Coastal East London, South Africa, 470 mi/760 km south of Johannesburg, was established in 1836 by the British as a military post, which they used as a base during the Xhosa wars.
Today it has the wonderful East London Museum, with excellent anthropological displays, including the only known dodo egg and a stuffed coelacanth (a fish thought to have been extinct for more than 70 million years—until one was netted near East London in 1938).
While in town, also see the Gately House museum. Lo... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2018 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.