Beautiful sunset at Brenton-on-Sea, Eden, Western Cape, South Africa.
In the late 1870’s alluvial gold was found in the forest streams west of the Knysna River. It took a while to assess the value of the find but by 1887 the rush was on. Where once there had stood only a small water-powered sawmill in the forests, suddenly there appeared a town with six hotels, three competing newspapers, over twenty shops and banks, and a population estimated at more than 700 fortune-seekers.
There was gold, both alluvial and reef gold, but not very much of it. After a few exciting years the mines began to close, the diggers moved on to the Witwatersrand and the site of the short-lived boom town returned to nature. Today it is almost impossible to believe that a town once existed here. What was once its main street is just another track through the forest.
To explore the old goldfields, take the Rheenendal road and immediately after passing through the village turn right onto a gravel road signposted Bibby’s Hoek. This brings you to the shady picnic site of Krisjan-se-nek in the heart of the indigenous forest. Driving on from here, keep left where the road divides, and at the second fork go left again. This road leads down into Jubilee Creek, an attractive picnic and braai area and one of the streams where alluvial gold was found. A footpath leads upstream along the right bank, bringing you eventually to several old mine openings and a small pool at the foot of a waterfall.
When you drive back from Jubilee Creek turn left at the first fork. After about 4 kilometres you reach the site of Millwood, passing on your right a road to the old town cemetery, and then reaching a fork. The road leading left here, merely a forest track now, was once Millwood’s main street. If you take the road leading right, and at the next fork go right again, you will eventually reach the boiler of an old steam engine in a clearing on your left; this was the site of the stamp battery for the old Bendigo mine.
A sign her points downhill to the opening of the main Bendigo tunnel, which you can reach most easily by driving back the way you came and taking the first turn to your left. The tunnel reaches 200 metres into the hillside but is too dangerous to explore.
The new tarred access road to Buffalo Bay undulates for several kilometres through the brilliant green valley of the Goukamma River, crosses several lines of scrub-covered sand dunes, and then runs in a south-easterly direction along the coast past two beautiful golden strands. The first is the long beach at the mouth of the Goukamma, the second is the attractive curved and gently sloping beach of Walker’s Bay. Eventually you reach the little village of Buffalo Bay, a tight cluster of holiday homes set on the narrow promontory of Walker Point.
Here visitors enjoy a surfeit of fine sandy beaches. In addition to those at Walker’s Bay and the Goukamma, a lovely beach sweeps eastwards from Walker Point along the entire coast to Brenton-on-Sea and the back of Knysna’s western head. This is a popular beach for both swimmers and surfers, and is particularly scenic also, forming a great curving ribbon of gold, backed by the green hills of Brenton.
Walker Point itself is rocky, with numerous fascinating rock pools to be explored at low tide. On its eastern side, where Buffalo Bay’s beach meets the first stretch of stony shore, there is a particularly gentle bay and a slipway for powerboat fishermen. On its western side ridges of rock run toughly parallel to the shore creating deep-water gullies and offering many vantage points to anglers fishing from the rocks. Several hundred metres to the west, from the smaller rocky promontory that forms the western limit of Walker’s Bay, there is a striking view along the coast past Gericke’s Point to the distant bulk of the Outeniqua Mountains.
Buffalo Bay village abuts directly on the eastern end of the Goukamma Nature Reserve, which incorporates the lagoon at the mouth of the Goukamma River and the entire coastal strip stretching westwards to Groenvlei. The eastern ban of the pretty lagoon has been developed as an attractively lawned picnic area with stone tables and seats, braai places, drinking water and toilets. From the northern end of this picnic area you can walk across a long suspension footbridge over the dark water of the river, then take any of a variety of footpaths leading through the western section of the reserve. The principal hiking trail through the reserve leads to a stretch of coast known as Oesterbank: an area of surf-battered rocks that is home to the indigenous oyster Crassostrea Margaritacea.
The reserve contains a wild region of scrub-covered sand dunes, the whole of Groenvlei, and many kilometres of unspoilt coastline. It is noted particularly for the variety of bird species that can be spotted here – roughly 150, including the African fish eagle and the marsh harrier.
Brenton-on-Sea houses and stands
Should you fancy an upmarket modern house on the shores of South Africa, Brenton-on-Sea offers spectacular sea views and beautiful sceneries. To buy a house or stand, contact Sophie Joubert today!
R 1 800 000
Exclusive Mandate – Negotiable
3 Beds 3 Baths 2 Garages
Floor Area: 160m²
Land area: 682m²
Yes !!!! You can have everything !!!
Quaint, Well-Built Log Cabin nestled in sought after and popular holiday destination, Brenton On Sea.
This exclusive beach cottage offers 3 bedrooms en-suite with large open plan lounge and open-plan living space leading and decks.
Keeping the needs of the clients in mind, it offers a home to suit everyone built on two levels and offers the following features : Modern well fitted kitchen, fireplace, doors from 2 bedrooms leading to open outside deck, double volume ceiling for loads of natural light, lovely north facing deck and 2 x 5 000 litres rain water tanks and pump.
In addition to the large double garage, there is plenty of driveway parking for visitors and a private established luscious garden with large indigenous trees.
Ideal for holiday occupation, permanent living or just as an investment ..
What are you waiting for ??!!!
Key Property Features:
- 3 Bedrooms
- 3 Bathrooms
- 3 En-suite
- 2 Garages
- 1 Lounges
- 2 Storeys
- Pets Allowed
R1 450 000
Land for sale
Land area: 1 188sqm
Rates: R1 600 p.m.
A Very Good Place To Start .. in Brenton On Sea !!
Magnificent land situated on the edge of the ocean and build your dream home like you always wanted !
One of the last stands in this class and worth every cent !
Going, Going .. Gone … !!
R 850 000
Land Area: 726 m²
Rates: R 1600
Flat corner stand with stunning sea view available in Brenton-on-Sea, popular seaside village approximately 15km from Knysna in the beautiful Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa. Situated in a prime and secure neighbourhood.
Ideal for multi-level building. One of only a few left.
Priced to go!
R 3 200 000
4 Beds 2 Baths
Floor Area: 230 m²
Land Area: 954 m²
Rates: R 920
Full of appeal and designed to provide the discerning buyer with an authentic, relaxed lifestyle with unspoilt views of the pristine, secluded Brenton On Sea.
This modern, light and aerie timber framed home offers 3 sea-facing bedrooms and one facing east with a lovely, charming bay-window. Breakfast is served on the ocean facing deck where dolphins and whales are easily spotted.
The back of the house opens out onto spectacular sea views, offering stylish, spacious and comfortable accommodation, all on one level ! The focal point is the large open-plan lounge, dining room, kitchen and TV room. Separate guest toilet facility. Old World Charm in 2nd bathroom.
Additional extras : Rain water tank, alarm system, NO STEPS, 2 Geysers, established garden
Now you can have it all Tasteful Artistic finishes, safety and a prime location !
Key Property Features:
- 4 Bedrooms
- 2 Bathrooms
- Guest Toilet
- Scenic View
- Sea View
It is true that South Africa is a land where our energy resouces are running low and the economy is pinching.
Did you know that there are things you can do to aid in saving our resources and in the same time save you a couple of rands? Below we list a few things you can try or do in and around the house and at work:
Electricity saving tips
- Take a shower instead of a bath.
- Don’t fill the kettle – only boil the water that you need.
- Keep the fridge door closed, and make sure it is properly sealed.
- Don’t cook with a small pot on a large stove plate.
- Dress for the season – warm in winter and light clothing in summer.
- Switch off all appliances when they are not in use.
- Reduce your heater or geyser temperature from hot to warm.
- Close all windows and doors when the air conditioner or heater is on.
- Use CFL energy saving bulbs at all times.
- Fit one light bulb with the correct level of brightness in a room.
- Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
- Do all ironing at the same time.
Fuel saving tips
- Lighten the load in your vehicle.
- Plan your trips and minimise short trips or walk.
- Keep a safe following distance.
- Use air conditioner only when necessary.
- Reduce idling time.
- Travel early/later to avoid known traffic peaks.
- Resolve minor and major car service issues.
- Keep your tyres inflated to the proper pressure.
- Join a lift club.
- If available use public transport.
- Use the recommended grade of motor oil for your car.
- Change gears according to your speed.
Brenton-on-Sea is a small town about 15 kilometers west of Knysna in the Western Cape.
The town is named after Sir Jahleel Brenton who declared Knysna a harbour in 1818.
The area is home to the endangered Brenton Blue butterfly.
The Brenton Blue butterfly is endemic to South Africa.
The wingspan is 24 to 38 mm for males and 22 to 42 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to November and from February to March. There are two generations per year.
The larvae of the first two instars feed on the leaves and later instars on rootstock. The larvae can be found in holes at the base of their host plant. They are attended to by ants.
The butterfly was discovered in 1858 by Roland Trimen and was not seen again until 1977, when Dr Jonathan Ball found a population at Nature’s Valley. This population died out during the 1980s but in 1991 Ernest Pringle of Bedford located another colony at Brenton-on-Sea. A housing development was planned for this site, but this was prevented after a highly publicised campaign to save the species from extinction. This resulted in the procurement of the land on which the butterfly breeds and it is proclaimed as a Special Nature Reserve in July 2003.
The butterfly is red listed as critically endangered. The Special Nature Reserve at Brenton-on-Sea is managed by Cape Nature.
Lying on the other side of Knysna’s Western Head, nestled on the shores of the Indian Ocean in a quiet, lazy bay, residents describe Brenton-on-Sea’s splendour as the coast that Knysna doesn’t have, and in reality, Knysna lies on a lagoon, the rough seas making itself heard only at the Heads.
Brenton-on-Sea lies practically enclosed by the Goukamma Nature Reserve, its slopes rich with fynbos, only 500 kilometres from Cape Town and 60 kilometres from the George airport.
The modest community derives its name from the fragile free-flying butterfly, the Brenton blue, occurring only on the south-facing slopes of the coastal fynbos at Brenton-on-Sea. Human interruption in nearby Natures Valley led to the final disappearance of this striking specimen during the 1980s, only to resurface in 1991 in Brenton-on-Sea where the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve has been declared.
The Brenton blue butterfly, obvious in late October until December, lives within one hectare of asteraceous coastal fynbos and its larvae depend entirely on the lower side of the leaves of Indigofera erecta for their food. Other than catching a glimpse of the butterfly, Brenton-on-Sea’s golden sands are an temptation to sunbathe, fish and stroll along the shores.
The sea cliff tops provide plenty whale and dolphin watching opportunities in season and paragliding is a popular activity for obvious reasons. Brenton on Lake has a pier for launching boats and canoes, and the Knysna forests and the Goukamma Nature Reserve, which includes a 14 kilometre coastline, offer superb walking and hiking occasions.
Properties in Brenton-on-Sea
Ample houses and empty plots are available in Brenton-on-Sea. To buy your next home overlooking the Indian Ocean, give Sophie a call today on 082 572 2729.