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East London, South Africa-port

Located on the Eastern Cape of South Africa, East London is home to the country’s only river port. Founded in 1836, East London lies on the coast of the Indian Ocean between the Buffalo River and Nahoon River. Its sub-tropical climate and beautiful natural environment make East London a popular tourist destination, with nearby safari reserves for those looking to catch a glimpse of the Big Five game animals.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Khaya La Bantu Cultural Experience
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Mpongo Game Reserve
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Natural History Tour
    Light Activity /Walking
  • World Class Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice

Khaya La Bantu Cultural Experience

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: EAS-002

Immerse yourself in the culture and traditional way of life of the native Xhosa tribe by visiting Khaya la Bantu village.

Commencing from the pier, you will be treated to the scenic beauty of Orient and Eastern beaches as you travel along the national highway. As the landscape becomes more rolling and agricultural, you will see several traditional villages of Xhosa, one of the primary ethnic groups in South Africa. Their language, one of nearly a dozen spoken in the area, is quite unusual because it involves aggressive tongue clicking.

Arriving at the Xhosa village of Khaya la Bantu, you will discover the rich heritage of these native South Africans, beginning with a welcome dance accompanied by rhythmic drumming and singing. Watching the Xhosa, dressed in colorful costumes and beads, is a joyous experience. Your in-village guides will be Mama Tofu and her daughter Zinzi, who will introduce you to the other villagers and happily answers questions about traditional Xhosa daily life.

Many of the buildings in Khaya la Bantu are made of mud, interwoven branches and thatching for the roofs. While touring the village, you might sample a potent beer concoction at the Chief's burial site, visit several ritual huts, listen to healers known as sangomas and watch a vigorous display of stick fighting. You will also have the opportunity to learn how the Xhosa create their intricate beadwork, which is for sale in the crafts store.

Following an unforgettable visit of approximately 2-hours, you will bid farewell to these charming villagers and board your coach for the transfer back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking/standing. There are some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing; a light jacket or sweater; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Mini-skirts, bare shoulders, revealing clothing and flashy jewelry are not considered appropriate for this tour. The restroom facilities at Khaya La Bantu are very basic. Permission must be obtained prior to taking pictures of those other than your host or guides and it is requested that guests do not give children sweets or money. If you should wish to make a donation or give a gift, please consult with your guide first. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary.