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East London, South Africa's only river port, is set on both the broad Buffalo River and Nahoon River with the Gonubie River flowing around it. It is also renowned for being the Gateway to The Sunshine Coast and The Wild Coast. East London is a bustling city set in beautiful surroundings with a fantastic coastline, lush gardens and subtropical vegetation which add to the overall beauty of the city. The city is built on key industries such as motor assembly, electronics, textiles, etc. and more recently,
tourism. East London enjoys a moderate climate, with few extremes in temperature and is generally sunny and pleasant. Winters usually mild, although snow falls on the mountain ranges of the Cape and Natal and occasionally in the lower-lying areas, when a brief cold spell can be expected throughout the country.


  • Its sheltered harbour can be seen from the city's two great bridges.  

  • Since 1847, about 150 ships have been wrecked within a five-kilometer radius of the Buffalo Harbour, but the only visible wreck is the "Orient" which can be seen at low tide from Orient Beach. 

  • A number of competitions and events take place in East London each year. 


  • If you'd like to join a diving expedition to explore the shipwrecks off the East London coast, it can be arranged through various sport shops

  • East London is a water sport mecca - every imaginable water sport is practised and catered for in the town.

  • It also has other sport facilities, such as tennis, golf, rugby, cricket, hockey and many others.