East London or better known as eMonti by the Xhosa. It’s a south-east coastal city in the Eastern Cape discovered by John Bailie a Lieutenant of the Royal Navy in 1836. The city is famously known for hosting sporting events and producing sporting legends in Cricket and Rugby. This city has also hosted a few Cricket and Rugby matches at Buffalo Park Stadium but not taking away from its sporting culture here are a few places to visit when in the city.
3 Silos MTB Adventure Trails
Located on Smythelands Road, any time of the year is the ideal time to take an adventure trail. The adventure trails are fast becoming the most popular for mountain bikers and trail runners. The trails are an adventure seeker and nature lovers dream and you can expect to see blue duiker, bushbuck, nyala, jackal buzzards, crested eagles, blue wildebeest, impala and mangoose long the trails.
Arthur’s Restaurant and Pub
Run by the original barkeepers, Rene and Goerge, the pub and restaurant promises to take its guests on a journey to an old English land. Arthur’s serves old school pub lunches like bangers and mash, steak and chips, hearty burgers and delicious pies. The menu draws sports lovers and welcomes formula One and Rugby enthusiasts on any day.
Imbizo Jazz Café Jam Sessions
On Fridays and Saturdays a live band can be hired for if group bookings are made at Imbizo Jazz Café. Imbizo offers music and art lovers poetry sessions every first and last Thursdays of each month. While you are taken aback by the entertainment, you can enjoy mouth watering traditional African cuisine consisting of Mozambique, Zimbabweanand other South African dishes.
Khaya La Bantu
Experience the Xhosa culture first hand at this unique cultural village where you will be treated to fantastic traditional music, delectable dishes and beverages. The performers fill the air with song and the atmosphere is electric with the sound of beating drums. You will discover the mystery of the sangomas and thrilling stick fights.
East London is definitely a city that is rich in sports and culture and is a must visit.