Gateway to the Wild Coast, East London is nicknamed the Buffalo City due to its position on the Buffalo River and is the perfect hub for adventure seeking holidays. With stretches of untouched beaches, rolling hills and wildly beautiful landscapes this charming but underrated town should definitely be on your adventure bucket list.
3 Silos Adventure Trails
Amongst blue gums, rivers, indigenous forest and natural veld are some of the best trails in East London. A favourite for trail runners and mountain bikers, 3 Silos trails include a 10km, 18km, 20km and even a Kiddies Loop with some short trails for the kids. The perfect escape for any outdoor enthusiast you can even keep your eyes peeled for the local inhabitants which include blue duiker, bushbuck, nyala, jackal buzzards, crested eagles, blue wildebeest, impala, mongoose and dung beetles. You’re guaranteed a safe ride as trails are constantly monitored, rebuilt and improved and fees are payable via an honesty box system which means trails are open 24/7 making it a brilliant night riding experience but keep your head lights on and be on the lookout for wildlife.
Surf the Nahoon Reef
This ones only for those with a good amount of experience under their belt as conditions can be tricky but it is sure to be a lot of fun for the ocean lovers out there. The waves at Nahoon are world class with some massive swells which have made it the destination of countless surf competitions and a favourite spot for many pro surfers all over the world. The sheer size and power of these waves make for a spectacular sight and some radical surfing.
Bats Cave Trail
Also in Nahoon Point Nature Reserve is this well-known little trail starting at the Coastal Education and Visitor Centre and down the boardwalk onto the beach. A little further down the beach lies the first of a series of sandstone coves. Exploring the coves is made easier by walkways, winding in and around these fascinating formations. Along the way you will pass the world famous excavation site where the oldest human footprints known to man were found in 1964. The actual Bat’s cave is not very far and only about 1.1 km from the start but be sure to plan it as Bat’s Cave is only accessible during low tide. Short but sweet, this walk is the perfect opportunity to do some exploring and gain some perspective on the impressive panoramic views of Nahoon provided throughout.
Wild Coast Horseback Adventures
Just an hour north of East London you’ll find Wild Coast Horseriding Adventures amongst stunning rural landscapes, rolling hills and wild unspoiled beaches. What better way to see the beauty of the Wild Coast than on horseback? There are a number of different rides available with everything from a few hours to a full week riding holiday and from beach meanders to exciting safari rides. Riders of all levels of experience are welcome and experienced guides will be with you every step of the way with a wealth of knowledge of the area, taking you along all the hidden trails and best spots. Take a look at their website for more details.
East London has some fantastic rock climbing spots for those daredevils willing to risk it. If that sounds like you a small group of like-minded individuals gather every weekend at the very bottom of Snow Water Road in Dorchester Heights where there is a footpath leading to the popular Windmill Hole with two different routes. Horseshoe Valley is another popular spot where the The New South Africa Crag (NSA) was developed in 1999 here you can test your skills with some challenging but fun routes. There are many secret climbing spots known to the locals so why not contact the Mountain Climbing Club to find out more.