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Things to do in East London

Nestled on the Southeastern coast of South Africa, East London is a city with so much to offer, giving visitors a diverse range of experiences that cater to every taste. From pristine beaches and lush parks to vibrant cultural attractions and modern shopping centres, East London promises something for everyone. Here are some of the things to do in East London during your next visit!

Nahoon Beach, EL

1. Explore the beaches

East London has some of the most picturesque beaches along the Sunshine Coast. Whether you’re seeking a serene spot for a leisurely stroll or an adrenaline-pumping surf session, beaches like Nahoon Beach, Gonubie Beach, and Eastern Beach offer the perfect escape.

2. Step into nature

For nature lovers, East London is a paradise waiting to be explored. Take a scenic drive along the stunning Wild Coast or venture inland to discover the beauty of the Amathole Mountains and the indigenous forests of the Hogsback area.

Amathole Mountains

3. Visit historical sites

Delve into the rich history of the city by visiting sites such as the East London Museum. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the nearby village of Qunu, the childhood home of Nelson Mandela, and learn about the life of the iconic leader.

4. Explore cultural attractions

Experience the vibrant culture of East London by visiting attractions like the Ann Bryant Art Gallery, showcasing works by local and national artists, or the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve.

Hemingways Mall

5. Indulge in shopping

No visit to East London would be complete without a shopping spree at Hemingways Mall. We have a wide array of stores, from exclusive fashion and jewellery stores, to electronics outlets and our famous, must-try Friesland branch. After a day of retail therapy, unwind at one of the mall’s restaurants or catch the latest movie at the cinema.

6. Taste local cuisine

Sample the flavors of the Eastern Cape by dining at one of East London’s many restaurants, serving up a delicious blend of traditional Xhosa dishes, fresh seafood, and international cuisine. Be sure to try local specialties like bunny chow, umngqusho (samp and beans), and freshly caught fish.


7. Embark on an adventure

Thrill-seekers will find plenty of adrenaline-fueled activities to enjoy in and around East London. From hiking and mountain biking in the nearby nature reserves to horseback riding along the beach and zip-lining through the treetops, there’s no shortage of adventure here.

Areena Riverside Resort offers a lot of great activities you can check out, such as zip-lining, archery, obstacle courses, quad biking and abseiling!

8. Relax and unwind

After a day of exploration, treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation at one of East London’s luxurious spas or wellness retreats. Indulge in a soothing massage, rejuvenating facial, or holistic therapy session to recharge your body and mind.

Spa Day

Are you ready for your next holiday?

Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply a relaxing getaway, East London really does have it all. With its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant cultural scene, this coastal gem invites visitors to explore, discover, and create unforgettable memories. Pack your bags and get ready to embark on an unforgettable experience through the landscapes and vibrant culture of East London!

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