Hood Point Lighthouse
Tel: 043 700 3056 / 2859. Visiting days: Mon-Wed-Fri 10h00 - 12h00, 13h00 - 15h00. Travel to the West Bank - Dr Zahn Road into Bank St and right into Hood St. The Hood Point Lighthouse was built in 1895.
Fort Glamorgan on the West Bank
Bank St, Fort Glamorgan was established in 1848 / 49 at the same time that the harbour was officially founded, to provide “quarters for troops and to include a large commissariat”. Permission to access the only remaining stricture, the Powder Magazine, must be obtained before visiting. Contact: Mr V. Hlatywayo Tel: 043 7311610
Historic buildings on the West Bank V
Post Office, First Magistrate’s Office, St Peters Church - the oldest church in East London, St Andrew’s Church German Settlers Memorial: Esplanade - Commemorates the 1858/9 arrivals of more than 2000 Germans.
Statue donated by the Italian people, which symbolises the universal humanity of all cultures. This statue has seven doves that represent the seven continents of the world; East London is the selected city to host the statue of the Multi-Cultural Man for the African continent.
City Hall - Oxford Street
Tel: 043 705 1068. Mayor David Rees laid the foundation stone in 1897. The design included the “Victoria Tower”, added to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 60 years on the throne. The marble staircase was constructed from marble directly imported from Italy.
Tel: 043 722 2141. 1 Park Gates Road (entrance also through the Zoo). Home of East London’s first Mayor: virtually all that is displayed was acquired by the original owners. Closed on Mondays.
Lock Street Gaol Complex
Fleet St. Formerly a prison built in the 1800’s and South Africa’s first women’s gaol, which housed persons such as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (ex-wife of Nelson Mandela) and Daisy de Melker, the women accused of poisoning two husbands and a son with arsenic.
Duncan Village Massacre
A monument located at the bridge near Duncan Village Cemetery marks the place where South African police fired on a crowd who had gathered to listen to anti-apartheid activist Steve Tshwete, killing 28 people. Sister Aidan Memorial (Duncan Village)
Nahoon Foot Prints
The 2.6km stretch of pristine coast is part of the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve and a network of boardwalks protects the fragile dune field and leads you to a lookout point where you can see Bat’s Cave, where the footprints were discovered. While there, you can visit the educational centre, designed in the shape of a footprint, and enjoy a meal at the Footprints Café with its unspoilt sea vie...