Stretching from the Wild Coast in the north to East London in the south is one of Africa's most beautiful coastlines. It's a coast of long beaches and wildly spectacular scenery.
We've written about some of the beaches, coastlines and towns we love in the southern part of the Eastern Cape; you'll find that in our surf and safari guide. We wrote about the Storm River area too. Now, it is to a wilder part of the region we head...
Gateway to the northern Wild Coast region, East London also has the nearest airport should you wish to fly into the area.
Driving from Cape Town to Durban or the other way? Then you will pass through the city and that is all that most people do ... pass through.
Don't do that.
Rather spend a few days here - the city is a fascinating and rather strange mix of cultures. Read why it is so weird and why it is worth stopping off.
It is near the Kei River mouth that you will find two of the Eastern Cape's and indeed South Africa's loveliest beaches. One is a huge expanse of pristine sands, sub-tropical forest and rolling waves while the other is a tiny treasure of a beach with ceramics from Ming vases scattered about. Don't miss out on a piece of paradise... and a piece of Ming vase too - our guide has the details.
Complete peace and quiet tucked away in lush vegetation with a beach of overwhelming beauty lapped by an ocean of crystal clear water. Does this sound like something you'd enjoy? Then let's head off to Chintsa - you will never want to leave!
Once upon a time a ship carrying coffee beans was wrecked here. In the warm sub-tropical climate the beans germinated and thrived. So was born the name Coffee Bay. Today Coffee Bay is located in one of the poorest and least developed parts of South Africa.
Should you bother to visit?
Well, it is beautiful, but consider these pros and cons before deciding: