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EAST LONDON MUSEUM  Established in 1921 and considered to be one of the most interesting natural and cultural history museums in the country, the East London Museum features a number of fine exhibits, including the type specimen of the coelacanth, a fish previously believed to have become extinct some 80 million years ago, together with an extensive collection of beadwork relating to the Xhosa-speaking people. Collection highlights include the excavation of a large fossil reptile skull and skeleton, Kannemeyria simocephalus, near Tarkastad in 1934;  the discovery of the coelacanth in 1938, which resulted in national acclaim for the Museum;  an informative display of maritime history of the area;  work on trace human and animal trace fossil footprints found in coastal sandstone rockface, dated at 124 000 years old;  and the recent dating of the Hofmeyr skull at 36 000 years.
Contact 043 743 0686

ANN BRYANT ART GALLERY  The Ann Bryant Art Gallery seeks through its collections of fine and decorative arts to increase aesthetic awareness of cultural diversity and to afford our whole community means of enjoyment and enrichment from the visual arts. It also seeks to promote the work of worthy contemporary Eastern Cape artists. The Ann Bryant has a strong collection of South African art, especially from the 1960’s but also earlier works. At one time the East London Fine Art Society took over the running of the gallery and had major exhibitions, for example by Thinus de Jongh and Hugo Naude.  The gallery sometimes bought from these exhibitions. It holds works by Norman Catherine, Judith Mason, Walter Battiss, Sydney Carter, George Pemba, John Maufangejo, Cyprian Shilakoe, Willie Bester and many others.

Contact 043 722 4044


Fine collection of restored horse drawn vehicles and a gypsy caravan, situated just 3km from East London on Stutterheim Road. Open daily from 9am - 4pm.
Contact 043 730 7244

AMATHOLE MUSEUM The Amathole Museum, formerly the Kaffrarian Museum, was established in 1884 and is one of the oldest museums in South Africa. It is a natural and cultural history museum located in King William's Town. The museum houses the second largest collection of mammals in South Africa[citation needed] and includes the taxidermied body of Huberta, the hippopotamus.

Contact 043 604 4506


The Hood Point Lighthouse is situated next to the golf course on the West Bank within the boundaries of the City of East London.

The lighthouse was first lit on 4 June 1895. Before the commissioning of this lighthouse, Castle Rock Light was the 1st aid to navigation that was erected in the vicinity and, comprised of a fixed white light located on a wooden structure with a 4-metre high square rubble masonry foundation.

This is probably the most popular lighthouse with resident staff as it is situated within the city boundaries, overlooking a very fine golf course, although a cemetery is located on the eastern side of the lighthouse!

The origin of the name is a mystery, although maps dating back to 1849 refers to it as Point Hood. The most likely is that it may have been named after a Lt. Hood who was a member of the team that surveyed the area on instruction from the British Admiralty in 1823.

A commemorative plaque in memory of 18 vessels that ran aground in the vicinity has been erected on site.

Contact 043 700 3056

GERMAN SETTLER MONUMENT  This monument commemorates the arrival of the British German Legionaries of 1857 and the German (civilian) Settlers of 1858/9. The pillar feature represents the Brandenburg Gate, a feature of the once-walled city of Berlin. The pond represents the sea and the names of the ships which transported the immigrants out, are inscribed around it. On the west wall behind the Brandenburg gate are listed the settlements to which the immigrants were sent. The central feature of the monument is a drift stone on a plinth of local granite, a gift from the German government who shipped the stone out to King William’s Town.



What’s On in East London is the Eastern Cape's oldest and most established tourism and hospitality magazine and website, serving both local and visiting consumers in the popular river port city. The magazine is produced as a monthly publication in a handy booklet size. Apart from listings for local restaurants, hotels and important local retailers, the magazine and website is a vibrant window into the social life of the city with an extensive menu of entertainment events, social and sports clubs and service organisations.


What’s On in East London magazine is distributed to local and national tourism organisations, hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, the airport, restaurants, shopping centres, supermarkets, various waiting rooms, private hospitals as well as at the city’s most popular tourist attractions, including the zoo, aquarium, museum, and local theatres.

The magazine has been an integral part of the city’s marketing strategy for 50 years, and is a well-loved and treasured institution. We believe that our rich history and our bold vision for the future perfectly position the What’s On to become the authoritative tourism voice not only in the city, but in the greater Buffalo City region.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to make use of the What’s On in East London as an advertising vehicle for your services and products. We have many different advertising options available including full colour monthly magazine adverts and classifieds, website banners and links. Also, FREE event listing in the publication as well as on our social media platforms.


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