Just 30 minutes North of East London is the much sought after Eastern Cape holiday destination of Kwelera, where the coast is wild with vegetation, and rocky tidal pools are pounded by waves. It's on this beautiful Eastern Cape coastline that surfers take to the waves, sun-worshippers bask on the unspoilt beach, and young and old alike enjoy paddling in the Kwelera River. Anglers can fish from either the surf or the Kwalera river mouth, which is famous for it's 2009 discovery of a two winged flying fish. On this scenic part of the Eastern Cape coastline, the sand dunes can rise as high as 250m, and are home to small buck, monkeys and a rich bird life, making Kwelera, with its fascinating blend of marine life and terrestrial fauna and flora, well worth a visit for its unsurpassed beauty.
When looking where to eat in Kwelera, you can enjoy a languid lunch or sundowners on the deck of the Areena Restaurant - the place to dine alfresco beneath a giant wild fig tree on the banks of the Kwelera River, while enjoying traditional fish & chips and home-made pie, chips and gravy.
Towns near Kwelera accommodation on Where To Stay
Travelling North from Kwelera you will find Glengariff, Eastern Cape (16.6km from Kwelera accommodation)
Imagine strolling wide expanses of white, sandy beaches that stretch for miles and miles ... imagine the feel of cool sea spray, and the sound of crashing waves ... this is Glengariff, on the magnificent Amatola & Stormberg coast of the Eastern Cape. It's no wonder it's called Glen Eden Beach, as it truly is 'Eden', an Eastern Cape paradise like you've never experienced before!
Glengariff may feel remote because of its close proximity to the East London Coast Nature Reserve - a lush combination of coastal forest, valley and dune thicket, grassland and thorn bushveld. This is where leopards still finds refuge, as well as blue duiker, tree dassies, and exotic birdlife like Cape Parrots and Crowned Eagles. For the treat of a lifetime, the Southern Right Whale can be sighted along the Glengariff Eastern Cape coast between July and September, and the unique and unexplained phenomenon of the annual 'Sardine Run' around June is not to be missed. This is when the Eastern Cape coast comes to life with an energetic buzz as the tiny silver fish beach. Considered to be the greatest shoal on earth, these billions of silver fish on the Sardine Run bring with them numerous larger game fish, dolphins, sharks, seals, whales and a variety of birdlife seeking an easy meal, making Glengariff's annual ocean extravaganza undoubtedly one of the most spectacular Eastern Cape marine events.
For outdoor adventure, Glengariff, Eastern Cape offers kite surfing, scuba diving, horse riding, quad biking and hiking trails that let you fully experience the beauty of the Eastern Cape coastline.
Why not stay awhile in these extraordinary unspoilt Eastern Cape surrounds, at Glengariff Self Catering accommodation which overlooks the mighty Indian Ocean, or in Glengariff Holiday Resort accommodation nestled deep in a natural valley along the Eastern Cape Kwelegha River. Visit the Where To Stay Glengariff accommodation page to see more.
Cintsa (Chintsa), Eastern Cape (25 minutes North of Kwelera accommodation)
Chintsa, formerly known as Cintsa, meaning ‘river of crumbling banks’ in Xhosa, is the start of the Eastern Cape Wild Coast, (38km North-East of East London) a section of unspoilt African coastline with over 12km of sandy beach and natural forest, perfect for sunbathing, fishing, birding and hiking. Chintsa / Cintsa is in actual fact two little villages lying on the banks of the Chintsa River and estuary - Cintsa East lies on the North shore of the Chintsa River nestled between the lagoon and indigenous forest, and Chintsa West the less developed of the two, lies to the South of Chintsa River. Widely known to have the 'best weather in the world’, Cintsa's tropical year-round climate makes for mild temperatures, ideal for 'year after year' return visits to this beautiful part of the Eastern Cape. Just 9km away from Chintsa East, the Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve is home to the Big Five and a variety of antelope, as well as giraffe and zebra. This magnificent Eastern Cape reserve is also where you can enjoy a 'once in a lifetime' elephant back safari. When you’re not horse riding on the beach, or taking long walks along the surf-line, go eat at the Chintsa Country Bumpkin Restaurant, where you can experience the true essence of Eastern Cape hospitality in a rustic yet chic, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. For traditional home-style African food, Emthombeni Restaurant will feed you with delicious flavourful meals made from the freshest ingredients. For the beer lover, visit the Chintsa Emerald Vale Brewery, where you can sample beer made using rain water and all natural ingredients.
Then go home to your Cintsa Self Catering accommodation, situated in prime positions to give you magnificent, uninterrupted views of the ocean, river and Chintsa Beach. For more info on these Cintsa establishments, visit the Where To Stay Cintsa (Chintsa) accommodation page.
Heading South from Kwelera you'll come across Gonubie, Eastern Cape (20.2km from Kwelera accommodation)
Gonubie is a quaint Eastern Cape seaside village with scenic walks, a boardwalk from the grassy verge of the beach to the lagoon mouth, indigenous fauna and flora, and one of the most exceptional Blue Flag beaches on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. Gonubie Beach is frequented by visitors from all over the world, who flock to this superb Eastern Cape beach for the surfing, swimming, rock fishing and of course sunbathing.
