the children.

Shop till you drop!

East London boasts numerous shopping complexes including Hemingways Mall, Vincent Park Shopping Centre, Chinatown (located in CBD and Beacon Bay) and Beacon Bay Retail Park. Shop till you drop and then have a bite to eat at one of the numerous food outlets.

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The Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve

The Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve is a must visit for all nature lovers.  Situated on the North-East bank of the Nahoon River Mouth, the estuary is comprised of over 25 hectares of uniquely preserved coastal land in the heart of Beacon Bay.
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Join our famous Parkruns

The Eastern Cape is renowned for its outdoor pursuits and one which has taken off enormously in the last year is the Parkrun.  These are held in various locations every Saturday morning and are absolutely free to participate in! Join in the 5km run at Kidd’s Beach or Sunrise-on-Sea. Coming soon are Parkruns in both Stutterheim and Chintsa West. All Parkruns are followed by an optional delicious breakfast at a local eatery.

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Browse our local markets!

There are markets aplenty in and around East London where you can browse various produce from local stallholders. Markets held every three months include the ‘Almost New’ Baby & Children’s Market (Beacon Bay) and the Stutterheim Farmer’s, Craft & Art Market; monthly markets include  Avalon Market (Kidd’s Beach), Highway Community Church (Gonubie), Mel’s Fun Farm (on the N6 towards Stutterheim) and the Craft & Farmer’s Market (Morgan Bay). Twice a month you can head to the beautiful Tea in the Trees Market (Chintsa West) and weekly markets include Lavender Blue’s Farmer’s Market (Old Gonubie Road)  Check our events and entertainment guide to see which markets are on and when.


Visit the Traditional Horse Racing Track in Berlin

One of the original horse racing tracks in South Africa, the Berlin Racing Track is coming back into it’s own as a traditional horse racing track and it’s annual November event includes traditional horse racing, fashion shows, arts & crafts as well as pre and post parties.


Spend a day at the Joan Harrison

If sand and sea are not your thing, the Joan Harrison Complex (043 726 7066) has great water facilities for the whole family.

Rock down to Electric Avenue

Located inside Hemingways Mall you will find Electric Avenue (043 726 9727), an exciting venue for both adults and kids with a gaming arcade, bowling alley, action bar, dodgem cars, action karting and x-rider.

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Strawberry picking, cycle track, market and curio shop at Lavender Blue

Enjoy everything Lavender Blue (043 732 1172) has to offer.  Treat yourself to a delicious meal or tasty snack inside their coffee shop/restaurant, browse their food stalls for local produce or shop at the curio store where are sure to find something you love. Next door to Lavender Blue you can also enjoy strawberry picking (seasonal).

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Gately House

Gately House (043 743 0686) is a unique townhouse where all that is currently displayed was acquired by its original owners. Built by Mr John Gately in 1876, the house was lived in by his family until the death of his last surviving child in 1966. Take a step back in time by visiting this wonderful stately home which is run by the East London Museum.


Get a tattoo or body piercing

Ever fancied getting a tattoo or body piercing done? There are plenty of places should you decide to bite the bullet and go for it! Alien Station in Vincent – 043 726 4081/083 332 2639, Body Graphix in Nahoon – 083 457 6202, Ink River Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Vincent – 043 726 0200, East Coast Ink Tattoo Studio in Gonubie (076 826 8886) and Manga Tattoos in Cambridge (083 681 7558). All tattoo parlours specialise in tattoos and body piercing. Alien Station also has a diverse range of canvas and mosaic art on display.

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Pick up some Antiques and Collectables on your travels

Browse East London’s numerous Antique & collectables shops stocked full of a diverse range of furniture and many other items: Vincent Station Furniture in Western Avenue – 082 789 5500Antiques & Things in Berea – 043 726 0509, Kim’s Antiques in Quigney – 043 722 6319, Christina’s Antiques in Arcadia – 043 743 9838, Ida’s Valley in Vincent – 043 726 9612, Norways Antiques  in Vincent – 043 726 5869.

