Holiday Accommodation in East London

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Meander Inn      East LondonGuest House
Situated within close proximity to all amenities with expansive lawns and a pool.Ten elagantly appointed suites, with en suite bathroom.Rooms equipped with TV,DSTV and tea/coffee facilities.Laundry,telephone,fax,email available. Safe parking. ...


At Home B&B      East LondonBed & Breakfast
Located in a quiet suburb close to everything,this high quality establishment is perfect for your stay to East London.Secure off the road parking and each room has its own access....

Ambience Africa B&B East LondonBed & Breakfast
Aristocats Guest lodge      East LondonHotel / Lodge
B and B at the Castle East LondonSelf-catering
Balugha Inn East LondonHotel / Lodge
Bayview Cabin East LondonSelf-catering
Beach House Nahoon East LondonBed & Breakfast
Blue Bend Bed & Breakfast East LondonBed & Breakfast
Blue Lagoon Hotel & Conference Centre      East LondonHotel / Lodge
BUCCANEERS East LondonSelf-catering
Club Areena Riverside Resort      East LondonCamping & Caravan
Devereux Lodge and Conference Centre East LondonHotel / Lodge
East London Backpackers East LondonHotel / Lodge
Fish Eagle Manor East LondonSelf-catering
Hotel Osner East LondonHotel / Lodge
Hoylake Inn East LondonBed & Breakfast
Kob Inn Hotel East LondonHotel / Lodge
Kwa Tshezi Hotel East LondonHotel / Lodge
KwaTshezi Lodge East LondonHotel / Lodge
Lagoon Valley Holiday Resort Cc East LondonHotel / Lodge
Lazy Haven East LondonSelf-catering
Matola Private Game Reserve East LondonHotel / Lodge
Mike's Guest House Offers Guests ... East LondonGuest House
NIKI-NANA BACKPACKERS LODGE East LondonHotel / Lodge
Ocean View East LondonSelf-catering
Pisces Waterfront Lodge      East LondonHotel / Lodge
Protea Hotel East London      East LondonHotel / Lodge
Quarry Lake Inn      East LondonHotel / Lodge
Selborne B&B East LondonBed & Breakfast
Silver Sands East LondonSelf-catering
Stratfords Guest House East LondonGuest House
Stumble Inn East LondonHotel / Lodge
The Mitford Lodge East LondonHotel / Lodge
The Oakhampton Bed And Breakfast East LondonBed & Breakfast
The Thatch Guest House East LondonGuest House
Vincent Valley Lodge East LondonHotel / Lodge
Xanadu Holiday Chalets East LondonSelf-catering

History & culture

The Eastern Cape has played a very prominent role in South African history. It was here where, in the latter half of the eighteenth century, Black and White met for the first time, and for many years this territory was the contact zone between these two groups. The consequences of this delicate and somewhat temperamental relationship made a lasting impression on the history of modern South Africa. Today, almost two hundred years later, the Buffalo City community reflects this turbulent past, in the kaleidoscope of its rich cultural heritage and proud history.

Eco-tourism & adventure

Buffalo City, located 33.01.26 degrees south and 27.54.50 degrees east, is one of South Africa; s richest and most diverse and most diverse eco-tourism destinations on offer.  It serves as a gateway to three of the Eastern Cape' tourist destinations.  The Sunshine Coast and Country to the west of East London, the Wild Coast to the east of East London and Amatola Mountain Escape, towards the interior.  Along these routes are destinations of exceptional beauty including open, sandy beaches, daring coastal cliffs, fertile valleys, river and estuary lagoons and indigenous forests, the ultimate outdoor and wilderness destination!

Buffalo City's climate is mild and temperate with temperatures ranging from 10 degrees in June to 26 degrees in January.  The average hours of sunshine are in excess of 200 hours per month.  The region experiences a bimodal rainfall pattern with pronounced rainy periods coinciding with the equinoxes and with the dry periods in mid-summer and mid-winter.  There is a pronounced spring maximum rainfall over the region when predominant southeasterly winds bring rain to the coastal areas.  The average annual rainfall is 889mm.  The region boasts a healthy climate:  warm summers and mild, crisp-clear winters - conducive to nature and outdoor adventure activities.

