The Feast of Tabernacles for 2023 will be held at a new location, Gonubie (East London), a small coastal town on the south east coast of South Africa. Church services will be held at the Thistlewoods Wedding and Conference Centre in Gonubie. The local airport is approximately 26 kilometers (about 16 miles) from the venue and there are various car hire companies available at the airport. The East London area, including Gonubie, has beautiful, sandy beaches and the warm Indian Ocean for swimming. The subtropical climate ensures that temperatures throughout the year are mild to warm. There are various grocery stores, shopping centres and restaurants within a 15 kilometer radius (about a nine mile radius).
Activities include bathing at beautiful beaches up and down the coast, two private game reserves, abseiling, boat cruises, whale watching, horse riding, etc.
There are various establishments available in the Gonubie area, but accommodations can also be found in the following areas that are within 15 kilometers (about nine miles) of the venue for services - Beacon Bay(East London), Stirling(East London), Nahoon(East London), Vincent(East London) and Vincent Heights(East London). Accommodations are also available further up the coast at various locations, but the distance to the venue will need to be taken into account. Browse the websites listed at https://cogsamembers.weebly.com/accommodation.html, search Google for the areas listed above or email [email protected] or [email protected] if you have any questions.
Taxes. There is a 15% value added tax on most purchased items, which is refundable on presentation of receipts at your point of departure.
Exchange Rate. The exchange rate does fluctuate, but US$1 will buy approximately SA R18.4. Check the website https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=1&From=USD&To=ZAR to update numbers.
For more information, visit the South African COGWA website: https://cogsamembers.weebly.com/.