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I took a BazBus for the first time since I came to South Africa to go to East London.
Honestly speaking, I didn't like it at all. It was just a tour-bus for young / inexperienced backpackers and no local South Africans seemed to be travelling on this bus. Furthermore, all the seats were not reclinable and the driver was constantly advertising tours for Cape Town with a loud speaker! The only good thing about BazBus was that they did a door-to-door service.

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The photo below shows the house in Transkei where Nelson Mandela currently lives.
A pity that it was a bit rainy and the sky was hazy, but Transkei was beautiful with vast greenish lands and deep valleys.

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It took me over 12 hours from Durban to East London by BazBus.
Sugar Shack located right in front of the main beach of East London was where I stayed for three nights.

Andre - the owner of Sugar Shack - was very kind to drive me to Yellow Sands on my first day in East London.
Yellow Sands is a river-mouth just outside East London. It doesn't look really good in the photo below, but I actually had some fast and hollow waves here, very typical river-mouth waves with only Andre, two of Andre's friends and me in the water. And no shark sightings while we were out there!

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The wind direction wasn't right on the second day and it was predicted to be much windier in the afternoon. No surfing but Andre drove me to the museum of East London where there was one thing I was very interested in checking out.

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It was this enigmatic fish (?) called "Coelacanth" shown in the photo below. It was discovered in the 1930s here in East London and has become the main attraction of this museum ever since then.
I remember becoming very intrigued in this ugly species when I was a kid as the mummified version of a coelacanth was brought to my hometown for public display then. Luckily, I've never become geeky about fish, though.

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Later in the morning, I strolled around downtown East London, aka Buffalo City. Nothing really interesting for me to see and no buffaloes in the city. Instead, a number of South Africans were demonstrating like buffaloes on the main street.

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The photo below shows the main beach of East London.
I never surfed at this beach but saw a few guys in the water today. Sugar Shack is located right in front of this beach.

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The wind eased off on the third day and Andre drove me to Nafoon Reef - one of the world-class surf-spots in South Africa and it's seriously sharky.
The photo below was taken before we paddled out. It was very very low-tide and the waves weren't big at all, about max 3ft on sets then. No crowds and no sharks in sight today.
Even under Andre's expert guidance it took me a little while to position myself for a proper take-off on the peak here at Nafoon. Waves weren't powerful enough but running long. Like surfing at Yellow Sands two days ago, I had some good fun waves here.

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Many many thanks to the owner of Sugar Shack - Andre. He sort of took me under his wings, and despite the fact that I only spent three days in East London, I made the most of it in terms of surfing in this little city.
East London is somehow very little known by international surfers, but this city is definitely a swell magnet. If you ever stop in East London, I highly recommend that you stay in Sugar Shack. Watch out for some suspicious shadows in the water, though!

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