WATCH: The pure beauty of East London

2018-01-22 11:54 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - East London is a city that has managed to retain some of its old-fashioned values blended with coastal charm unique to the Eastern Cape. 

Set on the broad Buffalo River, along one of the most attractive stretches of the Eastern Cape's coatal region - its drawcards are that it remains unpolluted and definitely free of the hoarding crowds. 

Swimming, sailing, water-skiing, boardsailing and boating can be enjoyed all year round, while the river mouths, lagoons and gullies provide a paradise for fishermen. 

East London resident Andre Oosthuizen created the video in July 2017, and since then the video has gone on to be shared across thousands of social media accounts. 

In the video, drone footage from various angles showcases the coastal town’s various attractions for tourists and locals alike to enjoy.

Watch video below:

Planning a trip to East London soon? - Here are top 5 stops to check out

East London Museum

East London Museum, established in 1921, is one of the fascinating natural history museums in the country. 

The star attraction here is the coelacanth, a fish with limb-like fins that was believed to have become extinct more than 80 million years ago until it was caught in the Chalumna River, near East London, in 1938. The museum also displays numerous specimens of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as exhibits on the maritime history of the region, and even a dodo's egg. 

Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve

Inkwenkwezi is one of the top private safari parks on the Eastern Cape. The park spans five regional biomes, including tidal estuaries, resulting in an impressive diversity of wildlife. 

Rhinos, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, antelope, and lions are among the animals found in the park, including rare white lions, which inhabit their own enclosure.

Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village

Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village offers a fascinating insight into the way of life of the local Xhosa people. Visitors are welcomed with a lively song and dance performance accompanied by rhythmic drumming by the Xhosa residents who are dressed in traditional beaded costumes. 

Some activities include a tour of the traditional village which includes the kraal, where major meetings are conducted, ritual huts,  the traditional healer and the communal kitchen where a lunch of pot-baked bread, meat stews, and local vegetables is prepared. 

Sundowners at Gonubie Beach 

Gonubie beach not only has a wonderful boardwalk that provides fantastic views across the sea, but the river mouth provides hours of beachcombing, man-made tidal pools and abundant vegetation.

3 Silos MTB Adventure Trails

Seeking for an adventure? You get to ride in a safe and picturesque environment, and will sample quality, hand-built single-track expertly crafted by Mark Oberman. Expect it to be flowy, dippy and utterly ride-able, with a range of fairly non-technical natural and man-made obstacles to test your full skill set in the saddle.

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