Tidewaters River Lodge

4 star venue on Gonubie River

Our Address

1 Tidewaters Drive, Gonubie, South Africa, 5257

Phone number

082 463 7524



our short story

Tidewaters River Lodge, a 4 star venue situated on the tranquil Gonubie River.  A bird and nature lover’s paradise. Plenty of fish for the fisherman along the river and we also do fishing charters for the more adventurios. If a luxurious, releaxed venue is what you are looking for – with walks along the peaceful river or nearby beaches, or just sunbathing next to our beach pool – look no further!
Airport Shuttle in and around town available.


Gonubie is a little seaside village on the estuary of the Gonubie River, just 8km from East London. Gonubie offers scenic walks, beautiful ocean and lagoon views, indigenous fauna and flora, and some of the best beaches along the Wild Coast. With both the beach and lagoon, Gonubie is a little piece of paradise on the Eastern Cape coast. Gonubie is a water lover’s dream. Gonubie Beach has a tidal pool and wooden walkway to protect the dunes. When the tide is out, the lagoon is a great place to collect shells and discover fascinating marine life. Water sports like river and rock fishing, surfing, paddling, and boating can be enjoyed in the ocean or lagoon. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins from the cliffs above the lagoon.
The Gonubie River is navigable for 5km and is a fantastic spot for picnics. The Strandloper Trail is a 5-day beach trail that leads along rocky shores, sandy beaches, grassy areas, and coastal shrubs, past the ocean, tidal pools, river estuaries, forests, and sand dunes. There are overnight huts and braai facilities along the route. Alternatively, you can hike the Dassie Trail which is a one hour hike in East London.

Gonubie Nature Reserve is surrounded by a coastal wetland, home to over 160 species of birds. The Kwelera Mouth Nature Reserve, 20km north of Gonubie, is situated between the Gonubie and Kwelera Rivers and is home to small buck, monkeys, and a variety of birdlife. Other attractions include the East London Coast Forest Reserve (9km), East London Botanical Gardens (14km), and Gonubie Mouth Bird Sanctuary, home to over 160 species of birds.
Play a round of golf at Gonubie Golf Club or East London Golf Club (13km), browse the local produce at the Lavender Blue Market, or visit the East London Aquarium (16km). Other attractions include the Gecko Gallery (9km), Mercedes Benz Pro Driving Range (12km), Hemingways Casino (14km), Buffalo Park Cricket Ground (16km), and the German Settlers Memorial (17km).

Areena Riverside Resort is a great place for the family with a restaurant and zipline, as well as activities like quad biking, abseiling, canoeing, paintball, archery, pellet gun shooting, microlight flights, and boat cruises to enjoy.


Book an excursion customised to your needs or select one of our standing options. All excursions can be booked as fully inclusive packages that include local snacks and beverages

  • Airport Shuttle – Guests of Tidewaters please quote the code “TWTT” and receive free airport transfers to and from Tidewaters River Lodge via Tidewaters Shuttles.
  • Daily Excursions – Book daily excursions to view our beautiful city and surroundings (enquire or phone for a quote)
  • Beach Excursions – Visit beaches around the city and harbour (2 hours)
  • City Excursions – Visit our city, harbour and townships around East London (3 hours)
  • Game Lodges – Visit game lodges on a day tour, including a game drive and lunch
  • East Coast Resorts – Visit the beach resorts at Cintsa, Haga Haga, Morgans Bay and Kei Mouth area (5 hours)
  • Wild Coast – Cross the Kei River by pont and visit Seagulls, Trenneries, Wave Crest and Mazeppa bay (full day).

services for all accomodation

Free WiFi
Air Conditioning
Airport Transfer
Kids Welcome


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Tidewaters - Gonubie Accomodation

For reservations or enquiries call us : 082 463 7524

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Your one stop shuttle shop, our shuttles are available for all occasions, airport transfers, events, day trips and much more

Tidewaters Shuttle