East London is often overlooked as a holiday destination in South Africa. Yet this river port city, nestled neatly on the edge of the Wild Coast, is an adventure-hub offering some of the country’s wildest escapes.
In East London, you get the benefit of city life – complete with excellent dining options and shopping experiences – along with South Africa’s best outdoor adventure offerings.
As East London sits between the warm Indian Ocean, the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River, it’s the perfect escape for water-adventurers, especially.
Here are Traveller24’s Top 8 activities in and around East London…
Horse-riding on the Beach
Experience horseriding on the beach with the ocean on one side of you and magnificient dunes on the other. Trails vary and include half and full day outings, both led by professional guides.
Chill-out on Burnside Touch Farm
This laid-back farm provides the perfect environment for the whole family to enjoy a fun and relaxed day. The petting zoo hosts a wide range of well-kept animals and there are also various playground areas, horse rides, four-wheeler cart rides and catch and release fishing if you bring your own rod!
Open Tuesday to Saturday 09:00 – 16:00, Sunday 8:30 – 14:30
Learn to Surf
East London is well-known for its epic waves and upspoilt beaches. If you’re a water-baby, you cannot be here and not test the waters.
Sugar Shack Backpackers offers surf lessons with qualified instructors on the Nahoon Beach.
Contact them on 043 722 8240 or 074 890 8405
Play a round of Extreme Golf
If 18 holes aren’t enough to keep you entertained, try the 28-hole Extreme Golf option at Beacon Bay Crossing.
They operate Monday to Sunday 08:00 to 22:00
Contact them on 043 706 6808
Areena Riverside Resort just north of East London offers a wide selection of action packed adventures. Opt for a river cruise (R70 pp for full cruise, R50 pp for half) or canoe trail (R80 pp half day, R120 pp full day). You can also go out on their sea kayaks (R80 pp half day, R120 pp full day) or hire a pedal boat (R70 per hour).
Parents pretend to go here for their kids' sake, but they enjoy it equally as much! Electric Avenue offers a fast, exciting race circuit in a safe and controlled environment.
Open Sunday to Thursday 09:00 to 23:00 and Friday and Saturday 09:00 to midnight
Contact them on 043 726 9727
Quad bike through a Game Reserve
If you’re not a fan of sitting on the back of an open safari vehicle and would rather drive your own vehicle when viewing game, why not go on quad bike game drive at Areena Riverside Resort?
Visit the Apex Predator Snake Park
If you’re interested in slithering subjects, this is the place to go. The snake park is relatively small, but they host over 130 species of reptiles including Africa's most deadly! There are also Reptile awareness/identification sessions and handling courses where visitors have the opportunity to interact with the reptiles.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday 09:00 to 16:00
Contact them on 079 491 6486
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*Compiled by Louzel Lombard