East London Museum

Geared toward giving visitors an understanding of the human and natural dynamics of the Eastern Cape, this is a good starting point for those entering the Thunga-Thunga Route via East London as the gateway. The displays and happily shared expertise of the staff enriches the experience of visitors to the area in an especially informative way.

The museum houses a specimen of the first coelacanth, the primeval fish species discovered by Professor JLB Smith as the possible link between marine creatures and earth mammals thought to be extinct for 80 million years. Other unique exhibits include a complete skeleton of an extinct reptile, Kannemeyeria wilsonii, from Tarkastad in the Great Karoo, and the only known dodo’s egg in the world.

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