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East London Introduction

East London is a city known for its friendly people and laid-back atmosphere. Located on the southeastern coast of South Africa, this city features some of the country's best beaches. Unlike in South Africa's other beach towns, however, East London's stretches of fine white sand don't get as crowded. The city is a favourite haunt among surfers and hosts international surfing competitions regularly. East London's natural museum houses the last existing dodo egg in the world.

Hotels in East London

The accommodation array in East London is dominated by inns, B&Bs and guesthouses. Many of these options offer cosy and luxuriously appointed rooms. The atmosphere is also more intimate, which makes them ideal for couples on a holiday. Typical amenities in these properties include outdoor swimming pools, gardens and meeting rooms. The few hotels in East London are mostly located on the beach. Most of them offer upscale features such as fully equipped meeting rooms and fine dining restaurants. Many lodging choices in East London offer family-oriented facilities. The town also has plenty of self-catering holiday apartments, which are convenient if you're travelling with family.

Where to stay

Most hotels in East London are clustered in Quigney Beach, the city's oldest neighbourhood. Staying here means you're minutes away from the beach and other family-friendly attractions and the central business district. Nahoon is a great area to check out if you want to stay away from the crowds. Nahoon is one of the prettiest beaches in the city and a popular surfer hangout, but it doesn't get too crowded. Bunkers Hill is a neighbourhood you can look at if you're travelling with family. Though largely residential, Bunkers Hill enjoys a central location, close to the beaches and golf courses.

Things to see

Nahoon Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in East London. While it's popular among the surfer crowd because of its strong waves, it doesn't really get too busy. The beach is also part of the East London Coast Nature Reserve, which covers 3,000 hectares between the Tylomnqa and Great Kei rivers, and serves to protect the flora and fauna in the area. If you're a hiking enthusiast and you want to have close encounters with birds and wildlife, a day at the reserve will be a day well spent. The area is also a great spot for watching whales. The East London Museum is worth seeing if you're into natural history. It has 2 main attractions – the first is a fossil of the coelacanth fish, a prehistoric fish thought to be extinct but was rediscovered in 1938; the other is the last existing dodo egg in the world.

How to get to East London

The best way to get to East London is by car. You can drive to East London from Port Elizabeth or Durban via the N2 highway. You can use the N6 highway to reach East London from Bloemfontein. Because East London lacks a more accessible public transport system, you can also use your car to get around the city. If you're flying to Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban, you can book a shuttle service to take you to East London from these cities' respective airports. Then you can hire a car or take a taxi to get around.