East London, South Africa
South Africa's East Cape is known as the "Romantic Coast" with miles of white sand beaches, fertile agricultural lands and inland forests. In 1848, this region was annexed by Britain's Cape Colony, and the name East London was given to the river harbor. It is the region's largest city and the only river port, and it has grown into a major center of industry and agriculture. The city features graceful 19th century architecture and a museum that boasts one of the most complete exhibits of natural history in South Africa.
Steven Biko Statue
Former President Nelson Mandela unveiled the statue to honor the martyred activist Steven Biko, which now graces City Hall.
East London Museum
This museum has splendid exhibits on the native Xhosa culture and the coelacanth, the 400-million-year-old fish thought extinct until one was caught off South Africa.
Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve
This game reserve north of East London boasts populations of wildebeest, rhinoceros, springbok antelopes and more. Arrangements to visit must be made in advance.
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