Exciting East London: 8 Activities to get your heart racing

East London is often overlooked as a holiday destination in South Africa. Yet this river port city is an adventure-hub offering some of the country’s wildest escapes. 

In East London, you get the benefit of city life – complete with excellent dining options and shopping experiences – along with South Africa’s best outdoor adventure offerings. 

As East London sits neatly between the warm Indian Ocean, the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River, it’s the perfect escape for water-adventurers, especially.  

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Horse-riding on the Beach

Experience horseriding on the beach with the ocean on one side of you and magnificient dunes on the other. Trails vary and include half and full day outings, both led by professional guides.

There are various companies that specialise in horse expeditions. Check out

Wild Coast Horse-back Adventures, Three Sisters Horse Trails or Mkulu Kei Horse Trails for more details. 

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Chill-out on Burnside Touch Farm 

This laid-back farm provides the perfect environment for the whole family to enjoy a fun and relaxed day. The petting zoo hosts a wide range of well-kept, cool animals and there is also various playground areas, horse rides, four-wheeler cart rides and catch and release fishing is you bring your own rod!


Open Tuesday to Saturday 09:00 – 16:00, Sunday 8:30 – 14:30

Learn to Surf

East London is well-known for its epic waves  and upspoilt beaches. If you’re a water-baby, you cannot be here and

not test the waters. 

Sugar Shack Backpackers offers surf lessons with qualified instructors on the Nahoon Beach. 

Contact them on 043 722 8240 or 074 890 8405 

Learn 2 Surf also offers lessons. Contact them via their website for prices. 

Play a round of Extreme Golf

If 18 holes aren’t enough to keep you entertained, try the 28-hole

Extreme Golf option at Beacon Bay Crossing.

They operate Monday to Sunday 08:00 to 22:00

Contact them on 043 706 6808

Do a Paddle 

Areena Riverside Resort

 just north of East London offers a wide selection of action packed adventures. Opt for a river cruise (R70 pp for full cruise, R50 pp for half) or canoe trail (R80 pp half day, R120 pp full day). You can also go out on their sea kayaks (R80 pp half day, R120 pp full day) or hire a pedal boat (R70 per hour). 

Go Go-Karting

Parents pretend to take their kids to this awesome arena, but they enjoy it equally as much!

Electric Avenue offers a fast, exciting race circuit in a safe and controlled environment. 

Open Sunday to Thursday 09:00 to 23:00 and Friday and Saturday 09:00 to midnight

Contact them on 043 726 9727

Quad bike through a Game Reserve 

If you’re not a fan of sitting on the back of an open safari vehicle and would rather drive your own vehicle when viewing game, why not go on quad bike game drive at 

Areena Riverside Resort

? They charge R110 per person for a 20 minutes ride, R250 per person for one hour and  R350 per person for a two hour outing. 

Visit the Apex Predator Snake Park 

If you’re interested in slithering subjects, this is the place to go. The snake park is relatively small, but they host over 130 species of reptiles including Africa's most deadly! There are also Reptile awareness/identification sessions and handling courses where visitors have the opportunity to interact with the reptiles.

Open from Wednesday to Sunday 09:00 to 16:00

Contact them on 079 491 6486

Where to eat:

Pub Grub: Buccaneers Sports Pub and Grill



New kid on the block:

Sprouts Bistro 

Old favourite:

Lavender Blue Market

Where to stay: 

Luxury: Quarry Lake Inn


Cozy Nest Guest House

Budget: Buffalo River Self Catering

ALSO READ: Sleeping cheap as you explore SA

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