As promised in our previous post, we are taking you down to the beach at Gonubie today.
Gonubie is known as the holiday village of East London … and it’s easy to see why. The beautiful beach has hosted many popular events such as rubber duck- and surfing championships. It has a wonderful boardwalk that provides fantastic views across the sea and the Gonubie (or Gqunube) River Mouth is also a fun place to explore.
On our way to the beach, we walked pass a few lovely sights. There were a decorated surfboards mounted against a lamp pole and succulents that were planted in fun “pot holders”, like wheelbarrows and a boat.
At the beach, you have the best of both worlds. One the one side, there are big rocks where waves are crashing and fishermen eagerly standing with their rods, while on the other side is a lovely sandy beach.
As mentioned earlier, there is a great boardwalk from the parking area to the beach (very conveniently going over the rocks).
On the one side of the boardwalk is a tidal pool and on the other side high dunes with vegetation.
Once we reached the end of the boardwalk, steps took us directly on the lovely white sand of the beach. This must be a great spot for beachgoers during the summer months … we did dip our feet into the water of the Indian Ocean, but it was definitely too cold to go in deeper.
On the other side of the boardwalk and parking bay, there are a hiking path on grass which are running close to the ocean. We took this path and saw a couple of fishermen on the rocks.
There are a few coffee shops and restaurants at the side of the main road. After all the walking, it was certainly time for lunch and when we saw the sign for the “Heavenly Pancake House”, we just had to stop there.
I love pancake in any form – rolled up or filled, whether it’s sweet or savoury, anything will do! I ordered the Hawaiian pancake while Berto’s choice fell on a steak roll. We enjoyed our lunch and will definitely visit the Heavenly Pancake House again.
Our first introduction to (one) of the beaches of East London was great! We can’t wait to visit the other beaches and river mouths – yes, there’s more. But I’m sure we’ll come back again (and again) to Gonubie beach as this a lovely place to either enjoy a stroll on the beach or having lunch with a view! We hope you have enjoyed this just as much as we did!