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EAST LONDON HOTELS

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Garden Court Hotel East London

GARDEN COURT The business people's choice

Osner Hotel East London

OSNER HOTEL Where the waves touch your soul

King David Hotel East London

KING DAVID Where ordinary people become kings and queens

Premier Hotel East London

PREMIER HOTEL REGENT Where you are treated like royalty

Mimosa Holiday Flats East London

MIMOSA HOLIDAY FLATS Affordable near the beach

Meander Inn Guesthouse

MEANDER INN The best choice if you prefer a Guest House.

PROTEA FLATS Near the main beach.
KENNEWAY HOTEL Luxury accommodation close to the ocean

EAST LONDON

East London in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, is situated where the Buffalo and Nahoon rivers flow into the Indian Ocean, making it South Africa’s only river port city. This part of the Eastern Cape coastline is among the most beautiful in the country, making it very popular with local and international tourists. East London and the surrounding area have something to interest nature lovers, historians, those interest in architecture, outdoor types – just about everybody.

Originally known as Port Rex, the early settlement at East London was a supply port for the British soldiers during the frontier wars between the British settlers and local Xhosa people. In 1876 a railway was added and this was followed by rapid deverlopment.

The German Settlers’ Memorial commemorates the arrival in East London of a number of German settlers in 1858. Today you can still find people with German surnames in the city, and a number of towns in the surrounding area also bear German names.

During the struggle years, the city’s Daily Dispatch newspaper broke the story of the death in detention of Steve Biko, a prominent anti-apartheid activist. The film Cry Freedom was based on the story of the paper’s editor, Donald Woods. Today, a statue of Steve Biko stands at the City Hall in East London.

Other places of historic interest are the Victoria Tower at the City Hall (built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 60th year on the British throne), the Calgary Transport Museum (hosts a collection of wagons) as well as the Lock Street Gaol (built in 1880). Now housing a number of shops, it used to be a prison. South Africa’s notorious “poison lady”, Daisy de Melcker, as well as Winnie Madikizela Mandela, were imprisoned here.

Arts lovers will find the Ann Bryant Art Gallery very interesting. Housed in a beautiful example of late-Victorian architecture, the permanent collection represents the best of South African artists from 1880 to the present.
 
The Natural History Museum in East London is well worth a visit. There you can find the world’s only known Dodo egg, as well as a Coelecanth. This fish species was thought to be long extinct, but in 1938 a surprised angler caught one in East London.

With its mild climate, East London is particularly suited for water sports and fishing. The Nahoon Reef is well-known among surfers and other water sports include diving and snorkeling. East London’s Golf Club is the oldest in the country, while the city’s Prince George Racing Circuit hosted three Formula One races in the South African Grand Prix series of the 1960s.

Together with Bhisho and King William’s Town, East London now forms part of the municipality of Buffalo City.

Hotel Regent Meander Inn Guesthouse East London King David hotel Protea Flats East London