Situated in a geological and climatically transitional zone, the Eastern Cape's vegetation boasts five biomes (floristic regions).  It ranges from mobile sand dune ecosystem along the coast, to subtropical thicket along the inland river valleys.  Adapted to fluctuation in climate and other disturbances (grazing animals), the Eastern Cape vegetation is renowned for its tenacity.  Once such plant, the pelargonium or geranium, has been identifies as the world's most popular garden plant and has its origin in this region.  An interesting endemic species include the Umtiza tree, found in the Umtiza Nature Reserve in Buffalo Pass, not far from East London City.  Scattered throughout the region, found in urban gardens and planted in the city centre for beautification, are large collections of pre-historic cycad species.  Queen's Park Zoo and Botanical Gardens, covering 30 hectares, is within the city's metropolitan area and houses a vast collection of indigenous trees:  erythrina, milkwood, wild olive, spekboom, boer boon, yellowwood, sweet thorn, tree euphrobia, cabbage tree, coral aloe and cycads.  Not far from King William's Town, Maden Dam marks the start of the Amatola Hiking Trail, a challenging six day hike through the indigenous forest of the Amatola Mountain.

Historically the Eastern Cape was a territory densely populated wild life territory.  The number of game dwindled considerably owing to uncontrolled hunting, characteristic of the late 1800 and early 1900s.  The twentieth century brought a new interest in conservation, an increase in the responsible utilization of natural resources and the regulation of the hunting industry.  Encouraged by this change in attitude and prompted by the increase in stock theft in the Eastern Cape, more farmers have turned to game farming as a form of income, which led to the re-introduction of formerly indigenous species to the area and a bloom of game parks and reserves.  Today visitors can view these species (eland, leopard, blue duiker, elephant, lion, hippo), and newly introduced ones (buffalo, kudu, letchwe) in the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve only 30km from East London.  The elephant is the last of the Big Five to be introduced into the park and is expected to arrive by September 2002.  besides game viewing there are accommodation facilities, dining options and a variety of activities (hiking and horse trails) available to the visitor. 
The game hunting industry has become an important component of tourism in the Eastern Cape and numerous farms in the region provide excellent and can accommodate international trophy hunters.  An added incentive for choosing this region for game experiences is the malaria-free status.

From the seashore inhabited by the endangered black oyster catcher; through the river and estuaries containing pied kingfishers; the grasslands with their Stanley bustard and crowned crane; the coastal bush vegetation's somber bulbul, grey sun bird; the valley bushveld with its Knysna woodpecker, barbets and starlings; to the urban gardens, frequented by species such as the red-billed hoepoe and crowned hornbills and hadedas - Buffalo City is a birders' paradise!  Bird watching enthusiasts have the choice of a wide selection of nature trails through indigenous vegetation and its co-inhabited bird life:  the Dassie Trail is an hour and a half hike through the lush Nahoon River forest and ends near a mangrove swamp, the southernmost in Africa; Tilty Hill Farm trails run through banana plantations and indigenous forests; and Umtiza Nature Reserve and Potter's Pass Nature Reserve are home to several birds, monkeys, buck and bushpig that inhabit the dense indigenous coastal forests.  The Quinera and Nahoon Nature Reserves and Gonubie Sanctuary are rich in wetland and coastal grassland bird species.  A local Border Birder Club can provide visitors with additional information in regard to bird watching activities.

Beside the eco-tourism riches found in and around the numerous rivers in the region (Buffalo, Nahoon and Quinera Rivers), a multitude of water sports and adrenalin fuelled activities are available:  canoeing, kayaking, rowing, angling, power boating, white water rafting and water skiing.

