Gonubie

Travel Guide
East London showing general coastal views and surf

Discover the beach, lagoon and nature trails at this delightful seaside village located on the shores of the Gonubie River and the Indian Ocean.

Gonubie is a welcoming coastal community in the Eastern Cape region. Relax in this peaceful setting as you explore the village’s charming beach and riverfront. Play golf, spot varied wildlife and walk along accessible trails. Gonubie marks the western tip of the Wild Coast Jikeleza Route, a region of sun-drenched coastal communities, pristine beaches and rugged countryside.

At the confluence of ocean and river, the dune-backed Gonubie Beach is the village’s centerpiece attraction, offering a safe environment for swimming. Admire superb views while strolling along the Gonubie Boardwalk. Look for crabs and shells in the Gonubie Lagoon tidal pool. Watch dolphins frolicking in the waves. Humpback and southern right whales pass by from June to November.

Go to the Gonubie Mouth Bird Sanctuary to see the Eastern Cape’s diverse plants and animals. It shelters 160 species of birds. Spot African stonechats, black-headed orioles, water thick-knees and various kingfishers and weavers. Play a round of nine holes at Gonubie Golf Club.

Retrace the footsteps of the indigenous Khoikhoi people on the Strandloper Trail. This 5-day hike travels north from the village to Cape Morgan and passes coastal forests, craggy cliffs and wild beaches. Stay overnight at primitive huts and get refreshments along the way at pubs.

Another interesting walk is the 7.5-mile (12-kilometer) Sunrise-on-Sea to Kwelera River Mouth Trail. Find forest-covered sand dunes, rocky beaches and antelopes such as blue duikers and bushbucks. At the trail’s northern end is Kwelera National Botanical Garden, with birds, butterflies and landscaped gardens.

Take a daytrip to nearby East London, the only river port city in South Africa. Have family-friendly fun at Orient Beach, surf at Eastern Beach and try sandboarding at Bonza Bay. Enjoy cultural experiences at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery, Calgary Transport Museum and East London Museum.

Reach Gonubie by flying to East London Airport and then renting a car. Use the village as a gateway to Eastern Cape game parks, including the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve.

South 2 Sea
South 2 Sea
3.5 out of 5
88 13th Ave, East London, Eastern Cape
The price is $36 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Situated in East London, this hotel is 3.2 mi (5.1 km) from Bonza Bay Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Beacon Bay Crossing and Eastern Beach. Jan Smuts Stadium ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"Bra lägenhet bra läge tyst och lugnt"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2018

South 2 Sea
Bon a Vie B and B and Self Catering
Bon a Vie B and B and Self Catering
4 out of 5
6 13th Avenue, Gonubie, East London, Eastern Cape
The price is $66 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
Situated in East London, this vacation home is 5 mi (8 km) from Bonza Bay Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Beacon Bay Crossing and Eastern Beach. Jan Smuts ...
3.8/5Good! (5 reviews)
"Quite an enjoyable stay with kind owners and professional staff."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Bon a Vie B and B and Self Catering
Ocean Dreams Bed & Breakfast
Ocean Dreams Bed & Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
117 MAIN ROAD, East London, Eastern Cape
The price is $60 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 5 mi (8.1 km) from Bonza Bay Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Beacon Bay Crossing and Eastern Beach. Jan Smuts Stadium ...
Ocean Dreams Bed & Breakfast
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Bon a Vie B and B and Self Catering
Bon a Vie B and B and Self Catering
4 out of 5
6 13th Avenue, Gonubie, East London, Eastern Cape
The price is $66 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
Situated in East London, this vacation home is 5 mi (8 km) from Bonza Bay Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Beacon Bay Crossing and Eastern Beach. Jan Smuts ...
3.8/5Good! (5 reviews)
"Quite an enjoyable stay with kind owners and professional staff."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Bon a Vie B and B and Self Catering
East London Home Away From Home
East London Home Away From Home
East London, Eastern Cape
The price is $75 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
Situated in East London, this vacation home is 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from Bonza Bay Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Beacon Bay Crossing and Jan Smuts Stadium East ...
East London Home Away From Home
Breathtaking luxury apartment with view
Breathtaking luxury apartment with view
3.5 out of 5
White Barbet St, East London, Eastern Cape
Situated in East London, this apartment building is 5.2 mi (8.4 km) from Bonza Bay Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Beacon Bay Crossing and Eastern Beach. Jan ...
Breathtaking luxury apartment with view
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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