East London Adventures

East London Adventures and things to do.

In this sunny laidback corner of South Africa, the city of East London, manages to retain its small-town friendly feel even though it has a bustling manufacturing industry. It is the gateway to some of the country’s most beautiful places. The pristine paradise of the Wild Coast, the snowy peaks, trout streams and thick forests of the Amatola Mountains and the pineapple covered hills and wide beaches of the Sunshine Coast are all easily accessed…

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East London Adventures and things to do.

In this sunny laidback corner of South Africa, the city of East London, manages to retain its small-town friendly feel even though it has a bustling manufacturing industry. It is the gateway to some of the country’s most beautiful places. The pristine paradise of the Wild Coast, the snowy peaks, trout streams and thick forests of the Amatola Mountains and the pineapple covered hills and wide beaches of the Sunshine Coast are all easily accessed from East London. Many excellent holiday resorts and private game reserves can be found in the wild and untouched landscapes within easy driving distance from the town.

You don’t have to head out of East London to have a wonderful holiday! The town is flanked by two significant rivers and has a lot to offer in the way of scenic beauty and outdoor activities. Its stunning unspoilt beaches, remarkably uncrowded for their proximity to the city, are undoubtably East London’s top asset. Lazy rivers intersect wide tide-rippled beaches, creating calm bodies of water where children play and swim while fish eagles freewheel overhead.

There’s a vibrant water sports culture, especially surfing and paddle skiing and some of the top surf spots in South Africa can be found along this coast. There are also many protected natural areas to be explored. It’s hard to believe that a place as tranquil and scenic as the paleontologically important Nahoon Point Nature reserve can exist so close to a busy city.

A visit to the East London Museum is a useful way to start your east coast adventure and will give you a deeper sense of this very distinct region. Two displays of great importance, the coelecanth and the oldest human footprints in the world, can be seen here. Exhibits provide interpretation of the unique cultural history of the area, the clashing of the AmaXhosa and the English settlers and the arrival of the Germans. You’ll have more understanding into why there are place names around East London like Hamburg, Berlin and Stutterheim and insights into the traditional Xhosa practices you might see on your journey. The museum also shares the stories of two of South Africa’s greatest anti-apartheids activists, Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko, who had roots here.

East London might be one of South Africa’s less renown towns, but its temperate weather, warm Indian Ocean and uncrowded and lovely landscapes have attracted many adventure operators, making it a natural choice of destination for the sporty and adventurous.

East London Adventures

Abseiling

Abseiling in East London, South Africa. East London is the adventure hub for the Eastern Cape; this small welcoming city offers a whole host of exciting things to do. Like most South African cities, East London’s urban areas rapidly melt away into wild and beautiful landscapes where outdoor recreation...

Beach Horse Rides

Beach Horse Rides in East London, South Africa. There’s no other city in South Africa that has so many stunning beach resorts and weekend getaways in such proximity to its urban periphery. East London is all about the beach; the longest, widest, wildest white and copper coloured sand beaches....

Boat Trips

Boat Trips in East London, South Africa. If you’re looking for an exhilarating experience in East London why not book on a boat trip with one of our operators. This river port city provides many opportunities for both ocean and river cruises.  You will find a boat trip to suit your preference....

Canoeing

Canoeing in East London, South Africa. With rivers flanking it and the temperate Indian ocean at its feet, its not surprising that all forms of paddling are popular in East London. An active and well-subscribed canoe club exists, and many big canoe races are held here. Some of South Africa’s top...

Paintball

Paintball in East London, South Africa. Looking for high energy fun near you? East London paintball operators offer exciting courses in convenient locations and all the latest accessories. This is a game that you can totally immerse yourself in from the moment the session begins right to the very end. ...

Quad Biking

Quad Biking in East London, South Africa. East London’s lovely sub-tropical weather means more days for having fun outdoors which is important when you have limited vacation time. An exciting thing to do if you want to get out and about and cover a lot of ground in the literal sense of the word,...

Segway Tours

Segway Tours in East London, South Africa. This quirky looking personal transporter has found its way to all the adventure hotspots in South Africa including East London. It provides another fun way to explore your environment and reduces the possibility of hearing the words “Are we there yet?”...

Slackpacking

Slackpacking in East London, South Africa. East London is a well-known springboard to excellent slackpacking (Hiking Trails). Rich unspoilt natural beauty, perfect weather, the presence of rural Xhosa culture and the wonderfully welcoming, often family run, hotels and lodges that are encountered en...

Sunset Cruises

Sunset Cruises in East London, South Africa. Who doesn’t love a sunset cruise boat trip? Especially in East London where the sun is generally not in short supply and wide rivers and tidal estuaries are abundant. Not to mention that other South African tradition of having a drink as the sun sets...

Surfing

Surfing in East London - Learn to Surf. Which South African surf grommet hasn’t dreamt of surfing Nahoon Reef famous for its barrels and world class surfers? East London’s unique beach topography produces many surf breaks and the right wave for every level of surfing experience can...

Teambuilding

Teambuilding in East London. East London offers many options for teambuilding at affordable rates and in beautiful places. There are also many wonderful venues just outside the city where the unspoilt natural environment will give you the impression that you are much further away. Coastal resorts are...

Zip Line

Zip Line in East London, South Africa. Fly over veldt and forest for a hawk’s view of the world. East London ziplining adventures currently boasts 9 zipline’s up to 150m each but watch this space; ziplines courses are constantly added to and enhanced as technology evolves and new suitable...