East London Accommodation

Trying to decide whether to book accommodation in East London? Just look at the history to help you decide.

At first glance, the small city of East London seems uninteresting, however, a rich history belies this poorly cared for spot on the coast. The city is situated in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, on the Indian Ocean coastline. The city itself is tucked strategically between two major rivers, namely, the Nahoon River to the North and the Buffalo River to the South. Owing to its situation, the city now holds pride of place as South Africa's only river port, a detail which may seem superfluous today, but was once vitally important. The port once provided supplies to the army who were based here, fighting against the indigenous Xhosa people for the rich, fertile land surrounding East London. In fact, these men were initially based at Fort Glamorgan, which was built solely to protect the port, and with time East London blossomed around the fort.

As for present-day tourist attractions, East London still holds a few cards. The climate is mild and pleasant all year round, it is surrounded by green undulating hills and the ocean is warm and inviting with top notch surf-able waves. Furthermore, the locals are amongst the friendliest you'll come across in South Africa. East London is also comparatively cheap and owing to the lack of hotels, you will find that East London accommodation is an intimate Bed and Breakfast or family-run guesthouse.

East London happens to make an excellent stop-over point too given its position on one of the most classic South African road-trip routes. The city is the most Northern point on South Africa's very own 'Sunshine Coast'. This stretch of seaside is sunny all year round (as the name implies) and comprises a number of cute and pretty seaside towns and inspiring conservation areas such as the Tsitsikama Marine Reserve and Addo Elephant National Park.

East London is also the gateway to the rural Eastern Cape and home to the Xhosa tribe. It is a region where one notices the traditional reed and mud huts painted in their distinctive Xhosa patterns. Historically speaking, this area is very significant given its Bantustan status in the Apartheid days - evidence of which can still be observed in the crowded cities and pot-holed roads.

If you are keen on genuine hospitality, are planning a road trip, have an interest in South Africa's history or all of the above, booking accommodation in East London is an absolute must.

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Byways Bed and Breakfast
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Byways is centrally situated in an upmarket suburb of East London close to the Eastern Beach, restaraunts and gym. The view from the deck in the garden overlooks a green protected forest area where br... Read More

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Your 'home away from home' in the charming coastal town of East London. Our desire is to see that your visit, whether for business or leisure, is as comfortable, convenient and cost-effective as possi... Read More

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Sunnyridge LODGE is a beautiful facility that sits atop a high rising erven overlooking Sunnyridge, a beautiful and leafy suburb with beautiful houses and vegetation, the Ocean, Golf Park, Grand Prix ... Read More

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Benri B&B and self catering is situated in Gonubie, a popular holiday resort on the Eastern Cape Coast, approximately 20 km from East London. The swimming beach of Gonubie is one of the few beaches in... Read More

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Glengarriff Lodge, situated just 25 km from East London, at the southern end of the Wild Coast, offers unsurpassed business and holiday accommodation. Nestled in the lee of the dune, only 50 paces ... Read More

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This upmarket, fully equipped self-catering cottages is located on the beautiful Wild Coast, a mere 20 kilometers from East London. These 2-bedroom cottages are nestled between the Kwesani River a... Read More

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Quarry Lake Inn is a four-star graded East London guesthouse overlooking a rehabilitated quarry in a quiet suburb of East London. The guesthouse has been in existence for 20 years, providing guests fr... Read More

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Princes Lodge Guesthouse is a 4 star urban cocoon nestled in the heart of East London. Guests enjoy the combination of the privacy of this boutique guesthouse, together with the proximity to restauran... Read More

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Harewood Lodge is an old family home, renovated to offer its guests a real "home away from home" experience. This double storey house offers spacious suites which have been luxuriously and tastefully... Read More

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At the Palms B&B is an exclusive accommodation situated in the upmarket suburb of Baysville East London within 1km to the Beachfront, East London Golf Course, East London International Convention Cent... Read More

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East London Reviews

Gonubie
Like it very much.
- Marius Shepherd

Glengariff
A beautiful place to spend a seaside holiday and close to amenities.
- William Matthewson

Gonubie
Love Gonubie. Clean beaches and friendly people with lots of sightseeing
- Zané Sergel

Cintsa
Stunning and unspoiled town. Best kept secret in South Africa.
- Cathy Van Den Heever

Beacon Bay
I liked the area. East London in general is very safe, so as a lady traveling on my own I felt comfortable walking to the shops.
- Chantell Lubbe