Explore four charming South African seaside villages along Route 72.

Take a drive…

Explore four charming South African seaside villages along Route 72 on the stretch of road between the major cities of Gqeberha and East London: Boknes, Cannon Rocks, and Bushmans River Mouth Village/Kenton-on-Sea.  These villages offer charming coastal experiences and pristine beauty – be prepared to be enchanted!


Located in the Eastern Cape, Boknes features windswept beaches, the Boknes lagoon for family outings, and peaceful ocean views. Visitors can enjoy walks on the beach, explore marine life in rock pools, and visit the Diaz Cross viewpoint for panoramic vistas. The village has a close-knit community spirit and limited shops.

Cannon Rocks

Adjacent to Boknes, Cannon Rocks is known for rock formations, tidal pools, and its appeal to beach lovers, surfers, and nature enthusiasts. The village features a restaurant named Roes, inviting seaside homes, and opportunities for kite surfing. The Cannons, historical artifacts, stand as a reminder of the area’s maritime history. Cannon Rocks offers a relaxed community and access to nature walks.

Bushmans River Mouth Village and Kenton-on-Sea 

Bushmans River Mouth Village boasts pristine beaches and the meandering Bushmans River. Kenton-on-Sea, nearby, offers a mix of activities including exploring the Kariega Estuary, shopping at boutiques and markets, and indulging in local cuisine. Water sports, diverse beaches, and cultural experiences are available. Kenton has a large chain store supermarket and liquor outlet.

Overall, these villages offer tranquil escapes, coastal beauty, and a variety of activities, making them appealing destinations for travelers and holidaymakers looking for truly Eastern Cape experiences and adventures.

Explore, experience and enjoy the delights of the Eastern Cape. You’ll be surprised at what you find along our stretch of the R72!

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