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Nestled away on the south-east coast of South Africa is the city famously known to most as East London. This bustling metropolis with its laid-back charm is the gateway to the wild coast and the sunshine coast, as well as the only river port in South Africa.

Boasting all various cultural, natural, dining, and adventurous activities East London is an inviting holiday destination for all seasons.

East London goes by many names like ‘Slummies’ or Buffalo City and can be aptly distinguished by its laidback vibe, pleasant locals and beach centric lifestyle.

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Why visit East London?

  • Have a splendid beach day at any of the most gorgeous stretches of beaches in the world, the blue flag Gonubie beach being one of the most beautiful unspoilt beach!
  • Wildlife lovers will enjoy a day out at the nearby Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve which is said to never disappoint!
  • Canoeing at the Areena Riverside Resort to Skydiving, and sand-boarding down massive sand dunes, there is plenty adventure that awaits!
South African Rand, ZAR
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~12.72 Naira
Time Zone:
UTC+02:00 South Africa is 1 hour ahead of Nigeria
Dialing Code:
00 + 27 + Local Number
Drives on the left
Type C / D / M / N (frequency-50Hz:voltage-230V)

The weather in East London is reasonably pleasant all year around however the sunny summer months which begins in December and ends in February are a treat to all visitors.

Summer months are the best times to visit if you plan on making use of one of its many beautiful beaches surrounding the city.

The most spoken language that is spoken in the East London include English followed by local dialects like Sotho, Xhosa and Afrikaans.

Some useful Afrikaans phrases to help you put are:

  • Hello - Goeie dag
  • Goodbye - Totsiens
  • Sorry - Jammer
  • Thank you - Dankie

  • Fossilised footprints were discovered in 1964 at Bat's Cave in Nahoon which is said to be an estimated 200, 000 years old.
  • East London Aquarium was opened in 1931, making it the oldest aquarium in South Africa.
  • East London is the 6th largest city in South Africa.

East London is filled with such splendid attractions. No visit to this sunshine coast would be complete without dolphin spotting on the magnificent Esplanade Street, Quigney.

The East London Aquarium which is the oldest public aquarium is such a wonderful place to visit to encounter sea animals up close and personal. Have a great day at the Lion Park, where you can soak up the great weather by packing a picnic basket and encounter tigers, lions and other wild animals.

Take part in the many activities that East London has to offer with Bunkers Hill where you can learn to surf, to the four by four trails in De Kraal, and lastly the many beaches that offer horseback-riding along the beach coasts, definitely worth the experience.

Other attractions include:

  • East London Museum
  • East London Zoo
  • The Ann Bryant Art Gallery
  • Eastern Beach
  • The Price George circuit
  • Cove Rock
  • Buffalo Pass

There are many charming restaurant spots that are scattered across this beautiful city. Relaxed towns of Bathurst and Kenton-on-Sea on the sunshine coast and the comfort food found at the surfer's paradise of Jeffreys Bay. Be sure to visit Grazia Fine Food & Wine which known as a gathering spot for foodies.

The menu is Italian-influenced offering a variety of tantalising dishes like pork fillet, stuffed with spinach and mozzarella and covered in delectable Dutch sauce, and pasta dishes like Linguini all marinara and the layered gnocchi. Burnside Touch Farm is not only a fun place to bring the whole family to get closer to nature, which is situated on a quiet farm, but it is a great place where you can grab something from the garden.

It is definitely more for the unique experience than the fine experience. There are many ex-East Londoners and visitors that claim Friesland Milk Bar on Tennyson Street sells the best milkshakes in the world many still make the pilgrimage back to taste these delicious milkshakes.

The many other restaurants that are worth trying out include:

  • Footprints Café
  • Sanook
  • Lavender Blue Market
  • The Cricketer
  • Windmill Roadhouse
  • Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

The Eastern Cape was one of the first areas that was settled by the Portuguese in 1488 and by the British in 1820 with some decedents still living in the area. While the African population settled in East London are divided into four major ethnic groups which include, Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi), Sotho, Shangaan-Tsonga and Venda.

East London is not a very conservative city, but individuals do have immense respect for the various cultures that are followed, discrimination against other religions are frowned upon.

This is a very safe city, but even though it is a safe place visitors should remain vigilant at all times. During peak seasons there is heavy traffic and people tend to flood the beaches and people can fall victim to petty crime incidents.

Nigerians travelling to South Africa need a visa, The South Africa Visa Application Centre Lagos will only accept 180 applications inclusive of all categories from Monday to Friday.
Make sure you have at least 6 months left on your Nigerian passport before you depart.

For more information on your South African visa application click here

Take out comprehensive travel insurance if you’re travelling to South Africa. Travel insurance can be purchased direct with Travelstart when you’re booking flights.

Address: 971 Francis Baard Street
Arcadia 0083
South Africa

Phone: +27 12 342-0805 | +27 12 342-0688 | +27 12 342-0905 | +27 12 342-0808
Fax:+27 12 342-0718

Item Lagos Kano East London
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant ₦ 580 ₦ 600 ₦ 1,265.74
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) ₦ 300 ₦ 350 ₦ 246.82
Coke/Pepsi ₦ 98 ₦ 100 ₦ 123.41
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) ₦ 500 ₦ 143 ₦ 126.57
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) ₦ 250 ₦ 300 ₦ 424.02

About East London Airport

East London Airport is a small airport which plays an important role in the growing economy of Eastern Cape.

Food and beverages: The restaurants that are located within the airport include Wimpy, Mugg and Bean, and Cosmic Candy.

Lost luggage: If you lost any item of luggage you should inform the information desk at the airport or your handling airline for more assistance.

Car hire: The car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include First Car Rental, Hertz, Europcar, Tempest, Xhamla-Buhle.

Airport hotels: The hotels that are near to the Airport include Airport Lodge, Premier Hotel King David, amd Road Lodge East London.

The information on this page is correct as of April 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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