Nahoon is a middle class suburb in the small but friendly city of East London, in South Africa's Eastern Cape. It is located to the north of East London's harbour and the city's central business district. The suburb, just like many of East London's suburbs, is decidedly green, and the developed parts, which boast large properties and big houses, are interspersed with tracts of jungle-like vegetation. This jungle feel is heightened, of course, by the presence of the river.
Nahoon gets its name from the Nahoon River, a long water way which travels through one of the southern-most mangrove swamps in the world on its way to the Indian Ocean. It is one of 3 big rivers which define East London, dividing it into parts. The other rivers are the Gonubie and the Buffalo Rivers. The Nahoon Dam located further up the river, supplies water for some parts of East London.
Nahoon the suburb is located on the western bank of the river, and is flanked on either side by Woodleigh and Nahoon Beach respectively. The suburb of Nahoon Beach is the only thing standing in between Nahoon and the Indian Ocean, making a trip to the beach very easy. This fact is especially noteworthy for surfers, as just next to the Nahoon River mouth, lies Nahoon Reef, one of East London's famous surf spots.
Just on the other side of the river is the Nahoon Local Authority Nature Reserve and nearby is the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve, which boasts a series of boardwalks with spectacular views over the ocean.
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Surfing Nahoon has been a life long dream of ours and we were not disappointed. The waves were magnificent, the beach safe, the lifeguards on top form and the dune rides exhilarating. We paddled up the river and swam and played and generally just had a wonderful time. We have traveled up and down the coast of South Africa and were completely surprised about the quality of this beach! What a treat!
- Julia Cloete
I grew up in the area so it was wonderful to visit again after many years.
The wedding we attended was on the north bank of the river mouth and it was the first time I had this view of Nahoon so it was really wonderful.
- Ben Pretorius
Nahoon is one of the better areas to stay in East London. Close enough to everything, yet away from the CBD area which is really not the best!
- Frans Reuvers
Lovely , quiet suburb, close to everything and popular beaches.
- Judith Van Dyk
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