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Things To Do in East London, Eastern Cape

ten local experts

Is East London boring? Is it fun? How do people relax in their free time? From playing and watching live sports to listening to live music to volunteering, here's what ten local experts had to say about things to do in East London, Eastern Cape.

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If you’re moving to East London, mostly as a tourist, you’ll find beautiful beaches and a charming town. Since the time of COVID, numbers have risen economically, and there’s less crime, which is a positive aspect for tourism here in East London.

East London has more than 250 000 inhabitants. It gets extremely cold during winter and residents can experience all for seasons in one day. East London is where you can find Nelson Mandela University, which is named after the world-renowned Nelson Mandela. Its beaches are exquisite and it is one of Eastern Cape’s main tourist attraction cities.

Esther, says: 2020

East London is often thought to be in England, though it is not. The city was founded by the British colony at the time and it was originally named Port Rex. Currently, my city boasts beautiful and moderate weather with beautiful beaches. The locals are rather friendly and enjoy outdoor activities like fishing and surfing.

Nonjabulo, says: 2020

East London is a very beautiful city and the heart of the Eastern Cape province. It popular for being the festive season capital city as there’s so much to explore. It has entertainment for everyone of whatever age. Families can visit the beach while staying at our luxury beachfront hotels, have our local signature meal which is braai meat, and visit the museum which means being educational while having fun. Adults can visit our local clubs or Shisanyama spots later on and have some fun. All in all, it is a beautiful place where everything is just where you need it and one thing that’s enjoyable about it is the fact that as much as it not a remote area, it not a busy, saturated and buzzing city. It provides a balance for everyone.

Prudence, says: 2020

There are many different types of activities to do in and around the city these activities include game drives, a variety of beaches and there is an arcade, be skating rink and movie theater. They could also take the time to visit the art galleries to view the local talent, however the main attraction is the scenery and picturesque greenery the town has as well as its diverse culture.

Bongiwe, says: 2020

East London, South Africa, is a picturesque little town with amazing beaches. Traffic jams are not as bad as the major towns, however we do still have them during mornings and evenings. Our property market is expensive depending on the area in which you are wanting to live, however this could cut down on the time in traffic. The people are friendly and helpful. We have some nice restaurants but our nightlife is limited. Schoolwise this town has some of the best schools in the country and thus makes it a great place to raise a family.

Alexander, says: 2020

East London has a diverse population, with many popular places, which both locals and tourists enjoy. East London’s coast line is spectacular, with the Sunshine and Wild Coasts only a stone throw away. East London has many popular golf courses, fantastic restaurants, and an annual gin and wine show. The people are extremely friendly and helpful.

Shanelize, says: 2020

Our city is beautiful, but windy. East London was the home of the amaXhosa long before it became a colonial port. Now it holds a diverse population of multilingual, multicultural people, often conservative in political and religious practice. Its stunning coastline and mild climate remain draw cards for residents and tourists.

Sithembiso, says: 2020

East London is a relatively safe city compared to other cities in RSA. It has a beautiful coastline with clean beaches and great restaurants and hotels. It has many picturesque hiking spots a few kilometres out of town. East London is an awesome city to raise children and a family.

Donovan, says: 2020

East London is well known for its majestic beaches and its rolling farmlands. Tourism, in its essence, forms a large part of funding that it so heavily relies on. It is a small, but not minute, community – big enough for “everybody to know everybody”. If something unusual happens, you can be assured that it’ll be public news.

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