Cheap Flights to East London
Known as Buffalo City by locals, East London lies on the South East coast of South Africa between the Nahoon and Buffalo rivers with the only river port in the country. The city is the second largest in the Eastern Cape and located north of the Sunshine Coast, a magnificent 300km stretch of coastline with St Francis Bay at the southern end. With a laid back vibe, visitors to the city always receive a warm welcome from locals.
When you land in East London Airport, having got Cheap Flights To East London, you will be one of 20-30 flights landing there daily. The airport sees over 400 000 passengers annually and is your gateway to the Eastern Cape.
Many overseas travellers on driving excursions stop in East London en-route while others with time or financial restraints prefer taking a cheap flight with the added advantage of cheaper accommodation and car hire via partnerships with FlySafair, Kulula, Airlink, Mango, South African Airways or South African Express.
For visitors planning vacations according to their weather preferences, March is generally the warmest with July the coolest, November the wettest, June the driest and March, October and November experience the most rainfall.
For total relaxation The Blue Lagoon Hotel affords exactly that! Overlooking the Nahoon River where it joins the ocean the hotel is situated amidst sub-tropical foliage and offers guests either lagoon or garden facing suites with easy access to both the beach and lagoon. The hotel is suitable for holiday makers, team building excursions and business people that require conference facilities. Alternatively, business travellers that want to be in close proximity to the business district can stay at the Premier Hotel Regent on the Esplanade, only 15 minutes from the airport. Additional hotels available are King David, Garden Court and HighGate. Visitors preferring a more homely environment have a superb choice of B&Bs to choose from to fit their specific requirement.
Top 10 Cheap Flights To East London – One-way
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What to do in East London
There is so much to be seen and to experience in the East London area its advisable to hire a rental vehicle either at the airport or in the city where you’ll find Avis, Budget and many other reputable car hire companies.
The fabulous beaches, of which there are plenty to choose from, are always a favourite for parents with children and anyone that enjoys walking, surfing, swimming or relaxing in the sun with Gonubi Lagoon being extremely popular for families. Queens Park Zoo with its amazing variety of aviaries, reptiles, primates and big cats and the East London Aquarium that opened in 1931, making it one of the oldest in the country, are both enjoyed by locals and visitors.
Visitors that appreciate nature and hiking, like beaches, have no shortage of trails to tackle. The Tilty Hill Trail is an 8km circular one-day trail that takes hikers through the Horseshoe Valley, banana plantations and into a natural forest. The Dassie Trail in the Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve is perfect for families and keen birders as well as the Umtiza Nature Reserve Trail, great on hot, windy days that take hikers across a sparkling stream and through attractive woodlands home to numerous wild-life, cycads and butterflies. Enjoy the day with white lions and Bengal tigers at The Lion Park on the Sutterheim Road, a few kilometres outside Beacon Bay and if you have children, go prepared with apples and carrots for feeding the animals.
Art connoisseurs will appreciate the Ann Bryant Art Gallery, home to a worthy collection of South African artists particularly from the 1960s and earlier. Works from Judith Mason, George Pemba, Walter Battiss, John Maufangejo and many others can be appreciated. Vincent Art Gallery located in Selborne is another gallery to visit.
Hemingways Mall in Dorchester Heights off the N2 highway is a must for shopaholics. With over 200 stores to purchase a variety of gifts and items, customers can take a break for coffee or lunch and enjoy a music or fashion show in the amphitheatre. When you’ve shopped until you can drop, grab a chair and try your luck at one of 380 slots or poker, roulette or blackjack tables at Hemingways Casino where you may think you’ve been in a time machine and taken back to the 1920s, such is the decor, blending elegance with opulence.
East London becomes alive with business booming when annual sporting events occur with fitness fanatics visiting to be spectators or participants in the Buffalo Marathon the Washie 100 Miller or the Standard Bank IRONMAN and not forgetting motor racing fans who attend the East London Grand Prix Circuit. For the more relaxed sport of golf, there are no less than seven golf clubs to choose from.