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Is East London user friendly for DIY?

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Is East London user friendly for DIY?

Besides going to Mpongo Park Game Reserve, for the first timers, should we be visiting other attractions for the city?

Is this manageable for DIY type? We will have about 6-7 hours port time since we are cruise ship travelers.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Is East London user friendly for DIY?

This will be too late for you, but for future readers it might be of some benefit.....

East London is not at all "D.I.Y" friendly if you don't have your own transport.....you will struggle to even get as far as the town centre on foot. Municipal/Public transport is pretty non-existent, private taxis few on the ground, and shared taxis generally unsuitable for foreigners.

As a group on shore leave, I would suggest nominating a driver, then asking your on-board liason officer to get in touch with the car rental firms....all the big ones have offices at the airport (which is 15 km's from the harbour, and ask them to suggest either dropping your vehicle port-side, or collecting you and driving you to the airport. The harbour-master can also arrange private taxis to get you to the airport to collect a vehicle if asked.

The most sensible thing would be for groups of up to 5 to agree to pool their resources and travel together on their day out in East London, and split the costs. Frankly those left on the key-side without either a car, or an arranged escorted-tour might as well not disembark.

From the numerous posts on what to do once on shore, and in a vehicle, it seems the unanimous choice is Mpongo Park, which I suppose is predictable enough, but isn't what I would call a worthwhile Game Reserve. It's not a National Park, but a private reserve, one little bigger than generously sized farm, and only created as there isn't one close to East London, and so a phony wildlife reserve was created out of some failed farms suitably close to the city limits. The Addo, near PE, is considered the baby of SA National Parks and is 50 times bigger than Mpongo Park. Should you have the opportunity to go to ANY other wildlife reserve ANYWHERE in SA, go there instead......

So what is there to see in East London ??? Well frankly not a lot, but if you do need to scrape the barrel, I added some thoughts under the post "Getting started in East London" that might help to pass the time until your ship sets sail.

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