Come 24 January 2016 one of the world’s toughest one day endurance events, IRONMAN 70.3 is making its way to East London, South Africa. The triathlon is a combination of a 1.9 km swim, 90.1 km cycle and a 21.1 km run.
It is the ultimate test of hard work, dedication, endurance and commitment – all qualities that keep us moving forward and why we are proud to sponsor such a courageous event. For those in town to support the athletes, here are other ways to enjoy everything that East London has to offer. From the breath-taking coastline to the mouth-watering meals, there’s no shortage of activities to get involved in come IRONMAN weekend.
Water sports/ Beaches
East London is undeniably one of the best cities in the country for water sports. Whether you decide to do a shallow dive at Glen Elden Point or are looking for more adventure at Gonubie Point, East London has various water sports. For adrenaline pumping action, you can choose between inflatable boat races, surfing or sailing. If you like to get up close and personal then scuba diving is for you. East London has a selection of incredible beaches to choose from and plenty of beautiful aquatic life for the kid too.
East London offers many hiking trials often accompanied by spectacular scenery. Running from Kei River Mouth to Gonubie, Nahoon Hiking Trial is our top pick. The easy 2km trail is one the whole family will enjoy. The trail meanders along on a boardwalk with information boards and plenty of tree labels for the attentive nature lovers. The Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve is open from 09:00- 16:00 and entrance is free.
Fancy a cultural exchange like none other? Look no further than the Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village. Immerse yourself in the electric energy of age old Xhosa traditions, filled with singing and beating drums. You can be granted a royal visit if you so wish and get the opportunity to share uMqombothi or traditional beer with the reigning chief.
East London’s gorgeous coastline is rich in culinary delights. For a fine dining experience, be sure to visit local favourite Grazia Food and Wine. Boasting impeccable service and exceptional food, it is perfect for date night. Lavender Blue is set in front of a beautiful lake making this food market an essential family stop for all your favourite artisanal treats. If a great burger is more your thing Sanook Café is an absolute must. Follow the links to make reservations early and avoid the rush over IRONMAN weekend.
Since its establishment in 1921, the East London museum has become one of the country’s most interesting historical venues. This museum was instrumental in discovering coelacanth, the fish that was thought to have gone extinct 65 million years ago! Isn’t that an interesting fact to share at your next braai? Filled with artefacts and gems, this outing will be a free midweek educational treat for the whole family.