On one the loveliest stretches of the Eastern Cape's magnificent Indian Ocean coastline, East London is South Africa's only river port city, set beside the broad Buffalo River. It's an attractive and young-at-heart place that preserves architectural and other intriguing reminders of its past British connections (try the shopping in Oxford Street!). The beautiful beaches, the pubs, shops and restaurants of the Latimers Landing waterfront and the exhilarating scenery of the spectacular and unspoilt Wild Coast to the north will all compete for your time.
The city is the site of an art gallery, a zoo, and an aquarium. The first known specimen of a coelacanth, a fish thought to have been extinct for several million years, was caught in 1938 near East London and is preserved in the city museum. In 1847 East London was used as a British garrison and base during a war between the British and the indigenous Xhosas.
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