East London is a port city located on South Africa's southeast coast (Indian Ocean), in the Eastern Cape province. The city is situated largely between Buffalo River and Nahoon River, thus having the country's only river port. It has a population of around 270,000 (over 755,000 metropolitan) and covers a total area of around 169 km2 (65 ml2).
East London is province's 2nd largest industrial centre. The dominant employer is motor industry. A Daimler plant is situated next to the harbour and manufactures Mercedes-Benz and other vehicles, both for the local market, and for export to Brazil and the United States. Other industries include textiles, clothing, food processing and pharmaceuticals.
During 1960s-1990s, the apartheid government established tax and wage incentives in order to attract industries to the black "independent states", which included nearby Ciskei. Investment flowed into surrounding regions such as Dimbaza and Fort Jackson, leaving East London in isolation. Militant labour union activity was not favorable to productivity or good labour relations. Port activity wound down and transport infrastructure deteriorated.
To encourage investment in the city, East London Industrial Development Zone was established in 2004 on the West Bank, close to both the airport and the port. 1500 ha of land was made available, and the place is one of 4 duty-free development regions in South Africa.
Resorts in East London include: Areena, Cintsa East, Cintsa West, Glen Eden, Gonubie, Queensbury Bay and Yellowsands. Major attractionsinclude East London Museum, East London Zoo, Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve, Mpongo Private Game Reserve, Yellow Sands Caravan Park, and numerous memorial statues. The East London Museum houses the coelacanth, prehistoric fish thought to be extinct, which was discovered live at Chalumna Mouth near East London in 1938. The city is well known as a surfing haven, and its beaches are among the best in the country.
The unique double-decker bridge over Buffalo River was finished in 1935 and to this day, is the only of its type in South Africa.
Port East London cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from East London, South Africa. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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The East London cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near East London, South Africa.
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