To stay in this charming Eastern Cape town, you will find elegant Tuscan style Gonubie Bed & Breakfast accommodation at Grande Vista, which overlooks the Gonubie River, and for the golf lover, the Ocean Dreams B&B is just 300m from the challenging Gonubie Golf Course, with only 9 greens with 18 different tee boxes! For longer stays, upmarket Gonubie Self Catering Apartment accommodation overlooks the dramatic Eastern Cape Wild Coast. See Where To Stay's Gonubie accommodation.
For fabulous food in Gonubie, the Galaxy Grill combines a fine dining and family restaurant experience at affordable prices, where good times are guaranteed. At Gonubie's Heavenly Pancake House, you can sit outside and indulge in decadent pancakes, and sip a cappuccino while you watch the dolphins play in the waves.
Beacon Bay, Eastern Cape (25 minutes South of Kwelera accommodation)
Beacon Bay is known as the 'garden town' of the Eastern Cape, Amatola & Stormberg region, and is considered to be one of the most picturesque towns in the Eastern Cape. Closely situated to the Indian Ocean, Beacon Bay is an amazing little gem in the East London area - with spectacular beaches and scenery, it's also the gathering place for arts and crafts enthusiasts, who can enjoy the variety of wares at the Craft Gallery. Beacon Bay, situated on the Nahoon River Estuary, will provide you with all the necessary conveniences - shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas, and plenty of superlative Beacon Bay Bed & Breakfast, and Beacon Bay Self Catering accommodation, where you can "awaken to the sounds of the ocean". To see the full Where To Stay menu of these fine Beacon Bay establishments, visit the Beacon Bay accommodation page.
Bonnie Doon, Eastern Cape (24.2km South of Kwelera accommodation)
East London, Bonnie Doon is known as "a little piece of Heaven". With panoramic views of the gently winding Nahoon River stretching all the way to the Eastern Cape Indian ocean, and the Nahoon Beach within walking distance, Bonnie Doon is the perfect Eastern Cape choice for your East London holiday destination.
When looking Where To Stay, Bonnie Doon Bed & Breakfast accommodation at the plush 4 Star Arum House is situated just minutes away from Nahoon Beach, and five minutes drive from East London CBD. For Bonnie Doon Self Catering accommodation, Nine on Irvine Guesthouse is ideally situated in the East London Area, be it for business or leisure. Visit the Where To Stay Bonnie Doon accommodation page for more info on these Eastern Cape establishments.
For premier entertainment for the whole family, Hemingways Casino in nearby Vincent Heights is just a 2.5km drive from Bonnie Doon accommodation.
East London, Eastern Cape (30.8km and 30 minutes South of Kwelera accommodation)
For those who can't do without big city life, Kwelera accommodation is about 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of East London, where visitors to East London can enjoy a variety of water sports and outdoor activities, restaurants, shopping centres, movie theatres, and a buzzing night life that comes alive when the sun goes down. A visit to the East London Queens Park Zoo & Gardens which houses about 50 mammal species, including chimpanzees and white lions is a 'must', and the history buff will enjoy Gately House, which was built in 1876 and proclaimed a National Monument in 1973. This Eastern Cape, East London treasure is an excellent example of a modest Victorian home, and is one of the only house museums in South Africa which still contains the original furniture.
For the outdoor adventurer, Ruff Enuff Tours hosts tours from East London to various parts of the Eastern Cape - trips to waterfalls, cultural villages and everything that is wild and beautiful.
If you prefer to stay in the East London Area, you'll be spoiled for choice with an abundance of East London Bed & Breakfast accommodation, and East London Self Catering accommodation. For East London accommodation where pets are allowed, go to the Where To Stay East London Pets Allowed web page. For more details on East London accommodation, see the Where To Stay East London accommodation page.
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It is our mission to search for, and recruit a wide selection of suitable Kwelera accommodation, particularly the more popular categories such as Kwelera Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Kwelera Self Catering accommodation, Kwelera Guest House accommodation, and other Kwelera lodges such as Self Catering Cottages in Kwelera, and Kwelera Hotels.
We strive to present a mixture of upmarket Kwelera accommodation, and affordable accommodation (to suit all pockets and tastes), especially for Self Catering accommodation in Kwelera, which is a category more geared for family holiday accommodation in Kwelera. Kwelera Hotels should be considered for business or holiday accommodation in Kwelera (or in towns near Kwelera).
Suitable Kwelera accommodation can also be found in nearby towns such as : Glengariff - 16.6km from Kwelera accommodation; Beacon Bay - 19km from Kwelera accommodation; Gonubie - 20.2km from Kwelera accommodation; Bonnie Doon - 24.2km from Kwelera accommodation; Cintsa (Chintsa) - 25km from Kwelera accommodation; East London - 30.8km from Kwelera accommodation.
We recommend that, if in doubt about accommodation quality, and to put your mind at ease, you should consider Star Graded accommodation in Kwelera, whether it be Star Graded Self Catering Kwelera accommodation, or Star Graded Kwelera Bed and Breakfast accommodation. See Where to Stay for our Star Graded Kwelera accommodation page.
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Afrikaans alternate search phrase - Kwelera akommodasie or Kwelera akomodasie.