Welcome to Empolweni

 Your Destination for Any Occasion  


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Nestled in the picturesque coastal city of East London, Empolweni Lounge and B&B is the perfect haven for a tranquil and peace-filled hiatus. After all, peace and tranquility are in our name.


Drawing inspiration from the captivating wildlife of the Eastern Cape and the rich heritage of the Xhosa people in its decor and cuisine, this modern yet homely b&b offers guests the warm hospitality East London has established a reputation for over the years. 

So whether you decide to spend the night in one of our cozy suites with a loved one, book a spa day for you and your girlfriends, choose to use our facilities as a business traveller, or book our b&b for a special function, rest assured Empolweni offers an idyllic escape to every kind of guest.



Our suites have been beautifully designed and are equipped with all you need to make your stay with us a pleasurable one.



Museums & Art Galleries


The East London Museum, Art Versatile Gallery, Ann Bryant Art Gallery, Marlene Neumann Center for Photography and Light, as well as the Art Versatile Ceramics Studio are just a few of the visually appealing attractions for the artistic eye. 

Game Parks



If instead you are looking to discover East London's wildlife, why not visit the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve, Mpongo Private Game Reserve, or The Lion Park for an unforgettable experience. 

Cultural Sites



The Khaya La Bantu Cultural Village, as well as the Xhobani Projects, showcase some of the creative works of the Xhosa people in this region.

Restaurants & Pubs


Whether you have a penchant for fine dining or are in need of a cold beer to finish off your day, the following restaurants and pubs are a great place to spend your time when visiting our guest house: Grazia Restaurant, Highgate Hotel, OHmi Gin Bar, or Sanook Cafe

Leisure Activities


Go-kart racing at Drifters Raceway, ziplining at Areen Resort, golfing at East London Gold Club or horseback riding at Mkulu Kei Horse Trails,

are just a few of the many fun activities East London has to offer.

Shopping Centres


Hemmingways Mall, Vincent Park Shopping Centre, and Beacon Bay Shopping Cente cater to all your shopping needs.



Visit our warm beaches in Nahoon, Bonza Bay or Gonubie if you're looking for a little aquatic relaxation.


“A wonderful place with a high standard of service. We had a fabulous time and a great stay. Keep it up!” L.M