The South African city of East London draws more and more tourists. It's no longer an independent city, but it's part of Buffalo City which also includes Bhisho and King William’s Town. The tourist office therefore promotes the entire area as Buffalo City, a bit confusing if you want to go to East London. Most tourists are attracted by the beaches east of town.
East London has approximately 400,000 inhabitants.
East London is located on the southeast coast of South Africa, in the Eastern Cape Province, on the Indian Ocean. The city is built between the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River.
East London is an industrial center with an emphasis on car industry. The Daimler plant near the port produces Mercedes cars for the local market and for export to the United States. Other industries in East London include clothing, pharmaceutical industry and food-processing companies. There's a tax-free Industrial Development Zone between the port and the airport to attract investors.
East London Airport is situated 5 kilometers southwest of the city center, on the other side of the Buffalo River. It's easily reachable by rental car via Settlers Way.
Officially East London has no public transport system. There are so-called minibus taxis, but they are often crowded and not safe. There are, however, bus connections with other cities in South Africa, exploited by the companies Translux and Greyhound.
Traffic and Parking
Finding your way around East London isn't difficult, but as in many other South African cities you need to be on the alert not to jeopardize your own safety. Always close your windows and lock your doors when driving. Only park your rental car at official, guarded parking lots.
The city itself has very few accommodations and they mainly consist of basic guesthouses and bed & breakfasts. Most tourists stay at one of the many holiday hotels and resorts in one of the villages along the East Coast, including Yellowsands, Glen Eden, Gonubie, Queensbury Bay, Cintsa-West and Cintsa-East.
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Frequently asked questions
Is EasyTerra Car Rental the cheapest?
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
What do I need to do when picking up a car?
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
Are there any additional costs?
Our rates are all-inclusive. Our reservation department will inform you in advance should additional costs apply. You can always cancel your booking free of charge if you do not agree (this must be done at least 48 hours prior to the start of the car hire period).
What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
What is a worry-free label?
This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.
How can I change or cancel my reservation?
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
When will I get a confirmation of my booking?
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).
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