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Located on the Eastern Cape of South Africa, the city of East London lies on the coast of the Indian Ocean, providing visitors with inspiring sea views. The city's beautiful, sandy coastline, range of fine dining and friendly, welcoming atmosphere make East London one of South Africa's best cruise destinations, attracting many tourists every year. East London's warm subtropical climate combined with its excellent range of excursions and sights make the city a fantastic place to either relax in the sun or go out looking for excitement.
East London's pristine beaches are the perfect place to take a stroll or relax and soak up the sun. Alternatively, visitors can take a dip in the warm Indian Ocean and go snorkelling around the coastline. The city also has an excellent selection of museums and art galleries with a range of fascinating exhibits. Alternatively, tourists could go to the theatre to see a performance or to head down to the Hemingways Casino for some gambling fun. East London also boasts several other brilliant sight-seeing opportunities.
Ikwenkwenzi Private Game Reserve
Located to the north east of East London, the Ikwenkwenzi Private Game Reserve covers an area of around 100km2 and accommodates all of the big five game animals; the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros as well as giraffes, zebras, antelops and many smaller species. The reserve's extensive collection of wildlife makes it one of South Africa's most popular tourist locations.
Queen's Park Botanical Garden and Zoo
Situated close to the city centre of East London, Queen's Park Botanical Gardens was originally opened by Queen Victoria in 1896. The zoo was a later addition, constructed in 1930. The zoo is home to over 90 species of animal and has a spectacular water fountain containing a collection of Koi fish. Aside from the zoo, the Queen's Park Botanical Gardens offer a peaceful, relaxing break from the bustling city of East London.
The Amathole museum is full of fascinating animal exhibits and contains second the largest collection of animals in South Africa. The Xhasa Gallery, situated within the museum focuses on the cultural history of the tribes of South Africa. A trip to Amathole museum is a great excursion for people hoping to discover more about South Africa's rich culture and heritage.
The city contains a variety of small independent shops and large shopping malls selling an abundance of souvenirs and general items. One of East London's most popular malls is Vincent Park shopping centre; a bright, fashionable and air-conditioned complex with over 100 different retailers, a multiplex cinema and ample parking. The city also boasts a selection of flea markets where visitors and locals can try to haggle for a bargain. Popular flea markets include Beacon Bay and Court Crescent Flea Market and are usually open at the weekends.
East London boasts a variety of fantastic dining options including extravagant restaurants, small cafes and fast food outlets. Cuisine from all over the world is available in a range of eateries all over the city, from the Asian dishes served at Zhong Hua restaurant to the contemporary Italian meals available from Grazia Fine Food and Wine.
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