For the holiday-maker or visitor looking to shop till you drop, Buffalo City has a wealth of options available.
The multi-storeyed Hemingways mega-mall (the largest shopping mall in the Eastern Cape Province) hosts a number of major chain stores as well as a wide range of popular retailers of sporting goods, upmarket clothing and furniture, bookshops, music stores and numerous popular eateries, as well as a modern cinema complex. The mall is attached to the Hemingways Hotel and Casino.
For a more intimate and easily-accessible shopping experience, the Vincent Park Shopping Centre boasts all of the necessities as well as a goodly number of the luxuries of modern living, including numerous mouth-watering eateries and a cinema complex. Secure parking is abundant and free for 90 minutes.
The visitor to Mdantsane and King William's Town will also not be disappointed, with modern multi-tenant malls and eateries in both destinations.
For that extra bit of luxury, pampering and self-indulgence that all of us deserve once in a while, enjoy a relaxing massage or beauty treatment at one of the local health and wellness services – or, if you find yourself in need of a more vigorous detox, a number of local gyms will welcome you for a serious workout, with short-term membership options available.
At the end of an action-packed day, the choice is yours to unwind and enjoy the classy cuisine of an upmarket restaurant, tuck into a hearty meal at a family eatery, or grab something on the go while the night is still young.
Theatre-lovers may want to catch a comedy or musical performance at East London's Guild Theatre, which runs a busy annual calendar of attractions – but be certain to book in good time, with visiting shows regularly playing to full houses.
For those who prefer the social buzz and bright lights and who still have the energy to let their hair down, there's the pulsating beat of the ever-popular Numbers night-club, where you can dance the night away to the vibe of nationally-acclaimed disc jockeys who know how to raise the roof while keeping the house on the floor.
And if you love the thrill of a flutter or two and the dream of winning big, you can try your luck on the roulette wheel or blackjack tables of Hemingways casino, where recreational punters and high rollers mingle to the jingle of the slot machines coughing up a windfall or two for the lucky few. (Authorities encourage responsible gambling).
Any way you choose in Buffalo City, you're always a winner.