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.

The Birdhouse
The Birdhouse
4 out of 5
3-16th Avenue, Gonubie, East London, Eastern Cape, 5257
The price is $36 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27
Stay at this 4-star B&B in East London. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.6/5 Good! (8 reviews)
Great stay
"The Birds House is in a lovely location for what we wanted to do visiting family and friends in the Gonubie ares. It was close to the beach and local restaurants. The staff were very helpful with recommending places to eat and get takeaways. 4 of us shared 2 twin rooms. The place was very clean and ..."

Reviewed on May 9, 2018

Tidewaters Accommodation
Tidewaters Accommodation
4 out of 5
1 Tidewaters Drive, Gonubie, East London, Eastern Cape, 5257
The price is $53 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly B&B in East London. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Bonza Bay Beach and Beacon Bay ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (10 reviews)
"I had a good stay and rooms are big and clean"

Reviewed on May 2, 2018

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, 5257
The price is $58 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27
Stay at this 4-star vacation home in East London. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Wonderful stay, clean and comfortable, friendly service"

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Skylink Holiday Accommodation
Skylink Holiday Accommodation
3 out of 5
33 Two Rivers Drive, Dorchester Heights, East London, Eastern Cape, 5241
Stay at this 3-star vacation home in East London. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and barbecue grills. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
East London stop over
"Short one night stay."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

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, 5257
Stay at this 4-star vacation home in East London. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Wonderful stay, clean and comfortable, friendly service"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Breathtaking luxury apartment with view
Breathtaking luxury apartment with view
3.5 out of 5
White Barbet St, East London, Eastern Cape, 5256
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in East London. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Bonza Bay Beach and Nahoon Beach are located ...
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