South Africa’s piece of heaven. This city found on the shores of the Eastern Cape is a fantastic place for people to get a sense of the local South African scene. With a much warmer ocean compared to some of the other prominent locations in South Africa, the Easter cape has become quite the attraction. But what is there to do once one has arrived?
As mentioned earlier, East London’s lovely beaches, bathed by reasonably warm seas due to Indian Ocean currents, are one of its finest features. The city’s three most popular strands are located between the mouth of the Buffalo River to the south and the Nahoon River to the north. Orient Beach is closest to the city center, a somewhat secure beach protected by the harbor’s breakwaters. The playground, water tube, and paddling pool are popular with children and conveniently located near stores and restaurants.
The East London Museum, located at the north end of Oxford Street, was founded in 1921 and is one of the country’s most intriguing natural history museums. The coelacanth, a fish with limb-like fins thought to be extinct more than 80 million years ago until it was found in the Chalumna River near East London in 1938, is the main attraction here.
The museum also houses several species of animals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians and exhibits on the region’s maritime history and even a dodo’s egg. Don’t miss the anthropological part, which features the exquisite beading of the native Xhosa people.
The Venom Pit Snake Park
Even those afraid of snakes can find something to like about these misunderstood creatures at this little snake park. The park is home to over a thousand reptiles from across the world, concentrating on African snakes as a few foreign species.
Crocodiles, alligators, lizards, and chameleons are among the numerous animals that live in the park. The staff shares intriguing details about these incredible animals, and visitors may interact with some of the non-venomous species. These interactions might be the perfect time to capture some breath-taking images for your Instagram.
The City Hall
Another landmark with jaw-dropping visuals, the City Hall, located between Oxford and Argyle Streets, is one of the few colonial structures remaining in East London’s city center. With its red-painted facade and crisp white trim, this sizeable Victorian-style structure was finished in 1899 and is a remarkable landmark. The Victoria Tower clock tower was erected to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee (the 60th year of her rule).
An equestrian monument in front of the building commemorates soldiers who died in the Boer War, while marble plaques in the entrance recount the names of males who died in the border conflicts. There is also a monument of the legendary campaigner Steve Biko on the premises. Visitors should request permission to tour the building from the custodian.
The Ann Bryant Art Gallery
On the north side of Oxford Street, one can find the Ann Bryant Art Gallery in a magnificent old Edwardian home surrounded by tranquil grounds. The gallery focuses on South African paintings, particularly those from the 1960s and modern Eastern Cape painters and artists like Tinus de Jongh, a well-known South African painter noted for his Cape landscapes. Many local art enthusiasts attend temporary exhibits. After touring the collection, guests may relax in the courtyards with a small bite from the neighboring Coach House Cafe.
When traveling to East London, there are many ways to unwind, whether that be on the sandy shores or amongst gorgeous art. Easton London can be a brilliant place to explore for your next holiday with a bit of foresight.