Cannon Rocks is 130 km North East of Qgeberha / Port Elizabeth on the East Coast of South Africa
Its borders are the coastal belt of the Addo Elephant National Park on the West side and Boknes village to the East.
The story of the Cannons
Two cannons from shipwrecks found along the stretch of beach have given the name to this quiet village. It is an accepted theory that at least one of the two cannons comes from the São João Baptista wreck of 1622.
Cannon Rocks beaches
Prevailing strong winds change from winter Westerlies to summer Easterlies. It is no surprise to find one of the biggest shifting sand dune field in the southern hemisphere West of Cannon Rocks (Alexandria Dune Field).
The Woody Cape area which is West of Cannon Rocks falls under the Addo National Park. This is made up of thick forest, beach bush, cliffs and massive sand dunes. It is a protected area requiring a permit for access. It is also part of a marine protected area restricting some activities.
Activities in Cannon Rocks
Cannon Rocks is a renowned Kiteboarding and fishing destination. It also offers a nature trail into the Greater Addo park, a camping resort and a swimming beach area. It is a great destination for beach walks. Some of the sand dunes are high enough to do some Sandboarding. To be noted, there are no Lifesavers on duty at the swimming beach.
The nearby lagoon in Boknes has in the past supplied a safe bathing environment for holiday makers, however the combination of drought and dams along the small Bakanas river has resulted in the lagoon not flushing out to sea as it would naturally do.
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