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Find a farmstall

The Eastern Cape is well-renowned for its Farmstall Coffee Shops and the following ones should definitely be on your list to visit:  The PineCreek Farmstall (043 732 1101) and Lavender Blue (043 732 1172) are two you must not miss.  If you are travelling on Route 72 between East London and Port Elizabeth, be sure to schedule stops at all the fabulous Padstals, Farm Stores & Craft markets along the way. On the Friendly N6, stop it at The Wagon Wheel for their famous pies and crisp delicious pineapple juice!

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Have a flutter at the casinos

Fancy a little flutter? Then head to Hemingways Casino (043 707 7777) in Dorchester Heights, a place with a touch of Key West charm or Galaxy Bingo (087 150 2407) in Gonubie  for an evening of upmarket gambling and entertainment.  If you are in the CBD, head to Bingo Royale, the newest Bingo Hall in East London and the first to ever be given a licence in the city.

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Enjoy a Sundowner

The Eastern Cape is famous for its breathtaking sunsets and where better to enjoy them than with a sundowner at one of East London’s many drinking establishments. Check out The Highlander (043 748 4821) in Beacon Bay, located inside the Blue Lagoon Hotel; Crawford’s Beach Lodge (043 738 5000) in the beautiful Chintsa East, the Buffalo River Yacht Club (084 700 7458 / 073 758 2940) in West Bank , Café Neo (043 722 4531) in Quigney and The Deck (043 740 4010) located inside the Gonubie Hotel.

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A Summer’s night under the Stars!

One of the highlights of the East London social calendar is Areena Resort’s Open-Air Cinema and Night Market (043 734 3055).  This unique event draws people from all over the Eastern Cape as they browse the many stalls and watch a movie under the stars!. The event also features live music from local talent and food and drink can be purchased to make your movie viewing simply perfect!  If you are lucky enough to be in East London when this event is on – don’t miss it!


Have fun and learn!

Just outside of East London you will find Lindale Farm (082 415 2791), an animal and bird edu-fun farm. A great place to take the kids to teach them all about the local animals plus they have baby-bird feeding daily! .


Delicious fare in the country 

If you’re heading out into the country, there are numerous places serving up delicious meals, be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Choose from any of the following eateries that range from rustic and rural to upmarket and chic: PineCreek  (043 732 1101), Tea in the Trees (072 611 2367), The Tearoom at Kidd’s Beach (043 781 1841), and Huberta Restaurant at Mpongo Private Game Reserve (043 742 9000).

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Fun at Xtreme Valley

At Xtreme Valley (043 706 6808) in Beacon Bay you can enjoy Xtreme Golf or Alien Zone Lazer Tag – and trust us, it’s not just for the kids!.

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Recharge your batteries at Pecan Valley Farm

Go on an awesome journey at Pecan Valley Farm (083 457 6710/083 460 5963), just outside of East London. With spectacular views and wildlife including bird life, duiker, bushbuck, hare and bushpig, this venue is ideal for peace and relaxation. It also offers many outdoor pursuits including hiking, bass fishing, mountain biking and golf.

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Visit the East London Museum

Established in 1921, the East London Museum (043 743 0686) is considered to be one of the most interesting natural and cultural history museums in South Africa! A visit is an absolute must to see a diverse range of fine exhibits including the Coelacanth specimen, a fish previously believed to have become extinct some 80 million years ago!  Keep an eye open for their very popular ‘Night at the museum’ events.


The Amathole Museum

This Museum (043 642 4506), which was founded in 1884, has an international reputation and houses material which is of great scientific, historical and anthropological value to researchers. Located in King Williams Town, it is a Natural and Cultural History Museum well worth a visit.


Bat’s Cave Trail & Bats Cave

The Bat’s Cave Trail in the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve starts at the MBSA Coastal Education and Visitors Centre. A beautiful walk along the boardwalk provides breathtaking views of the area and leads to the world famous excavation site where the oldest human footprints known to man were found. Bat’s Cave itself is only accessible at low tide and should you wish to take a guided tour, you can contact the MBSA Visitors Centre on 0800 133 355.



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