Nature & parks in East London

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Nature & Parks in East London

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  • Denver Bright
    East London, South Africa4 contributions
    A spur of the moment decision on a visit to Mermaid's Pool at Nahoon Beach for my family turned into a really fantastic, relaxing and enjoyable experience.

    The water was ice-cold, but that did nothing to stop my 8 yr old daughter from swimming in the pool and even trying her hand at snorkelling to look for some fish (not much).

    My 2 yr old son chose to stay away from the "big water" and spent his time looking for shells and pebbles on the beautiful but small beach area.

    You feel safe in this area, the parking area is within eye-site of where you play and The Reef Café is just up the hill from you.

    There are scenic boardwalks (a little damaged in areas due to age) that let you see some magnificent views and also take you over the hills into the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve on the one side and back to Nahoon Beach proper on the other side.

    All in all, it was a fun few hours, sheltered from the wind and myself and family really enjoyed it
    Written March 16, 2020
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  • nickytravels
    East London, South Africa465 contributions
    Outdoor fun for sure!
    The Dassie Trail is a wonderful meander along the river. The path is flat and fairly well maintained all the way to the end.
    Everyone enjoyed a picnic and swim on the river at the end of the trail.
    Written January 22, 2021
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  • Adrian
    1 contribution
    The staff is amazing, the marine fish section is beautiful but has deteriorated over the years compared to when I was a child! But still an amazing place with cute penguins and intelligent seals, had a blast with the fam. Got to feed the penguins aswells
    Written November 28, 2021
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  • Lyndsey p
    1 contribution
    It really was a wet and windy day today, but we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and rounded it off with a pint at the pub by the fire. Owner couldn’t have been more welcoming and took time out to talk to the little ones about the snakes and lizards.
    Written April 15, 2022
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  • Rinx08
    East London, South Africa7 contributions
    We went for a family outing to the Lion Park in East London on Sunday 8 September 2019.

    There wasn't too much to see, however the animals looked healthy and well cared for.

    Some maintenance is required at the playground and seating area.

    Overall it wasn't a bad experience, next time we will make a day out of it and have a family braai. The best time to go is on a Sunday around feeding time at 12:30, because then you will get to see the Lions and Tigers.
    Written September 12, 2019
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  • brad b
    5 contributions
    I took my young son to visit the zoo. He is only 2 years old and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    After all the negative press about the zoo, i found it not to be as bad as portraited, Although.... (Please note, i'm neither pro or anti zoo establishments)

    - A lot of enclosures are empty... this seemed to be were there once used to be sheeps, goats and ostriches. surely its easy for a zoo to keep these animals. the lack of looking after these empty enclosures is the biggest eye sore there

    - A big negative was the lack of information on the animal that live in the enclosure, this is vital to encourage learning about the animals. this includes signage on where to go to see what

    - I saw lots of Zoo workers there but the general cleanliness of the pathways etc was very bad. including lots of plastic in the dam. You dont need budget to keep that clean

    - Obviously the enclosures could always be bigger.

    - The food Kiosk absolutely STANK!!! smelt like the animals slept in there!!! bring your own food

    On the positive side:

    - In my opinion all the animals look healthy, they had food and fresh water

    - There is still a relatively good variety. Lions, Jaguar, bear, crocodiles, wolfs, chimps , monkeys, birds

    - it looks like a lot of the enclosures where being renovated.

    - There is lots of jungle gyms for bored children to play on.

    I think it would go a long way if the Zoo could just clean its grounds up (not a budget problem) and fill some of the empty enclosures, small children are just a happy seeing a goat as a lion
    Written September 14, 2021
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  • Muhammed777
    Johannesburg, South Africa294 contributions
    This is a decent venue to have a picnic off peak time or not on a public holiday. Easily accessible good facilities. Gets very overcrowded and noisy during peak times.
    Written January 7, 2019
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  • Bobby Padayachi
    18 contributions
    beach is a paying venue visited by families Has picnic spots and the grass is well maintaind no braaing safe enviroment pool well maintained
    Written January 23, 2019
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  • Lena J
    8 contributions
    Fun to just relax with your friends. Especially when you start getting a bit competitive at the magic company
    Written June 16, 2017
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