The East Coast of Buffalo City varies form kilometres of unspoiled dune beaches, typical of the Sunshine Coast, to the rugged steep cliffs of the Wild Coast.  The latter derives its name form its notorious reputation as a treacherous sailing coast, claiming hundreds of shipwrecks, some of which are still partially visible today.  In 1938 the coast, more specifically Chalumna Mouth, 40 kms from East London, gained international recognition with the discovery of the coelacanth, or "Old Fourlegs".  Previously thought to be extinct for 70 million years, the rediscovery of the species off the coast of East London is seen as the most important biological find of the 20th Century.  Today the specimen can be viewed I the East London Museum, recognised as having the type specimen of the fish.  The Border region's status as a fossil rich destination, was further enhanced in 1964 with he discovery of the Nahoon trace fossil footprints.  Luminescence dating techniques have put the age of trace fossil footprints at 200 000 years, making them the world's oldest human (archaic Homo sapiens) footprints documented to date.

The Strandloper Trail is a five-day (65km) hike along the Wild Coast. The trail follows in the footsteps of the Strandloper, an all-embracing term of all those that roamed the shores from earliest time to the present.  Travelling on wave washed shores, past archeological and shipwreck sites, pristine estuaries and leafy forests, this is defined as the 'ultimate coastal adventure'.

Besides the archaeological riches strewn along our coastline, there are other sites with combined cultural and natural significance, one such outstanding feature is Cove Rock, situated 16km west of East London.  Cove Rock is the site of the 19th century prophet Nxele's resurrection attempts, home of the abantu bomlambo, breeding ground for the African Black Oystercatcher, and an example of a sandstone headland.  On acceptance, Cove Rock will become Buffalo City's first natural heritage sites.

East London's beaches are rated among the fines in the world.  Certain areas, mostly notably world famous Nahoon Reef, are renowned for their surfing and consisted wave conditions, and play host to international surfing competitions.  Water World and Fun Park on the west bank of the Buffalo River is a superb facility for children offering super tube, speed slides, river cascades, paddling pools, a play park and mini 4X4's.

The area's wide open stretches of coastline, sheltered lagoons and majestic cliffs are a paradise for anglers, and offer exceptional snorkeling, scuba diving and spear fishing. Huge reef fish such as mussel cracker abound, and in the autumn, the annual sardine run attracts fighting game fish such as marlin and yellowtail.  Also attracted to the area is a selection of sharks including the great white, tiger, dusky, ragged-tooth and milk shark. Boat charters cater for deep-sea and game fishing enthusiasts. Yacht charters from our waterfront, Latimer's Landing, are an exciting way of exploring the harbour and of viewing the City and coastline from another perspective, adrift on the Indian Ocean.

East London Aquarium, the oldest of its kind in South Africa, is home to 400 species of marine fauna including the recently discovered rare pygmy lobster.     At present the aquarium is exporting surplus penguins to Israel. Whale watching is best between the months of July to September when the magnificent Southern Right Whales migrate to our warm waters and protected bays. Dolphins are regularly spotted along our coastline all year round.  The Whale Deck and Pier at the Aquarium is an ideal vantage point and a telescope is provided for closer observation of our cetaceans. So do keep an eye open for the blue flag, hoisted to signal the presence of whales in the vicinity.

Exploration of Buffalo City and its rich natural environment can take the form of activities, ranging from mild physical exertion to strenuous. A wide selection of beach, bush and game reserve horse trails is available, catering for beginners to experienced riders. Bike trails are becoming more popular and our coastal and mountain trails prove challenging and unmatched in their scenic beauty. The various 4x4 trails along coastal and mountains terrain provides off-road enthusiasts with abundant opportunity of skillful driving. The Border Aviation Club and AV8 Helicopters offer scenic flights and tourism charters to destinations of choice. Local micro-lighting and paragliding clubs offer adventure seekers a guaranteed adrenaline rush. Flight instruction courses are available at each of these clubs for aspiring pilots.  Abseiling is also available at selected river mouth cliffs.


Conferences

Buffalo City is a popular, affordable conference destination and offers a wide range of multi-purpose conference venues and breakaways, equipped with all the facilities to ensure successful conferencing.  Excellent support services, such as conference organisers and equipment providers are available, and add to the convenience and desirability of the are as a conference destination.

Venues are found throughout Buffalo City.  Our conference and incentive venues range form small, intimate guest houses, lodges and private game reserves to luxurious hotels and halls with well equipped facilities, accommodating in excess of 1000 delegates.

East London has a wealth of seaside conference venues and some urban locations.  Almost all the luxury hotels in the area have modern conference facilities. 

Holiday destination & relaxation

Affordability, an exceptionally favourable climate, warm hospitality, excellent cuisine and an unhurried atmosphere make Buffalo City an ideal destination for relaxing holidays.  The City's numerous tourist attractions and sound infrastructure offer ample opportunity for recreational activities.

Our strategic location and position as gateway to the Sunshine Coast and Country, the Wild Coast and Amotola Region allows easy access to a diversity of uniquely attractive landscapes, historically and culturally rich living heritage and natural treasures.  Visitors entering Buffalo City have a range of highways and byways to choose from, depending on the preferred mode of transport.

Accommodation

Luxury hotel accommodation range, the region boasts no less than eight accredited establishments with standards and facilities rated from very good to excellent.  A recent addition to this category is the luxury tented chalets and thatched chalets, with en-suite facilities, now available in the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve.  For those on holiday seeking the privacy of self-catering units, there is an extensive list of holiday apartments, chalets and cottages, located along the seaside and in urban centres.  Guesthouses and B&B establishments form the majority of accommodation facilities available in the region, ranging in location from City centre to farms in the region. 

Sport

Our exceptional sports facilities and good weather make Buffalo City an inviting sporting destination for all seasons.  Sport in Buffalo City has a proud heritage with a long list of 'South Africa's Sports Firsts' with many world famous sport legends originating form this area.  Today this heritage is reflected in the numerous sport clubs represented, including bowls, tennis, athletics, road running, cycling, horse riding, fishing, surfing, 4X4, basket ball, aviation, hockey, martial arts, yachting, scuba diving and many more.  This guarantees a warm welcome to our visitors, encouraging participation and interest.

Restaurants

Service excellence, delectable food and breathtaking settings all contribute to the local ambience of restaurant dining in Buffalo City.  The well established restaurants on the East London Esplanade,  offer al fresco dining.  Some seafood restaurants can be singled out for their delectable seafood.  More exotic African dishes such as crocodile, buffalo, ostrich and other game products are on offer

Attractions

An abundance of attractions are found in the region, reflecting its rich cultural, natural and historical heritage.  There are two provincial museums in the area and more municipal and private institutions.  Major attractions in the East London Museum include the most famous fish in the world, the original specimen of the Coelacanth "Latimeria Chaluma", a fish thought to be extinct for 70 million years.  The Nahoon fossil footprints of Homo Sapiens, recently re-dated to 200 000 years old, have forced scientist to rethink the age and sites of the origins of man.  The finest collection of Southern Nguni material culture of the 19th centuries to be found anywhere, is displayed an the second floor of the Museum; as well as shipwreck artifacts from 17th century Portuguese wrecks, the 18th century wreck of the 'Governor' and the 20th century wreck of the 'Oceanos'.  Gately House, a satellite house museum of the EL Museum, belonged to the first mayor of East London, dating back to 1876, still with its original Victorian furniture and furnishings. A visit to Queens Park Zoo and Gardens, and the Aquarium is well worthwhile.  The Calgary Museum of Transport houses a fascinating collection of carts, wagons, buggies and a gypsy caravan.

The Amatole Museum in King William's Town, home of Huberta the wandering hippo, houses one of the best Xhosa displays in the country and the fourth largest mammal collection in the southern hemisphere is kept here.  The Missionary Museum, a satellite of the Amothole Museum, housed in an old church in King William's Town, is the only one of its kind in Southern Africa.  Further afield, the Haddon Grotto Museum at Kei Road, 50km from East London, contains a selection of excellent rock art photographs and artifacts from over 100 sites.